The Ferry Inn

4.2
338 reviews
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The Ferry Inn is a serendipitous country public house with welcoming staff, character rooms, candlelight, open fires, real ales, popular foods and fantastic sunsets.

A 17th Century former smugglers haunt-- this is a pretty little pub in a lovely marshland setting with tables and benches on the front terrace and in the back alongside the riverbank.

Inside it's very easygoing and chatty. The main bar has hop-draped painted beams, a green dado, and stools against the bar where they serve a beer called Oxney Ale specially brewed for the pub by Westerham Brewery.

To the right is a cosy eating area with wheelback chairs-- ideal for a banquette with friends around a few long tables.
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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice pub I had cod and chips cooked in beef dripping very unusual taste not crispy and some not quite cooked. Wouldn’t order the chips again.

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pub with a wonderful

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G
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The scallops were £24 per person priced at £4.00 each. They were small and overcooked. The so-called chef tried to hide this fact by buying the scallops in salad leaves. The meal was a complete rip off.

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CE
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our second visit in a week- our sons loved it! Well kept beer and great choice of food. Scallops were delicious! Sons enjoyed their charcuterie boards with beef dripping chip sides. Burgers were very good. Hope to return when next in the area.

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CE
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, with lots of choice- a proper pub, serving delicious food. My son enjoyed his burger very much. Amazing scallops on the daily specials menu and a superb lamb dish. Will return.

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LM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and fun. Very friendly and will return.

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L
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delightful country pub. Cosy fires. Excellent food. Would highly recommend

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M
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Over all it was good, the steaks were not worth £25.00, The brownie was lovely but not enough ice cream, it needed a bigger scoop!

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HB
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely meal out, is always a lovely place to go and eat. Food is lovely and always very welcoming and is great that we can take the dog with us also! Always leave stuffed! It’s our little place to go if we have a little bit of time together. Always look forward to the next visit!

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KH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Met for Family Sunday lunch. Good alternatives to Roasts. Disappointed there were no Scallops, as they are known for their scallop dishes, but I guess it was the time of year. Friendly, warm pub with loads of atmosphere and cheerful service.

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LC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh fish and chips by the fire. So good to have cod and worth paying a little more for.
The Service was excellent.

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FW
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been visiting the Ferry for over 20 years and it remains a warm and characterful local pub that you could easily sit in all day. Completely unpretentious - the bar is crowded with locals who have been coming here for years and know each other. Its great that there are still pubs like this where you can pop in for a drink without a jukebox or piped music and without being crowded out by people eating.
We came here for lunch with friends who had heard about the pub but never been before. The menu was good - a range of prices to suit most people with straightforward pub favourites such as locally caught cod and chips and bacon steaks with thick cut chips and a brace of eggs amongst others. The Ferry always does a good range of fish and shellfish and has a variety of scallop and mussel dishes for either a starter or main. At the other end of the scale are more refined dishes and a good selection of daily specials. The food is beautifully cooked - I had pork fillet with mash and vegetables. The fillet was perfect - tender and slightly pink and very tasty, but a little on the small size. One of my companions had fillet of sea bream - again nicely cooked but not filling enough. We both scoffed the chips left by another friend to fill the hole. My partner had steak and ale pudding with chips, that was delicious and a much better sized portion.
Bar staff are very friendly and helpful and didn't bat an eyelid when I asked for my cider to be replaced (perhaps the end of a barrel?) A good range of real ales and local cider makes this a really popular haunt.
In the summer there are sitting out areas at the front of the pub where you get great views of the sunset. At the rear a grassed beer garden overlooks the river where swans often glide past. Certainly not the last time I'll visit and a firmly favourite local pub.

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j
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Over-Priced, over - extensive menu, presumptuous and very poor food! Never going back.

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LM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

its such a lovely pub, warm and cosy with very friendly staff - sadly the food was not great, not very tasty! we were there on a sunday and although there was a vegitarian option, it was not available that day and all they could offer was some vegetables! the other main meals were nice (the sunday roasts) to not so nice ...
the puddings were good though!

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KS
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first visit and it gave a wonderful impression. Excellent food and service in comfortable surroundings - with obvious potential for outdoor dining had the weather been better. Definitely a place to revisit and to recommend. Wine was of quality and the beer range looked extensive: but driving forbade!

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W
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding...kind of a hidden gem but well worth finding! We have eaten here numerous times and never been disappointed. Nice large car parking area. Beautiful Kent views and fascinating history. Highly recommended.

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KV
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food, great atmosphere. Always al pleasure

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R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have enjoyed good food, friendly and efficient service in pleasant pub surroundings which is why we keep going back.

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T
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was a wedding present and we were looking forward to a lovely meal with my Son. However only one dish was vegetarian, a couple of the dishes on the menu were not available and we had to wait a long time. It was not a cheap meal either.

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SG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was well prepared and the service excellent. The vegetarian option are very poor. Cheese to start, cheese covered gnocchi for main. The chef is clearly up to a good standard looking at the menu and it would be good to see some imagination used for vegetarian food.

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TO
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Don't get me wrong; I love this pub. The location is fabulous, the garden lovely but time and again the really sluggish service has spoiled the experience. This saturday the food took an hour and a half to arrive and claims that they were busy were nonsense. They were at least half empty. (I once waited two hours on Mother's day.)
The food is good but it isn't good enough to justify the wait or indeed the price which is way too high. £90 for three which did not include dessert and was two shared starters.

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J
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Disappointed. Starters great. My main meal was average ok; Wife's meal rump lamb tough as old boots. Ambience spoilt by very noisy dogs in restaurant having a barking contest. Had to leave. Completely spoilt evening. Will not visit again.

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TK
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a lovely evening.
Food was amazing and service was fantastic.
Will definitely be going back again.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good with a nice varied menu, location seem very pretty and tranquil. The staff a service was very good, all in all a great dining experience.

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Worth the trip. pleasant surroundings with outdoor eating in front and in the garden. Good varied menu and enjoyable in the sunshine.

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SI
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely welcoming pub, great helpful service and first class menu and food. Well worth a visit...

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S
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Another great meal! The quality of the food and friendly atmosphere is second to none. Appreciate the touches such as home made tartare sauce etc

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JP
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastische pub. Heerlijk gegeten vriendelijke bediening.

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e
London
10 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We dine here a lot but sadly the last two times haven't been anything like as good as the previous ones. I suspect it's staff related but we purposefully booked early, at 7pm but we waited until nearly 8 pm for our starter which was their famous scallops which needless to say were delicious. I wish I had chosen to have the scallops as a main course and simply cut what I had next which was Dungeness Plaice that was so full of bones it was virtually impossible to eat and, it was overcooked. So unlike the normal Ferry experience. Having said that, we will continue to frequent this place as I'm sure what we've been experiencing is just a temporary glitch and you can't find better scallops anywhere

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AP
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot by the river. Good food. We were able to take the dog in the garden too.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all enjoyed our lunch, the childrens portions were just right and the informal hospitality suited us.

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SA
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was most enjoyable and plenty of it ( too much for me). Staff friendly but not in your face pestering you every five minutes.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, great atmosphere, pleasant service. Excellent for family gatherings, or couples.

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c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was lovely and service very friendly. We knocked a few stars because despite arriving early, our food only came after one hour!! Yes it was a busy day but we had to ask about our food for it to be speeded up.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First time at the Ferry Inn and met up with friends for lunch. Very much liked the outside appearance and the interior was no disappointment and we were greeted by friendly bar staff and shown to our table. There was a good selection of real ales and our order for food was taken quickly. The main meals were all very good but we had to wait a while for desserts as there had been a large party seated and ordering. We were in no rush so it was no problem. Will definitely return hopefully on a warm day when we can sit in the garden.

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DP
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere! Definitely recommended to anyone looking for wonderful pub atmosphere and friendly service.

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ZO
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming, friendly staff, tasty food, cosy pub. The friendly pub doggy topped up a very enjoyable eve.

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JV
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was disappointed with my scallops. They were well cooked and sweet tasting but there was no sauce as was advertised and it was served with a handful of rocket leaves- as if thrown in as an afterthought. My husband had linguine with shrimp and crab which was a bit watery. For the price we paid, the quality left to be desired

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K
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful country pub! Full of character and very cosy when sat next to the open fires. Situated in just the right place after doing a scenic walk along the canals, to quench your thirst with either a local beer or cider. Staff very warm and welcoming and the food is delicious, even better I’m a local now!! 😁

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PB
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly service. We will certainly be returning here to sample more of what is to offer on the varied menu.

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