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TOPES Restaurant

60 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
+44 1634 845270
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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60 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
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Reviewed yesterday

After visiting Rochester and finding what I thought to be a wonderful special 50th birthday afternoon tea venue for me and my family we booked the upstairs room. "Disappointing" doesn't even begin to describe the experience. I have never had such a terrible afternoon tea...More

Thank MeophamJan
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I only ever write reviews if I have visited places however after being spoken to like a piece of rubbish when I tried to book a table I felt compelled to write a review. Myself and 2 friends were thrilled when Topes released their Christmas...More

Thank RochK77
JulieSmall82, Owner at TOPES Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi there So sorry you were unable to get a table for your Xmas meal out with friends this year. Christmas is a really busy time and Saturday nights especially get booked up months in advance. Sorry also, I was brisque with you when you...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Went for our anniversary and not sure what to expect. Staff were friendly and helpful, the food was excellent. A great selection on the three course menu, cooked to perfection. Can't wait to go back.

Thank Ry59nig
Reviewed 4 days ago

Topes has a lovely atmosphere and a very fine menu. The service is always very good as is the food. Topes occupies an extremely old building in Rochester High Street, which adds to the dining experience.

Thank colleen p
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mr Topes is a character in Charles Dickens' books. It is now a delightful restaurant and tea rooms. The food is excellent and good wine list. The staff are wonderful, particularly Sam, and the service is outstanding.

Thank Adrian W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had an amazing Friday lunch here. Staff were lovely & friendly. Really busy, good atmosphere. 3 course lunch was amazing. Michelin style food. They didn't mind that we lingered over lunch, although they could have reused our table. Husband had mussels for starters & was...More

Thank juwren
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there last night, 7 of us arriving from all over the place and not all arriving together, There was no pressure to order until we were all together and the service was excellent and the food delicious , lovely evening thank you!

Thank stickkddm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful food and service at this delightful restaurant in historic Rochester. Fine menu and good selection of wines, and of course Gins. Highly recommended.

Thank David_London8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only stopped for coffee and drinks but it was a friendly cafe with good service. It has a real atmosphere of a Victorian building still.

Thank Peter J
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Went to Topes on a Wednesday, a nice welcome and offered water but then waited half an hour before we were asked if we would like a drink. We could see that our waitress was working hard with another table but neither of the other...More

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23 June 2016|
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Response from Cristiane M | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, better call them! Sorry!
6 March 2016|
Response from Sam G |
no air conditioning
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 22 - US$ 47
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +44 1634 845270
TOPES restaurant is a modern British restaurant centrally located in Rochester High Street in Kent and has been awarded two AA rosettes. Chris Small, head chef and co-owner, has created several different menus, including a special set price lunch (L16 for 2 courses and coffee) and mid-week evening menu (3 courses for L25). In addition, there is an a la carte menu for Friday and Sunday evenings and traditional roasts on Sunday. All ingredients are bought in fresh on a daily basis from local suppliers and the menus reflect seasonal produce. The restaurant is set in a 15th, 16th and 17th Century building and many of the original features remain. However, the restaurant has a modern feel to it to reflect the modern style of dishes on offer.
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