The Dering Arms

4.6
88 reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood
Whilst we specialise in award-winning seafood there’s plenty of choice for non seafood lovers. Most recently we've introduced the Bistro menu. These one plate meals add a delicious versatility to the offering and were designed to cater for fans of traditional 'Pub food', stews, casseroles and pies.


We love a culinary challege. Let us know what your needs are, with enough warning we can plan and shop for the ingredients to create your special meal.
What 88 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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LouiseH
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Would highly recommend. Beautiful building.
Good food boot value.n
Great place to go for a date night .

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DeborahO
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yet another wonderful meal at the Dering Arms!
The food, service and ambience are second to none and I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant. Worth a drive to get there or take a train like me if you can as it is literally almost inside Pluckley station.

NJ
NickJP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

First time here and it won’t be the last. Wonderful menu, absolutely delicious fish, great service and excellent wine. Our new local favourite.

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Pauline2000
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We are out of towners to this place but unlike other country pubs we were made to feel welcome The food was absolutely outstanding, probably the best we’ve had. Our homemade gin and tonic was very good as well ( shame I was driving). Would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

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AndyM
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great local food and great local beer as always 👌 👍

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Friends
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

We did not feel rushed or overcrowded. Food was good, service friendly but inexperienced. No vegetarian option

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SteveB
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent seafood served in wonderful surroundings.

Food: Sardines followed by an enormous Lemon Sole. Chorizo followed by Tuna Steak. Everything beautifully cooked and served without any fuss.

An excellent venue for my wife's birthday lunch.

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PerM
London
20 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Understated, welcoming and deceptively good cooking awaits you at The Dering Arms. A particular strength is their 'specials' board laden with fish dishes. And there is a very practised hand in the kitchen that certainly knows how to honour the best that halibut, sea bass, bream, crab and so on have to offer. Very good; very hidden away; very worthwhile seeking out. PerM

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vipGreg
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My wife and I had a most enjoyable lunch the food was fresh, tasty and looked great. Would not hesitate to recommend the Dering Arms

DO
DeborahO
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant and beautiful food.
Would highly recommend.

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AdrianB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

High quality food and wine at a reasonable price. Friendly service. Will definitely go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely superb! Gorgeous historic building, lovely decor, perfect service, & delicious food! And good value for the quality. A fabulous find, will definitely return 🙂

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Bucklad
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Exceptional freshly cooked fish dishes, friendly staff and pleasant atmosphere. Be prepared to wait for your food as it is all freshly prepared and cooked.

JR
JanR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. We all ate fish and everyone’s meal was fantastic. Friendly staff and we felt very safe.

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MalcolmH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There is nowhere within ten miles that has consistently maintained the vey high standards of The Dering Arms.If you like fish this is for you .The Hake is out of this world.The beer and wine also outstanding.Thevrib eye and duck pretty good too

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect family lunch to celebrate son’s graduation.

MH
MalcolmH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfection personified at reasonable prices especially fish Hale wonderful .Same owner for over30 years who enjoys food and wine

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Gustavo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

The Oysters were fresh but were not served on ice so I had to eat them quickly. The prawns...some were good some were very dry almost like they were double cooked. My partner said the rainbow trout was very good. The Lemon Posset was not set, very liquid. I have asked for another one and was told Lemon Posset was like this. Service was not very amicable. Paper napkins were provided before the meal arrived and it was asked that we used them instead of the linen ones in order “to save a napkin”. I left with mixed feelings, with the impression that the place was once a great place to eat. Wish them good luck, but I don’t think I’ll come back.

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LoraineF
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Having recently moved to the area we are really pleased to have stumbled across this treasure. The food is cooked to order and is delicious. We noted a couple of reviewers complained about waiting, but what do you expect when someone is cooking everything from scratch. We have since visited on two other occasions with friends and family and everyone has commented to the taste and quality of the produce. The house beer is really good too. We are already looking forward to our next visit.

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Bern
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a fantastic place, great ambience and the food and drink are amazing. The best Dover Sole I've ever tasted and a superb selection of quality wines to choose from. The owner and staff all really helpful, friendly and on top of everything. Totally recommended as a great night out for couples, friends and family. Definitely the best for miles around.

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MarjorieS
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We took a friend for a birthday lunch, horrible weather, but a warm welcome and bright fire once inside.
Very quiet, not a busy lunch time but nice relaxed atmosphere.
Food was excellent and have already recommended the Dering Arms to friends.

CJ
ChrisJ
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent starter of shell-on prawns, followed by Dover Sole, supported by an extensive & reasonably priced wine list. The apple tart was O.K. but not quite up to the standard of what went before.

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AndyM
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great fresh produce good local beer all served in a nice local with open fires

JT
JennyTT
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful lunch and beautiful fish. One of the best meals I’ve had for a long time. The whole experience was excellent - we will return on a regular basis.

AM
AndyM
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and a nice atmosphere and the beer was good as well!!

AP
AlanP
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The usual brilliant experience at this great pub. You will love it.

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Mickey17
London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience1

It was a lovely meal , not sure if it was because it was just after Christmas.but we were the only 4 in the pub & could have done with a little background light music of sorts as it was extremely quiet, food was lovely though

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Rembrandt
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

A good lunch with old friends. All the dishes apparently prepared to order, which is very good. House wine was very good too.
Unfortunately a large shooting party arrived not long after we had finished our main course and the staff became so busy that we ran out of time, otherwise we would have stayed for dessert, cheese and coffee.

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WhiddenDown350
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We eat at The Dering Arms regularly for very good reason: the food is exceptional; the wine list is superb; the service, first-rate; the ambiance warm and welcoming. All-in-all, we cannot recommend it highly enough.

JF
JoFrench
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy our trips to The Dering Arms. Wonderful restaurant & food with friendly staff. Highly recommend.

MP
MartinP
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

If you like fish this is a good place to go as they have quite a number of options and it always seems fresh. Specials board a little disappointing as it doesn't seem to change much which is a shame. Also it would be good if the veg was included instead of having to order separately. Always seems quiet but usually go durng the week so don't know if it is different at the weekends. All in all great to visit if you like fish and are happy to pay a little more for good food.

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ErikB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Thursday lunchtime, and we were the only guests, which is a shame because the food at the Dering Arms is very good and our young waitress attentive and engaging. My pal always goes for the Sussex smokie and sea-bass. I opted for mulligatawny soup, which was less spicy than I'm used to, and an excellent hake with prawns in a butter sauce. We go at least once a month, and I always travel by train - the station is a short walk from the pub.

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sandy
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Picked this restaurant for friends visiting the UK who only eat fish.
There was a great choice of food and it was delicious.

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Scott
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food in a lovely setting! Fish and seafood are their specialty and I could see and taste why! My friend has the chicken liver starter and lamb shank and said they were both lovely too, so not just for fish eaters.

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StevenT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Disappointing visit as the menu option we chose was not available even though it was on the ‘specials’ board. Apparently that meal had not been ‘prepped’! Otherwise the food was ok, but no ‘wow’ factor. Nice wine selection and good service, but the whole experience just didn’t do it for us. Our second visit, the first was excellent, hence our return but not sure now about returning.

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Eustace152
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Difficult to add to my view apart from the fact we had a pleasant time having lunch at the Dering Arms

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Wendy
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

The Dering Arms unfortunately did not live up to its reviews. We were seated in a large room on our own, which felt like we were an inconvenience. My starter was good as was my main but reading the in house literature we expected something special. My husband ordered a second drink which he did not receive.
We did not order a dessert and left promptly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food- if you love fish visit here

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Linch1
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the whole experience for our sons birthday. The food was amazing, I particularly enjoyed the sardines and wonderful sea bass. It is so close to us in distance, yet have not visited for a long time, we will definitely return soon.

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VincentM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Visited for dinner, can’t recommend this enough, I had the sea bass special, liked it so much went back a few days later and had it again! I’m going to try staying overnight soon, food superb, location lovely, good for a romantic or family event..try it,it’s awesome

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The Dering Arms is rated 4.6 stars by 88 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.