The Ferry Inn

4.4
491 reviews
£25 and under
English
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.
What 491 People Are Saying
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carld
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Always had a fantastic meal here, good prices for the quality, I would have prefer it to be open

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MaddieU
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and friendly service! Great vegetarian options and lovely atmosphere

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PaulS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time we have tried an evening visit. Loved the menu options, food presentation and quality. Great personable and attentive staff. Will be returning as soon as circumstances allow.

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ChantalF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourites for years now. Staff are always so lovely and the ambience is perfect. We always go for their signature burger, it’s delicious!

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vipMatt
4 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice food and lovely staff

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Jonesey
London
26 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellant food and service will definately return.

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NigelD
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent meal in cosy environment Great Food and service

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vipnorfolk53
London
38 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Ferry is like an old friend, I m always happy to see it but after a time i remember why it always annoys me.
The food and drink are reliable without being exceptional while the prices are too high,

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RichardR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's a great pub in beautiful surrounding producing quality food. I'd say it's punching significantly above expectation. As well as huge Sunday lunch the a la carte items were complex, very well cooked and unusual

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BeccaG
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice pub and good food. Could do with more choice for children.

Unfortunately there was a pub dog which was allowed to wander freely (including under our table!) She seemed lovely but unfortunately my daughter is very scared of them and so we had to eat up quickly and leave.

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Longwalker
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

After a long windy walk the Ferry was indeed a welcome sight. Beer was good, food was only average and a little over priced. Service dropped towards the end. Wear and tear has taken its toll on the pub too.
Not particularly busy.

I would happy pay more for better food and surroundings and support local business during this horrible time. But I'll need to give this pub a bit more time before I go back.

I wish them all the best.

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VictoriaT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food menu, excellent service, socially distanced tables. We loved it

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RebeccaH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very lovely country pub off the beaten track. Food was very tasty and good value for money!

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Rogero
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

A splendid lunch with old friends, efficient and friendly service, superb fish and the best white wine ever - Roaring Meg Pinot Gris!
Roger Stubbs

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JulieS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In a quiet rural location. Unexpected varied and exciting menu choices. Dog friendly. Cosy on inside, nice outdoor space for alfresco eating in nice weather. Parking across country lane.
I had the Halloumi Burger - so tasty, great presentation and no holding back on the halloumi and chipotle sauce ☺️

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SueW
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My lunch (party of three) 19th October at The Ferry was my first social outing since before the March lockdown so I was feeling quite apprehensive, but I needn't have worried as the pub's Covid precautions were extremely good in minimising the risk of infection and were observed by staff and fellow diners alike. I felt comfortable and relaxed, enjoyed my excellent lunch with good service and it was wonderful to actually feel 'normal' again after so long. I would definitely recommend The Ferry and hope to pay another visit very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely welcome, seated early, friendly service, great food - try the scallops! Or if you like kidneys (I don’t, partner does) apparently they are amazing!! A fab Sunday roast for our meat eaters and a really great vegetarian version too. All in all a memorable family lunch for all the right reasons.

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SusanD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another super meal at the Ferry - this time Sunday lunch. Food, service, ambience - perfect.

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JohnS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it ! Thank you ,we will see you again very soon .

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Paul
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place, fine food, excellent service. Well worth visiting.

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chris
London
96 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really like the atmosphere in this pub. Service was great and the staff wore masks. The food was of good quality and quantity and good value. This is definitely one of my preferred pubs in the area.

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RodH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great place to eat I thouroughly reccomend it The food is consitently good and a friendly atmosphere

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KrisR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and wine was brillant - we will return for more!

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LynneC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely pub with good garden space. Good service and lovely food.

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KathyG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good venue in the country lots of food choice. Also plenty of parking and inside & outside seating

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TinaM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were visiting nearby and was recommended to eat here by our hosts. The steak was cooked perfectly and the chips were lovely. The deserts were amazing too. Couldn't fault the meal.

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DavidV
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Nicely understated renovation of a riverside pub in a remote location on the Kent / Sussex border. Dog friendly.
Very good Sunday roast and local beers if a little on the expensive side. Fabulous puddings. Staff managed the delicate balance of being attentive without repeatedly asking if everything is alright. Also tipping is genuinely optional rather than being automatically added to the bill.
Would definitely return.

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SheilaL
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met up with family for Sunday lunch. The food was good and the staff were attentive, in this this very cosy pub. Staff wore mask, and everyone was expected to wear a mask, while walking around the pub.

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WendyT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunday lunch. We shared a Camembert but we’re disappointed to find white supposedly artisan bread. The local lamb was good, cod chips and peas also good as usual. Our picky half veggie friend had roast veg and plaice fillets, which looked lovely but he loved the red onion marmalade relish which we had with the Camembert, so had a pot to go with his main! Good atmosphere in spite of Covid restrictions!

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AlexisW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the perfect late lunch here at Ferry Inn with mother in law over from Dublin. Easy ordering. Delicious food. Charming staff.
If you are lucky enough to come across it just book it!

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LesleyC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as usual.
Friendly service.
Good social distancing

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OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely food .

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TraceyL
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Unfriendly lady at the bar, didn't smile and it seemed like we were an inconvenience. We had a roast dinner, the meat was very nice but the vegetables were like school dinners - hard roast potatoes, sloppy cabbage. Not worth £18! We were expecting a higher standard than we got.

The young lad who waited on us was polite and provided good service.

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Smiffy
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Menu was limited and my"Dungeness Battered Cod" seemed as if it had been microwaved. The fish was ok but the batter was leathery. Ferry burger was good.

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Psaria
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I had scallops to start as I always do there: they were excellent, as usual, then ordered the special which was lemon sole, although that became plaice by the time it was served. It was clearly ultra fresh, and very tasty. It would be hard to beat the setting, sitting in the front garden on a sunny day.

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SamanthaQ
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the Ferry at Stone in Oxney did not disappoint. Beautiful setting, friendly & efficient staff. Charcuterie board to share followed by an enormous cod & beef dripping cooked chips & a superb chicken kebab skewer left us in a food coma! Only rescued by the Harvey’s bitter & an excellent Sauvignon blanc... till next time 😊

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Keg2490
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Went for a Sunday roast and it was great. My Dad enjoyed the beer.

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AlanH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always friendly welcome great ambience and good food

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AmandaK
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were surprised that none of the serving staff were not wearing masks and that at one point, the bar was very crowded, which in other pubs we have been to this is strictly monitored. No apparent control of social distancing.
Rather alarming and surprising, especially as there is a resurgence of the virus. However, our lunch was good and service was prompt.

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NickyW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly pub that serves good quality food.

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The Ferry Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 491 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.