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The Fighting Cocks Pub and Riverside Restaurant, Horton Kirby, Kent

The Fighting Cocks Pub and Riverside Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1526 Reviews
£25 and under
English
*** We are now taking telephone reservations for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, please call us on 01322 862299 to book your table***





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, best 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 nights as well as weekly specials.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    English, European, Indian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–17:00 Sun 12:00–19:45 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–22:45

  • Phone number

    01322 862299

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Anthony Greenan

  • Private party facilities

    At the heart of the Fighting Cocks is the Riverside Restaurant, which can be hired exclusively for your event. If you are looking to hold a party celebration please contact us in the first instance by email at bookings@fightingcockshortonkirby.co.uk.

  • Area

    Horton Kirby

  • Parking Details

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

  • Public Transit

    <br>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.

  • Entertainment

    View our website for regular events at the pub and in the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,526 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Kent

    Lunch

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  1. PE

    PeggyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent friendly staff. Food very good although the prawn cocktail starter was tasteless. The steak pie was gorgeous so tender and full of piece of steak.
  2. B

    Brownwolfy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely Sunday roast lunch. There was a super variety of veg and lots of meat, crunchy roasties and big Yorkshire pud. What’s not to like. It was very busy but service was friendly and our extra gravy request was not a problem. Really nice selection of desserts. Also doggie friendly in the bar. All in all very pleased we booked here and looking forward to returning.
  3. JC

    JackieC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Table was booked for 7:30 and already they had ran out of two of our choices of starters. Fish and chips was very dry so much so I couldn’t eat the chips . The crust on the pie was at least 1/2 inch thick . Haven’t been there for a while but was always very good food but this time we were very disappointed. Don’t think we will be going back
  4. DW

    DebbieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcoming staff Good service Good food Reasonable price Lovely outside area on a nice day What more could you ask from a pub Chatty attentive staff even on a busy day
  5. BA

    BARRYS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food very good at affordable prices. Restaurant ambience good. Service not as quick as last time when we had lunch, but was not a problem
  6. RB

    RichardB

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We had a nice dinner. Drink price quite pricey....£23 for pint, pint of diet coke and 2 x large wines
  7. SO

    SallyO

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Pie was delicious, novice meal. Staff pleaseant. Will go back
  8. DR

    DellaR

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met some friends visiting from Manchester for dinner and it was the perfect choice. Steak pie was amazing! Portions were also huge! Really nice service and great food. My friends really enjoyed their Kentish pub experience.
  9. T

    Travelbear

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent value lunch. Lovely setting with good service. Wide choice of items on the lunch menu.
  10. JS

    JohnS

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Eat at the Fighting Cocks 3 or 4 times a year and have never been disappointed
  11. TG

    TractorGirl

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Lovely food, very slow service. We waited over 30 minutes for our main courses to coke after we'd finished starters. Fantastic food though, the roast dinner absolutely amazing.
  12. SP

    SarahP

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Was very disappointed with our roast dinner on Sunday. Not the usual quality or standard that you usually get here! Wont be returning for a while such a shame.
  13. F

    Francesca

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and excellent service as always! The staff made us feel very welcome indeed.
  14. DS

    DanielleS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Lovely little pub and great food, service a little slow but it was very busy
  15. DW

    DawnW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent old fashioned pub restaurant, the table service was excellent and Tracey our waitress was very polite and helpful
  16. C

    Cazbot

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    We were seated just after 5pm, but did not get out main course until after 6:30pm. Yes we had starters, but all the food came out painfully slow and there were hardly any staff around to ask anything from. The food was quite good, but not much variety/options on the menu, and there was no wine list. Every restaurant should have a wine list so that guests can choose from varieties and costs.
  17. C

    Colin

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent service and as always the food was very god.
  18. DB

    DekB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience1
    We want on a beautiful afternoon for lunch - we wanted somewhere peaceful on our day off but there was a largish group of seniors (men) who were drunk and swearing loudly. In the end we left as even holding a conversation outside became difficult. Saturday night I'd expect it perhaps but lunchtime? I won't be recommending...
  19. S

    Stephenw

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service lovely atmosphere. Will go back again. 👍
  20. P

    Peckhamite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great staff. Fantastic value. Wonderful friendly staff. Thanks for a great afternoon.
  21. PJ

    PamelaJ

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Super Sunday roast in lovely setting Service was attentive
  22. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In these difficult times the Fighting Cocks has managed to maintain a very high standard.
  23. AT

    AlanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice restaurant in a good location. Food is always good and the staff are friendly and efficient.
  24. TO

    ToniO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    lovely pub/restaurant. Restaurant service was perfect, shame about the weather BUT that was not your fault. 5*
  25. SK

    StacieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely roast dinner and even better that i could take my dog with me who also enjoyed a mini roast
  26. JO

    JanetO

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Lovely food attentive service nice atmosphere. Disappointed that no-one acknowledged that it was my birthday. Although I added this detail to the booking and there were cards in the table. A candle in a dessert or a birthday greeting would have been appreciated. The waiters were instructed to watch tables but didn't notice that it was my special day.
  27. A

    Annette

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience3
    We were informed in advance that due to chronic shortage of staff, the kitchen could not operate. However they did offer a garden hog roast and barbecue so we kept our booking. Although the food was nothing like as good as in the past, the staff, particularly the manageress, could not have been more attentive, friendly and professional. We were disappointed that there was live music but others must have enjoyed it. We had a surprisingly good evening and did not regret keeping our booking. The large garden and river are a bonus; countryside so near London. We will definitely return.
  28. DS

    DebbieS

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    Our booking was a Wednesday lunchtime and we waited over 30 minutes before we was given a menu. Lots of staff kept walking past us but nobody thought to ask for our order. Our food, when it finally arrived was fantastic as usual, but we then had to wait nearly 45 minutes for our dessert - ice-cream. We have eaten here so many times before but this time was so disappointing.
  29. GT

    GeoffT

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Been before. It is always a nice place to visit with good sized portions, pleasant atmosphere and good serving staff
  30. O

    Odin

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely lunchtime as always. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
  31. j

    johnd

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    food lovely ,waitress very good, slow with a menu, barman on front not welcoming and a bi surly, probably would like to return to try weekdsy menu, would recommend
  32. TW

    TraceyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would definitely recommend. Good choice on the menu also specials menu. Staff very friendly and informative. Lovely grounds with a great garden with plenty of seating, food also available to eat in the garden.
  33. DK

    DianeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Table was perfect waitress very helpful explaining the special and the soups . Felt really comfortable food was great and very good value for money
  34. C

    Colin1954

    Kent

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, a lovely meal was had by all. All four of us chose something different from the menu and all of us absolutely loved the meal. I struggled but couldn't resist the crumble for dessert which was delicious.
  35. PB

    PaulBexley

    Kent

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A lovely village pub with a fantastic beer garden with excellent fenced off play area for children in a great setting. The staff were very knowledgeable about food and drinks that were available and very attentive to all our needs. Food was tasty and portion sizes were on the large size, all in all excellent value for money. We will be back having moved not far from here and will recommend to our friends and family, many thanks for a great evening. PaulBexley.
  36. CK

    ChristineK

    Kent

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always good here, just a few pesky flies buzzing about.
  37. SM

    SusanM

    Kent

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food at the Fighting Cocks is excellent. Our ladies lunch group eat her regularly and the quality and quantity of the food is extremely good. For the price of the seniors menu of £15.45 for a three course lunch is unbelievable! As an example of one of our choices Huge Prawn Cocktail- then Steak Pie(homemade by a local) new potatoes cauliflower broccoli carrots and garden peas and gravy - then Pear and Apple Crumble with either custard cream or ice cream just one choice or either 5 starters 5 mains and 4 desserts. You must visit this great pub in Horton Kirby - it’s a must. Professional staff and comfortable surroundings overlooking a great garden. Visit asap
  38. F

    Faydle

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was lovely as always, I do find the wine is getting very expensive now though, sign of the times?
  39. F

    Flynnie65

    Kent

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Have been here in the past , was disappointed with the food , and overall ambiance, such a shame
  40. DR

    DebbyR

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Roast dinner was good, quite a long wait for the food though.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Fighting Cocks Pub and Riverside Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Just Eat. The Fighting Cocks Pub and Riverside Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01322 862299.

The Fighting Cocks Pub and Riverside Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1526 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for The Fighting Cocks Pub and Riverside Restaurant

The Street Horton Kirby, Kent DA4 9BY

Additional information

  • Area

    Horton Kirby

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–17:00 Sun 12:00–19:45 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–22:45

  • Cuisines

    English, European, Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

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

  • 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.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Anthony Greenan

  • Entertainment

    View our website for regular events at the pub and in the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01322 862299

  • Private party facilities

    At the heart of the Fighting Cocks is the Riverside Restaurant, which can be hired exclusively for your event. If you are looking to hold a party celebration please contact us in the first instance by email at bookings@fightingcockshortonkirby.co.uk.

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