The Ferry Inn

4.4
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415 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 415 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
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JohnH
London
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic pub great food

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vipCanuckville
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Sunday Roast Beef - was nice. a good gastro pub meal but have had better ones elsewhere.
Steak+Ale Pie - lovely. Lovely gravy, pastry and filling. Very big. Really nice meal.
Seafood Tagliatelle - this is their speciality. Worth price. Outstanding meal. At this time of the year, it's all about the seafood in that area and this meal reflects that.

Staff were nice. Very busy local place.

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DavidB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had lunch with friends about 4 years ago at the Ferry Inn and had the best Ham eggs and chips I have ever had .
I was worried that returning 4 years later I would be disappointed .
I was there with my wife and daughter on a beautiful evening and the food and service was fantastic
Highly recommended
David Babayan

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service1Ambience3

Food was amazing,atmosphere quite pleasant although the staff lacked in customer service and attention to detail. Overall a great experience

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RebeccaB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Beautiful setting and friendly staff. Managed to accommodate a large group of 9 at quite short notice even though they were already hosting a wedding reception, which was good.
Food not great though as the 'burgers' were more like meatloaf , covered in jam in a wrap which was disappointing, and the battered fish was very oily. The kids tomato pasta was very nice though, as was the chicken kebabs.

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sangfroid
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

A very nice pub in a peaceful setting, good food and excellent sunset. I will be going back!

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DonnaP
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was top notch. Absolutely delicious. We sat in the garden with sheep in the field next to us. Lovely atmosphere. Loved it! Our new favourite place!

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Eatwell
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was our first meal out since March Lockdown and what a beautiful venue. The Ferry Inn is a quaint old pub by river with a lovely outdoor area. There was loads of space and shade outside, we had booked specifically.
Really lovely staff, very attentive. Good choice on Menu and service was fast. Bread and Olive starter was generous in portion and very fresh. We went for Fish and Chips with peas and tartar sauce and for once did not get a huge portion of chips. I hate too many just cant eat them. Finished off with fabulous Choc brownie, hubby and delicious ice cream, me. Nice strong coffee to round off meal.
There is a car park opposite Inn with an overflow in field. Very popular even on a Wednesday lunch.
There is a choc brown Labrador dog assumed belongs to Inn so cute and friendly lying in sun.
Prices are not cheap but great for treat and doing best in still difficult circumstances.

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chris
London
94 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Went with my Mum and fortunately the weather was good so we were able to sit outside. We both had the roast beef and a dessert. Service excellent- very quick and efficient as well as friendly. We know the pub already and it’s a local favourite. Can not fault it.

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ValP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fantastic lunch of scallops and moules mariner's. No room for the delicious dessert menu. We'll be back!

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AmyR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely menu choices and beautiful setting.
Staff were fantastic.

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Adrian
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great meal in the early evening sun. Pub staff were very welcoming and friendly, service was great and food excellent. Devilled kidneys a rare treat (several other starters are available) and the portion of moules was wonderful. The kitchen was able to vary from the menu to wrap halloumi rather than serve in a beetroot bun.
Add another real ale to the pumps and this would be perfect!

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GrantS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Went to the Ferry on the saturday18th July, booked a table but there was a choice of several. Sat at the rear of the pub over looking fields. I had the burger wrapped in a tortilla which was really nice. My mum had the salmon beetroot and goats cheese salad which again was good.
I will definitely be going back to try other things off the menu

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

First trip to a pub since lockdown and although restaurant very quiet the service, food and experience was great. Good choice of meals. Staff very helpful and social distancing maintained well
Will def be back Thanks

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WalterB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great to back at this idyllic country pub in deepest Kent. Food and service just as good as when we last ate here before lockdown. Long may it prosper.

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JohnH
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic sitting in the front garden with the beautiful sunset was priceless thanks

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JeanD
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

We celebrated a double birthday and food was great unfortunately there was a pice of plastic in my brownie which they changed immediately, i do feel a small discount or free drink may have been the way to go as the plastic was approximately an inch long and i am disabled with half my body paralysed was it was lucky enough i could feel it in my mouth. On the up side we had 2 vegetarians in our party and they were thrilled at the choice of food.

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MikeGreeen
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We selected The Ferry Inn for its location and based on reviews - it was an excellent choice ticking all the boxes for great atmosphere, a traditional pub and fabulous food, especially the scallops and the Dungeness cod which were very fresh. Thank you to the team at The Ferry Inn for a memorable evening.

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BradleyF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The steak burger is something else!

Literally the best burger I’ve ever had and the service from the staff was excellent

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SarahH68
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was excellent as usual. Not cheap but worth it.

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SarahH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely food with good service. Our first visit but will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it from the moment we walked in. Nice open fire, nice welcoming bar staff, good menu and excellent food. We’re not local but would visit again in a heartbeat. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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Sante
London
21 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always reliable. Excellent pub atmosphere and great food.

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Emeraldpagey
London
12 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Second time of coming here. Didn't disappoint. Food was excellent and the service was too. Lovely old pub with a great atmosphere. Booked a table by the fire rather than the dining area. The ferry burger was amazing but massive! Lamb rump cooked perfectly and delicious. Never have enough room for a dessert:( Definitely coming back.

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Bestest
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food as always. We will be back in the summer. Thank you

CM
ChristineM
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The sirloin roast was, as usual, excellent and the main course arrived quickly. Unfortunately things were let down by a 35 minute wait for our desserts. We suspect our sweet order may have been forgotten.

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Emeraldpagey
London
12 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Booked a table for 3 at quite short notice for 7pm on a Wednesday. Quite quiet. Had table by open fire. Lovely old pub, very quaint. Varied menu. Unfortunately scallops were off the menu when we went so we opted to share a charcuterie board for 2 between the three of us. Plenty for 3 people as a small starter. Choice of meats was nice apart from the salt beef which didn't really have any flavour. Two of us opted for the guinea fowl which was delicious and moist. It came with dauphinoise potatoes which were nice but Ive had better. More veg would have been good with this. The other person in our party had the steak and ale suet pudding with chips. He loved the chips, steak and ale was good but suet was a little stodgy. The service was impeccable. The girl behind the bar was extremely attentive. We would definitely come back. Just a tip - we had an elderly man in our group and the walk to the car park across the road was a bit hazardous in th dark as there are no lights. We used the torch on our phone. He also said the gents was a disappointment and dirty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere! Highly recommended!

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FionaW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a loose group of friends who fancied a relaxing pre-Christmas lunch. We had a great time.
The Ferry is a lovely old pub with a huge open fire and long wooden tables to lean your elbows on. It has a separate dining area but we chose to sit near the open fire! Service is relaxed, friendly and helpful. The food is also great - a fantastic selection of food - again relaxed and well thought out. It’s not ‘Fine dining’ with loads of ‘jus’ but is certainly a cut above pub food! We were all very happy with our choices including the plant eaters. I know this pub from old and will continue to visit regularly - would thoroughly recommend.

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Peter
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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AdamR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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

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hackneyblue
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and beer, relaxing atmosphere, highly recommend

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LisaW
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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 .

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GrantS
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.

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PennyL
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.

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AnitaR
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!

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Wise
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.

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Chattyrenata
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious . Lovely surroundings and brilliant service

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