The Red Lion Hernhill

4.4
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108 reviews
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£25 and under
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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.
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff make this dinning experience so much more than just great food. Always a pleasure to dine here :-)

m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

You can't make a second "first impression".
My first impression from the reception we received upon entering the pub to take up our booking for Sunday lunch was " we're so successful we don't care".
Comments (x2) of "next time" don't go down well!
What "next time"?
If the first time doesn't please you why have a second shot? At my expense!
This is a very popular pub that thinks its getting it right.
Shame.
It obviously appeals to many people but I think it should offer a more customer faced approach.
Must do better!

JW
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As ever The Red Lion provided the family with a delicious Saturday lunch, (fabulous chips too), a great place to visit after a walk, the staff as always were very welcoming and gave us a great service - dog friendly to boot! Thank you

JJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely country pub in the heart of a quaint Kent village. Been here on many occasions but the first time over Christmas. The pub was beautifully decorated and the food was fabulous (especially the sticky toffee pudding).

TP
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the Red Lion and always eat there when in the area, especially for a Sunday roast. Puds are yummy. Lovely service and great atmosphere around the bar.

DB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I love the cosy, friendly atmosphere of the Red Lion: my friend and I go regularly and always get a warm welcome. There is a good choice of food - and the desserts are superb!!

C
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and they could not have been more accommodating with our dietary requirements and slightly off-menu requests! It was such a lovely atmosphere and the staff were very friendly and attentive.

MM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent sunday lunch in a beautiful 14th century building. Not cheap though. Service was very good especially given how busy it was

AL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Sunday Roast Dinner!
And homemade puddings, lovely coffee, cosy with log fires.. what more can you wish for!

JW
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday lunch - outstanding as ever, delicious beef, massive Yorkshire puddings and tasty veg.... not to mention the fantastic chocolate brownie pudding! Staff, as always - excellent!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

First time at the pub and we had a lovely lunch. Very friendly service and happy for us to bring our dogs. It’s cosy and attractive inside and the garden looks great too. Would definitely recommend.

JL
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant as always, lovely welcome, great service, food. A good wine list. Dogs are welcome. The perfect country pub.

MS
London
59 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a lovely pub. We were a group of friends in the area for the day and very luckily found this pub in advance and booked a table. Great food, beautiful venue, friendly staff. If in the area again, we will return!

M
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely food, well worth the wait (though there was a little wait!) - both mains and desserts were excellent

CE
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food, very excellent service and a lovely atmosphere

JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Already commented on trip advisor ..... dramatic change.... oh dear !!!!!

R
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great Sunday lunch. Warm & cosy pub! Parking is a little limited for the amount of tables though

E
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Sadly this was not a good dining experience. Our party of four arrived at 12.30, in good time for what is usually a busy Sunday lunchtime. We shared starters and then waited an hour for our main meals without any apologies for the delay from staff. Eventually when we asked, two of the four meals were cold and had to be sent back. We had to ask to see the Manager, rather than him addressing the issue in good time. They did knock the two meals from the bill, but it wasn’t a good experience. It is very unusual for me to complain, but in this case, there wasn’t an option.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another perfect family meal, thankyou

IH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Slow service, missing cutlery, reminder on drinks.

Food very good

Felt a bit tucked away in the corner upstairs, would prefer to have been in bar

m
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The food and drink was good and service was prompt, but unfortunately there were far to many people packed into a small area around the bar, making it very noisy and difficult to have a conversation.
I think it would be fine in the week but I would not recommend on a weekend, especially a Sunday.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable Saturday lunch in a lovely pub

JH
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A favourite pub of ours lived up to expectations! A very enjoyable evening.

L
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous Sunday roast, service outstanding atmosphere delightful
This is a must for any day of the week truly wonderful, looking forward to returning

PS
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great pub restaurant. Friendly service and really good food, The Red lion never disappoints!

LH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience2

I would recommend! However, we were sat right opposite the bar and it was so noisey! The other side in the restaurant area looked a lot quieter!

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

having booked lunch online very easily, we found that on arrival we was looked after from start to finish, also the pub had a jazz band on outside, excellent location perfect lunch

SB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a meal twice here in one week. Everyone was helpful and very friendly. Land lady was exceptional helpful and welcoming.

JM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family run, hide away, fantastic atmosphere, fantastic staff and always incredibly helpful, will continue to go here and recommend to everyone.

JB
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and beer. Will definitely dine there again soon.

D
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good food, dog friendly and excellent service

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The servers were friendly and attentive. The food, took a while to get to us, but everything seemed made to order and not heated up. Between us, we had the Scotch Egg to share as a starter, you have to try if that’s something you’d go for.
I had the Steak and Mushroom pie, which was fantastic, great suet pastry, good old fashioned taste, so glad I ordered.
The rest of the party enjoy a ploughman’s platter and the Cod.
What a fantastic, fun and friendly environment.
Wish I had a dog to bring along, as being dog friendly made it even more inviting.
Hope to be back for Sunday Jazz sometime soon.
Thanks to ALL.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal for 4 good service and lovely atmosphere.

KT
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely pub in a village setting....home cooked food was good with something for everyone.

SM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning historic pub, with amazing food, and a great selection of drink

PD
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

very ordinary meal cost circa £40 a head-not worth it

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent character pub with excellent food. Five star

CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely pub - second time of eating here and it won't be the last :) Great food, great service, friendly staff (always a bonus!) will definitely be back.

MH
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food. Had steak and onion pie. Delicious. The green veg were cooked to perfection.

SW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great country pub, with excellent food and service!