The Ferry Inn

4.2
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386 reviews
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£25 and under
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English

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The Ferry Inn is a serendipitous country public house with welcoming staff, character rooms, candlelight, open fires, real ales, popular foods and fantastic sunsets.

A 17th Century former smugglers haunt-- this is a pretty little pub in a lovely marshland setting with tables and benches on the front terrace and in the back alongside the riverbank.

Inside it's very easygoing and chatty. The main bar has hop-draped painted beams, a green dado, and stools against the bar where they serve a beer called Oxney Ale specially brewed for the pub by Westerham Brewery.

To the right is a cosy eating area with wheelback chairs-- ideal for a banquette with friends around a few long tables.
What 386 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.9
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P
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A great meal at the Ferry last night. New chefs on the team, and food was really excellent. The Rye bay Scallops starter was exquisite, and the local lamb was historic ! In fact the 4 of us all had great dishes, with friendly and professional service. Don't hesitate... much better than the average 'gastropub' food, at sensible prices. Book now before it gets full, as it is bound to get if they keep this high standard going.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fab food as always the pub was busy but our food came pretty quickly & was nice & tasty as always

AR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Super solid food and drink. Nice place to while away a cold, wet autumn evening

h
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and beer, relaxing atmosphere, highly recommend

LW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely little pub and decided to visit after reading other reviews. Staff very friendly and welcoming, nice selection on the menu the only thing I would say is that the prices charged for the food I feel is a little overpriced. This is clearly a very popular pub, no table left empty and had a nice atmosphere, would defiantly visit again if passing.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always good , will always eat here , just one little moan , think the Sunday lunches are s but stingy on portions .

GS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening for our son’s Birthday. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff even blew the balloons up for us. We will certainly be back.

PL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious complex flavours and the best food I've eaten in a very long time. The devilled kidney starter was extra special and I found out later that I could have ordered it as a main meal (next time!!). The guinea fowl was firm and delicate on a bed of brown rich broth. Highly recommended.

AR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Haven’t visited the Ferry Inn for a long time... hard to choose which main meal to have, so many delicious choices. In the end we all settled for the burger and we were not disappointed.
Unfortunately didn’t have room for a pudding: I am not normally a pudding person but the menu looked amazing. So next visit I’m making sure I have room!
The staff were welcoming and friendly and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
So thank you- we had a great evening and will return!

W
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, friendly and speedy service. Unique variety of foods, my favourite is the beef dripped chips! Only improvement I hope to see is a variety of foods for the children so they can have a choice to choose.

C
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious . Lovely surroundings and brilliant service

DP
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely pub in a lovely setting. Food and service were both excellent, lots of choice and cooked & presented well. Good range of beers, lagers, ciders and gins. Thoroughly recommended.

SC
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal. Barman was very helpful all night and happy to have a chat about the history of the very old inn.

S
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Restaurant was very noisy - we struggled to hear ourselves chat. I had fish & chips - fish was lovely, but chips a bit greasy. My partner's halloumi burger was nice, & the plum tarte tatin was nice too.

PD
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Nice location, food was mediocre and definitely not good value for money, wouldn't go back.

AN
London
89 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

A great lobster lunch made the journey from London very worthwhile. Friendly service and as always a pleasure to visit the Ferry Inn

m
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great pub great food , one of our favorite places to eat!

n
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

For the most part everything was very good. One of our group is vegetarian and the choice for her was very limited she chose the Halloumi burger but found it not to have much taste. One of our group had the Duck breast which he found very tasty but with a small breast only 4 new potatoes and a few beans found the portion a little small. Other mains were 1/2 lobster which my husband said was delicious and Steak and Ale pudding which was lovely. The cheese cake desert was really nice and the cheeseboard was well presented and very tasty. The Camembert starter was also very nice.

We had a very pleasant time and would definitely go again.

The staff were nice although not as friendly as they have been on our previous visits but I think this was due to it being busy.

DW
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience3

This is the first time back at the Ferry for me for a while
Whilst I would go back for a drink
The service was ok
Especially when I complained about the two stakes
But as a pub grub restaurant you do not expect to pay £100 plus for one starter two mains and one desert two glasses of wine
After sending the stakes back was told that it would be deducted from the bill.
If it was then it equates to £150!

Staff were polite but food is not on par with the pricing

Maybe I just had a bad night

The Ferry Inn
Responded on 26 August 2019

Dear David Many thanks for your review. We recall your visit and that the edges of your steaks were sadly slightly overaged, and were happy to deduct them from your bill. The bill included 1 starter, 2 desserts, 2 coffees, 2 gin&tonics, 1 small & 3 large glasses of wine and was £71.55. With the steaks it would have been £127.45. We remain terribly sorry that the steaks weren't as they should have been & hope that this explanation of the bill provides you with clarity. Kind regards The Ferry

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NB
Berkshire
16 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly lively Gastropub

IC
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent meal experience. We chose 2 expensive dishes which were excellently cooked and presented.

RR
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Quaint old pub tucked away on Romney Marsh with excellent countryside views.
Friendly and efficient service. Food very good and excellent value. Beer superb, thanks to Goachers from Maidstone, I understand.
Let down by less than clean toilets / hand washing facilities with no soap in the ladies. Pity!
Will go again when next in the area and hope for an improvement.

JA
Kent
22 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food good service and lovely setting. Our first visit and we will be back!

SD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another super evening at The Ferry Inn with delicious food, good banter and a happy, relaxed atmosphere. It's a proper country pub - no unnecessary sprucing up - with excellent food. There's something for everyone - good pub classics (some with a bit of an enhancing 'twist') and delicious, innovative 'specials'. The fish dishes never disappoint. The half of Dungeness lobster was exemplary, as was the bouillabaisse with monk fish and lobster - divine!

R
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

. . . another enjoyable meal at one of our favourite pubs. Good food, very good and friendly staff, thoroughly recommend it.

SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The choices are excellent and the food is excellent. All the classic Pub Foods (with a subtle twist), and some other excellent dishes. It is not cheap, but is excellent value.

SI
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, great service and great food. We sat outside with a sundowner and ate outside too. The overall menu and specials choices were excellent! Thank you...

SA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoy visiting the Ferry Inn and never been disappointed

RD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Ferry is a little off the beaten track, but well worth a visit
Sea food is all very fresh, beautifully presented and service to match

AN
London
89 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A return to an old favorite from our time living in Rye. A change of management sometime
ago was precursor to a rise in fortunes for the Ferry Inn. It has a great position on the outskirts
of Stone in Oxney, plenty of car-parking space, garden back and front and bar and restaurant
space for either full-scale lunch or dinner. However most importantly it has allied a traditional
country pub atmosphere to good food and good service.

SS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Always a lovely place to eat and drink, however, food not as good as previous meals.

CR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

When we arrive they did not find out booking. They were not serving us at 8.00 pm as they said the information you site provided was incorrect.
I am very disappointed with both your company and the Ferry.

LH
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food - a must visit! Fresh local produce very delicious

DR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Nice, friendly environment. Very good food with varied menu - something for everyone, with good sized portions.

Really enjoyed our evening and would certainly recommend.

CH
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First visit to the inn and very impressed with the food, value for money considering the quality and great service.
Will definitely be going back now we have discovered this lovely country pub and will be taking friends and family with us.

AM
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely pub, where the food is so much better than you might expect. All the starters were delicious and the mains were grand. One big negative in my book was that my steak I asked for rare came out med/welldone. Always undercook a cook a steak if you can't cook it properly for your customer as you can always cook it a bit longer if needed rather than waste a good steak and start again. Proper pub atmosphere with a lovely warm local feel. Would go again and next time make it utterly clear that my steak should be cooked as I asked.

a
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Friendly staff and food was excellent myself and my wife thoroughly enjoyed our meal

DB
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Had an enjoyable evening, very welcoming. Food was good however, surprised that a large glass of Rioja was in excess of £10 per glass. It did not appear to be that large and wasn't especially good.

Would suggest having a meal but go careful on the drinks.

AC
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The Ferry Inn is a pub as they used to be: relaxed, unpretentious, much loved by its locals and welcoming to outsiders. We did not have any alcohol so I can't rate the wine, but the food was delicious, with great attention to detail - for example, a seriously good salad dressing. I had the scallops, in a slightly sweet, fruity sauce which worked really well; and my friends seemed very happy with their linguine and mushrooms. Given the quality of the food, I was surprised by the tasteless, watery coffee. Since you can get tolerably decent coffee in any petrol station these days, the coffee machine definitely needs updating. However, it did add to the gentle, shabby, going-back-in-time quality of this pub, which I hope will never change. I shall certainly be back.

MR
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Good food for lunch time. Service could be better. Inside decor was tired.