French flair and incomparable views at Mr White’s English Chophouse
It doesn’t take much encouragement for the insideKENT team to up sticks and ship out of the office when there is the promise of lunch on offer, but when the news came that we would be dining at the newly opened offering from Marco Pierre White’s stable, Mr. White’s English Chophouse at the Dover Marina Hotel, there was a veritable stampede. Combining classic British dishes with a dash of French flair and panoramic views across the English Channel, Mr White’s English Chophouse at the Dover Waterfront is proving to be a ‘cut’ above the rest.
Having only opened its purposely refurbished doors a matter of weeks prior to our visit, we were all impressed by the contemporary yet classic dining room that has taken full advantage of its seafront position and near floor-to-ceiling windows that not only flood the bright airy dining room with natural light but afford great views across the English Channel and towards the legendary White Cliffs.
A combination of dark wood tables and chairs for couples or groups of four, and larger upholstered banquette benches in rich hues of mustard and brown – perfect for larger parties and groups such as ourselves – with quirky industrial light fittings and carefully selected artwork completing the look, the restaurant has a refined but welcoming feel.
And then of course there is the food. The menu is a lovingly curated combination of classic British dishes with a contemporary French twist with inviting starters including options such as classic pea soup with chunks of ham, crispy scotch eggs with the perfect runny yolk and a heaving plate of crispy calamari with fresh tartare.
Mains including classics such as fish and chips, coronation chicken curry and chicken and leek pie are dominated, of course, by 35-day-aged grass fed beef and delicious freshly ground beef burgers.
We chose the filet from the host of cuts which include centre cut sirloins, rib eyes or a huge rib of beef on the bone sharer and come with triple-cooked chips, and are also customisable with a host of inspired toppings. Breakfast grill? Fried double-yolk eggs? Prawns? Flavoured butters? The choice is yours. As for the burgers, you can choose to go Keith Floyd Bristol for its cheese and bacon, opt for The Alex James for its melted Blue Monday (a blue cow milk cheese) or decide like we did to sample The John Lennon – a huge brioche bun with melted cheddar, crispy onion rings and Colonel Mustard’s mayonnaise; inspired!
With barely any room left, but totally hooked by the allure of the dessert menu, we plumped for millionaire’s shortbread, which had a lovely smoothness similar to cheesecake, and the team favourite of the day, Mr White’s sticky toffee pudding with glace de Paris ice cream and hot butterscotch sauce.
With a fresh welcoming dining room, attentive staff, an extensive drinks list including a range of refreshing cocktails, classic dishes and, of course, those views, Mr White’s English Chophouse is a standout cut above the rest.
Mr White’s English Chophouse, Dover Waterfront, Waterloo Crescent, Dover, CT17 9BP
01304 203 633 ext 2