Press & Reviews

Recent features on The Empire Room:

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.”

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