The Ferry Inn

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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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GS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening for our son’s Birthday. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff even blew the balloons up for us. We will certainly be back.

PL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious complex flavours and the best food I've eaten in a very long time. The devilled kidney starter was extra special and I found out later that I could have ordered it as a main meal (next time!!). The guinea fowl was firm and delicate on a bed of brown rich broth. Highly recommended.

AR
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Haven’t visited the Ferry Inn for a long time... hard to choose which main meal to have, so many delicious choices. In the end we all settled for the burger and we were not disappointed.
Unfortunately didn’t have room for a pudding: I am not normally a pudding person but the menu looked amazing. So next visit I’m making sure I have room!
The staff were welcoming and friendly and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
So thank you- we had a great evening and will return!

W
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, friendly and speedy service. Unique variety of foods, my favourite is the beef dripped chips! Only improvement I hope to see is a variety of foods for the children so they can have a choice to choose.

C
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious . Lovely surroundings and brilliant service

DP
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely pub in a lovely setting. Food and service were both excellent, lots of choice and cooked & presented well. Good range of beers, lagers, ciders and gins. Thoroughly recommended.

SC
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Barman was very helpful all night and happy to have a chat about the history of the very old inn.

S
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Restaurant was very noisy - we struggled to hear ourselves chat. I had fish & chips - fish was lovely, but chips a bit greasy. My partner's halloumi burger was nice, & the plum tarte tatin was nice too.

PD
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice location, food was mediocre and definitely not good value for money, wouldn't go back.

AN
London
89 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A great lobster lunch made the journey from London very worthwhile. Friendly service and as always a pleasure to visit the Ferry Inn

m
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great pub great food , one of our favorite places to eat!

n
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

For the most part everything was very good. One of our group is vegetarian and the choice for her was very limited she chose the Halloumi burger but found it not to have much taste. One of our group had the Duck breast which he found very tasty but with a small breast only 4 new potatoes and a few beans found the portion a little small. Other mains were 1/2 lobster which my husband said was delicious and Steak and Ale pudding which was lovely. The cheese cake desert was really nice and the cheeseboard was well presented and very tasty. The Camembert starter was also very nice.

We had a very pleasant time and would definitely go again.

The staff were nice although not as friendly as they have been on our previous visits but I think this was due to it being busy.

DW
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

This is the first time back at the Ferry for me for a while
Whilst I would go back for a drink
The service was ok
Especially when I complained about the two stakes
But as a pub grub restaurant you do not expect to pay £100 plus for one starter two mains and one desert two glasses of wine
After sending the stakes back was told that it would be deducted from the bill.
If it was then it equates to £150!

Staff were polite but food is not on par with the pricing

Maybe I just had a bad night

The Ferry Inn
Responded on 26 August 2019

Dear David Many thanks for your review. We recall your visit and that the edges of your steaks were sadly slightly overaged, and were happy to deduct them from your bill. The bill included 1 starter, 2 desserts, 2 coffees, 2 gin&tonics, 1 small & 3 large glasses of wine and was £71.55. With the steaks it would have been £127.45. We remain terribly sorry that the steaks weren't as they should have been & hope that this explanation of the bill provides you with clarity. Kind regards The Ferry

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OT
Berkshire
15 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly lively Gastropub

IC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal experience. We chose 2 expensive dishes which were excellently cooked and presented.

RR
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Quaint old pub tucked away on Romney Marsh with excellent countryside views.
Friendly and efficient service. Food very good and excellent value. Beer superb, thanks to Goachers from Maidstone, I understand.
Let down by less than clean toilets / hand washing facilities with no soap in the ladies. Pity!
Will go again when next in the area and hope for an improvement.

JA
Kent
21 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food good service and lovely setting. Our first visit and we will be back!

SD
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another super evening at The Ferry Inn with delicious food, good banter and a happy, relaxed atmosphere. It's a proper country pub - no unnecessary sprucing up - with excellent food. There's something for everyone - good pub classics (some with a bit of an enhancing 'twist') and delicious, innovative 'specials'. The fish dishes never disappoint. The half of Dungeness lobster was exemplary, as was the bouillabaisse with monk fish and lobster - divine!

R
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

. . . another enjoyable meal at one of our favourite pubs. Good food, very good and friendly staff, thoroughly recommend it.

SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The choices are excellent and the food is excellent. All the classic Pub Foods (with a subtle twist), and some other excellent dishes. It is not cheap, but is excellent value.

SI
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great service and great food. We sat outside with a sundowner and ate outside too. The overall menu and specials choices were excellent! Thank you...

SA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy visiting the Ferry Inn and never been disappointed

RD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ferry is a little off the beaten track, but well worth a visit
Sea food is all very fresh, beautifully presented and service to match

AN
London
89 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A return to an old favorite from our time living in Rye. A change of management sometime
ago was precursor to a rise in fortunes for the Ferry Inn. It has a great position on the outskirts
of Stone in Oxney, plenty of car-parking space, garden back and front and bar and restaurant
space for either full-scale lunch or dinner. However most importantly it has allied a traditional
country pub atmosphere to good food and good service.

SS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Always a lovely place to eat and drink, however, food not as good as previous meals.

CR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When we arrive they did not find out booking. They were not serving us at 8.00 pm as they said the information you site provided was incorrect.
I am very disappointed with both your company and the Ferry.

LH
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food - a must visit! Fresh local produce very delicious

DR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice, friendly environment. Very good food with varied menu - something for everyone, with good sized portions.

Really enjoyed our evening and would certainly recommend.

CH
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to the inn and very impressed with the food, value for money considering the quality and great service.
Will definitely be going back now we have discovered this lovely country pub and will be taking friends and family with us.

AM
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely pub, where the food is so much better than you might expect. All the starters were delicious and the mains were grand. One big negative in my book was that my steak I asked for rare came out med/welldone. Always undercook a cook a steak if you can't cook it properly for your customer as you can always cook it a bit longer if needed rather than waste a good steak and start again. Proper pub atmosphere with a lovely warm local feel. Would go again and next time make it utterly clear that my steak should be cooked as I asked.

a
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff and food was excellent myself and my wife thoroughly enjoyed our meal

DB
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Had an enjoyable evening, very welcoming. Food was good however, surprised that a large glass of Rioja was in excess of £10 per glass. It did not appear to be that large and wasn't especially good.

Would suggest having a meal but go careful on the drinks.

AC
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Ferry Inn is a pub as they used to be: relaxed, unpretentious, much loved by its locals and welcoming to outsiders. We did not have any alcohol so I can't rate the wine, but the food was delicious, with great attention to detail - for example, a seriously good salad dressing. I had the scallops, in a slightly sweet, fruity sauce which worked really well; and my friends seemed very happy with their linguine and mushrooms. Given the quality of the food, I was surprised by the tasteless, watery coffee. Since you can get tolerably decent coffee in any petrol station these days, the coffee machine definitely needs updating. However, it did add to the gentle, shabby, going-back-in-time quality of this pub, which I hope will never change. I shall certainly be back.

MR
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food for lunch time. Service could be better. Inside decor was tired.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb local scallops and fish

AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Come to the Ferry a lot. Food has dipped below usual standards on the last couple of visits. Could be what we chose. Won't stop us returning but worth feeding back. I would still encourage anyone to visit. Friendly, relaxed service and great location. Beer is always well kept.

ST
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Dreadful.. starter was awful and couldn’t eat it, it was removed from the bill so that’s something, we had to ask to have the table cleared after starters as it was just left, the service was ridiculously slow..

AB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A cracking pub in a lovely rural environment. We are from rural Norfolk and felt very at home. Food, wine and beer first class. Our only complaint was the plethora of children making a hell of a noise which was a tad annoying . Children should be seen and not heard or not in an adults enviroment like a tavern or pub.
Apart from the rug rats a superb place.

W
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi
We introduced two new customers to you who were delighted and will be coming back. Everything was fine except for the huge noise coming from two children continuously yelling causing the noise level to affect conversation. I realise that pubs are usually noisy and jovial, part of the experience but this was the only negative note.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely pub and atmosphere had a table booked for 12.45pm but was very disappointed that the only vegetarian option wasn’t available! So I had to choose another option instead of the Sunday lunch that I wanted. Would go again but more veggie options please and make sure you’ve got enough!

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