Ewell Minnis, United Kingdom

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

100% (45 Member Ratings)

"Excellent food very well presented."
Nov 29, 2016
Essex, United Kingdom


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.

Rooms & Rates

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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 check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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45 Member Reviews
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Enjoyed Most: Excellent food very well presented.
Ann Nov 29, 2016 Essex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Excellent service
Other Comments: Classy touches like leaf tea and toiletries and in room cookies
brian Nov 25, 2016 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Service which was the perfect mix of efficiency warmth and friendliness.
Valerie Nov 22, 2016 Croydon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The food was beautiful
Fiona Nov 20, 2016 Kent, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: It's a quality venue, facilities and food, staff on the ball friendly and helpful, hoping to return in summer 2017. Will recommend.
Brian Nov 15, 2016 Camberley, United Kingdom
Other Comments: No room made up gote back 5pm, also we asked if we could book a table for that night when we got down that evening they were not expecting us, we had to ask for a pre dinner drink! Service was bad that night.
Frank Nov 13, 2016 Denmead, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Fabulous food beautiful accommodation and a fantastic weekend break all around. Would def return
claire Nov 07, 2016 West Wickham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Amazing four course taster meal
Other Comments: Friendly professional staff
Penelope Nov 07, 2016 Deal, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Friendly, helpful staff. Clean, comfortable room. Delicious fine dining.
Other Comments: The Marquis situated in a beautiful area a short distance from Canterbury.
Andrew Nov 01, 2016 Dorchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Everything was very good, we were upgraded on the room, which is always very nice. The breakfast was excellent as was the meal.
Debbie Oct 30, 2016 Rainham, United Kingdom

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