The Ferry Inn

4.3
326 reviews
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£25 and under
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English
Top tags:
  • Local Ingredients
  • Worth the Drive
  • Cosy
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.
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
English, Seafood, Vegetarian
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Hours of Operation
Bar
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Mon to Sat 11am - 11pm
Sun 12 - 10

Food
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Mon - Sat 12-3 & 6-9
Sun 12-8
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Phone number
01233 758246
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Laura Sansom
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Catering
Menu Includes....

• Rye Bay Scallops Pan Seared, with garlic and parsley butter and lightly dressed frissie top lettuce £8.95
• Prime Fillet & Chorizo Burger, with sauerkraut and tomato chutney, wrapped in a toasted tortilla, handcut beef dripping chips, salad gherkins and bbq glazed Corn organic salad £12.95
• Locally caught catch of the day from Dungeness
• Daily Specials Menu

We will bespoke as many of their dishes as possible for vegetarians, celiacs, and diners with alleges such as egg, milk and nut.
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Cross Street
Tenterden
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Parking Details
The Ferry Inn at Stone-in-Oxney has its own large car park opposite the pub. Wheelcahir & Pram friendly.
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Public Transit
Bus 293 by Kent Coach Tours, Mon & Fri leaves Tenterden Town Hall at 10.30am. Return journey leaves Ferry Inn at 13.20pm.

Ask Graham the driver to drop you off at the Ferry Inn and to stop and collect you on the way back. Adult return journey is £4.50, Children half-price.
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Entertainment
Occasional music during summer months outside on Sunday afternoons. GlastoneFerry 3 days of great food, ales and music, last weekend of September.
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Special Events & Promotions
Live alfresco Music on Some Sundays between 3pm -7pm, please call for dates .
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 326 People Are Saying
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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
3 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
8 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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RH
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A most friendly and welcoming venue, a pleasant change from the 'plastic' self-congratulatory establishments where 'ambience' takes preference over good, local ingredients and warm, friendly service. Good beer, too. The Harvey's bitter that I had was excellent as was the Guiness enjoyed by one of the party.

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N
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much to the team who took such good care of me and the family. The food was delicious as always x

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MI
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pub, very cosy with very good food. The 50 day hung Steak is outstanding

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H
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time had by all!

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BW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Good food but 45 minutes to get our food with no explanation given !
Very poor service

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ZW
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time to The Ferry Inn for Sunday lunch, it's a lovely traditional pub with roaring fires and a great atmosphere and the food we have had here has been fantastic, delicious roast beef and homemade Yorkshire puddings with lots of seasonal vegetables, all of the staff are very friendly and accommodating. It is a dog friendly pub which is important to us and there are lovely scenic walks on the doorstep to help walk off a large lunch.

We will definitely be visiting The Ferry Inn again, hopefully soon!

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F
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here quite often, love the feel of the place & with a open fire & log burner, it’s lovely & cosy, & a bonus as we can take our dog, the staff are friendly & welcoming & the food is fantastic & a good choice, definitely would recommend.

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OT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Birthday celebrations.. great fire on a gloomy winters day!

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GD
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect spot for a New Years Day lunch.
Interesting menu and good service. Great beer.

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JA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite country pub. Food superb

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

This was our third visit to the Ferry and it's always the same excellent food, value for money, nice location and venue. Let down by terrible service. Surly cannot be that difficult to improve.

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SB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was really lovely with nice people my only minor gripe was that we had our table next to the bar and it was packed with people and this was at 2pm

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