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.
Our Foodie Favourites:
£££ 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 good 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! Rocksalt is all big views and glamour, dress up and be part of the wow!
Mark’s group have also just taken over The Radnor Arms in town which is a stunning little hidden gem beautiful and now with modern 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. They also do delivery.
££ 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. I am addicted to their Beetroot Burger it’s the best vegan burger I’ve ever had and that’s saying something.
The four above are all owned by the same lovely local couple Lucy and Ben, 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 only 1 veggie and 2 fish options. I’ve found the food good but there’s a sense that loud, heavy drinking working class types like myself aren’t their ideal customers.
There’s also our lovely Tapas, El Cortador on the old high street I’ve visited a fair few times. Simple fresh tapas done well.
If you’re a group, on a budget or just don’t fancy anything to formal or fancy there’s some great cheaper options to including Belle Vita on the Old High Street – Italian style, I’m not personally convinced the owners are Italian but nonetheless it’s a reasonable price and full Italian menu with plenty of pizza, pasta and typical Italian dishes on the menu.
Big Boys Burgers regularly wins awards for it’s burgers. If you like big greasy american style mega burgers to put hair on your chest this is your place. As a veggie with lardy tendencies it’s not for me but a girl can fantasise of being able to eat triple stacked brioche bunned patties dripping in cheese and mayo right! You can find it on the Old High Street.
Traditional Fish and Chips we’ve two branches of ever popular Papa’s but most people reckon the only way to do it right here in Folkestone is fresh at the Harbour from Chummy’s it’s not traditional chips but it’s got great fresh fish options and who doesn’t love a crinkle cut?
Likewise, there’s a further selection of great fish stalls (including Legendary Bob’s) in the Old Harbour and on the Harbour Arm and in the new Goods Yard space you’ll find Greek, Dutch and possibly Caribbean street food to name a few. Ideal if the sun is shining!
There’s too many to list but our favourites usually offer things like breakfast all day or feature avacado and hallumi!
There’s loads more if you discover a gem let us know!
Vegtarian and Vegan
Custom Food Lab do a fish and vegan of high concept local sustainable food and Dr Legumes in the East yard at Folkestone harbour are modern sharing tasting plates with pickled things and whatnot that are adventurous and tasty. Very modern vegan options at both. For breakfast and lunch PEK is pure vegan typical cafe, and Marley’s and the Hideaway also do a strong vegan breakfast.
All of the L&B restaurants are absolutely brilliant for vegan and veggie options. I’ve recently discovered their delivery app ‘Feast’ and the vegan options at their fried chicken joint Tin & Tap are epic! Think roasted cauliflower flat breads with pickles and garlic vegan mayo with roasted corn ribs! Nom!
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. But also Folkestone isn’t really that kind of town. We’re pretty relaxed here if anything it’s a short list of places you need to dress up for and I can’t say we’ve ever felt any concerns about dress codes. Go as you are but go!
Indian – We’re rather lucky to have a large Gurkha resettlement population here in Folkestone, which means we don’t really have many bog standard Indian/Bangladeshi places, but we do have fantastic Nepalese curry! It’s creamer but there’s still lots you’ll recognise. The best by far is the Gurkha Palace just out of town in Enbrook Valley. The only Indian in town worth mentioning is Kathmandu House.
Chinese – I don’t believe there’s an eat in Chinese in Folkestone although there’s a lovely Thai place, called Thailand Tom’s in Hythe.
Mexican – Conchitas (Bouverie Road West) is a lovely family run place.
Turkish – As mentioned before Aspendos and Shayda’s are both good.
Italian – You could try Bella Vita on the old high street.
Greek – There’s a big Greek bus on the Harbour Arm in summer and a little one in the Goods Yard in winter their haloumi fries are fab! Sotirios on Bouverie Road West does a great set price menu which is very popular locally.
American – Big Boys Burger company on the Old High Street is the place to go for an inventive, fully loaded American style burger. There’s also Marco Pierre White Steakhouse at the Clifton Hotel which has that Wolfgang Puck US vibe, however, I would not recommend to vegetarians. Went for a festive menu once, the vegetarian was a potato risotto. I’m not sure where the celebration, luxury or flavour came into it but I probably won’t be back. If you like Mr Pierre White’s thing I’d suggest you head to Mr White’s English Chophouse overlooking the Harbour in Dover. Finally, there’s Diner style family friendly options at Lily’s American Diner.
Mediterranean – The Cliff at the View hotel is good Mediterranean food in a sophisticated setting overlooking the Leas.