Clifton Hotel

Enjoy a culinary experience like no other

Offering spectacular views of the English Channel, this traditional Victorian-style hotel dates back to 1864, and is steeped in a rich history and nostalgia that will captivate you before you arrive!

A beautifully situated hotel is home to the steakhouse bar & grill by none other than the legendary chef Marco Pierre White as well as boutique Ocean Bleu Bar & Lounge with a delicious range of freshly cooked, seasonal food and the menu expertly chosen and developed to cater to all tastes and preferences.

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Clifton Hotel Dine at Dome Experience

Enjoy signature steaks, timeless English and French classics from Marco Pierre White’s menu or seafood and children dishes from the Ocean Bleu, while feasting your eyes on a beautiful panorama of the La Manche channel from your private dining pod. Celebrate a special occasion and let us make it memorable – birthdays, anniversaries, corporate functions, a catch up with old friends, or simply join us for Sunday lunch or an afternoon tea, the choice, and the pleasure, are all yours.

About the Area

Clifton Hotel is located in Folkestone, Kent, at the southern end of M20. 8 miles south-west from Dover and 16 miles south-east of Ashford


Air Purification

Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly

Gluten Free Dishes Available

Play Your Own Music

Countryside Location

Scenic Views

High Chair

Dogs Welcome


Air Purification

Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly

Gluten Free Dishes Available

Play Your Own Music

Countryside Location

Scenic Views

High Chair

Kids Menu

Standard Menu Available

Ambient / Fairy Lights

Parking Available

Dogs Welcome


1-6 Clifton Gardens, Folkestone CT20 2EB, UK

42 reviews

  1. Hen doo

    Had a lovely time we had the Dome for a small Hen doo.. Service was absolutely brilliant couldn’t do enough and came out a few times making sure we were ok and if we needed anything else. Staff very polite. We had afternoon tea felt there was enough food but maybe quiche, sausage roll or something like that would of been nice as well.. Was very happy with everything and the afternoon Thank you very much.

  2. An Enjoyable Evening

    We spent a very enjoyable evening with family dining in the dome
    that I booked on Friday 28th July. A different experience and really nice.
    The main waiter whose name I unfortunately do not know was extremely nice,
    pleasant, attentive and helpful.2 other younger members of staff assisted at
    times (male and female) and both were very pleasant and efficient. The food
    was well presented, tasty and enjoyed by all. There is one criticism I feel I
    need to add. Being situated where it is on The Leas, a coastal area there is
    the presence of seagulls which makes it awkward/difficult for the staff
    serving food to diners. I just wonder if it would be possible to provide
    staff with an enclosed trolley to use when transporting food from indoors to
    outside to allow them to serve this to diners in one move. Yes there is a
    small ramp to negotiate to the domes but I’m sure that could be negotiated
    safely with 2 members of staff. Just something to think about perhaps. The
    Dome is a really nice outdoor eating experience and we will recommend this
    and have done already. The main waiter also presented us with a small
    decorated dessert cake on a plate with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate
    which was a lovely touch and very much appreciated thank you.

  3. Sunny Dining in the Dome

    Overall we had a very nice experience in the dome. I would
    recommend wearing sunglasses as on a sunny day it is bright inside the dome
    and also becomes very warm. Air con unit was a welcome relief.

  4. Attended 29th January 2023, for afternoon tea, a lovely afternoon and Ashley who looked after us was amazing, courteous, informative and provided excellent customer service, an asset to The Clifton Hotel. We all enjoyed ourselves in the outdoor pod! Next time looking to book an evening dinner so definitely coming back!

  5. Food was pleasant, the sourdough starter wasn’t warm and was a
    bit disappointing but the prawn cocktail was delicious. We asked if she
    chicken pie was breast and we’re told yes, but it had thigh in it too which
    was disappointing. The atmosphere was lovely and our waiter was fantastic,
    couldn’t rate him high enough!

  6. My only critism is it should have been clotted cream with the
    scones and not butter

  7. Lovely

    We had afternoon tea. Food was lovely and we were well looked
    after nothing was to much trouble. Just a shame the cakes started to melt in
    the heat. But lovely afternoon was had by all.

  8. Thank you!

    We were very impressed with our recent visit to the restaurant. The food was excellent and the domes create a nice dining experience. The waiter we had for the evening was excellent, very attentive and an absolute asset to your hotel. His timing was perfect as he appeared just at the right time when we needed more drinks and were ready to order. Lovely finishing touch with a little birthday surprise at the end of the evening.

  9. Thank you to all the team

    We had a fabulous lunch in one of the domes and Chloe who looked after us was professional, helpful and friendly.

  10. Excellent of everything but would like
    to see more fish dishes on the menu.

  11. Thanks so much

    My friends and I enjoyed a lovely champagne afternoon tea in one
    of your cute Pods. Food nice and fresh really good selection ,such great waiter and other staff certainly looked after us as weather was terrible.
    Thought the cost reasonable for a group of six. Thanks so much, would recommend and definitely do it again.

  12. Thank you!

    We were made to feel very welcome in the dome, which we had booked as a safe meeting space. A sunny February day was an added bonus.

  13. Fabulous Sunday lunch.

    Started in sunshine and finished in rain but it didn’t matter in warm, cosy dome. Thank you Ashley for the wonderful service and attention to detail.

  14. Would definitely recommend and will come again

    Lovely meal and a brilliant waiter who managed to remain attentive and composed whilst battling a gale to reach our dome.

  15. Thank you doesn't see enough...

    Absolutely wonderful venue (dome), service and phenomenal food. Beautiful complimentary desert for the 21st birthday girl. Just the perfect end to a very special day.
    Thank you so much to our amazing waiter who couldn’t do enough for us.

  16. Will certainly recommend

    Superb afternoon in the Dome. And, thankyou to Ashley for
    looking after us.

  17. Thank you for a great evening

    As a professional chef I can honestly one of the best meals
    I’ve ever had!
    The dome was amazing and such a great dinning experience I will be
    recommending to everyone I know. Also a big thank you to your front of house
    staff especially Ashley who was our waiter.

  18. Great value for money

    We had lunch in one of your domes for our nans 90th birthday.
    The staff were amazing. Food was delicious. We will definitely be back again.

  19. Many thanks for a great experience

    we had a lovely afternoon at the Marco Pierre White Restaurant
    at the Clifton hotel. We booked one of the domes and had a brilliant time.
    The food was delicious, service great and the fact that we had all the time
    we needed to in our own space really made it special. There could be a bit
    more attention to decor in the dome as it’s a bit empty but on the other hand
    they are also good value compared to what I’ve seen elsewhere.

  20. Enjoyed every moment

    Absolutely amazing experience, enjoyed every moment thank you so

  21. A bit hot

    The carrot cake was lovely. The Staff were really friendly but
    we had to ask for milk, sugar and jam . Amazing weather but sadly
    meant it was very hot in the dome.

  22. Will definitely book again in the future.

    Absolutely loved dining in the dome! Food was amazing, our
    waiter, Ashley, was excellent and couldn’t be more helpful.

  23. Amazing Service

    Myself and my daughter hired one of the domes. The weather was
    absolutely awful but we had a lovely waiter named Ash who kept a smile on his
    face the whole time, even though he was in and out of the dome in the pouring
    rain attending to our needs. Well done Ash you made the whole meal a pleasant
    experience and your manners are impeccable.

  24. Enjoyed the dinner with my mum

    Took my mum for a meal in one of the domes. The food was delicious and service was great, we will be back again to try the afternoon tea.

  25. Great time

    Love the pods and amazing service from Ashley.

  26. Brilliant birthday

    Booked the pod for a birthday – absolutely brilliant! Service impeccable, cocktails lovely. Afternoon tea overpriced but was nice. Overall great experience, thank you

  27. Great night out

    We really enjoyed good food superb staff. Great night out with family thank you

  28. Pod made it like our own event.

    We visited Marco restaurant for a birthday. The staff were so friendly and the pod made it like Our own event. We was given a heater if it got too cold and a speaker to play music. The food was lovley and all the staff were so nice. Drinks were a little slow to come out but that is the only negative and is minor compared to the lovley service we received . Will be back! Xxxxxx

  29. Absolutely fantastic evening

    Absolutely fantastic evening with my wife in the dome food was great staff where brilliant they even listened and surprised us with a little dessert with happy birthday and happy anniversary in chocolate on the plate even tho we weren’t having one such a special way to celebrating my birthday and our anniversary great touch definitely 5 star from us

  30. We will visit again.

    Would recommend hiring a pod outside great fun especially with the kids.
    Food was tasty we will visit again.

  31. Fun times

    It was fun to sit in the dome, it was very clean and well facilitated, and our waiter was very obliging and friendly!

  32. Outstanding

    Only thing that was missing was the call button for the service.
    The staff were outstanding

  33. Will definitely return.

    Loved the concept of the dome, enjoyed our own private dining and also being able to listen to our own music. Food was amazing, steaks were perfect and we had great service too. Will definitely return.

  34. Recommended

    Loved the pod experience with my family, great food and great Service as usual.

  35. Overall excellent

    Being told that ribeye steak cannot be done rare and it’s probably the day light angle causing our discontent in terms of the meat colour was a bit of a stretch to my personal taste. However, excellent onion soup and super friendly waiter topped up with delicious bottle of Italian red wiped out all absurdity of the above incident. Yes, I’d recommend dining there. Ah, almost forgotten … toffee pudding is the way to compliment your evening. Best, Michal

  36. Delicious Sunday lunch

    We had a delicious Sunday lunch on the terrace with the added bonus of the pianist and violinist.

  37. Ideal for anniversary

    The dome was a lovely setting, really ideal for our anniversary. Food was good.

  38. Well deserved 5-stars

    We tried “the bubble” as an experience. It’s nice to have your own space.
    Food was great, service great, prices fair. Will definitely go back. I happily reviewed on google too, well deserved.

  39. Great evening

    Had a great evening at the Clifton hotel dine in dome experience , lovely atmosphere, great food , and staff were so helpful, friendly and just fab

  40. Lovely

    Booked the pod for a birthday – absolutely brilliant! Service impeccable, cocktails lovely. Afternoon tea was nice. Overall great experience, thank you

  41. Highly recommended

    Had dinner in the dome, was very lovely and staff were very helpful and attentive. Would definitely recommend to friends and family and would happily come back again

  42. Dome dinner

    Absolutely fantastic experience! First time we dined in a dome, and we dined out for the first time in 6 months. The dome was heated and cozy. Food was delicious, though we had to wait a long time. This may be because of the first day of reopening. Staff were lovely! The fairy lights weren’t working but table lamps made it up. We will dine again soon. All the best

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Your private dome hire 
✅ Please note that the dome booking fee only covers private hire of your dome, it does not include the cost of any food or drink.

Booking duration
✅ All Bookings are 4 hours 30 minutes

Booking cancellations & refund
✅ Get a full refund of the dome booking fee if you cancel at least 48 hours prior to the start of your reservation. All you need is to click ‘Cancel booking’ button below the booking calendar and provide your 8 digit booking number.

Hot Weather
✅ Should the dome dining experience be impossible because of the hot weather on the day, you will be offered a full refund of the booking fee and a regular table by the restaurant’s staff.

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