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The Marquis at Alkham

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Why We Love It

  • Pretty location on the Kent Downs near Dover and Folkestone
  • Award-winning restaurant on site, with a 7-course tasting menu on offer
  • Only 10 rooms, guaranteeing an intimate experience
  • The 5-star restaurant with rooms also has a vineyard

“So much more than just a stopover for journeys to France” -- Elle


Map & Directions

The nearest airports are London City and London Gatwick, each around 1 hour 15 minutes’ drive away -- the best public transport option is to get to St Pancras International or London Victoria train stations respectively and travel from there. The journey will take well over two and a half hours. Kearsney train station is a 5-minute drive away. If you’re driving, the hotel is just 5 minutes from the M20 and free parking is available on site.

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Kent tends to be where British travellers pass through on their way to France. A few gems make pausing worthwhile, however, and the Marquis at Alkham, consistently praised for its food, is definitely one.

The Marquis sits in the pretty village of Alkham, 15 minutes from Dover Port and 20 minutes from the Eurotunnel Terminal at Folkestone. Dover Castle and St Margaret’s at Cliffe (where Bond author Ian Fleming once lived) -- are also nearby, and Canterbury Cathedral is a 25-minute drive away.

The AA Restaurant Guide has awarded the restaurant two Rosettes and there’s no question that “food is the main draw here” (Condé Nast Traveller). Try the wild mushroom velouté and wild rabbit kiev, or the pan-roast Hythe sea bass -- or the 7-course tasting menu if you really can’t make up your mind. Afternoon tea and lunch are also served and in the morning, there’s a continental buffet with hot dishes cooked to order.

The hotel has 10 individually designed rooms, many of which have “fantastic views of the Kent Downs” (The AA Hotel Guide), plus two self-catering cottages. All classic rooms have monsoon showers, underfloor heating and free WiFi. Upgrade to a Deluxe Room for a Nespresso Coffee machine and a roll-top bath. An unconventional bathroom layout -- baths and showers in the bedroom, and a separate room for the toilet -- may not suit everyone, plus the road outside can be noisy, so light sleepers may want to request a room at the back.

The cottages are 20 minutes’ walk away, next to the hotel’s sister business, the Chalksole Estate Vineyard, and sleep up to four and six people. Guests are welcome to take a walk through the vines during their stay (it isn’t open to the public) and the vineyard’s sparkling wine is available in the restaurant. 

From the press:

  • “Food is the main draw here” -- Condé Nast Traveller

  • “So much more than just a stopover for journeys to France” -- Elle 



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Shuttle service (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib available on request, free of charge, for children aged 2 or under. This does not include breakfast.

Extra bed available on request for older children and adults: £15 per person, per night. This does not include breakfast.

Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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