The Ferry Inn
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.
Mon to Sat 11am - 11pm
Sun 12 - 10
Mon - Sat 12-3 & 6-9
• 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.
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.
Lovely welcoming pub, great helpful service and first class menu and food. Well worth a visit...
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
Fantastische pub. Heerlijk gegeten vriendelijke bediening.
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
Lovely spot by the river. Good food. We were able to take the dog in the garden too.
We all enjoyed our lunch, the childrens portions were just right and the informal hospitality suited us.
Food was most enjoyable and plenty of it ( too much for me). Staff friendly but not in your face pestering you every five minutes.
Tasty food, great atmosphere, pleasant service. Excellent for family gatherings, or couples.
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.
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.
Great food, service and atmosphere! Definitely recommended to anyone looking for wonderful pub atmosphere and friendly service.
Very welcoming, friendly staff, tasty food, cosy pub. The friendly pub doggy topped up a very enjoyable eve.
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
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!! 😁
Great food and friendly service. We will certainly be returning here to sample more of what is to offer on the varied menu.
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.
Thank you so much to the team who took such good care of me and the family. The food was delicious as always x
Great pub, very cosy with very good food. The 50 day hung Steak is outstanding
Great time had by all!
Good food but 45 minutes to get our food with no explanation given !
Very poor service
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!
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.
A perfect spot for a New Years Day lunch.
Interesting menu and good service. Great beer.
My favourite country pub. Food superb
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.
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
2nd visit in a year, 1st visit was disappointing but thought I would try again and there were not many eateries open on a Monday eve. Was greeted by a loud, large barking dog sitting on a bench which customers use. It was then allowed to come over which I find intimidating and was dressed clean and smart. The owner of the dog did come over and took the dog outside. (Not comfortable around large dogs) This meal out was for a friend's birthday and after a long day at work was looking forward to a quiet, peaceful, relaxing evening. The food was good but if you have a large appetite you would leave hungry if you did not have 2 or 3 courses.
During the meal a young child was playing on his scooter in the bar area and then also came and played in the dining area and stood and watched us. He was eventually called away back to the bar area.
Next to our table was also the cloth and cleaner forgotten about!
Very disappointing visit again.
It felt more like we were in someone's house, the dining area was not 'cosy' and the toilets needed a face-lift.
Sorry but just being honest. Everyone needs to make their own mind up.
Always good, local fair and authentic atmosphere. Great outside seating and the sunsets are worth waiting for at this location.
First visit to the Ferry for me but not my companions. Very pleasant landlord and staff, good ambiance not over fussy, genuine pub. My only problem is with parents of small children who allow them to wander around through their meals, risking tables being moved and glasses falling over. Sunday lunch is always a problem and needs a word from the landlord to set the rules - I had young children and when restless had to take them outside to avoid disturbing others...
delicious food, pleasant atmosphere, good service, a lovely evening with friends. Will come again.
Great food as usual. The chef was especially attentive as she offered to cook a number of vegetarian dishes for my sister. She even bothered to sit and explain what she could cook especially for her. Top marks for a very friendly and professional service
Fantastic food with great service and very flexible around dogs. My only suggestion would be to improve the lighting in the back restaurant to dim the ceiling lights and make it a little more atmospheric. But cannot fault the people and the food. Really friendly pub.
Booked for a relaxed family get together and was perfect. Thank you
Fresh and very tasty food. Very friendly staff too. Highly recommended.
We've enjoyed eating here before and will certainly be back again- we can be sure of an excellent relaxed friendly atmosphere and a wide choice of local and seasonal dishes each with well-chosen sides.
A lack-lustre evening all round. An indifferent greeting at the bar with an invitation to find our own table in the restaurant area set the 'ambience' for the rest of of stay. Sadly the Ferry Inn had a chef on service during our visit who lacks any real commitment to tasting what he is producing. A sickly sweet and excessively cloying sauce on a limp excuse for lamb rump together with sadly steamed tasteless veg was the the very best on offer at a shade under £23.
Are we picky, fussy and hard to please foodies? Not by a long stretch BUT we know good food and we know what it tastes like. The Ferry Inn needs to take account of its own failings. Why is this review so harsh? No-one would have known that we chose it as a 'first ever visit' ... AND it was our Wedding Anniversary.
Finally, as one of only 3 finalists in this Year's UK Food And Farming Awards 'Cook of the Year' category, I most definitely know what I am talking about.
Love this place, always pay a visit when in the area, food is great, such a good choice, friendly atmosphere & beautiful views & if a but chilly can sit inside by the fire, & as dogs are welcome it's a great place to go.
Great meal in a nice country setting. The Ferry Inn has a car park and is popular with the locals.
We came here as on holiday in Whittersham, we came here the first night, and enjoyed sitting outside with our lovely fish and chips.
A proper Pub!! Well kept beer and well cooked food in a friendly welcoming atmosphere. Well worth the effort to find this pub. We had a great time and look forward to our next visit.