Hearth restaurant to pop up at Ramsgate’s Empire Room

Chef Jack Hancock will head up Hearth restaurant at the Empire Room

A Michelin trained chef will head up Hearth restaurant at Ramsgate’s Empire Room from next month.

Chef Jack Hancock, who recently left the fold of Michelin-starred Adam Byatt in London, opens Hearth on July 6 and will offer modern British dining, serving seasonal, fresh dishes where local produce takes a centre stage.

Jack said: “We want to keep it real and grounded, cooking on the bone and over coals.” Jack worked for Adam Byatt at Trinity, Upstairs and Bistro Union for three years.


Before training with Byatt, Jack cut his teeth in some of Manchester’s best-established restaurants, alongside the likes of Aiden Byrne and Mark Prescott.

James Thomas (pictured), owner of The Empire Room, and sister restaurant, Little Ships on Ramsgate’s harbour front, is delighted that Hancock has embraced the opportunity.

He said. “It will be exciting to see what Jack brings to Ramsgate.”


Hearth will pop up in the intimate dining space beneath the Royal Harbour Hotel on Ramsgate’s Westcliff. Spaces are limited, so get in touch to secure your table.

Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm – 9pm

Call 01843 582511 For further information visit https://www.hearthrestaurant.uk


  1. will it be for lottery winners only i wonder ? a great idea this in area where most people are on benefits.

    • Would you rather they just opened up another Maccy D’s in Ramsgate? To suit the ‘scum on benefits’. I don’t get people like you, probably piss and moan about how Ramsgate has gone majorly down hill but when an opportunity for something to make the place a little more attractive to tourists/locals comes about, you shit on it 🤷‍♂️

  2. Liking forward to this opening . It will be interesting to see how Hearth compares with other great ‘local’ restaurants like Stark and the Fordwich Arms. The Empire Room restaurant was very good when Craig was at the helm but the wine list will need a serious upgrade.

  3. What’s the last picture of ?

    Is it a small pudding or a small start ? Looks like it’s got a fly on it !.

    Come on Jack ” you cut your teeth” in gods own City, Manchester, wheres the mushy peas and gravy. 😉

  4. I don’t think thd flip flop brigradd will be made to feel very welcome, over priced poncy art on a plate food with the elite in crowd hoo hawing over each other not my idea of a fun meal out.

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