Kentish fishing town Folkestone is becoming quite the destination du jour, as city slickers escape to the coast on the 50-minute high speed train from St Pancras. And with the draw of cute cobbled streets, fantastic fish and chips (The Smokehouse is a favourite), sea air and coastal walks, who can blame them?! For those after an upscale meal out, Rocksalt is the restaurant to make a reservation at.
With enviable views out across the water and the Harbour Arm, a terrace bar for summer sundowners, and a forward-thinking menu focused on fresh seafood, a visit to Rocksalt is quite a treat (though not a cheap one).
Book way in advance to secure a window seat in the highly-styled modern dining room, and enjoy baked camembert, mountains of moules, and super fresh fish dishes, served by experienced staff who go over and above.
Dinner for two, with two courses plus wine, costs around £100.
It would be rude not to enjoy a pre- or post-dinner cocktail in the bar…
For those making a weekend of it, Rocksalt now offers a small number of luxurious yet rustic rooms, or “boutique boltholes”, from £110 per night.
4-5 Fish Market, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 6AA