Arya at the Ravensgate Arms

Well aren’t we lucky here in Ramsgate. After a period of pop up hosting, the Ravensgate Arms now has a permanent restaurant upstairs. It’s open Wednesday to Saturday in the evenings and for lunch over the weekend. The restaurant has a lot going for it, Luke Crittenden (former head chef of Polpetto in London) has put together an excellent menu that includes a delicious selection of small plates that are perfect for sharing. His desserts I believe are made by his brother Ben (Chef/Owner of the  acclaimed STARK restaurant in Broadstairs) and the drinks list isn’t just a decent selection of wine, it’s full of Ravensgate Arms craft beers and Cocktails. Arya at the Ravensgate Arms is a real treat.

We started with some nibbles, tasty warm sour dough bread and anchovies with seaweed tartar sauce. The anchovies cooked in squid ink tempura batter don’t at first glance appear particularly appetising, resembling black burnt chips, but when combined with the moreish seaweed tartar sauce are just fabulous (please don’t ever take them off the menu), on my next visit I won’t be sharing them.

The small plates include some luxury ingredients like the wagyu beef and lobster, we ordered & enjoyed both, but the standout dishes for me were the ones with the less flashy ingredients. The beautifully chilled Chicken Liver Parfait with  sweet corn and chilli  (ensure you keep some of the sourdough bread to go with it). The refreshing Mackerel, Gooseberry, Cucumber, Miso and my favourite the beautifully presented Crispy pig’s head with smoked Apple puree. There are some larger plates on the menu too, but I loved being able to try lots of different dishes, we ordered six small plates for two people to share which was something of a feast. We also kept room for a light dessert of Yoghurt Pannacotta with raspberries and meringue.

I do like the Crittenden brothers using their Game of Thrones obsession to name Restaurants. So can we expect “Ned” to open in Margate next, followed by “The Lannisters” in a grand country house just outside Canterbury? 😉

Wishing them all the best in their seaside town ventures, as we all know “Winter is coming”.

UPDATE  October 2019 – Ayra has been awarded a Michelin bib gourmand.