The Red Lion Hernhill

4.5
251 reviews
£25 and under
British
Steeped in history this 13th Century Hall House has been totally refurbished by the family White. It retains many distinctive character features including exposed beams, flagstone floors and crown post ceiling and an inviting log fire. Clever contemporary features now lend this remarkable building a comfortable atmosphere, which cannot fail to charm. Outside further delights await. Its a quintessentially English pub set in the picturesque Kentish Hamlet of Hernhill located just a few miles from the historic towns Faversham and Whitstable and The City of Canterbury.


Country, Family Run, Good Quality food - On the green overlooking the church - large beer garden with play area.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 251 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MatthewS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mixed meat Sunday roast was amazing. Well worth the money. Friendly front of house staff and talented chefs.

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Brebre
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lunch in the garden , very enjoyable, beautiful setting

JJ
JaneJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always , lovely attentive service
Sunny day in lovely garden - relaxing

LB
LesleyB
Kent
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous and the location is beautiful. Good service too. What more could you ask.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Very expensive £94 for 2 people no dessert and just 2glasses of wine each .shame as service usually excellent and ambience always welcoming. Just too expensive now . Food usually good too ,my steak was fantastic but the burger was undercooked and when mentioned was told “ oh I’m sorry about that “.
Appreciate pubs need to recoup their losses but they can’t be complacent customers will always fit the bill .

JD
JonD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic pub restaurant, amazing garden which is very safe for kids to run around and have fun. Lovely food and well serviced throughout the evening. Highly recommended

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Pea7
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a friendly service, food is great. Never kept waiting.
Favourite pub!

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Deba
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing roast

Not been for a while

Will definitely come back as forgot to order the cauliflower cheese .....

KM
KayM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal. Lovely venue and space in the gardens.

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StephenW
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Red lion Hernhill was a wonderful discovery set in an idyllic village with a green opposite the pub and old church across the green, The food and selection was very good for both normal and Veggies, and after the meal, a good walk around the old buildings and orchards finished off a perfect afternoon.

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NataliaG
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful pub with a massive garden in a lovely village. Really nice food and attentive staff. We will definitely come back soon.

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Fenella
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and venue - the prices are on the high side especially the starters but overall a lovely meal

KM
KathrynM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was great, albeit a little slow but lovely and friendly as usual. A little disappointed with the caesar salad which contained 2 anchovies and 4 croutons, didnt think it was worth the money.

AW
AmyW
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and lovely food. The garden had lovely seating and perfect to enjoy the weather

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Monty
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food & service excellent, only criticism food was slow to arrive 1 hour per course but worth waiting for

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Luca
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back to a lovely English pub in beautiful surroundings. Recommended

CJ
ChrisJ
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great but make sure you check bill before paying as service charge is included in the price. We put top on top of service so paid double tip. Should of read the bill properly so not complaining but making people aware

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with great service

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Kellie
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and attentive staff. Food was lovely and great quality

AO
AnneO
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous meal last night in this beautiful pub restaurant…. Food was delicious…service outstanding. Will be back very soon!

SL
SimonL
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First meal out of lockdown, 1.5 years, really pleased we chose the Red Lion - great atmosphere, polite and attentive staff, food really good too.

RC
RachelC
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a lovely meal in a fantastic local pub. The food and service was excellent.

BM
BigglesMeister
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A magnificent venue for the fist meal out of 2021! The food was fantastic and reminded me what a rubbish cook I am myself. The portion sizes were perfect too so I still had room for a warm choccie brownie!

JB
JulieB
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service - I requested a change to my booking and was accommodated happily by the Red Lion team
The food was delicious the mushroom & spinach starter a big hit as was the crab and prawn cocktail
Steaks beautifully cooked , pork crackling fabulous and the fish special delicious
A great time with great service and food - thank you

PW
PWordy
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice big gazebo and friendly staff. Quick service too!

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pennyE
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were made to feel very welcome at the Red Lion. The food was delicious, the service excellent. Would highly recommend.

TR
TimR
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, I was on a very tight schedule and they were able to accommodate my need to get in and out quickly. I am really sorry I was in a rush as its a lovely place to visit

AF
AnnF
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good selection of dishes. Well cooked and very tasty.

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pricey
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

was ok, make sure you read the small print on the menu, service charge on top of price, cod and chips, chicken salad, guinness and a wine £41, really?

WB
WonkaB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food with wonderful cheerful service. It will be lovely to be indoors next time.

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Clark
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We have been here 3 times before and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere at this lovely country pub. My husband and I have been to some chain restaurants and pubs recently and had good experiences. This was my parents first meal out in a year and I am so disappointed in the experience I doubt we will be coming again. There was no atmosphere in the marquee and it was cold. The lady serving us was friendly however the other people serving appeared not happy or tried numerous times to give us food and drinks we didn't order! The food was not the same quality as before, it tasted plain and felt overpriced. I had messaged before our visit to check that pub classics are served on a Sunday however when we arrived I informed that they were not serving chicken burgers which is part of the pub classics. I felt embarrassed by the end of the meal that we had said how great the pub was when we visited before and this was not even a similar experience.

DG
DarrenG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We didn't eat in pub just drinks. But the food we see others eating looked very nice with decent portion sizes . Drinks reasonably priced

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SandraS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal in the outside marque!
Plenty of space between tables and and four large heaters for cold nights!
Food was lovely and the service was good too.

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Localhacko
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb - a wonderful setting, a well-organised seating and booking plan, good food and drink, friendly service, space for kids to roam without disturbing the adults, a beautiful part of the world.

SS
ShelleyS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, great food and service would recommend to friends and family

CG
CGGG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Lovely pub really beautiful setting. However it was freezing and and we had to ask three people to turn the heater on and also again to get it turned up. We had 3 tonics added to our bill which we didn’t have but paid in the end as our taxi was coming and we had waited a long time for the bill.

Would definitely come again but it wasn’t the experience we had received last time.

WB
WayneB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We had the burgers which was fine but a bit expensive for what it was in my opinion

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vipHelenR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We visited for a friends birthday.

Everything was perfect; the cocktails and drinks presentation superb; delicious food; good service and no time pressure on the table.

We are looking forward to returning. The

DR
DanielR
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious food. First draught beer for a long time (Harveys) and it was superb...had to have a second.

SB
StephenB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a table for 2 just to have a few beers. Was a nice atmosphere and staff very good. Got a bit cold but heaters soon put on and soon warmed up . Will doing it again soon 😄

FAQs

The Red Lion Hernhill offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01227 751207.

The Red Lion Hernhill is rated 4.5 stars by 251 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.