Recent features on The Empire Room:

Isle Magazine (2019)
“It is elegant and stylish, yet comfortable and informal, a seemingly impossible balance, attained with grace and serenity. It’s a friendly place too, with hotel guests chatting amiably amongst each other.”

Little Ships Restaurant and Café opening (our sister-restaurant): Click here for full article
“Chef Craig Mather has installed a locally-made Harrison charcoal-fuelled free-standing oven in his new open kitchen. Favoured by chefs in several Michelin-starred restaurants, this versatile oven can be employed for different cooking techniques to bring unique flavours. … The short, seasonal menu features dishes such as baked camembert with rosemary and garlic, flat kebabs, chargrilled sirloin steak with tahini yoghurt and spicy sriracha sauce and a rich Belgian chocolate pot with crème fraiche.”

TravelMag (September 2018): Click here for full article
“Just a short walk from the beach, the hotel combines a superb location with traditional comfort and warmth along with some exceptional amenities, most notably the highly acclaimed Empire Room restaurant.”

EU Today (April 2018): Click here for full article
“The fact that 80 per cent of diners at weekend are non-guests is indicative of its wide appeal (as are the number of bookings it already has for Christmas Day!).”

Harden’s Guide (2018 edition): Click here for full listing
Freshly landed fish straight from boat to kitchen, is expertly prepared by chef Craig Mathers delicate touch” at this “hidden gem (in a poorly served area for decent restaurants) tucked away in the basement of the Royal Harbour Hotel (and with the ambience of a private dining club)”. Top Tip – excellent value set menu.”

Ramsgate’s Empire Room makes Harden’s Debut: Click here for full article
“The highly acclaimed Empire Room restaurant at the Royal Harbour Hotel in Ramsgate in Kent, has been included in the prestigious Harden’s restaurant guide for the first time.”

The Australia Times (November 2017): Click here for full review
Thomas and Mather created menus featuring local Kentish seasonal produce in simple cooking to allow quality of the ingredients to thrive on every plate.”

Heart London Magazine (July 2017): Click here for full five star review
“The restaurant is award winning and is it easy to see why, as the food was simply perfect! The service is also outstanding, from the gentleman who checked us in, to the wonderful waiting staff, everyone makes you feel welcome and clearly enjoy working in such a wonderful place.”

Valery Collins – Experienced Traveller blog (May 2017): Click here for full review
“I enjoyed a splendid dinner in their Empire Room Restaurant – the ‘empire’ of local chef Craig Mather a keen promoter of local produce.”

Martin Banks – Brussels in View (May 2017): Click here for full review (pp 14-15)
“Try not to leave without sampling the undoubted culinary delights of its restaurant … all expertly overseen by its talented head chef.”

The Globe Trotter (May 2017): Click here for full review
“We opted for the Vegetarian dinner menu (3 courses, £22.00) and it was fantastic … Overall, the restaurant experience was really good. The service was good (attentive without being intrusive), the food was cooked beautifully and I think the set menus at the Empire Room are a great value.”

The Caterer (March 2017): Click here for full interview with our chef, Craig Mather
“The head chef at the Empire Room, Royal Harbour hotel in Ramsgate, Kent shares his likes and dislikes”

Ruth Brindle / Mattie Lacey-Davidson – Harrow Times (March 2017): Click here for full review
“It was a pleasure to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, The Empire Room, which serves delicious locally-sourced dishes. My main course of mullet was melt in the mouth.”

George Shaw – East Kent Lifestyle & Cool Places (March/April 2017): Click for full review on East Kent Lifestyle & Cool Places
“The food is truly exceptional. And service, in the cosy, gentlemen’s-club like setting, is friendly and equally uncomplicated. Great value too.”

Roger St Pierre – Belfast Telegraph (March 2017): Click here for full review
“Simple, unfussy yet adventurous, here is modern British cuisine of West End standard”

Kathryn Flett – The Telegraph (December 2016): Click here for full review
“I can say with confidence that anybody looking for thoroughly accomplished no-fangled British cooking in Thanet South will not be disappointed”

Natasha Harding – The Sun (December 2016): Click here for full review
“We had a great night  and dinner  was to die for.”

Julie Delahaye – Hello Magazine (November 2016): Click here for full feature
“Forget traditional boiled egg with toast ‘soldiers’ – Empire Rooms [sic] have created an indulgent alternative. Make sure to try one of their mouthwatering soft-boiled duck eggs, paired with crispy smoked eel soldiers and topped off with seaweed.”

Kent Live (November 2016): Click here for full review
“The Empire Room is a hidden Ramsgate gem that needs to be brought out into the light for all to enjoy … The Empire Room is classy but warm and top range without being ‘snooty.’ You get good, Kent food and can feel comfortable eating at whatever pace you like. If you get the chance, book a table and find out for yourself how great the food is.”

Lisamarie Lamb – Inside Kent magazine (November 2016): Click here for full review
“The Empire Room deserves to be seen and noticed; with just the right mix of modern and vintage in both its décor and its food, this is British cuisine at its finest.”

Neil Hennessy-Vass (November 2016): Click here for full review
“The Empire Restaurant Room is one of the reasons for my visit, to be more specific Craig Mather the newly ensconced chef … Craig’s presence is significant as it raises the culinary game in Ramsgate to new higher strata. In short his cooking is amazing … The service is friendly and unfussy. The food is glorious.”

We were also ranked 2nd in Kent Live’s list ‘The best seafood restaurants in Kent according to TripAdvisor‘ in October 2016