The Goudhurst Inn

4.1
467 reviews
£25 and under
British
Welcome to The Goudhurst Inn, a comfortable and chic village pub recently refurbished and reinvented by Balfour Hospitality who are a family-owned group of pubs, restaurants and boutique hotels in Kent, the Garden of England and Central London.

We serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, and believe that good food and wine should not cost the earth and is best shared with loved ones and friends. Our menus are freshly prepared on a daily basis , and we source locally and responsibly the best in class produce. We are wholly committed to good honest food serving dishes that offer choice and good value to our customers.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 467 People Are Saying
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4.1
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.9
Value
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devon1
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food. Excellent staff. Very accommodating for dietary needs.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review we are pleased you enjoyed your meal with us.

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JacquelineG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visited Goudhurst Inn yesterday for Sunday lunch & from start to finish everything was excellent.
The best Sunday lunch we have ever eaten out. The beef & lamb were tasty & tender, veg & potatoes roasted perfectly & Yorkshire’s risen to perfection. The portions were huge & defeated us.
All the staff were very helpful & friendly & served us with smiles.
All in all everything was faultless & we we highly recommend a visit to The Goudhurst Inn.
We will definitely be returning soon!

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 10 November 2021

We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your Sunday lunch with us , and thank you for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Many Thanks

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LaraB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great, food was amazing, lovely evening.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 10 November 2021

Thank you for review we are very pleased you enjoyed your time with us . Many Thanks

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VivienA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Six of us ate on a Saturday night, between us we tried many things off the extensive menu and we were all very pleased with out choices. 5 starters, 6 mains, 6 desserts, a bottle of wine and 4 drinks came to £240, which we felt was very fair. Will come here again as there were other choices that I wanted to try.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 10 November 2021

We are very pleased you was happy with your visit to us and thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again. Many Thanks

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DianaR
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, food ok, perhaps description on menu was not adequately met by the food we had.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 10 November 2021

Thank you for your review we have taken your comments into consideration. Mnay thanks

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SCSR
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Quick to be seated. Order taken quickly. Had to request water several times. Waitress appeared to be on her own but coped really well given how busy it was! We didn’t feel rushed at all which was lovely.
Overall a really lovely evening and the food was excellent.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 10 November 2021

Thank you very much for your comments, we are very pleased you enjoyed your evening. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Many Thanks

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Graham
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wednesday lunchtime so it was quiet but very good overall, lovely food and quick service.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 10 November 2021

We are pleased you enjoyed your lunch with us and are greatful for your review. Many Thanks

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PeterS
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Good location and good sized car park, nice terrace and garden seating for a summer visit. Nice ambience inside the pub restaurant, but we did not go into the bar as unclear whether food served in that area. We ordered sea bass and pizza from main menu, both of which were very good but I felt the menu could have benefited from some lighter/cheaper options for lunchtime (eg.no salad dishes), unclear if these are available in bar area but no alternative menu offered to us on arrival nor on website?.
Overall a very good pub dining experience, good quality food and good service from friendly and efficient staff team.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely Sunday afternoon the the best roast dinner.

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Christie
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food, attentive friendly service. Lovely ambiance. Great music. A fab find for our first visit and will defo be coming back.

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

They seemed to be understaffed yesterday (Saturday lunch), only one member of staff serving the restaurant who was rushed off her feet, we had to wait a LONG time for our food (about an hour!) which meant that we didn’t have time for puddings etc There were loads of used glasses piled up at the end of the bar which didn’t look great when we went to pay. A shame because the long wait and lack of staff has put us off returning.

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Hattie
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Very interesting menu offering some unusual options. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. The venue is lovely, perfectly lit, and tables were comfortable and nicely spaced. We would definitely return and would recommend most certainly.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 22 October 2021

Thank you very much for review we are very pleased you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again . Many thanks

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LesleyM
Kent
20 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely buildings and gardens giving a great atmosphere. The mushroom linguine was excellent , creamy and full of flavour. However I think the dough balls had been left in the oven too long and were hard. But a lovely lunch overall and I definitely like the new menu.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 22 October 2021

Thank you very much for your comments we are glad you enjoyed your meal and like our new menu , very sorry about your dough balls , we hope to see you again in the future. Many thanks

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TrevorH
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely choice of food very friendly and helpful staff a very enjoyable experience

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ElizabethR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious pizza great flavours and burger fabulous too!

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 22 October 2021

Thank you for your review we are pleased you enjoyed your meal . Look forward to seeing you again soon . Many thanks

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SimonM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A family Sunday lunch that was booked a bit close to the day, so our sitting was at 15:00. Always like the feel and ambience of the main dining room and we were very well served by the friendly and helpful team. Though I have seen, and suffered from, larger Sunday roasts, my main course was more than enough and even the kids roasts that my guests had was certainly enough for them. Can recommend the roast beef and chicken, but next time the lamb. A couple of us had the scallops for a cheeky starter, which were perfectly cooked and very tasty.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 22 October 2021

Thank you very much for your comments we are plaesed you had a nice Sunday lunch , we look forward to seeing you again . Many thanks

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CarolineC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

A nice location, beautiful decor and ambience. Food was average, not a reflection of the price and elements of the service could be improved. The confit garlic pommes purée was delicious as was the peppercorn sauce.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 14 October 2021

Thank you for your comments we will take them in to consideration . We are pleased you enjoyed your steaks.

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Mercedes123
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really enjoyed our meal … would def return, service was good and efficient.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 14 October 2021

We are very pleased you enjoyed your meal and glad the team looked after you well. Many thanks

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Norm
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Two out of three meals were excellent and the third was good.
Value was reasonable & the service was very good. Enjoyed the meal, a good choice to come here.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 14 October 2021

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to us, and hope to see you again in the future. Many thanks

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RachelF
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great meal, friendly environment and excellent staff - would definitely recommend. However, if you are allergic to garlic, the menu is rather limited!

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you very much for your review we are very pleased your enjoyed your time with us . We always try our best to cater for everyones needs but unfortunately sometimes this can be difficult.

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JoG23
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Another lovely meal at Goudhurst Inn. New menu was very tasty although disappointed that the cookie skillet pudding had gone!

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you for your review, we are very pleased you enjoyed your meal and new menu. Sorry about the cookie skillet but our new desserts are fab please give them a try next time your in .

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service well exceeding expectations. Highly recommended.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you very much for your review we are pleased you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again soon.

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fiveexCourierLadies
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved the meal lovely place to meet with friends, staff were friendly and did not rush us out as we ate out and enjoyed one anothers company. The food way enjoyable with a twist on classics, cannot rate highly enough.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 29 September 2021

Thank you very much for your review we are very pleased you enjoyed your time with us and enjoyed the food , we look forward to seeing you again

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ChristineB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

There was 7 of us on Sunday 19/9 for our golden wedding ,wasn’t a lot of choice other than Sunday roast ,food when it arrived wasn’t very hot the 1/2 chicken was huge far too big for the plate ,Yorkshire’s were burnt to a crisp ,when desserts were ordered they came without spoons I had to get up and ask and was told they were coming ,and why would you put oatmeal on a parfait ,was very disappointed and not value for money .

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JonathanB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely evening with friends at our old favourite, The Goudhurst Inn.
Not too busy but still vibrant atmosphere.
Shame they have changed their menu and removed Scotch Eggs - which was always a firm favourite and signature dish and the reason we have returned time and again. They were the best anywhere!!!!
The food was still great though not as good as before.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 20 September 2021

We are pleased you enjoyed your evening with us and great to hear your old customers returning. Sorry we no longer have the Scotch Egg on the menu but hope you will return to enjoy our new menus in the future.

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simond
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had lovely pizza in the lovely garden one Friday afternoon.
The staff were friendly, efficient and attentive.
We will definitely return.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 18 September 2021

Thank you for your kind review and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards Nick General Manager

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Lolasapola
Northampton
53 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Delicious and unusual flavours beautifully presented. It was a Monday night but still a very high standard of food. We’ll done chef!

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 17 September 2021

Thank you for your review we are very pleased you enjoyed your meal and your comments have been past onto our chef.We look forward to see you again

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Was nice not as good as I remember but still good

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 13 September 2021

Thank you for your review, we would love for you to visit us again and let us offer you a better experience

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JasonR
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, really nice pub/restaurant. Great service as well, definitely a place to visit again

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 13 September 2021

Thank you very much for your review we are very pleased you enjoyed your visit, we look forward to seeing you again.

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Fiona
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Interesting and innovative menu with good sides - friendly service

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 13 September 2021

Thank you for your review we are pleased you enjoyed the menu and your visit, we look forward to seeing you again

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Mini
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely and very relaxed Sunday lunch on the terrace. Three of us had the roast lamb and all the trimmings which was absolutely delicious. The other three had burgers or fish and chips, all of which were excellent - except once they saw the roast lamb they regretted not having it! We love the Goudhurst Inn which never fails to impress.

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 8 September 2021

Hi there, Thank you so much for your kind review, we are glad that you enjoyed your meal with us and we hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Nick General Manager

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LisaC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Very good quality food and excellent service.

Cost of items is very very high. Quality of food excellent but I was hungry when I got home. Portion sizes a bit thin.

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DavidI
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was slightly worried that the main building still had the dingy grey paintwork but needn't have worried as food was excellent and would not have been out of place at pricier Michelin starred restaurants. Service very good just surprised it wasn't busier - though I understand the chef is new so it will no doubt pick up once word gets out.

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OpenTable Diner
Jersey
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

We left half our food which is very unusual as we are good lovers!
Far too much salt so couldn’t taste anything else. The servers were lovely and did say they would take some money off the bill but this didn’t happen so paid full price for food we didn’t eat

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Wend
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Quite a nice place but a few negatives. The first table we were sat up was on an uneven floor and nearly upended. They clearly didn’t want us to use a larger table which was in a nicer area - could understand if they were busy but they were only a couple of tables in use the whole time we were there. They could have been a bit nicer rather than sitting us right by the entrance. After moving- was better - floor was even . Weren’t told about some items being missing until we tried to order them. Kids menu was good but maybe trying too hard. Sausage swimming in gravy - which made all the food very wet - would have been better in a gravy jug.
Raspberry sorbet was basically strawberry ice cream?!
Resent having a service charge added without having the discretion to say no or preferring to choose my own amount. Felt I had no choice but to pay it. One waitress with a bun was lovely the other two were a bit aloof- thought this was rather unnecessary as it was only a pub albeit a nice one.
Food was nice but I wouldn’t visit again - paid £54 for lunch for 3 but price irrelevant- kindness and being made to feel welcome go a long way and this was lacking in 2 of the staff.

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Michelle1973
London
12 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal at the Goudhusrt Inn on Bank Holiday Monday. The food took a little longer to come out as we would off liked but it was worth waiting for. The food was amazing and the waitress was very friendly and attentive. We would definitely recommend going there.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Found this place last minute while driving around Kent.
Loved the food and was so friendly. Must return for sure and stay in their rooms. Thank you

The Goudhurst Inn
Responded on 14 October 2021

Thank you very much for your feedback . We are pleased you enojyed the food and look foward to having you back .

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DonnaC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

The servic here was terrible! We ordered roast dinners and did not receive any sauces. By the time we attracted the waitresses attention by shouting across the restaurant as they were not even checking or looking at us, we asked for drinks, sauce and extra gravy for meals we had nearly eaten and more drinks. Waited about half an hour for all of this! Then asked for pudding to be told the kitchen was closed! I said this is because we waited so long for service so she came back and said was ok. We then saw main meals coming out for the next hour so I’m not sure how the kitchen could be closed! Also went to loo to find no toilet roll. Asked the staff for some so the waitress proceeded to place the toilet rolls in a pool of water in the toilet! We refused to pay for service charge. Totally let down as actually the food was quite good but the service was ignorant and appalling by all of the serving staff!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Service wasn’t great. Meals took a long time.
A little disappointing

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MikeC
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

With the lockdown we hadn't been to the Goudhurst Inn for some time. The food has definitely moved up in quality. Very good.

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The Goudhurst Inn is rated 4.1 stars by 467 OpenTable diners.

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