Food Porn: Reads in Faversham

Each year around Christmas time my family, significant others and I get our glad rags on and go out for some good nosh together. This time around we went opted for something extra special, a restaurant we’d only been to once before for my parents pearl wedding anniversary, Reads in Faversham in Kent. I can honestly say it was the best tasting food I’d had in my life and I was therefore expecting big things on our return visit. They did not disappoint.

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Although its not just the food that really makes this place special, they go out of their way to make sure you have special and personal experience. First we were greeted at the door and our coats hung up. Then we were ushered through to the bar lounge, a warm and welcoming room which boasts an incredibly inviting alcohol cabinet. After being seated, offered canapés and presented with the menu (amaretto and coke in hand) I began feeling rather out of place in all honesty. I’m not used to going to such fancy places but its nice to to pretend once in a while!

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You know a place is posh when you are given a complimentary starter before your actual starter. This beautiful cup of liquid was a parsnip and apple soup.

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My actual starter came in the form of this “hot soufflé of mature Montgomery Cheddar cheese set on a bed of smoked haddock glazed in a creamed sauce”.

It was simply incredible.

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For my main dish I chose “Chicken wrapped in Parma ham with a white onion and celeriac puree, our own crushed Italian squash and a Kentish mead sauce.”

Delicious.

Then came the choices for pudding, it wasn’t an easy decision…

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But in the end I couldn’t resist the little chocolate number, you can’t blame a girl. DSC_1919

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It was out of this world. I mean, melt-in-your-mouth, outrageously delectable.

To put in not so sophisticated terms, I was stuffed. Yet on seating ourselves back into the lounge bar for tea an coffee we were presented with this plate of treats…IMAG0160

Brandy snaps, honeycomb truffles, fudge and mini macaroons.

It all looked so good but I literally couldn’t eat another thing, so I did the only reasonable thing in this situation. I rolled them up in a napkin and buried them in my bag for later!

Reads itself was the proud recipient of a Michelin star for twenty years running. That is, until last year when it was taken away on the grounds that their menu is not innovative enough according the the Michelin criteria. They have a lot of faithful patrons who happen to like their tradition ways and flavours and I can definitely see why. If you’re in the Faversham area and looking for a special treat then you’d be doing yourself a favour by paying them a visit. If you’re not in the area… it’d be worth a road trip.

http://www.reads.co.uk/

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