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The Mark Cross Inn
The Mark Cross Inn

The Mark Cross Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.themarkcross.co.uk
  • Phone: 0189 285 2423
  • 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 0189 285 2423
  • 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    dined on 25/08/2014
  • "Another successful visit to the Mark Cross, as always excellent, food friendly service in the beautiful well maintained garden."
    dined on 20/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 10/08/2014
  • "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 ."
    dined on 10/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 03/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 29/07/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "The food was lovely but there was only one vegetarian option we could see."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "Impressive food and service was outstandingly quick, thank you."
    dined on 01/06/2014
  • "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. "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "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. "
    dined on 25/05/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "The main courses were delicious and the meat beautifully cooked. It was a Wed and a good atmosphere too. Would definitely recommend."
    dined on 07/05/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 04/05/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 28/04/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 27/04/2014
  • "as always service with a smile ,perfectly cooked food "
    dined on 20/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "Enjoyed this special occasion meal., tasty food, service very good, although restaurant very quiet so lacked ambiance. Staff very polite and obliging."
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "The main courses were delicious and the meat beautifully cooked. It was a Wed and a good atmosphere too. Would definitely recommend."
    dined on 19/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 10/03/2014
  • "Visited on a Sunday lunchtime as a birthday treat for elderly mother. We had the mixed roast which was superb, meat coat perfectly and 3 empty plates . The service was attentive but not over the top allowing us to talk without being interrupted every few minutes. Very relaxed atmosphere and was lovely to see many families with differing age groups enjoying a Sunday meal together."
    dined on 02/03/2014
  • "Awful service, drinks were missed incorrect food ordered, the waitress never bothered coming back we had to find her all in all awful! Fatty meat, stewed vegetables! Will not return!"
    dined on 23/02/2014
  • "The atmosphere was very warm, welcoming and family friendly. The venue is clean, comfortable with pleasing decor. Although very busy as there was plenty of space between tables we didn't feel crowded. There is a lovely garden with beautiful views and a play area for children. Service was quick and efficient, staff were friendly and obviously well trained. The menu was varied, food was all freshly cooked to a high standard, with an extensive wine list to complement, at reasonable prices. Sunday roast was superb and plenty of it. Our visit was very enjoyable and relaxed and we left the restaurant feeling well fed and looked after. Overall, superb food, excellent value for money. We will certainly return."
    dined on 23/02/2014
  • "I booked a table 6 weeks in advance for my son's 18th Birthday. Arriving at the Pub armed with presents and Balloon and my elderly parents we then waited 30 minutes before our table was ready. Although we were offered a seat at the bar I was very disappointed that a special occasion had been slightly dampened. If you book a table for 2pm on a Sunday you expect itto have been cleared maybe 15 minutes before, not have the previous diners still there eating at 2.30!!"
    dined on 16/02/2014
  • "Great food, service was a little slow which is hard work when you have young children....."
    dined on 16/02/2014
  • "Attractive space, but the food was a bit beyond the kitchen's abilities. Service fine, though fell apart a bit by the end. Noticeably not busy on Valentine's Day."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "This company has the smallest menu avaliable. I would never bother going back again. Very disappointing. We went up the road to the Abergavenny!!! Much better."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Pleasant young staff , always good when led by Kieran , as he keeps an eye on everything . Such an easy and informal place for meeting friends."
    dined on 09/02/2014
  • "Sunday lunch for 3 was perfect. The table was near the open fire, great for a cold day. We got shown to our table and then had our drinks order taken. Quick service and soon the food was in front of us. We all had roasts which were delicious as well as a generous serving of vegetables. Great choice of desserts too. We never felt rushed and the restaurant was extremely busy. Will be going back for sure."
    dined on 09/02/2014
  • "A very enjoyable evening...although our table was a little hidden away it was still a cosy location and was well looked after."
    dined on 01/02/2014