Food + Drink

Quince opens in North Kent’s Westgate-on-Sea

Hughes and Lopez’s approach is to respond and connect with seasonal ingredients, through their cooking, and shown in the dishes and the wines they are serving. Their aim is to showcase amazing produce in an accessible way whilst highlighting the surrounding landscape, in a relaxed but refined setting.

Hughes and Lopez previously worked together at farm-to-table restaurant, The Goods Shed, in Canterbury, for several years, and where Lopez was at the helm for 19 years. This ingredient-led ethos will continue at Quince, with a daily-changing menu. The considered, and evolving wine list is curated in collaboration with Clive Barlow, Master of Wine.


The bistro-style restaurant serves dishes, many with a Spanish influence, featuring British produce, much of which is grown or produced a short distance from the restaurant, such as Quex Estate Sussex beef and lamb, Longland Farm duck, Staple Stores sourdough, cheese from Cheesemakers of Canterbury, and vegetables from local farms. Fish and seafood is sourced from South and West coast day boats.

The duo are joined by Ben’s wife Portia who heads up Quince’s front of house, and additional staff with experience gained at The Goods Shed and The Fordwich Arms.

Quince is located on Westgate-on-Sea’s Station Road, and just minutes by car (and train) from the towns of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate.

01843 833 864 | Instagram @Quince_Westgate

Open: Wednesdays 6-9, Thursday – Saturday 12-3, 6-9, Sunday, 12-3

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