The Ferry Inn

4.3
318 reviews
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£25 and under
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English
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  • 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 .
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 318 People Are Saying
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Portland
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
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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Kent
2 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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KB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2017
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

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.

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VL
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always good, local fair and authentic atmosphere. Great outside seating and the sunsets are worth waiting for at this location.

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Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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...

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Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

delicious food, pleasant atmosphere, good service, a lovely evening with friends. Will come again.

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Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

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.

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked for a relaxed family get together and was perfect. Thank you

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh and very tasty food. Very friendly staff too. Highly recommended.

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