The Mark Cross Inn
The Mark Cross Inn

The Mark Cross Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.themarkcross.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01892852423
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Peter Napier Clarke
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We can cater for small or larger parties in certain areas of the pub.
  • Private Party Contact: Ashley Baldwin 01892852423
  • Entertainment: Background music

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Tunbridge wells train station is 10 minutes away.
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Large Car Park
A word from The Mark Cross Inn
The Mark Cross Inn is a beautiful pub, a place to meet, eat, drink and chat in a relaxed atmosphere. There are three real fires and spectacular views from our beer garden which overlooks the Sussex countryside. We serve traditional hearty British food which is all home made using only the best locally sourced ingredients from carefully chosen local suppliers. There are four real ales and a decent wine list. We serve food all day, every day, so you may choose to have a late lunch, early dinner or even afternoon tea. The Mark Cross Inn was awarded the great accolade of The South East Food pub of the year in the Great British Pub Awards, Best Food Pub Category & also won customer service pub of the year in the Publican awards.
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The Mark Cross Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since 3 June 2014
Average Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.6
  • Ambience3.6
    Value3.3
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
sunday lunch (53)child friendly (43)outdoor eating (40)special occasions (40)group bookings (38)fit for foodies (33)disabled access (21)business meals (16)romance (16)brunch (15)good vegetarian options (13)outstanding value (11)afternoon tea (5)Show More
  • Disappointment
    Pugs
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    Have visted the Mark Cross many times but have to say that although the food is still good quality the service has gradually gone from excellent a couple of years ago to poor. On the 28th September we waited 20 mins for our drinks to be served after the order was taken and that was after I complained. Another 30 mins for the food to arrive. Total of an hour from arrival to meals on the table. We were not offered sauces even though the menu said roast pork with apple sauce. The sauces arrived half way through the meal. We did not wait for the desert menu! A great shame, so please get your act together or you will loose reguler customers.
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Poor service
    Jochocyum
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    Sadly our visit to the restaurant this time was spoiled by having to wait one and a half hours for our meal ! Food very good but very disappointing service. Especially as it was a special birthday meal. Would think twice before returning or recommending to others. A great shame.
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    group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Very dissapointing
    Honestly
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    I booked this restaurant for a friends birthday supper having previously enjoyed meals there. The restaurant was almost empty and devoid of all atmosphere. We were seated and the first thing we were told was meals that were no longer available. We were then asked if we would like drinks, we asked what white wine was available to which the waitress reeled off the selection but gave us no guidance as to any pricing so we were ordering in the dark. The friend who cannot have butter or cream etc was very limited to what she could order and was told there could be no variation on the listed ingredients so she had ham egg and chips, not a very celebrationery supper. All in all not a great experience and I shall not be rushing back.
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  • Sunday Lunch
    MadamClock
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Arrived to a lovely table in the old bar area. Service was excellent. Most of us had a roast, however the pork was a bit chewy / fatty and the meal wasn't as hot at it could be. However, it was VERY busy and food standard was unusual for the Mark Cross. Will definitely be back but may arrive earlier or go in the evening next time.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They have a wonderful new chef
    Louis
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    The most delicious food we have ever had at the Mark Cross Inn. They have really upped their game with service to match . Everyone impressed !
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  • Wont go back
    Zoomcoombe
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    It was just not as good as I thought bit would be be. Food out of a van
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  • Going downhill !
    RayE
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    Have been a regular client of this establishment for perhaps 8 years, never a complaint in the past. Visited recently and disappointed to see price increases, reduced menu choice and reduction in portion size in particular portion size for vegetables. One small dish of vegetables to share between two was disappointing. This is not a cheap place to eat and one does not mind paying providing one is receiving value for money. Maybe time to look elsewhere !
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    the menu was just too small and rather boring to be frank
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  • Good Food !
    Dilly
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    1 st time to this pub and had been recommended by friends . Were pleasantly surprised by the helpful and friendly waitresses . Not long to wait between courses and the food was great quality and plenty of it ! We would definately go back there !
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    afternoon tea, business meals, child friendly, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great place to go to
    rs993
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    its a very nice place to go to for special occasions, a group of friends for a drink & food aint bad either
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    group bookings, special occasions
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  • Mark Cross Inn
    Paul
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    We booked a table for 5 for lunch. It was a Bank Holiday and the Mark Cross was full to bursting, which I think would go some way to explaining my poor rating. We had a long wait before any drinks arrived, and a longer one after ordering, for our food to appear. The food was nothing special and for those of us who had roast beef or chicken, there was not much meat but lots of potato as a filler. The restaurant was extremely noisy, and I think was catering for more people than it could adequately serve. We would not go to The Mark Cross again on a Bank Holiday, but will continue to go for a meal occasionally, as the food is normally much better than last experienced.
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    outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Lunch in the sun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Another successful visit to the Mark Cross, as always excellent, food friendly service in the beautiful well maintained garden.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!
    Pollen
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Quality of food and service has declined. Ridiculously small 'main' dish of chowder served without bread. The fish in the fish & chips was dry, the batter soggy and the chips chunky and unappealing, served without tartar sauce too! Desserts looked pretty but the Split Lemon Meringue Pie belonged more in an art gallery than on a dining table being served on a wooden board with the lemon curd being served in a jam jar on its side with a spoon that was too large to easily get into the jar - all very messy. Restaurant was very empty for a Friday evening but staff still inattentive and unobservant - had to go looking for someone to clear our plates and bring dessert menus! We were embarrassed to have chosen this venue for dinner with friends.
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    child friendly, group bookings, outdoor eating
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  • Very poor value
    Moose
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Have visited a lot over the years but after a break it was striking that the service was just a bit tired and slow which then leads you to look closer at other things notably the vastly overpriced food given the very poor portions. Sadly some things are decent portions and fair value but the menu is like a lottery where you can end up with negligible amount of food but a hefty price to pay. there is much going for the place. But you do need to serve a fair portion of food. Diners should be very careful what they order as you can come out delighted or feeling very ripped off. I felt the latter this time and as I don't like a lucky dip when I go out, sadly I will not be back
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    disabled access, outdoor eating
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  • Friendly service
    Ianalexdol
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I thought the service was very attentive at the mark cross inn and they produced some food that was good . They didn't know what a lacto- vegeterian was .ie someone who is vegeterian but doesn't eat eggs. I thought a RESTARAUNT might know this but they thought it was someone who was lactose intolerant. There was not enough good vegetarian options on the menu aswell . I chose polenta which was a bit bland . Other choices was gnocchi and ploughmans. They were flexible on there menu which was good and the burgers chips , fish , etc was good for the other members and kids of our party .
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mark Cross Inn
    Bagpus
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Another lovely meal at the Mark Cross Inn. Though a large pub, it has a cosy interior and a beer garden with wonderful views. Service was fantastic and food delicious.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm welcoming country restaurant
    David
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Friendly staff welcome you and engage you in conversation. The menu includes their excellent staple fayre but had enough updates top keep you coming back. The food is almost always perfect. We had one fish dish which was a tad overcooked. The meal was replaced, a full apology given and we were not charged for it at all. I will keep returning to the Mark cross inn for their awesome burgers, enormous roasts and the great atmosphere.
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    child friendly, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice with friends
    Blossom
    Dined on 29/7/2014
    Glad we were with friends as the service was very slow even though they were not busy, we actually had to ask to order food. The food was all very good, though my leeks were very difficult to cut. Everything is well presented, and the restaurant has a nice feel.
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    special occasions
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  • Poor dining experience
    Slats1
    Dined on 13/7/2014
    We have been to Marks Cross several times since we moved to East Sussex and the food is still of a good standard however its overpriced snd the menu balance isnt good. The level of service isnt good ie we were shown to our table next to a really loud group.and.ok were moved when we askef to be then simply forgot about. It took ages to order and.when we did get it there were ni follow up table checks to see if everything was ok. All in all a below average experience we are loath to repeat
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  • Disappointing
    Jessicacacaca
    Dined on 13/7/2014
    Lovely looking pub, amazing views from the garden, friendly staff but unfortunately food wasn't great, and service very slow. We waited an hour for our food to be brought out. One of our party ordered a Greek salad which was basically a bowl of different coloured peppers and feta! No tomato/cucumber or any other salad! I'd go back here for a drink but not to eat
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    child friendly, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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  • Real answer to question 2
    leonardo44
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food below average and overpriced. Service poor and very slow. Apart from one person, who seemed to be doing everything, the rest of staff didn't seem to understand the concept of table service.
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  • Best meal yet!
    MrsCoops
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    This meal was the best yet! Service was impeccable and the staff go out of your way to make you feel welcomed and well looked after. Being a veggie I am a fussy fish but the food on this occasion was one of the best vegetarian meals I have had.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    geranium
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food was lovely but there was only one vegetarian option we could see.
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    afternoon tea, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive food
    Elena
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Impressive food and service was outstandingly quick, thank you.
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  • What has happened
    doristhediner
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    We have eaten here many times and always enjoyed our food sp this was a very disappointing visit. The burger was overcooked - the fischcake overwhelmed with dill and the gardens peas with the fish had turned into mushy ones. Understaffed so everyone is rushing around with too much to do.
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    child friendly, disabled access, outdoor eating
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  • Great country pub - fabulous views
    vixb
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    A large country pub set amongst rolling hillsides, if the weather is nice make sure you spend some time out in the garden because the views are hard to beat. Sunday roast is exceptional, good quality "home cooked". but it's not cheap & nor are the drinks. It is a nice relaxed place to have a family meal / special occasion, but no children's menu. Service is usually good, but can vary & gets busy so book in advance or expect to wait. One member of staff, Kieran, deserves a particular mention because he is consistently helpful & friendly, nothing is too much trouble. I recently attended a large private function at the pub with an outdoor BBQ, Kieran made sure everything ran smoothly & the food was great - resulting in lots of happy guests.
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • diner with the family
    GrandpaB
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    We have been before and will go again, service food and ambience perfect for a family meal, we are a grown up family and will take our grandchildren there.
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  • The Irish foodies
    thefabulousfoodie5
    Dined on 15/5/2014
    Had family over from Ireland who love their food. The food was absolutely delicious. The fish and chips were lovely and a good size portion.Duck breast was cooked perfectly and the potato and bacon stack will draw us back there.....soon ! We were recommended the passion fruit and poppy seed cheesecake and it was really fab and tasty.Service was good and for a thursday evening , buzzing with a good atmosphere. Highly recommended and well worth a visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but slow service
    Duke
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As regular visitors to the Mark Cross Inn we know what to expect but on this visit service was very slow but was probably due to the Beer Festival taking place this weekend, so we wil let them off. All of the staff were friendly and helpful and the pint of Legless Rambler went down a treat.
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    group bookings, outstanding value
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  • Relaxing evening dining out
    Elena
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The main courses were delicious and the meat beautifully cooked. It was a Wed and a good atmosphere too. Would definitely recommend.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday lunch
    Riddley
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We took an 88 year old friend out for a birthday lunch. Food and service were both very good and the Harveys beer was very tasty too. Only negative was that it got very noisy so it was difficult to hold a conversation across the table.
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    child friendly, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Mark Cross Inn
    HungryMonkey42
    Dined on 28/4/2014
    I have frequently eaten at the Mark Cross Inn and on this occasion, I took a friend who had never been there before - he was very impressed! The service was prompt and efficient as usual, and the staff were good humoured. Desserts were a big hit (sticky toffee pudding and a cheesecake)! We'll be back!
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    business meals, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Sunday lunch at the Mark Cross Inn
    Sennockian
    Dined on 27/4/2014
    We were a group of six, with two children. The service was quick and friendly, the surroundings pleasant. The food was rather run of the mill, although the presentation was good. Three of us had hamburgers, which the 8-year old enjoyed more than the grown-ups, one had lambs liver, which was ok but nothing more, and obne had rather tasteless pork roast, which was drowned in gravy. The children liked their icecreams and the sticky toffee pudding was nice. The creme brulee was very mediocre. But all in all, the lunch wasn't bad and we'll return!
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  • woody
    Dined on 20/4/2014
    as always service with a smile ,perfectly cooked food
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent food
    rgs40
    Dined on 23/3/2014
    The food was very good and was enjoyed by all in the group, I was surprised how long we had to wait from someone coming to take our order, a long wait for the food and an even longer wait for our dessert order to be taken. It was very quiet when we went on the Sunday evening. Nonetheless we were very pleased with the food and would still return.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, romance, child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, good vegetarian options, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    DerekB
    Dined on 23/3/2014
    We have visited the pub before, and several of the other Whiting & Hammond pubs but never for Sunday lunch and were rather dubious on arrival grabbing the last car park space and on entering found it busy and fairly noisy with several large groups with many children - however that aside it was probably the tastiest Sunday lunch we've had out in a pub in a very long time - the roasts followed by the Choc Bread & Butter pudding were to die for and the chef and his team pulled off a seamless meal as the meat, vegetables & gravy were all perfect. The friendly staff managed to keep the service flowing exceptionally well and we had no complaints so we can see why the venue is so popular and agree that advance booking is essential.
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, child friendly, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food. Bit pricey
    Jimjam
    Dined on 20/3/2014
    Enjoyed this special occasion meal., tasty food, service very good, although restaurant very quiet so lacked ambiance. Staff very polite and obliging.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious business meals
    Elena
    Dined on 19/3/2014
    The main courses were delicious and the meat beautifully cooked. It was a Wed and a good atmosphere too. Would definitely recommend.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok.Very quiet for a sunny Saturday
    Jackh1
    Dined on 15/3/2014
    Visited on a extremely sunny and warm Saturday lunchtime. The Mark Cross Inn was empty (even the garden) Was very surprised but now I can see why. Sat down, ordered our drinks straight away. The waitress returned twice to confirm our drinks orders, just write it down please. Food: Duck spring roll was tasty, but only one roll and was no bigger than my finger. Felt that for £8.95 it should have been bigger. Mackerel pate was bland and dry. The Burger and Ham, egg and chips where huge and tasty. You can't really go wrong with these choices . Piccalilli was especially tasty. Very let down unfortunately. Considering it was so quiet, would've expected better service like you get at the other W&H sites.
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  • It's a good pub, with a nice
    DJN85
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    It's a good pub, with a nice wide menu. The food was presented very well and it tasted good. The pub was well designed and quite smart looking. The main room was rather cold and that made the whole evening a little uncomfortable. Overall a nice venue. I would go again.
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