The Ferry House Inn

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​The Ferry House Inn is an award-winning 16th-century country public house sitting alongside the Swale Estuary in the peaceful hamlet of Harty, on the Isle of Sheppey. It was named the Taste of Kent Awards' 'Best Dining Pub or Bistro' in 2018 and 2014 as well as holding an AA rosette for culinary excellence.
The kitchen provides quality pub food, A La Carte dining in the restaurant, weddings, 4* accommodation and events.
The beef and lamb serviced are reared on the owners' own family farms, the team shoot their own game and grow their own herbs, vegetables and fruits in the pub's own kitchen gardens. Additional ingredients are foraged from hedgerows and the nearby seashore.
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London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Didnt order a starter. Probably would have done if there was a seafood or fish option. The quality of the steak was the best I've had and for the price... well unbeatable value. The dessert was exquisite. The piece of honeycomb stuck in the homemade honeycomb ice cream was a great touch. I would have given this 5 stars but they just need a slight more attention to detail like offering steak knives for the steak and a bowl for the mussel shells and plates for the bread and dipping oil. Het these little things right abd it would be 5 stars all the way

TH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Characterful setting, comfortable venue, appealling ambience, and cooking of a very high standard. The choice wasn’t extensive but nonetheless every course found favour with my party of seven quite picky people. We had a very enjoyable meal of three courses with wine for about £38 per person including service.

JJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, lovely meal and friendly staff . Long dive out but definitely worth it. Even though I live on the island I would love a night here .

AT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a little put off by the surrounding area and then the very long country lane leading up to the Ferry House, but it had been recommended to us so we continued up the track. Once there it was stunning. Beautiful surroundings, amazing decor with lots of different seating areas and the food was sublime. We expect to see the chef on Masterchef Professionals or similar sometime soon.

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely meal , in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Will definitely come back.

C
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely pub, always delivers on good and service. Perfect location for a chilled out Sunday dinner and drink in the sun! :)

LB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location, friendly and attentive service and delicious food!

ZC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely country walk with our dog before a tasty sunday roast - beautiful day so sat outside in the sunshine - great views and location.

CG
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got married here 6 years ago and have beeen every year for our anniversary. Food and staff are fantastic and its amazing to see how much, each year they have improved on what i thought was alrwady perfection. Will be back in sept 2020

AD
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely, relaxing stay at The Ferry House Inn. A beautiful, peaceful location, comfortable room and friendly and helpful service. There is a very welcoming ambiance and the food is delicious. Lots of locally sourced ingredients and produce from their own kitchen garden. It's a real gem of a place and we are delighted that we found it by chance online.

B
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was amazing!!! Best fillet steak ive ever had. The table was in a great location for the views. Our waitress (lady with dark bobbed hair) was lovely and very attentive!

Only negative was that whom i presume was the bar manager sat on the table next to us, speaking loudly on the phone and he had various other team members join him for a chat about other staff members! Perhaps an office may be best for this kind of thing?

Overall i had a lovely birthday lunch.

MW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely venue, staff attentive but not intrusive, nothing any problem for them, knowledgable bar man able to give recommendations on local drinks. Food is excellent and fresh, nice sized portions, was able to visit the kitchen garden which I loved as I am a bit of a gardener.

MF
London
12 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Lovely location on the undeveloped east of the isle, historic building, but a bit of a Chef and Brewer vibe inside. Interior smelt of stale fish fry.
Appreciate the locally sourced food, unfortunately the venue seems to be more about weddings and is in danger of being overwhelmed by its development as a hotel.
Good for a walk if you are on the island.

VS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took some friends for Sunday lunch over the August Bank Holiday weekend - it was fabulous. Service was good. Only one criticism with the dessert - meringue was clearly shop bought and tasteless.

DR
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food, well worth the visit. Good selection of wines and beers, local craft ales etc.

VA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Very disappointed. Had the table booked for some time but the menu really let the evening down.

Menu over time seems to have shrunk, having visited many times over the years. Very little to choose from and the Special Board consisted of three types of steak only.

The setting of the restaurant is lovely, even more so if you get a good sunny afternoon/evening to sit out.

Unfortunately I will not be returning and neither will our friends.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, venue, staff and ambience are great in this beautiful pub by the Swale. Thoroughly recommend to anyone who wants to have a nice meal out. The route too the pub is stunning so remember to take your camera!!

BR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wish there was more choices but overall a lovely setting with great ambiance.

PE
Essex
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful food Could not fault it . Great Service and wonderful ale to wash it down .
Will Return

M
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed our visit, booked late online and table to ready with my name on (nice touch) when we arrived. The service was pleasant and the food was amazing. Will come back.

CG
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic - everything was just fantastic from the staff to the food set in an unbelievably relaxing location- Kent’s hidden little gem

YS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ferryhouse Inn is uniquely located at the end of the country lane, looking down the water across the beautiful garden. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The locally sourced food is delicious.

When we dinned in July we had a bar table in the room behind the bar. It was quieter and cozier (while a big wedding reception taking place at the restaurant). The tiny problem we had was that our table by the entrance by the mirror seemed to have attacted quite a few flies. But it would not stop us visiting this place again. Highly recommended!

J
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food locally sourced, great location for our date night for our anniversary. Can thoroughly recommend the vegan option which was risotto. Lovely free taster of the freshly cooked bread and oil and the ice cream was to die for. Served by a very friendly waitress and all topped off with a porn star martini and breathtaking views across the Swale.

ET
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and a lovely place. Getting married there next year and it’s made me so excited for the big day!

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch off the beaten track! Service was very good, all the staff were very friendly - even accommodated us turning up an hour early for our booking! Food was delicious and portions were just the right size. I can highly recommend the baked chocolate mousse!

DH
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Food was great, but we waited a long time for our drinks to arrive, and no atmosphere , could do with some background music

HH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, freshly cooked and from local ingredients. Staff were very friendly and a credit to the Ferry House.

AV
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The pub was very busy as there was also a wedding, but we were seated quickly in an area away from the wedding party. The service was excellent and the food was faultless, will definitely be visiting again.

PW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Dont know what happened on Wednesday 22nd May 2019.
Waited 1 hour for food and when it arrived the cod was not cooked in the middle had to send it back.
Drink service was extremely slow as well.
I have been eating at the Harty ferry regularly lately food and service are generally good but nit on this occasion.

L
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and venue, lovely staff, wait times a little bit long

SE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely location in a remote area, but well worth the trip, Friendly staff peaceful location. Great spot for a wedding function.

MR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would rather NOT recommend this place as it's SO good I want to keep it to myself! I have never had a bad experience here and all the staff have been excellent.

s
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place! Fell in love with it the minute we set foot on the grounds - from the cute secluded location to the amazing locally sourced food - this place is a must visit!

The staff are super friendly and helpful and willing to go the extra mile for you.

The atmosphere is fantastic - not too loud but not awkwardly silent, homely and not too formal but not your average run of the mill pub.

Highly recommend a visit here, especially in the summer!

E
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, but there was only one vegetarian option of which was a very small portion (the pumpkin pie). More veggie options needed.

s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Disappointing visit to the ferry inn, unfortunately we were sat by the entrance so every time someone walked in you got a blast of cold ( we should have asked to move). Unfortunately my husbands order for dinner was not put through the till, so our dinners arrived minus my husbands a very embarrassed waitress told us what had happened unfortunately it would take another 15-20 minutes for his order to be cooked by this time we had started our dinners ? No alternative was given so he went without, very embarrassing meal, he did have dessert and when the bill came he was not charged for his dessert, drink and service charge was taken off, it still did not make up for the fact that it ruined the meal for us.

EW
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful gem, beautiful surroundings, absolutely fantastic food, I really like the fact that they use local produce with both food and drink. Obviously a place so nice has a high end menu choice, but also do a lunch special 2 course and 3 course, which is always sublime, with great imagination used for the whole menu. Hats off to the chef and their team. It is hard to find a place so wonderful without being pretentious.

C
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, perfect service while there too. Highly recommended.

The Ferry House Inn
Responded on 21 March 2019

Hi Charlene Thanks for the great review I will pass it on to the team!

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ED
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food as always was exceptional and we always feel so welcome.
Well worth the drive to get to this little gem

The Ferry House Inn
Responded on 21 March 2019

Thanks Emma its great that you enjoyed your visit so much hope to see you again soon.

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GR
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I was so disappointed to be told my tastecard wouldn't be accepted because it wasn't declared when I booked despite me never having to do that before. The man serving also tried to say even if he did accept it,bit would only be for one meal anyway. I had to show him the tastecard app to prove that wasn't the case. What was going to be a special treat ended up with a shocking bill we were not expecting and put us out of pocket.
However, the food is delicious here and the waitresses we've had everything have been faultless. It's a beautiful place and I would still go back, but would be extra careful about some of the staff.

BW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got married here in 2014 and have been coming back for our special anniversary lunch every year since. Friendly staff and atmosphere and amazing food as always

The Ferry House Inn
Responded on 28 February 2019

So pleased you enjoyed you anniversary dinner we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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