- What is it good for?
Aylesford - England's oldest village on the outskirts of Maidstone - is home to a first-rate modern French establishment. The £65 tasting menu will probably get you fired, but with excellent pre fixe options and a cosy intimacy, Hengist is perfect for pitching to journos and entertaining low-budget clients.
- Signature dish
The menu changes with the seasons and is strong on regional produce. Head chef Daniel Hatton recently gave a demo of Roast Lion of 'Roundwood Orchard' Pork with Pearl Barley, Poached Onions and Calvados Cream Jus, at the farmers' market to promote local growers.
- Who's the boss?
It is co-owned by TV chef Richard Phillips, who also owns Thackeray's.
- Tips please?
A discretionary service charge of 12 per cent is added to the bill.
- What's the damage?
The du jour lunch costs £12.95 for two courses or £14.95 for three. The evening three-course Market Menu is £19.95
Hengist, 7-9 High Street, Aylesford, near Maidstone, Kent ME20 7AX T. 01622 719273