The Red Lion Hernhill

4.3
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162 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British

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Sunday Lunch
Steeped in history this 13th Century Hall House has been totally refurbished by the family White. It retains many distinctive character features including exposed beams, flagstone floors and crown post ceiling and an inviting log fire. Clever contemporary features now lend this remarkable building a comfortable atmosphere, which cannot fail to charm. Outside further delights await. Its a quintessentially English pub set in the picturesque Kentish Hamlet of Hernhill located just a few miles from the historic towns Faversham and Whitstable and The City of Canterbury.


Country, Family Run, Good Quality food - On the green overlooking the church - large beer garden with play area.
What 162 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PaulR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Lovely venue and food

I have no problem with the service charge raised due to Covid and pubs issues but some people may moan if they are not told about it immediately

MB
MikeB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate outside in the pub garden. Service was perfect; attentive, friendly, polite.
Good food with standard choice on the menu at reasonable prices.

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Claire
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Nice place, easy to book, food was ok but not worth the high prices. Steak chewy however they gave us a free dessert when we complained. Good service.

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SunSeeker
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely warm and friendly welcome with plenty of space and service with a smile. Loads of outdoor space and really clean and comfortable. Great location only 5 minutes off the A299, tasty unique food plus cater for vegetarians and vegans too, I’d visit again in a heartbeat

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StuartM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great local pub. Hard to fault anything. Good menu and had a lovely Sunday lunch

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JosephH
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Another enjoyable evening at the Red Lion. Food delicious (Monkfish Special was super) served by an ever friendly team !!

Will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite pub and always a cheerful service from the lovely Kym 👍

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday roast , good service , lovely waitress .

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Chef1976
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Overall fantastic.
Food was tasty and prompt, can’t wait to go back.

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SarahS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, efficient service and lovely staff.

DB
DeniseB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visit regularly but hadn’t tried the fish and chips before - what an oversight! Cooked in super crisp yet fluffy tempura batter, the cod was pure white in succulent chunky flakes. Delicious proper chips (no silly multiple cooking) and with sweet little peas. Accompanied by a couple of glasses of Saint Mitre Provençal rose wine. Perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Friendly service and good food.

RS
RebecaS
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They were very efficient and accommodating. And the meal I had was a simple lunch but it was tasty. Would go again.

EB
EmilyB
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We booked the Red Lion for a Sunday lunch with friends based on the online reviews. The roast was very tasty, although could have been warmer. We very much enjoyed our experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was just perfect, and in the current situation we are all in that can’t be easy ! Great food, great service as always. Thank you.

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NatalieF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and lovely, friendly pub!

Would recommend the biscotti cheesecake!

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PeterD
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’d been before and have always had an excellent meal. Very attentive, professional service; very good, often local ingredients; good choices on the menu. Washed down nicely with a couple of hand pump ales.

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ClaireW
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visited whilst on a family break, which I chose based on the reviews. We were not disappointed! Beautiful building and interior, quiet location. Great menu, friendly and professional staff. Drinks were well priced, as was the food for the excellent quality. Spotlessly clean, well placed tables for social distancing. Nothing was too much trouble. Gutted we don’t live closer as this would become a regular!

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JulieV
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fantastic team and a good choice of great food. Would recommend!

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NicholasM
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was very good. The pub was very busy as it was the last £10 off Wednesday in August. Bearing that in mind the food and the service were both top quality.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience1

Unfortunately we felt like we got false advertisement on the website and the bill came up to way more then expected. Wasn’t happy at all

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RichardD
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb lunch. The duck was perfect and the linguine excellent. Exceptional Bakewell tart for dessert.

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Jaxxx
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The portions were well sized, the staff were good, the chips were amazing but the Buddha bowl was dreary

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FrancisS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed our meal. The prawn dish with peppers and spinach was too hot for us. Too much pepper

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Buddly
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We were late as traffic was very bad, lady announced to the whole bar that we were late, very embarrassing. I was just about to say ok we’ll leave when she said we still have your table. Not a good start. But other service was good and food was excellent. Only four stars given for unnecessary comment when we arrived, she realised that I was turning to go so said she still had our table. Otherwise would have given 5 stars

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KimP
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience1

Very overpriced, no lunch menu offered even though they offered it on the website, very small portions.

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

have eaten here a few times and each time it has been exceptional, great food lovely place and friendly

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JuliaW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Took my parents out for a meal as local to them and having heard good reviews on the food thought it would be nice to visit. We had a superb meal and service was excellent. We sat next to a rather noisy table. They were asked several times to be quiet and this did help and appreciate that the staff noted their behaviour had took control. This was my parents first meal out since a March so it was nice we had great food and super service. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and great service again. Really lovely evening and well laid out. Good social distancing measures in place. Thank you to all the staff and chefs for their hard work

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Mini
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Felt cheated on fine in to eat out offer , not usual menu,, not a vegetable in sight , definitely not the same standard as we only paid half price,

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GrahameW
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place with great food and very good service. COVID sage. One of the best Sunday lunches that can be had. Thoroughly recommend.

JS
JasonS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great little country pub

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Natsgoesout
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really yummy fresh food. Not the cheapest but everyone enjoyed. Excellent service and lovely pub.

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KerryH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience1

Lovely food, but service was extremely slow and waitresses did not observe social distancing at all. Also we went in the evening and sat outside, so when the sunset, everyone was sitting in darkness and needed our phone lights to see! No outside lighting!

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PeterB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

An excellent evening in a beautiful country garden!

The food was good; the Thai duck, chicken and the beef burgers were excellent but the chips a little cool. Very busy with people taking advantage of the government's offer but the staff were attentive and coped admirably.

The picnic table seating became a little uncomfortable as the evening progressed but the balmy atmosphere more than compensated. There was a slight issue as the dusk became dark as the outside lighting was minimal and more concentrated towards the main building. Nevertheless, our daughters (like many other young people!) improvised by sitting their mobile phone torches on an empty glass to provide the necessary illumination.

Well done Red Lion management in supervising a very hectic evening whilst making it relaxed and enjoyable for its visitors.

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Lovely
London
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal . It was hot but got a seat completely shaded and it was delicious

JR
JanetR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There have been several poor reviews for the red lion .... I am very choosy as where I eat and value for money in both service & quality of food ...... just go and see for yourselves ..... it is fantastic..... trust me you really will not be disappointed.... by the foodie of Kent 👍👍

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Teebz
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Hit and miss. Fish and chips ok but the hummas starter was inedible. Waitresses were friendly but we also got delivered the wrong main.

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JulietE
Miami
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Perfectly pleasant service but food was underwhelming. Kitchen had technical problems that meant only two of about ten main courses were available. This information was given to us after we had been at the table for at least thirty minutes. Rose wine from the fridge was not chilled enough.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Booked this as had been previously and thought it was lovely. Unfortunately, although a Wednesday evening it was rammed. The owners had clearly put a one way system in place but we couldn’t get to it due to the number of cyclists stood in the way. Once in we were shown to a dirty table which was quickly wiped but food took ninety mins to arrive, we were then give dessert menus but no one came back to take our order despite staff standing around. What I hoped would be a fab date night in a great setting was very disappointing.

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The Red Lion Hernhill offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01227 751207.

The Red Lion Hernhill is rated 4.3 stars by 162 OpenTable diners.

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