The Star and Eagle Goudhurst

4.7
101 reviews
£25 and under
European
Nestling in the heart of the beautiful Kentish Weald-the Garden of England, the Star and Eagle Hotel is located in the village of Goudhurst. Standing over 400ft above sea level, there are outstanding views of the surrounding orchards and hop gardens for which the area is renowned. Dating back to the 14th century, the Star and Eagle has played a significant role in the local history, and was once reputed to have been an ancient monastery. Relics of the vaulted stonework of the period are still visible in some parts of the building. During the 18th century the Inn became the headquarters of the "Hawkhurst Gang", who robbed and terrorised the surrounding district, and planned smuggling raids. Today, behind its attractive timbered gables, the Star and Eagle offers all the comfort and facilities of a 20th century hotel with the charm and atmosphere of a bygone era. Open throughout the year, the Star and Eagle is less than three miles off the main A21 road with easy access.

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 101 People Are Saying
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Matthew
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never write reviews but I had to about this place. The service and food was amazing! We received such a warm welcome, they couldn’t have been any more accommodating for us with our 2 year old. The food was really nice and definitely worth every penny. This place is a real gem and we will be returning!

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RogerX
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very pleasant Saturday evening dinner here, not having visited for several years due to feeling the food and service didn't match the wonderful hilltop location. Pleased to say that it was very good - not full gastro, a little too traditional for that, but a distinct cut above 'pub food' . Service was very friendly and a reasonably covid-secure venue.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the evening here, will go again. The meal was really nice.

JM
JoanneM
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6 of us went for Sunday Lunch, the food and service was outstanding and the house white wine was delicious, we will definitely be returning.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Star and Eagle. We are local and eat there regularly. It is very atmospheric and is one of the few places where you can hear yourself think! We are very lucky to have three very good pubs in the village and this is one of them!

JM
JoanneM
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub with delicious food, nothing is ever too much trouble for the friendly staff, it brings us back again and again. 5 stars

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ZoeB
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Staff very attentive, didn't have to wait too long for food to arrive. The freshly baked bread we had while we waited for our main was a little on the hard side and could of come out warm. The mains were lovely. Didn't have enough room for dessert! It was rather noisy but there was a wedding going on, wasnt sure if there was another dining area to dine in as we were in the dining area near the bar. It was a little draughty but it is an old building and the weather outside was very windy.

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John
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening with great company and good food. It couldn't have been better.

JM
JoanneM
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great welcome and a lovely fuss made of two of our party as it was both of their birthdays. Food was delicious and really can’t criticise anything about our visit, ambiance, staff, food and drink all first class, we will definitely be back.

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Summer
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very pleasant staff, food good though a little pricy, definitely paying for the ambiance and surroundings.
A very pleasant evening.

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Lilikins
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit in a few months and each time everything was excellent. Would highly recommend a visit both for dining and staying.

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Toby2
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was disappointed in the Crepe. Too sloppy and too rich. Staff friendly. Wine preferred on table. Noisy people at bar. Not as good as last experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pub is old and beautiful. The food was outstanding we ate in the garden. The staff were attentive and helpful

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AndreaA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were greeted on arrival and imediately seated. Staff were so genuinely friendly and helpful. Food was freshly cooked and good portion sizes. Good quality and very tasty! I would definately go there again.

TB
TinaB
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service from friendly waitresses, delicious food & yummy puddings. Great space, lovely big table with no crowding in around us. Highly recommended

DD
vipDarioD
London
15 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

authentic experience if you are a looking for an English pub

KK
KaneK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very nice staff where on top form very helpful and food was excellent

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
13 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal and will be going back....

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alisonv
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's not our 1st visit. We have always been very happy with everything.

DD
vipDennisDmenace
East Sussex
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place to spend Valentine's Day for an evening meal.

CH
ChristopherH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner here with my wife! We ate in the dining room rather than the bar , the food and service were first-class. Lovely calm surroundings with plenty of ambiance too!

EM
ElisabethM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience5

food took ages to arrive and when it did it was luke warm , over cooked and burnt and hard. The fried eggs (Ham and eggs dish) was well over fried with heavily burnt edges. The belly pork was small , again over cooked with burnt crackling that you would break your teeth on.

KG
KarenG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Very hot and lovely flavours. I had the sea bass and my husband had the steak and kidney pie. Very good, amenable service. In fact, all members of staff were delightful. Looking forward to going again. Would recommend to friends.

PP
PeterP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife here for her Birthday and we were both very impressed. Excellent food and good service.

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Joe90
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! We had a lovely meal today. All the staff are very welcoming and offer a brilliant service. Thank you.

TB
TinaB
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely food with great service. Michael Buble was great too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice staff and lovely setting

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Senna
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly friendly and hospitable staff serving succulent moreish food

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VikiA
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and the staff were extremely friendly and attentive. Beautiful, authentic pub - would definitely recommend.

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AdrianG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had driven past the Star and Eagle a few days earlier and thought what a wonderful old building. Was having on of those “I really can’t be bothered cooking” nights so thought I’d give it a try. Drove the 20 min from Tunbridge Wells and delighted we did. A lovely country pub with delicious winter comfort food. The service was excellent. I’d definitely recommend this pub and will be returning again sooner rather than later

LM
LesleyM
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Relaxed but good quality. A lovely anniversary lunch. Great to see local wine on the menu by the glass. Excellent stilton, chard and walnut wellington. Friendly service.

JO
JackieO
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed with the delicious food and brilliant sevice at The Star and Eagle. Would definitely recommend a visit

VL
VeritasLegionis
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Food and service were fantastic. We got a nice room upgrade without asking. Thank you all.

JM
JoanneM
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service incredibly slow, they needed more staff. Even though I rang and confirmed our booking on the morning of the meal our table was set for the wrong number of people, food was ok but the meal was quite expensive. My vegetarian burger was akin to eating dry polystyrene.

TB
TinaB
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, delicious breakfast

AF
AlanF
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Comfortable , food was amazing very good value for money staff attentive and polite would definitely recommend - will visit again soon

JC
JonC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Had a lovely meal, was fairly quiet in the restaurant, however, the food quality and service was great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
13 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy with everything, food and staff and will be going back. ..

J
Jstorm1
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Staff went out of their way to offer an alternative drink when they had run out of one of the ingredients. Very friendly and the views are outstanding.

GG
GloriaG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way, nothing too much trouble, the best birthday venue we've ever had. Our American guests were very impressed.

FAQs

The Star and Eagle Goudhurst is rated 4.7 stars by 101 OpenTable diners.

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