At The Empire, we're committed to delivering a memorable dining experience with a culinary expertise that is perfect for your next family gathering or intimate dinner. Enjoyed by residents and locals alike, The Watkins & Co Restaurant offers quality, locally sourced food to suit all. Our restaurant team share over a century of experience right here at the Empire ensuring a friendly and attentive service, whilst our chefs and kitchen team, led by Owner/Head Chef Michael Waddy offer a menu including enduring classic dishes along with new and innovative dishes from around the world.

Watkins Restaurant

The Watkins and Co restaurant has an air of relaxed formality and offers a bespoke dining experience in traditional surroundings. With our cooked-to-order and buffet service breakfast each morning, guests can be sure to get the day off to a great start. Our evening dishes showcase the best of modern British cuisine and the skills of our experienced kitchen team with classic food cooked with creativity and flair.

  • BREAKFAST 7.30am - 10.00am Mon - Fri
  • BREAKFAST 8.00 am - 10:00am Weekends/Bank Holidays
  • EVENING MEAL Daily   5.30 pm – 8.30 pm (last tables)
  • SUNDAY LUNCH 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm
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Lounge Bar

The spacious and comfortable bar and lounge areas throughout the ground floor of the hotel offers a wide range of drinks from afternoon tea and coffee through to draught beers, cocktails and wine from our well stocked cellar.

Food is served in the afternoons Monday to Saturday so why not call in to see us and enjoy a light meal in one of our comfortable lounges.

  • AFTERNOON Mon - Sat 12.00 pm – 3.00 pm
  • SUNDAY Closed