Where to Eat in Folkestone: The Best Restaurants and Bars

January 27, 2018 Timmy Ribble

Folkestone (/ˈfoʊkstən/ FOHK-stən) is a port town on the English Channel, in Kent, south-east England. The town lies on the southern edge of the North Downs at a valley between two cliffs. It was an important harbour and shipping port for most of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Things to do in Folkestone

1. British Lion

8-10 The Bayle, Folkestone CT20 1SQ, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1303 251478
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 289 reviews

British Lion

Reviewed By 666Caz58 - Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom

Visited this pub with my cousin and her partner who live in Folkestone. They ude itcas a local. I can see why, landlord very amicable and food was excellent. Great menu. Open log fire. Great food and drink. What more can you ask for. Fabulous evening all round.

2. The Chambers

Cheriton Place | Radnor Chambers, Folkestone CT20 2BB, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$47 - HK$165 +44 1303 223333
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 187 reviews

The Chambers

The Chambers is at first glance a street level Coffee Shop but by far the biggest surprise lies underground where The Chambers bar takes over! Either take in the great vista of watching Folkestone town life go on around you as you enjoy your freshly roasted & brewed coffee, or venture through the Coffee Shop downstairs to the vast area that is our bar. Featuring TWO bars and lots of Seating in large group areas or intimate nooks just for two, we offer lots for you to do & try. Our standard menu runs Mon to Sat & offers freshly made Mexican cuisine, whilst we also offer specials to present the best in local & seasonal dishes. We stock only Kentish Ales & Ciders & have featured in every CAMRA good Pub Guide since 2004, being regional pub of the year for 2008! Continental keg beers are very well represented too with Bitburger having a permanent place on the bar. Music is a BIG part of Chambers life & we have UK & international artistes EVERY Thurs night. Playing mostly blues, folk & acoustic originals, you'll NEVER be disappointed with the artistes playing at Chambers. Thurs night is a fine entertainment bet!! Check out our Facebook for details of up & coming players. Booking for meals advisable though not always essential.

Reviewed By fromme8 - Leeds, United Kingdom

Our second visit to The Chambers was as good as the first. Bar staff very helpful, suggesting cider to suit my taste. Great range and variety of beers and cider. Hope to return again in the future!

3. La Tavernetta

Leaside Court Clifton Gardens, Folkestone CT20 2ED, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1303 255044
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 329 reviews

La Tavernetta

Reviewed By Duncan P - Caterham, United Kingdom

Visiting Folkestone for the first time in a few months we went on the Friday night for a very sociable meal.
We enjoyed some mixed starters and then a variety of sole, cod, cannelloni and steak. Very nicely prepared with some excellent cauliflower cheese and spinach to augment it.
A very nice cheeseboard with some excellent wines made for a very pleasant evening with some excellent service.

4. Gurkha Palace

97 Enbrook Valley, Folkestone CT20 3NE, England Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$314 +44 1303 257700
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 340 reviews

Gurkha Palace

Award winning Nepalese and North Indian restaurant.We pride ourself for quality food and service.We have been recognise by several local and National Awards.British Curry Awards 2015 awarded us on Finalist as within top three curry restaurant in South East England.Our Chef has more then 20 years of experience in Nepalese and Indian restaurants.Come and try us for curry with difference and more.

Reviewed By Helen M

First time we had tried Nepalese food. Was a lovely blend like a combination of indian and thai food. The staff were really helpful with recommendations. Don't be put off by the location as it is away from the seafront. Well worth seeking out.

5. Papas Fish and Chips Restaurant

110 Sandgate Road, Folkestone CT20 2BW, England Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Fast Food, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1303 242578
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 454 reviews

Papas Fish and Chips Restaurant

Reviewed By SteMar247

My haddock and chips was good, but the waitress made this place; she was really friendly and made the visit a real pleasure. If you enjoy fish & chips, thus is a good place to eat- not posh, just basic, nice and friendly.

6. Beano's Vegetarian Cafe Bar

43 Tontine Street, Folkestone CT20 1JT, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch HK$47 - HK$102 +44 1303 211817
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 218 reviews

Beano's Vegetarian Cafe Bar

A welcoming family run vegetarian cafe in the heart of the Creative Quarter, we serve breakfasts, lunch, snacks, cakes and freshly ground coffee. All our food is freshly made on the premises. We are very vegan friendly, licensed, have free Wi-Fi and a lovely courtyard garden.

Reviewed By Jon A - Woodbridge, United Kingdom

It has been 15 years since I last walked along Tontine Street and if like me you had done back then, you too might have stayed away for a considerable length of time. However I was in the area and a local advised me to take another look and to visit Beano's for the best Veggie and Vegan breakfast in town.
So I found myself pleasantly surprised at the art installations, galleries, creative spaces and new vibe along the street and did indeed visit aforementioned café for slap up brekkie. We were not disappointed, the welcome, atmosphere and food were top notch and the lady in charge told us that the café has been open for 6 years, at a time when the changes to the area were just starting, she assured me that this is continuing and there were clear indications of this. Best Veggie breakfast I have had in ages and treated to the Vegan Runners Club piling in following a blast round town. You simply must visit

7. Conchitas

22 Bouverie Road West, Folkestone CT20 2SZ, England Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +44 1303 242484
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 565 reviews

Conchitas

A warm welcoming Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Folkestone. We cater for all age ranges. We are able to cater for larger parties however booking in advance is strongly advisable. We are able to cater for people with food allergies as long as we are notified in advance. Our food is freshly prepared and cooked in an open kitchen.

Reviewed By Tracy J - Coventry, England, United Kingdom

Myself and my husband were really looking forward to our Mexican meal at conchitas, we pre booked a few days earlier however on entrance, the staff questioned the booking before eventually finding us in the diary, we were then told we were in the cabin? We were let to an outer building (like a sauna box but very chilly)looking around everyone was served well and looked after by the staff, however it took an hour to get us through a starter and one drink before finally getting our main to us, the food was “ok” nothing special really, although good price... the cabin was cold too... also when we were bought the bill, there was no “mints” yet everyone else we had see have the bill had these??? Felt a little like the regulars were treated much better than the tourists... sorry wouldn’t visit again!

8. The Meze House

5-6 Shakespeare Terrace, Folkestone CT20 2DX, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +44 7925 817325
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 275 reviews

The Meze House

The Meze House is Folkestone's Only Authentic Greek Restaurant. We have 3 set meze on offer - Meat, seafood or vegetarian, these include a selection of our most popular hot and cold dishes followed by the plate of your choice or You can choose from our wide variety of dishes and create your own Meze. We also serve greek main courses such as kleftico, souvlaki and moussaka. We cater for small and large groups, ideal for a romantic meal, gathering of friends or birthday party's. The Meze house can provide custom Menus for partys depending on individual needs. Please contact us for more information.

Reviewed By JerryThefirst - Birmingham, United Kingdom

This was our third visit and it's been consistently good food and value for money. The mezze boards are good with generous portions so we have stuck to that so far. It is s bit cramped and the temperature is variable as it's draughty. Overall we worth a visit.

9. Earls Restaurant

39 Earls Avenue, Folkestone CT20 2HB, England Television, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi Bar, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$110 - HK$494 +44 1303 245166
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 279 reviews

Earls Restaurant

Welcome to Earls Restaurant, one of Folkestone's best kept secrets and leading eateries. Nestled in the beautiful West End of Folkestone, Earls is renowned for its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, friendly team, great value for money and above all, its delicious food. Offering a comprehensive Al La Carte Menu as well as Sunday Carvery, Afternoon Tea and Weekly Specials, Earls Restaurant Folkestone caters for every taste and appetite.

Reviewed By Salesh2012 - London, United Kingdom

Thanks to all the staff for making my mother and her friends suprise birthday lunch easy to organise. They were helpful, kind and the food and decor amazing. Bonus can park for free in convenient car park. Good selection of food at reasonable prices.

10. Copper And Spices

14 Bouverie Road West, Folkestone CT20 2SZ, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery Indian, Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$110 - HK$330 +44 1303 247777
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 339 reviews

Copper And Spices

Kent based quirky and stylish Indian restaurant focused on bringing the local fresh ingredients to your plate.At Copper and Spices our aim is to bring an innovative accessible menu of the highest quality food and an expertly chosen wine list to our diners in funky, stylish surroundings, all at a reasonable cost to you.We take our food very very seriously. All our food is cooked to order. And our expert chefs use only the finest ingredients, sourced locally from the most reputable butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers, and internationally from carefully sourced specialist food suppliers.Our guarantee to you: Copper and Spices uses only the finest and freshest ingredients in the preparation of our food.The difference is on the plate.We are sister restaurant of Copper and Spices Navan, Dublin.

Reviewed By marie-helene h

Went there last Saturday with some friends who both enjoy eating and cooking Indian, Pakistani and Bengladesh food. It was their first time in Folkestone. I had mentioned this restaurant to them so we decided to eat there. We were all impressed by the freshness of flavours; it was excellent. The dishes we had were from Southern India and had a great Kerela flavour.
The service is friendly and efficient; the atmosphere is good and comfortable.
They didn't have pigeon breast but the red snapper was very good and the meat and sea food plater to share was generous.
This is my third visit and I will go again.

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