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TOPES Restaurant

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60 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
+44 1634 845270
12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Greater London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had family and friends over from USA and thought afternoon tea would be good idea. Not at Topes, scones like rock cakes and only choice of two selections for cakes. Very poor considering booked and mostly paid for well in advance.

1 Thank joanalde4
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have a confession to make. I've never eaten here before lunch today. Why? I had in my mind a restaurant called Mr Topes rooted in 70/80s "gastronomy" and trading on the faux Dickens heritage that Rochester businesses seem only too keen to perpetuate. It was a great surprise, and relief to be honest, that I was fundamentally wrong. Expecting... More 

Thank PG64
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106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited last night for the first of what will become a regular Friday Evening Gin experience. The upstairs room has been decorated suitably and we had a nice table just for the two of us. Good range of modern Gins of varying styles from across the UK. All reasonably priced and served with Feverfew Tonics plus a few added botanicals.... More 

Thank Aubrey W
Kent, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Topes in a group of 5 on Saturday evening. We only had 2 courses as we were still recovering from the antics of Friday night. Our mains were superb, we ordered 2 side dishes to share between us but we could have done without them to be honest. My partner said that the sea bass was the best fish... More 

Thank hang0208
Rochester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I found this place very small and cramped.The tables were very close to each other and it was quite dim.The menu was very sparce and when it arrived there was not a lot of it.It was very expensive for what was served

Thank Rosa Maria C
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here for my father in law's 85th birthday so three generations of us in a party of five. The restaurant was cold (daughter kept her coat on) and service was slow. About 50 minutes from sitting down to getting our food. This was blamed after about 45 minutes on choosing the duck which took time to cook. Another... More 

Thank Anne C
Letter More, Galway, Ireland
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dropped in here for some coffee and cake after exploring Rochester Castle, the quaint buildings and the winding streets of Rochester. They had seating outside and we were able to sit there with our coffee and cake and watch the world go by. A lovely little spot for a break after investigating the surrounds.

Thank Anna M
Rochester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great and varied menu, very good and attentive service and excellent ambiance. Always busy so I'd imagine booking would usually be required. A really great experience all round.

1 Thank David C
London, United Kingdom
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242 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was taken her as a surprise and this place is superb. The place is warm, cosy and very well set out. The staff are fantastic, so friendly and welcoming. Then there is the food......beautiful. Great portions and very tasty. The steak was superbly cooked and the apple crumble was excellent. A really wonderful dinner in a wonderful place.

Thank Matt D
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this restaurant for first time for husband's birthday. The staff were attentive friendly and you felt they spoke to you as an individual rather than just another customer. So important to encourage you to return. The food was cooked perfectly and it was of a very high standard as we chose the set menu. Wine was superb and we'll... More 

Thank rowena h

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$45
European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?