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The Great House
The Great House

The Great House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thegreathouse.net
  • Phone: 0158 075 3119
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday from 11.30am to 11pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Lucian Bunea
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Car Park
A word from The Great House
This 16th century inn set in the heart of the Kentish weald just oozes character and history, with its wealth of exposed beams and a magnificent orangery overlooking the private garden. A traditional lynch gate and a herb garden just add to its charm. The mediterranean-style stone terrace is the ideal place to enjoy summer evenings. Our menu is made up of traditional English cuisine, regional French brasserie-style cuisine created by our chef as well as local seasonal game. You can also choose from a fine selection of ales and wine.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Dinner on 27 August 2014 with two companions. Very pleasant surroundings: characterful but informal. Service was attentive and efficient. Good menu and food well cooked and presented. Very reasonable prices for the quality. My only disappointment was with the car parking: one of my companions was disabled and there seemed to be no provision for disabled parking. We had to park in an unsurfaced area to the rear of the restaurant. then, when we emerged after dark the whole car park was in pitch darkness - dangerous considering the unfinished state of the surface, particularly with a disabled companion. I think the car parking issue needs attention - hence only four stars for ambience."
    dined on 27/08/2014
  • "Its a firm favourite for Birthdays and a bonus that we are within walking distance. Food lovely as usual. Really liked the squid starter. The specials went down well and we even managed to squeeze in desserts too."
    dined on 27/08/2014
  • "Great food and pleasantly served as usual. Sadly we were seated adjacent to the garden access and thus what would have been a very satisfactory culinary experience was spoiled by constant stream of guests using the garden and restroom facilities. Would not have been so bad if the guests had closed the door behind them .. and the same goes for some members of staff! It is appreciated that, when the restaurant is full, that someone has to sit on either side of this exit but, NIMBYI guess."
    dined on 24/08/2014
  • "This was my first visit to The Great House with three girlfriends that come to visit me locally from Brighton. We were all very impressed with the food which was absolutely beautiful and also although they were busy the service was perfect with no long waits. Would certainly visit it again and recommend anyone to try it, you won't be disappointed. We'll done The Great House."
    dined on 23/08/2014
  • "Range of main dishes was disappointing. A shame that we cannot see more local people running and serving in our local restaurants."
    dined on 20/08/2014
  • "A very welcoming venue with excellent food! We loved the visit."
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "My cousin decided to visit at short notice, and we were caught out for a dinner idea. We use the Great House (and sister restaurant The Vineyard) regularly and managed to book a table. As usual, the ambiance and food were excellent. Instead of bread or olives, we selected the squid & prawns from their tapas menu, to share while waiting for the meal to arrive. Having enjoyed these, the starters and main courses were swift to follow. My daughter and I always agonise over the starter, and then end up choosing the scallops! The chef periodically varies the recipe for the scallops, and it is always interesting to try a different take on a favourite food. Always check the "Specials" board, as these are usually always delicious."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "Delicious food and great service, liked the décor and the garden. We did not feel hurried to finish and the staff were attentive and polite."
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "Enjoyable, friendly staff. Service better than The Vineyard. Haven't been to either a sufficient number of times to compare food quality but would go the Great House again. For me, portions a bit too big - we are not in America - smaller and, perhaps, cheaper would be a desirable attribute. Cannot comment directly but the loo's given 5 stars by the ladies in our group."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "We wanted a nice place to take friends who were new to the area but who were discerning diners. The great house delivered with lovely, helpful staff and very nice food served outside in lovely surroundings. Could not fault it. We have also dined inside in the past and loved the decor and the AGA!"
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "A very enjoyable evening with good food and excellent service. Starters very tasty but a little overpriced given the portion sizes. Main courses were delicious and good value. Desserts at £6 pricey. However , excellent ambience and very friendly staff made this a memorable evening. Will be back."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "We booked on line for our resovation and all went according to plan. We were greeted and seated. Drinks were brought to our table in the pub part before being shown to our table in the restaurant. Service was excellent as was the food. We have been there quite a few times and have never been disappointed. Will return"
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "A lovely lunch with an interesting menu. We really enjoyed the Brazilian Platter. Service was friendly and efficient. Pleasant environment - a bit noisy for me but can't complain because it was only people enjoying themselves instead of loud "background" music."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "My wife were staying in Hawkhurst for just one night. It isn't a part of Sussex we are familiar with and read various reviews on the internet before booking. We were not disappointed. The food was well cooked, nice and hot and well presented (and a great pint of Harvey's) The staff were friendly, polite and efficient and I felt the bill represented good value for money. All in all a good night out and if we were in this area again I would certainly book another table."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "A very pleasant dining room looking out on to the garden in a building dating vack to the 1600s. It was full at 7.30 on a a Sunday evening - though the restaurant closes at 9.30. An eclectic menu with the aga specials of particualr interest. The "dabs fillet", spelled and pronounced as written, were worthy of mention. It is some time indeed since I have seen dab on a menu but the fillets were very well cooked, although the kitchen wasa little heavy handed with the mornay sauce. All in all a very pleasant meal in an interesting location."
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "Excellent food from starter (Brazilian sharing platter), juicy steaks to ice creams and sorbets. Very pleasant surroundings and friendly, efficient service. A thoroughly enjoyable evening."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Had a very nice meal here when staying overnight in the area. Very friendly team and excellent choice of freshly cooked food. Good beer and wine."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "We had a super Sunday lunch, the service was very good and the food tasty and well cooked. Hubby who is very specific on how he likes his steak was very happy. We felt that the staff although cheerful and attentive the level of service wasnt intrusive. I would recommend the cherry brûlée and would have to admit I thought I wouldn't ever find a brûlée as good as mine. Definately on our list of to go back to's."
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "We booked The Great House for Fathers Day and having traveled from London were pleasantly surprised with the warm welcome. Service was attentive and friendly and food was plentiful and tasty. They had an excellent choice of local beers/bitters which our waiter gave us a selection of tasters of. We will def return despite the 1h 45min journey"
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "We had a fantastic meal, with excellent and very friendly service. The special was brilliant."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Nice country pub/restaurant with lovely calm atmosphere and outside areas. Very friendly staff. Only downside is the limited menu, each time I have gone I have had fish and chips because there is nothing else on the menu. If they offered more choice I would go more often :)"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Excellent service and great food. I told them that I was gluten imtolerant and they ensured me that they could modify any order I made gluten free. The atmosphere was fantastic and although the menu initially looks incredibly expensive, you definitely get what you pay for!"
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "Booked a sunday lunch table for 1st wedding anniversary meal after visiting bodiam castle. Even though we were early at the pub, waitress took us straight to our table without the fuss. the food was simply delicious and service very friendly and attentive. to our surprise the pudding plate has been decorated with lovely anniversary wishes and a candle, very nice touch indeed!!! Well recommended"
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "I great meal again - particularly like the tables in the lower restaurant with a view of the garden - on a summer's evening anyway!"
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "We went to the Great House on a Travelzoo Local Deal (@ £39 for two). The food was amazing: flavoursome and beautifully presented. The relaxed atmosphere was just right for an enjoyable meal and good conversation. We will definitely return more often. Y. U. M.!!"
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "Lovely Sunday lunch at the Great House for my son-in-law's birthday celebration. As ever, the food was very good and the service friendly, efficient and welcoming. The staff also made a huge fuss of my 11-month old granddaughter - including having a high chair in place for her when we arrived. "
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "This place was lovely, great attentive service, well looked after, delicious food and some honest recommendations from the waiter when asked. We will be going back."
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "We hesitated about booking lunch here because the first glance at the menu seemed pricey. We are so glad we decided to visit. The food was of excellent quality, and much thought had gone into the presentation and mix of textures and flavours. As the old adage goes "you get what you pay for", well this meal was worth every penny. We were a family of 5 with children, and we represented both the fussy eaters and the committed foodies amongst the party and all our needs were amply met, even the beer selection was spot on. We'll be back!"
    dined on 05/05/2014
  • "A beautiful drive to a lovely restaurant. The food was superb and the service and ambience first rate. I cannot recommend this restaurant too highly.. I hope other offers will become available."
    dined on 30/04/2014
  • "Having read previous reviews, I was very disappointed. On booking I'd mentioned we were celebrating a 'special birthday' and requested a table with a view over the garden, however on arrival, a large noisy party were in the dining area our table was not overlooking the garden and no reference was made to our occasion! Having said that, the food was good. Parking was difficult as a large van was part blocking the entrance to the car park and despite mentioning this to the staff, nothing was done. Only one small ladies cloakroom for a large number of guests was also disappointing. Sorry, but that's how it was! Staff were very polite however."
    dined on 30/04/2014
  • " Good place for sunday lunch.Good friendly sevice.Pleasant ambience a cut above your average pub lunch.We had the roast which was good but the full a la carte was also available"
    dined on 27/04/2014
  • "Really good cooking and a lovely location - great after a visit to the nearby Bodiam Castle. Small garden at the rear which is perfect for the kids to run off their desserts. Part of the Elite Pubs Group - will certainly try other pubs in the group if the standard is this good. Service a little slow and inconsistent on our visit. Child friendly."
    dined on 27/04/2014
  • "Service as always impeccable.Atmosphere buzzing. On this occasion, we were too close to next table for 2 & distracted by the noise of next diner +table was next to a locked door leading to beer garden constantly forced open by smokers, despite not being intended exit, interrupting our meal & space. Needed proper signage or no table. mozzarella & tomato starter delicious & fish & chips hearty & non oily. Dessert of panacotta with fruit coulis, however, was a gelatinous mound of vanilla flavour, not a hint of lightness or wobble! & might well have been prepared by a schoolboy. This was disappointing especially as we have had the dish in its proper state before. On this occasion it was not the expected or usual relaxing evening."
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "I love this place, whether it is just for a drink in the garden or full blown meal. The atmosphere and food is fantastic and it is well priced - especially the open sandwiches and soup. We will definitely be back when we are next in the area."
    dined on 21/04/2014
  • "We chose The Great House as it was a short drive from my mum's house. We went on Easter Day which although busy wasn't an issue. Despite other busy tables & a big celebration going on in a separate annexe the staff were attentive throughout. The choice on the menu was excellent and left us not knowing what to choose. Everything ordered was of a good quality. We all decided to have a pudding which may have been a mistake as the portions were most generous! The tables weren't all crammed in which makes a nice change and we never felt rushed. We wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending The Great House to anyone else but would advise you book first as these guys get busy."
    dined on 20/04/2014
  • "We had a lovely table by the window, the staff are friendly and helpful. The menu was varied and interesting we mainly chose the specials all of which were very good. All the foos delicious and well presented - great wines too! This is very good pub restaurant food with a french influence, a rustic ambience and a pleasurable experience all round."
    dined on 16/04/2014
  • "Friendly&attentive staff.Good ambiance&comfortable sitting.Reflective mirror table is too bright especially my desert was on see-though plate.Delicious cured meat but was stacked on tiny plate,not eye-pleasing&difficult to share.Side vegetable overcooked.3 lettuce leaves with balsamic vinegar was out of place with cooked veg.celeriac pie had good flavor but extremely runny.Pretty Panna cotta soft&creamy but served with 1/6 of a raspberry&just about enough coulis to cover half a panna cotta.Little front parking so we parked at the back&walked through a beautiful garden. My friend is unsteady on feet with sight problem so trouble walking through patio area that has steps that are difficult to see. Side entrance was tricky to get through. "
    dined on 14/04/2014
  • "We had Sunday lunch at the The Great House. The lady at the bar was most unhelpful and informed us our table was for 3pm and it was only 2.30pm, she managed to say it in such a rude way we almost left. The food was ok but nothing great. They were far too busy and couldn't cope. At the end of our meal we were asked to leave our table and finish our drink in the bar as they had people waiting. We had only been at the table for an hour and a half and had only just finished our dessert as the service was so slow. Very strange place. Could be nice but don't go on a busy Sunday"
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "We came here as usual after an early evening showing at the local cinema. All the Hungarian staff were very friendly and helpful, the meal excellent though I could probably eaten twice as much of my Guinea Fowl and sweet potatoes. My husband had an excellent steak which was large enough to satisfy. We will definitely return."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "Enjoyed the setting , the decor and the service. Oh and the food was really good. Would recommend."
    dined on 29/03/2014