From the moment you enter Reynold’s Retreat which is set within 16 acres of stunning parkland you know you are about to undergo an unforgettable experience. This is the perfect setting in which to improve your health, fitness and wellbeing.

The beautiful first floor restaurant brings together outstanding food, excellent service and amazing views over the Kent countryside. Imagine combining the experience of fine dining with the health-giving properties of nutritious superfoods and you’ll understand why the ethos behind the Waterleaf
works so well.

The restaurant has retained its Victorian charm and the elegant yet understated decor means that it’s easy to feel at ease here.

The Waterleaf has bagged Michelin star chef Mark Sargeant as its Chef Director and it was obvious from just one glance at our starters that his passion for beautifully presented, quality food made from the finest local ingredients has been put to good use.

The lunch menu carries a decent range of choices  - three starters, three mains and three desserts, all of which sounded extremely tempting and offer outstanding value for money.

For my starter I chose the Toasted Sour Dough with Winkles & Cockles. It was a dish presented with panache - the freshest seafood combined with the crunchy home-made bread was first class. My dining partner chose the Rare Grilled Beef, Celeriac and Horseradish which was stylishly arranged with a scattering of micro herbs complementing the rich reds of the meat.

For our main courses we chose the Roast Pollack with Leek & Shallot and the Shepherds Pie with glazed parsnips. These were accompanied by Honey Glazed Carrots with fennel seeds and Roasted New Potatoes, all of which were beautifully cooked and presented.

As one who always feels vaguely guilty about leaving food on the plate, I’m delighted to report that the portions were sensibly judged, meaning that there wasn’t any problem finding room for dessert. I plumped for the ‘superfood’ option of Valhrona Chocolate Mess and Guarana and my partner chose the Blood Orange Cheesecake. Both were just delicious - what more can I say?

Each course was a genuine visual treat. However, looks aren’t everything; and fortunately the Chef’s palate is as discriminating as his eye and the delicately balanced flavours and textures of each dish were just superlative.

What impressed throughout was the cleverness and eye for detail which has been put into practice in every plate.

To reveal much more would be to spoil the joy of discovering it for yourself. It really is a must try for any discerning diner.


Waterleaf Restaurant

Reynold’s Retreat

Quarry Hill Road

Borough Green TN15 8PB

Tel no: 01732 447000


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