The Corner House Restaurants make TOKA Top Three for 5th consecutive year

The Corner House Restaurant has once again reached the final of the Taste of Kent Restaurant of the Year Awards. Matt Sworder’s restaurants have been in the shortlist since the Minster restaurant first won the award in 2015, it was shortlisted in 2016 and went on to win again in 2017. The Corner House Canterbury reached the final in 2018 and is once again in the top three.

Taste of Kent Awards Finalist 2019

Matt is delighted to have had both his restaurants recognised by the regional awards.

“The Kent food scene continues to go from strength to strength and our competition this year is as strong as ever. Our mission at The Corner House was always to create a restaurant where people feel relaxed and welcome and enjoy honest simple food cooked from the best local and seasonal ingredients. Being shortlisted for both the Minster and Canterbury restaurants over the past five years is something we’re all very proud of and it underlines the strength, commitment and talent of the teams.”

The other top Kent restaurants in the running include The Small Holding in Kilndown and Thackerays in Royal Tunbridge Wells. The winners will be announced at The Kent Event Centre in Detling on Thursday 7 March.

This year The Corner House will launch its first ever cook book including more than 40 recipes, carefully selected by chef Matt Sworder to represent the most popular dishes from the past six years.

The book will also celebrate the fantastic produce available in and around Kent and profiles of the restaurants key suppliers will also feature in the book.

For more details or to book your table call Minster on 01843 823 000 or Canterbury or 01227 780793

Why you should dine in Charles Dickens’ Old Local

The Corner House was recently visited by James Massoud from 7*Life and this is what he had to say about us:

7*Life visit the Corner House

Like its sister restaurant in Minster, the focus here is on simple British dishes executed to a high standard. The menu is seasonal and showcases the very best of local produce. There are popular sharing dishes of Romney marsh lamb and Stour Valley pheasant. I opted for the bolder flavours of the braised ox cheek, with chestnut crumb, confit carrot, mash potato and red wine jus. Excellent taste in the tender meat, complimented very nicely by the accompaniments. The steak, meanwhile, I could see was cooked to perfection – as requested by my guests.

To read the full article, please head over to 7*Life's website here!

Trailblazing chef Mark Cragg on FoodSpark

The Corner House Canterbury's head chef Mark Cragg has recently been featured on FoodSpark's website, as his innovative use of pineapple caught their attention.

Mark Cragg at The Corner House Canterbury

Mark Cragg, executive chef of The Corner House Restaurants in Minster and Canterbury in Kent, uses pineapple in three ways in his dessert, coconut panna cotta with pineapple and rum – in a salsa, a sorbet and as a spiced, caramelised baton

To read the full article, please head over to FoodSpark's website here!

Eat with Ellen Reviews The Corner House Minster

The Corner House restaurant in Minster was recently reviewed by Eat with Ellen, and here's just a little bit of what she had to say about her time at the restaurant...

Corner House Canterbury reviewed by The Humble Pescatarian

If a destination is one that leaves you planning a three hour drive just to eat the same meal you’ve already had before, the Corner House fits the bill for me. It’s not Michelin starred, the food doesn’t look like a piece of modern art, but in a world dominated by “trends”, gimmicks and ever-increasingly complex cuisines and presentation it’s refreshingly simple and honest whilst retaining the most important things when it comes to dining (in my book anyway) – flavour, quality, comfort and service. I for one am planning a long-term relationship between us

To read the full review, please head over to Eat with Ellen's website here!

The Humble Pescatarian Reviews The Corner House Canterbury

The Corner House restaurant in Canterbury, Kent was recently reviewed by The Humble Pescatarian, and here's just a little bit of what she had to say about her time at the restaurant...

Corner House Canterbury reviewed by The Humble Pescatarian

The Food is absolutely out of this world. I’ve been to a lot of places across Kent and cannot believe that not only have I not really heard much of a buzz about The Corner House but also how incredible the food is.

To start I had the mackerel with a trio of beetroots and a horseradish cream – the mackerel was sweet and delicious, melting away in my mouth but the beetroot was incredible. On the base of the plate, the mackerel was sat on some thinly sliced pickled beetroot coloured with turmeric and the sweetness of the beetroot served with the creamy strong horseradish was like an explosion of flavour in my mouth – so beautiful.

You have to go to this hidden gem. I’m kicking myself that I haven’t been here before because it’s now top of my list for future visits. They have great deals and events for those who want to save a few pounds but their pricing structure is incredibly fair for the amount of effort gone into your plate of food and the atmosphere is so welcoming, fabulous drinks menu and very comfortable and quiet. The food though, is out of this world good – you can tell that every chef in the kitchen takes the quality of their food to heart and that shows on the plate.

To read the full review, please head over to the Humble Pescatarian's website here!

The Corner House Minster becomes dog friendly

Corner House Minster - Dog Friendly Restaurant in Kent

The Corner House restaurant in Minster, Kent, has opened its doors to a different kind of guest. The award-winning restaurant now welcomes well behaved dogs to the top tier of its restaurant.

From this month, diners can relax knowing their furry companions are safe and content as they enjoy delicious, seasonal local food cooked by The Corner House’s talented team.

Chef owner, Matt Sworder comes from a dog-loving family but has not previously allowed dogs into the restaurant to avoid upsetting other diners. However, with dogs now the most popular pet in the UK and with Kent being a favourite destination for dog lovers and walkers, the team decided to give it a go.

Matt says, “We have long been a nation of dog lovers but in recent years there has been a shift towards dogs becoming more like companions than pets. As a result we are seeing more and more respected dining establishments opening up to the idea of welcoming dogs. Minster is surrounded by wonderful walks and fortunately our restaurant layout allows us to establish a dog friendly area, away from those who might not be so keen.”

The Corner House Minster welcomes well behaved dogs into the restaurant but does request that diners give notice at the time of booking to ensure their table is in the dog friendly area. Those with dogs who wish to extend their stay can also book accommodation in the nearby Durlock Lodge, which is owned by Matt’s parents and is just a few minutes walk away from The Corner House.