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Pilgrim's Hall Restaurant Review

Pilgrim's Hall Restaurant Review
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Address: Aylesford Priory
Postcode: ME20 7BX
Telephone: 01622 714 110
The first thing that is striking about the Pilgrim's Hall Restaurant in Aylesford is the totally stunning location. Aylesford Priory dates back to the 13th Century and is an ancient religious house of the Order of the Carmelites and not only does it welcome guests from all over the world throughout the year but it has now opened a gem of a restaurant which will help maintain the running costs of the Friars.

We were warmly welcomed as we entered the beautiful building and were promptly seated in a 'lounge area' where we perused the menu and enjoyed an aperitif. Our waitress was assigned to us and I immediately had the impression that we would be well looked after, she was attentive without being pushy and when she came to ask if we were ready to go to our table she held back until a suitable break in our conversation.

The menu offered a good choice for all tastes without overwhelming with choice. 7 Starters ranging from Risotto of Lobster to Salad of Home Smoked Almonds, Dolcelatte and Rocket which is precisely what we ordered. The risotto was cooked to perfection and was just enough to enjoy without taking away any hunger for the next course. The presentation of both dishes was beautiful, as though real care had been taken in creating a taste experience. Once again the service was non invasive and the plates discreetly removed after a suitable pause from finishing the first course. Having chosen a Pinot Grigio from the well planned and not too expensive wine menu there was enough time to soak in the surroundings and take in the atmosphere of this unique restaurant before being presented with a masterpiece of a main course. I opted for Confit of Belly Pork, Fondant Potato served with a Sage Jus. This was also served with perfectly cooked green beans that did more than just complemented the pork. The Sea Bass was elegantly served with an eye catching presentation and the seared scallops finished off this dish perfectly.

One thing I loved about the Pilgrim's Hall Restaurant is that they offer a cheese board where the cheese and biscuits are served in the right proportion. It's frustrating when there is too much of one and not enough of the other! A selection of three cheeses were served on a slate board and were not simply a brie, a cheddar and a blue cheese. Our other delight for dessert was a Bitter Chocolate Torte with a Cherry Sorbet, what a delight for the taste buds, a fusion of fruit and the bitterness of the chocolate finished off the meal perfectly.

This restaurant is one that I would definitely recommend if you are looking for something 'slightly different' and do not want to be rushed out the moment the last piece of cutlery has hit the plate. It's wonderful that Aylesford is home to such a unique dining experience in such a magical and inspiring setting as the Friars.

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