César award in 2005

Near the old market town of Faversham, this ‘impressive yet homely’ Georgian manor house is run with ‘friendly professionalism’ as a restaurant-with-rooms by Rona and David Pitchford. The accommodation is ‘anything but a second thought’ to the food, say visitors. The interiors are ‘simultaneously classy and cosy’. The bedrooms, ‘comfortable and not fussy’, are individually decorated. Cedar has window seats overlooking a magnificent cedar tree, ‘thick curtains, rich fabrics; extremely restful bed; Laurel has a ‘super’ four-poster bed. There is a ‘well-stocked’ pantry between the bedrooms. No distracting background music in the candlelit restaurant, where Michelin-starred chef David Pitchford’s seasonal menu is served ‘by an obviously happy staff’. Herbs and vegetables come from the hotel’s own kitchen garden. The tasting menu is ‘good value and special’. Typical dishes: Ellie’s dairy goat’s curd, pickled beetroot terrine; halibut, crushed new potatoes, confit lemon, champagne and chive velouté. Breakfast is ‘simple and enjoyable’, with home-made jams, ‘delicious’ home-pressed apple juice and an ‘excellent’ hot selection. (DS, and others)
  • This is a charming hotel with six rooms and fabulous dining. The rooms are very comfortable and not fussy. There is a well-stocked pantry which is a good touch. Everything is spotless and efficient. The four poster bed we were in was super. Dinner was excellent. Served by obviously happy staff and with great care without fussing. We had the tasting menu and wines which was good value and special. Breakfast was also kept simple and more enjoyable for that.

    Dadvid Soanes, 03/12/2013

  • One of the most comfortable and welcoming hotels we have stayed in. A beautiful house. Our room was gorgeous. The ambience was delightful in the candlelit restaurant (no piped muic). Our half-board package was good value.

    Anna & Bill Brewer, 16/01/2012

  • A very enjoyable stay. Many nice little touches. Delightful house, warm welcome. Nice room (Wisteria) without being exceptional. Upstairs pantry appreciated but water needs a filter. Not enough spaces for people to sit and have pre-dinner drinks (and soda was flat). Good food but vegetarians are a bit of an afterthought. On the evening we could not manage puddings on the set dinner menu, tea and coffee were given free - refreshing honesty.

    David Birnie, 26/07/2009

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Local attractions

A seaside town, with a reputation for fine oysters.
Leeds Castle
A 12th-century castle in 500 acres of parkland.
The Sportsman
A Michelin-starred gastropub by the coast.

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Contact Details


Macknade Manor, Canterbury Road FAVERSHAM Kent England ME13 8XE


01795 535344

Further Information




all year except 25–27 Dec, 1st week Jan, restaurant closed Sun/Mon.


ramp, sitting room/bar, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, 4-acre garden (terrace, outdoor dining), only restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


not allowed in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2015] per room B&B single £125–£185, double £165–£195, D,B&B £135–£240 per person. Set dinner £60.