The Great House
The Great House

The Great House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thegreathouse.net/
  • Phone: 01580753119
  • Hours of Operation:

    Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday from 11.30am to 11pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Gastro Pub
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChild Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Great House reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since 27 May 2014
Average Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4
    Value3.8
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (70)sunday lunch (63)fit for foodies (61)group bookings (34)romance (25)outdoor eating (25)child friendly (24)business meals (22)outstanding value (15)brunch (15)afternoon tea (13)good vegetarian options (9)pre/post theatre (7)disabled access (4)Show More
  • Tilly
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent food and very friendly, personal service. We felt very well looked after.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Lovely relaxed place to eat!
    Luvtolunch
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This restaurant is a lovely place for Sunday lunch. We took some friends with us, we both have dogs, so we decided to do one of the walks that was in and around the pub first. It was a lovely way to work up an appetite for the fantastic lunch we had. Thank you to all the staff at the great house who looked after us. We will be back very soon.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable lunch; memorable occasion
    FishoftheKing
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    It was 50 years ago this Autumn I met Peter at Uni of Sussex so a suitable occasion for a reunion. The lunch we had at The Great House was fully appropriate for the occasion.
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  • Another great evening.
    FifiVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Thanks for another great evening. I have to give a special mention to the Chicken and Mushroom Casserole from the Aga, One of our party ordered this and announced it was fantastic, the best thing he'd had. It was more of a pie, packed with chicken and topped with little chunks of potato topped with cheese. We tried the squid starter for the first time as well. That was excellent. As usual the staff were attentive and lovely.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Nicey but pricey
    LoveEatingOutakaLEO
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    We went here for lunch. We were made to feel welcome and the service was attentive and friendly. The food was nice without being exciting. For her main my wife had a fish pie, which she said was very tasty. She ate it all. Her vegetables though were undercooked, not even al dente. She left them. My main was a chuck steak burger, cooked beautifully succulent, but the red cabbage 'slaw that came with it was so bland it added nothing to the meal at all, so I left that. My wife liked having three choices for her ice cream dessert, but my sticky toffee pudding was far too sweet. I had a 250ml glass of NZ wine, which was lovely, but very expensive. In summary: Would recommend, except wine by the glass, the 'slaw and the vegetables.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!
    Bubba
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    We have visited this restaurant regularly when we are in the area and this time noticed a decline in the food quality. The was definitely something lacking. The fish board now has a "tapas" edge and the fish and chips were definitely below par with the fish looking quite insipid. The fish pie was tasteless. We are very upset as this restaurant had fabulous qualities. Do not think we will return.
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  • Deserves its excellent reputation
    TristramShandy
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    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.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Birthday meal
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    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.
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    special occasions
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  • Great food but drafty
    Gerry
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    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.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dolling ton
    Food4u
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    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.
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    business meals, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Range of main dishes was disappointing. A shame that we cannot see more local people running and serving in our local restaurants.
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  • A great place for Sunday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    A very welcoming venue with excellent food! We loved the visit.
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    child friendly, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Evening Meal
    Murtron
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    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.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Lovely food and staff
    kasart
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    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.
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    brunch, business meals, special occasions
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  • Great House
    tryingthegroup
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    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.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Waltsofwye
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    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!
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    afternoon tea, business meals, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Memorable evening
    Eagle
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    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.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Top quality
    Auriol
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good choice
    QuietDining
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Find
    Beachcomer
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodspyVIP
    Dined on 29/6/2014
    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.
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    child friendly, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place in the country
    barnowl
    Dined on 26/6/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunday lunch
    Sw56
    Dined on 22/6/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Worth the journey!
    smckee
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    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
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Lovely Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    We had a fantastic meal, with excellent and very friendly service. The special was brilliant.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Hayley
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    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 :)
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    afternoon tea, child friendly, outdoor eating
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  • Excellent service
    Phebey
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    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!
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    brunch, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice surprise
    kamil
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    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
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    afternoon tea, brunch, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeterR
    Dined on 23/5/2014
    I great meal again - particularly like the tables in the lower restaurant with a view of the garden - on a summer's evening anyway!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Yuuuuuuummmmmm!!!!
    Banksy
    Dined on 20/5/2014
    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.!!
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HawkmanVIP
    Dined on 18/5/2014
    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.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    sparky
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    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.
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    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • Could not improve on the experience
    Nona
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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!
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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  • Terrific restaurant
    Bryn
    Dined on 30/4/2014
    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.
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Let-Down!
    Honesty
    Dined on 30/4/2014
    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.
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  • Sunday Lunch
    Bonviveur
    Dined on 27/4/2014
    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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    daddycool
    Dined on 27/4/2014
    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.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the usual relaxation
    Foodiecouple
    Dined on 26/4/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal at the Great House!
    AandVIP
    Dined on 21/4/2014
    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.
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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