We just happened to be in Folkestone around lunchtime and found we had nothing to do for the rest of the day so immediately thought about lunch. So asking around and receiving the recommendation of "Rocksalt" which apparently was down by the fishing port, we decided to give it a go.
The recommendation came with a bio of the chef who was some kind of celebrity chef although not Gordon Ramsay so we presumed it would be sleek, slick, new and pretty expensive. Right on all counts!
This is what the Guardian has to say about the restaurant:
When we arrived around 12.30 pm the tide in the harbour was out and as we sipped our pre-lunch vodka Martinis (pretty good actually) we watched a fisherman in wellies tramping across the mud with an oar dragging a small skiff to the start of the water where he floated the boat, hopped into it and paddled out to one of those little fishing boats that crammed into the small harbour. So this really was a fishing port, and a working one at that!
Now I'm a sucker for oysters and Rocksalt had 2 varieties, one from Guernsey the other from Maldon in Essex. Being an Essex boy myself I of course had to have some of both: the Guernseys were chubby whilst the Maldons were smaller and more flavourful.
Now onto the dry white wine and Lemon Sole for me and Plaice with Razor Clams for Viv. Both were very nice indeed. Viv was moved to say that if we lived in Folkestone she could become their best customer. Praise indeed.
So if you're in Folkestone and like new and trendy, try Rocksalt. It was pretty darn good.
4-5 Fish Market
Kent CT19 6AA
Tel: 01303 212070