We are truly spoiled in Folkestone for food and drink options. There are so many great restaurants which we very much enjoy sampling so that we can make recommendations for every type of foodie.
£££ Rocksalt 4-5 Fish Market, Folkestone CT19 6AA – Truly fine dining, excellent food, celebrity chef Mark Sargeant’s flagship is an absolute delight it’s mainly fish but they do great sharer’s for the carnivore’s and there’s always 3 vegetarian options. But be warned it sure isn’t cheap! The cocktail bar upstairs overlooks the harbour so is well worth a visit, ideally just before sunset, even if just for a cheeky drink. Watch the tide go in and the sun set as the boats rock in the harbour!
Mark’s group have also just taken over The Radnor Arms in town which is a stunning little hidden gem beautiful and now with great food at good prices. Well worth a visit. They do a quiz and music at various times in the week and have a great little garden for the summer months.
££ Lubens (wood fired pizza) 24 Rendezvous St, Folkestone CT20 1EZ. Independent locally owned pizza place ideal for big groups and families, no booking usually required.
££ The Pullman (classy pub fare) 7-9 Church St, Folkestone CT20 1SE 01303 488966. Booking often required on a Friday or Saturday evening for dinner, but bar meals are still an option. This pub is the heart of Folkestone always a good atmosphere and great service. The food is a cut above the average pub.
££ The Habour Inn (modern fish) 24-26 Harbour St, Folkestone CT20 1QN 01303 487260. A lovely modern quite formal fish based restaurant. The perfect seaside spot. I’d recommend booking on a Friday or Saturday but you might get lucky!
££ Market Square (fusion bowls, modern, healthy, good for veggies/vegans) This place is great for informal eating for groups to.
The four above are all owned by the same local couple, they’re just really good at this sort of thing. Food’s great ambiance in each is totally different. Friday and Saturday night’s the Pullman and the Harbour Inn will likely require booking.
£££ Folkestone Food and Wine 5 Church St, Folkestone CT20 1SE 01303 249952 another Good Food Guide entry. Usually requires booking as it’s a tiny quirky little place right next to The Pullman. Very short menu usually 1 veggie and 2 fish options.
There’s a good Tapas places, El Cortador on the old high street I’ve visited a fair few times.
If you are a fair sized group, on a budget or just don’t fancy anything to formal or fancy there’s some good cheaper options to including Belle Vita on the Old High Street – typical local Italian, Shayda’s and Aspendos Turkish places, Big Boys Burgers on the Old High Street and Papa’s Fish and Chips on Sandgate Road. Likewise, there’s great food stalls on the Harbour Arm and in the Old Harbour with everything from locally caught fish to ribs and pancakes. Ideal if the sun is shining!
There’s far too many to list but here’s our favourites.
There’s loads more if you discover a gem let us know!
Custom and Dr Legumes in the East yard at Folkestone harbour, Folkestone CT20 1QQ are great options for vegan diets. The Dr Legumes place is fully vegan and Custom do a fish or a vegan menu.
For breakfast and lunch PEK is pure vegan, and Marley’s do a mean vegan breakfast. Market Square is a great for vegan options but everywhere I’ve listed will cater to vegetarian or vegan diets.
If you don’t want to put on your glad rags but still want some good food we’ve got some great street food type places:
On the harbour arm there’s a selection of street food stalls everything from ribs to meze. In winter it’s only really open at weekends but they put on entertainment so well worth wrapping up and heading up there to eat/drink and maybe dance.
Uno Mas serves Mexican street food (tacos etc) from a kiosk on the old high street and there’s a cool Noodle joint called Noiy’s on Tontine Street.
Indian – We’ve a large Gurkha resettlement population which means we don’t really have Indians we have Nepalese curry places. It’s creamer but there’s still lots to recognise. The best is Gurkha Palace just out of town at 97 Enbrook Valley, Folkestone CT20 3NE. The only Indian in town worth mentioning is Kathmandu House 13-14 West Terrace, Folkestone CT20 1RR.
Chinese – We’ve two wok buffet’s Kalala (Castle Hill Ave) and Oriental Buffet (Rendevous Street). I think Kalala is the nicer of the two.
Mexican – Conchitas (Bouverie Road West) is a lovely cosy family run little place.
Turkish – Aspendos (West Terrace) and Shayda’s (Bouverie Road West) are both good.
Italian – Follies on the Harbour Arm for great pizza and quirky venue! Or try Bella Vita on the old high street, new Italian Salentino’s on Rendevous St looks fancy, but I’ve not tried it yet so can’t say if it’s good. There’s a couple of others if you’re looking for traditional try Luciano on Tontine Street or Bella Pizza and Pasta on Sandgate Road.
Greek – There’s a big Greek bus on the Harbour Arm but that has limited hours outside the summer but their haloumi fries are fab! Sotirios on Bouverie Road West looks nice but it’s pretty new so I’ve not tried it yet.
American – The Big Boys Burger company on the Old High Street is the place to go for an oversized American style burger, there’s also a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse at the Clifton Hotel.
Mediterranean – The Cliff at the View hotel is good Mediterranean food in a sophisticated settingoverlooking the Leas. Blooms at the end of the Old High Street is a popular Mediterranean style Bistro, I’ve only tried it once and I wouldn’t recommend it for vegetarians but as I say it’s really popular so I presume the meat and fish options are good!