The Ferry Inn

4.4
525 Reviews
£25 and under
English
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.
What 525 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic pub with incredible food. 10/10

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JohnN
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A delightful restaurant with excellent food, service and ambience.

GC
GreigC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful pub with excellent food and service, staff all very friendly and welcoming.

CB
CraigB
Kent
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of roasts and other dishes too. Food delicious and plentiful. Will be making it a regular stop.

SM
SucculentMango
Kent
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We felt like every other table was served quicker than us, to the point we felt invisible. Even when we asked staff to put up an umbrella, they came out to do it and did every other table before ours. This was the same for taking orders.

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RayW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing, large portion and excellent quality. Does get chilly as only outside seating so rake a hot water bottle, they fill them for free.

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DeeS
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always lovely lunch served outside just missed the rain so very lucky not long now till we can enjoy another visit with family & friends. Thankyou to all the staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outside lunch in sunshine especially as first outing since lockdown rules eased 🌞Great food and service Staff very friendly and helpful

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GrahamC
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous location great menu good cooking and friendly service( and glorious weather!)

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Johnie
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely lunch in the back garden overlooking the fields, birds singing in the trees , food delicious, service v. Good all perfectly served.

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Nicky
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely place staff friendly
Kitchen service not so accommodating, after placing our order our lovely waitress took our starter and mains order in, within seconds of her going inside I changed my mind on my main dish. Knowing I was being a pain I reluctantly spoke to her as she came back out not two minutes later and blushing I asked if I could change my main. She immediately went in and asked I was told no, they had already started to cook it? ? I found that odd as the time of our waitress walking in with the ticket and me asking to change it was less than two minutes?? I was a little miffed and more miffed when we waited a further 10 minutes to receive our starter? I ended up eating a main meal that wasn’t what I thought it was when I chose it and felt rather fobbed off. Food was ok but I don’t think it warranted the bill price.
My advice is stick with the basics on their menu
Waitress was super lovely

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great beer great location 👌🏻

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carld
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot with excellent food and service

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LizzieM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovey venue! Outside tables with a view in the stunning kent countryside. Highly recommend their specialty beef and chorizo burger - delicious!! Catered well for our one year old with a high chair, nice friendly atmosphere and the facilities were clean. High recommend.

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GillT
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was lovely and the waitress was really welcoming and friendly she’s a credit to you

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Matt
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Poor communication between cold and hot kitchen caused delays in eating meal together

DB
DonnaB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous meal. Would love a little more gluten free options but was very nice indeed. Staff were lovely and accommodating.

CW
CharlotteW
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here was absolutely lovely - sunny outside seating and good beer. Perfect Saturday lunch and will be back!

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BarbaraS
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great lunchtime treat for a family celebration. The staff were efficient and smiley and we felt welcomed and valued. The food was excellent- it was busy but the plates of food were timely and of a good quality. We all said we'll have to come back to try the dishes we didn't have this time!

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TommlK
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub. Food was decent and the service from the team was good as always.

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SamanthaQ
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing crab salad in a beautiful setting. Super friendly & helpful staff. Harvey’s beer- best pint if not the 1st one out of lockdown!

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Greens
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Prices appear to have gone up and portion sizes have reduced. A little disappointing.

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Bland
London
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch out

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Jabba
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice food and good service. Only downside, it’s expensive.

CM
ClareM
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely spot, great food and service. What more do you need?

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ScottS
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great to be able to enjoy a meal in the sunshine. Friendly service, good quality food, decent portions - what's not to like?

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BassmanChris
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely country pub with beautiful garden. Outdoor dining operation is being run safely and efficiently. So great to have a pub Sunday roast again!! Super-quick service and pleasant ambience. Even had some nice sunshine! :-)

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vipVirginiaD
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff made the whole experience even better, tricky trying to eat al fresco but the great food + friendly staff really helped thank u

JC
JeremyC
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual , good to be back after lockdown!

PM
PeterM
London
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This pub came recommended by various locals - the food was tasty, portions small for the high price. We ordered the scallops as a main meal.
Celeriac purée was small dots on the plates. Could have been more generous and more filling.

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Cockapoolover
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absoloutely loved it , our first eat out after lockdown , lovely choice of dishes and the fish and chips very good , service brilliant and we didnt have to wait long at all , all served with a smile.only teeny downside was the peas were of clearly poor quality certainly not Birdseye ! But fish made up for it ... could of done with a few more chips perhaps too , however we will be back and we really enjoyed it !

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BryanL
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent location that we know well. Food was of particular high quality as was the selection of beers. Unfortunately the weather was very cold and caused us to leave shortly after dinner. We look forward to the time that we can enjoy the Ferry back to normal, without any bureaucratic rules. We will support again in the meantime in the coming weeks and hope for a warmer climate.

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Betsy
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice lunch and cheerful service. Sat in the back garden by the river.

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Imogen
Kent
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of outdoor space for drinks and food! First time sitting out in the back garden which was lovely and quiet, compared to the buzzy front garden. Amazing food as always, would 100% recommend the burger!

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carld
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Always had a fantastic meal here, good prices for the quality, I would have prefer it to be open

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MaddieU
Kent
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and friendly service! Great vegetarian options and lovely atmosphere

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PaulS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time we have tried an evening visit. Loved the menu options, food presentation and quality. Great personable and attentive staff. Will be returning as soon as circumstances allow.

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ChantalF
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourites for years now. Staff are always so lovely and the ambience is perfect. We always go for their signature burger, it’s delicious!

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vipMatt
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice food and lovely staff

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Jonesey
London
26 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellant food and service will definately return.

FAQs

The Ferry Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 525 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 reservations at the moment.