I recently headed on down the to the seaside town of Folkestone in Kent to try out Marco’s Pierre White’s latest restaurant. Of course I didn’t head there solo, so when my bestie Emma decided to make a weekend of it, the hotel was booked and our suitcases were packed. It’s necessary to get away from London… sometimes.
“Located at the Clifton Hotel in Folkestone, the traditional Victorian style Clifton Hotel, dates back to 1864 and offers spectacular views of the English Channel. The restaurant is set to become a must-visit for a local food lovers and hotel guests.”
Our table was booked for 7.30pm, the perfect time for dinner, and after taking a long walk down the seafront, we built up an appetite. I don’t know about you but before I go to a restaurant, I ALWAYS look longingly at the pdf menu online envisioning what I’m going to order but when I get there, it’s completely different? Or I sit down, look around and see what everyone else is tucking into.
When we walked in we saw a number of diners in fancy dress (Gatsby era if you’re wondering) and we were told a murder mystery was taking place. If only we knew before. We were then shown our table next to a window before staring at the menu wondering what to order. The staff were very attentive and asked if we wanted water for the table before ordering any drinks from the bar. The sign of adulthood is alternating alcoholic drinks with water anyway right?
Where do I begin? To make it easy, I’ll split it into starters, mains and desserts.
Roasted vine tomatoes, warm baked sourdough, vintage balsamico, quality olive oil (v)
Emma: “Camembert was to die for, it had a rich and creamy taste with a smooth texture that was complimented by the sweetness of the tomatoes and the warm sourdough bread”.
Sauce tartare, fresh lemon
Char: “I was expecting a smaller plate of calamari to be honest, but when I saw it was a whole plate, my eyes lit up. It tasted fresh, it was cooked well and not oily at all. The addition of the lemon was a great touch to add a little more flavour”.
We both went for the same main and us being experience steak lovers we had high expectations. And they were succeeded. You know the meal is good when there is complete silence between you and the other person. Emma and I both like our steaks medium well or medium rare and the fillet steak was tender and cut through like a dream.
Emma: “The steak was cooked to perfection, the knife cut through it with ease and it was beautiful to eat with the triple cooked chips and peppercorn sauce.”
I’d recommend pairing yours with the grilled wild mushrooms in garlic butter and a side of the thick cut chips to get a real taste of what the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse is all about. Flavour. Fresh and local produce. Affordable. You’ll notice that I’ve dotted the prices throughout this post because good food doesn’t need to cost the world. Whilst MPW might not be an everyday meal, it’s perfect for a mate date, a birthday or anniversary meal. Not only that, if you’re a city girl like me, it’s a great way to combine a little travel and discover a little a gem of you might not have been looking for.
Emma:”Dessert was one of the best! A rich vanilla cheesecake on a crumbly base with a sharp but sweet blueberry sauce.”
Char: “The perfect crumble to ice cream ratio and I’m shocked I had room to finish this off after the steak. Best of all, the crumble of the day was apple and cherry meaning it was part of my five a day”.
Please note, my meal was complimentary but all views are my own.