The Fighting Cocks Pub and Riverside Restaurant

4.4
732 reviews
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£25 and under
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English
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  • Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
  • Good for Birthdays
The Fighting Cocks Pub and Riverside Restaurant, is a unique dining experience. Voted Winners of Best tenanted/leased pub in the South East 2010 Winners of Best Turnaround pub in the South East 2010 Winners of best Tenanted/leased pub in the UK 2010 Winners of Best tenanted/leased pub in the South East 2011
Commended as one of the best Family pubs in the South East 2011, b est family pub in the Uk 2014 and one of the Top5 pub gardens in the UK 2017


The pub incorporates a large purpose built conservatory overlooking a one and a half acre garden, backing onto the River Darent. The restaurant has built a fantastic reputation, serving well presented pub/restaurant food with excellent value for money. Incorporating Gourmet and Cabaret nights as well as weekly specials.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
English, European
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Hours of Operation


Lunch:
Mon - Fri 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Sat 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Sun 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Dinner:
Tue – Sat 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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Phone number
01322 862299
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Del Alfredo Parkere
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Parking Details

Al large car park to the side of the pub as well as parking at the front of the pub, enough for 60-70 cars.
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Public Transit

Farningham road train station is a brisk 15 minute walk to the pub. The 414 bus from Dartford, stops in the same Street as the pub.
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Entertainment

View our website for regular events at the pub and in the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Wheelchair Access
What 732 People Are Saying
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PB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Polite welcoming, service good, food we had freshly cooked, good beer and wine, attentive waitress who couldn't do more. Well worth the visit and would definitely go again. We are from Norwich and arrived for my aunt's birthday (90). Looked after very well. Would like to know how they got there chips so crunchy and a such a unique shape. The staff couldn't do more.

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D
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The lunchtime carvery was mixed in our opinion. The vegetables and yorkshire puddings were good but the meat was very poor. We had sirloin but it was almost raw,cold and worst of all tasteless. The service was good but we are not planning a return visit. We were dining with relatives from Canada, who paid for the meal as a thank-you to us for their stay, so we didn't like to make a fuss but would certainly have mentioned the poor quality of the meat if we had been dining alone.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Only complaint was the noise screaming children !!

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JG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have dined at this establishment many times, it is always good.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great quality food and value, Restaurant has a nice setting and atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff and the pub garden is huge so we felt like we had our own space.
Plenty of parking available.
Would recommend and will definitely be returning!

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A super pub with lovely affordable food which is always presented well. Super staff too

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food at the Fighting Cocks is really nice, as a repeat customer I have never been let down.
Unfortunately on my last visit for Sunday lunch I ordered a portion of Honey Roasted Parsnips and a bowl of roast potatoes. The meal came, I thought the two bowls would follow but alas no, I asked another server and eventually a small plate arrived with some parsnips on it, the server then said I am very sorry but someone has dropped your potatoes (really??) and they will be another 5 minutes, at this stage I was already well into my meal and so I never got my potatoes.
I was not impressed with this, as my server was speaking with me, I saw several more plates of food being served all with potatoes.........

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JP
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sweet as, sweet as, sweet as, Sweet as, sweet as, sweet as

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YS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were party of 9 and all had an absolutely delicious meal. We will definitely be booking again.

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DE
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely pub. Has a nice vibe, always busy. Roast dinner is stunning. Roast potatoes aren't the best, more like boiled potatoes but otherwise very high quality, delicious meat and veg!

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S
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Fightening Cocks is a very welcoming place to enjoy a very tasty lunch. We sat in the conservatory along with quite a few guests and the nosie level was very high and difficult to hear when trying to talk around the table.
We had a super lunch time meal and the pie was fantastic. My mum, who accompanied us enjoyed her pensioner special -of mild chicken curry, which had her eating more than usual!
This place is in a wonderful setting and is a very relaxing place to spend a couple of hours enjoying superb food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very difficult to say what the pub would be recommended for as this was our very first visit and not experienced it on other nights or times but would definitely be back again and would certainly recommend to friends and family .Very nice place and very friendly staff

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R
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always amazing frrendly and great garden for kids

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MH
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good service and good food but burgers which were very good needed some coleslaw or similar on the plate as well. Panacotta needed some decoration - too bland to look at.

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CN
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for lunch. Fresh food cooked very well.

Great value for pensioner lunches, good choice.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, we love it here and try to visit as often as we can.

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DK
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pub restaurant. Sunday lunch is outstanding- portions are generous. Great facilities for families.

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IW
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was as good as always, and the menu changes with the seasons. Not a huge menu, which is a good thing as what’s available is cooked perfectly.
There is always a guest ale on pump that changes regularly.
Not our first visit and definatly not our last.

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VR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good meal as usual. Seniors menu really good value and good portions. Waitresses were attentive and answered our questions without fuss. One of my favourite local pub restaurants.

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KN
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favourite Pub in Kent and probably the UK :). Great food as ever, my friends and I had the roast, my wife had the homemade pie. Great outdoor area for the kids, with play area with rabbits and chickens, river stream. Nice wine too. Love this place!

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JG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely Sunday lunch. Book ahead. Get there for an early table. Food is delicious and generous.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family location and lovely food
5 star ⭐️
Lovely play area for the kids to keep them entertained and all the food our table of 7 had was perfect

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CM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely friendly warm welcoming restaurant ,it was our first visit for my daughters birthday and it most certainly won’t be our last ,lovely smiling friendly staff and the food was wonderful

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C
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant serves a lot of home made food, all of which is delicious. The home made pies are legendary. They also have a special menu for senior citizens which offers very good value for money. With a riverside setting and a large garden it is ideal for families, plus it has a beaurptiful conservatory for indoor dining. It is also dog friendly in the bar area.

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JB
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant and service. Value for money and enjoyable.

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F
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday lunch Birthday celebration. Would recommended to all :-)

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SR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed the meal even though we did have a bit of a wait but that’s because there was a large party booked in at the same time & because of this we were given free desserts, (which were offered to us & we had not even mentioned that we had been waiting a long time). So all was good in the end. We will definitely be going back because the food is really good. There are nice gardens for outside dining & a play area for the children. They also have a BBQ outside for when the weather is good. Great place.

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B
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been wanting to try this pub for ages and finally decided to, definitely worth the drive. Staff were very polite and attentive and the food was very good. Reasonably priced too, could have spent similar money in Nando's, but this was so much better!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We’ve been several times now and have always enjoyed our meal and would and have recommended the restaurant to numerous friends who I know have been more than once too

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TH
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

get together lunch with friends we all had a great time food was wonderful and service was great friendly staff we will be comeing back again would recommend to any body thank you all so much

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PG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, not disappointed. Excellent staff very efficient, attentive and providing first class service. Food of a high quality and menu prices very reasonable. Not our first visit and definitely not our last, will book again.

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PP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff always friendly & helpful, food always very good

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E
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Was lovely and cool inside. Food was lovely and great value. My nan was over the moon with her meal and was such a value on the senior menu.

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P
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Booked table that morning for lunch in the restaurant at 12.30 arrived slightly late no problem by 10 mins. traffic hold up.
Staff had already phoned landline and got no reply and assumed we were on our way. Nice touch. They also realised the table reserved for us was in hot bright sun and promptly seated us at another in the shade. Thank you.
Food excellent as usual and had the Senior Citizens 3 Course Special for £12.50 fantastic value. Staff polite and attentive but not pushy. Once again thank you to all the staff for a lovely day.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely relaxed meal in great surroundings. We all had Mr Parker's steak and ale pie which was lush!!!!!

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j
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bit sad couldn't get a booking for Sunday lunch. Great for you tho. thanks

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K
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our Sunday lunch food was excellent with large portions and worth the money but was slightly let down by not all 6 plates coming out together and the website had different items to what was available on the day. Waitresses were attentive but the bar staff less friendly - one of them squirting drink all over me from a bottle opener he was doing the wrong way. The conservatory is smart but was very hot and had a wasp problem so we were having to bat a few of them away from our food. Outside afterwards we found a shady table for a few more drinks while the kids played in the shallow river and on the play equipment. The chickens and rabbits are always interesting to see and a nice pub garden atmosphere. If you just came for the outside BBQ where you can get chips too, you would not be disappointed but only sit inside on a cooler day. In general, a very nice pub which I’d give a 8 out of 10 and will come again. Better bar staff would have given it 10 out of 10.

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VR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We tried the seniors lunch expecting it to have smaller portions so that we could have three courses. We couldn’t manage pudding or coffee. Good choice of food and very enjoyable. Staff friendly and happy and pleased to advise about the food.

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CW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fab food whenever we go and to take friends there who have never been and it lives up to expectations.

Very good!

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JG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As usual, the food and service were very good. You can always rely on this pub to provide excellent food.

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