On a clear day through the floor to ceiling windows of Rocksalt you can see France! Unfortunately it was night when we were there, but even so the lights of Folkestone harbour twinkled their greetings.
Whoever designed the building has created a stunning space for diners: to make the most of the view, the restaurant and upper-deck bar have been cantilevered over the harbour. The restaurant is stylish and elegant yet conveys an air of simplicity probably because of the lovely wood floor, wooden tables and the banquette seating.
The sophisticated bar with its black stools shouts elegance and style. Outside, overhanging the harbour and perfect for warm summer dining or drinking, is a sweeping terrace.
Not surprisingly bearing in mind its harbour location with fishing boats bringing in the catch of the day seafood figures prominently on the menu. Rocksalt prides itself on sourcing everything as locally as possible. So along with the fish, local salt marsh lamb, chicken, deer, pork and beef is also served.
Depending on the time of day there is a wide variety of menus and options to choose from –vegetarians have their own, albeit small, menu, as do children. There are also, bearing in mind the superb quality of the cooking, very good value set menus.
And the cooking is indeed superb, but then you would expect nothing less from a restaurant associated with renowned chef Mark Sargeant. Indeed the restaurant has just been awarded ‘Best in Kent’ status.
We were guided through the menu by Sarah, Rocksalt’s delightful Restaurant Manager. We were asking her about the lobster pasty that had been specially created by Mark Sargeant in aid of Children in Need. She suggested we tried one for a starter prior to our main course of salt marsh lamb.
The lobster pasty served with pickled cucumber was every bit as delicious as she said it would be, as was the lamb which wonderfully tender. Somehow she also managed to select a glass of wine each which went with both courses.
A truly memorable meal. www.rocksaltfolkestone.co.uk
For information on the Foundry Brew Pub and Goods Shed restaurants, see our Produced in Kent article.