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The Grove Ferry Restaurant

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Grove Road | Grove Ferry, Upstreet, Canterbury CT3 4BP, England
(0)1227 860302
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10:00 - 23:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Go to lunch quite often here... mostly food very nice on occasions a bit unorganised and long waits... staff sometimes a little vague however the large party's with children is like dining in a crèche, noise overwhelming, children running around while people are trying to eat such a shame for people who just want a quiet lunch by the fabulous... More 

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Thank Minnimooha1
Margate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been meaning to pen this review for a while... You will all know by now that Begby is an aleman. An aleman I truly am. But what you may not realise is I am also an avid twitcher. During my learning years, whilst finding my feet on the farmyard, bird spotting was a firm favourite - 😉 Begby's famous... More 

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Thank BegbyFlee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here 21 January 2017. Really welcoming, friendly people, super location on the river and near nature reserve, animals to feed, good gardens, great food, good real ales! We had breakfast, lunch and dinner - all good!

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Thank Pierre C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely restaurant. A great atmosphere. Great prices. A lovely setting. And most importantly good food! Thanks a lot

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Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Saturday lunch with the family, nicely relaxed but attentive service good food and good sized portions.only little niggle was the room was a bit cold despite the fire burning.

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Thank marquisofraspberry
Tim F, Owner at The Grove Ferry Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Marquis of Raspberry (brilliant name, haha!), Thank you for your review. I'm very happy to hear that the team took such good care of you and that you enjoyed the food. It's been unseasonable cold this year, I can't wait for a bit of sunshine. I'm sorry if you were a bit chilly and I'll pass the info on... More 

rainham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Well, service was very good, very polite and helpful. Had the butter bean stew, very tasty, had it with the lamb, tender but over cooked, without the lamb I would have been very hungry, my wife wanted it with the cod, not available! On a Friday lunchtime! so although tasty did not feel satisfied with the portions and not value... More 

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Thank Baldersontour
Tim F, Owner at The Grove Ferry Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Baldersontour, Thank you for leaving a detailed review, I very much appreciate you taking the time to do so. I'm sorry to hear that you weren't fully satisfied and I will take your feedback into consideration during our next meeting with the chefs. On a positive note, I'm delighted to tell you that we're launching a brand new menu... More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I had fish and chips.The fish was mostly batter and it was greasy,the Chips were dry and the portion size was small.The service was very good,the waiter was polite and attentive,but unfortunately he was slow clearing the table and equally slow bringing our drinks.(we even had to order the drinks twice.)I have to praise the restaurant on the chocolate brownie,it... More 

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Thank harryhorse0
Tim F, Owner at The Grove Ferry Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Harry, Thank you for giving us your feedback on your visit. I'm very sorry to hear that you didn't find the fish & chips up to scratch and I will take this under consideration during our next meeting with the chefs. Happy to hear you're a fan of the brownie though, it's my favourite, as well. On a positive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Really happy with my Vegan Christmas Day Dinner and the Staff were really very lovely too. Great Atmosphere would eat here for Christmas again.

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Thank Jodie B
Tim F, Owner at The Grove Ferry Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Jodie! Thank you for your kind words, I'm happy to hear we could cater for you (we do our best to cater to all tastes) and look forward to having you with us next Christmas! Tim x More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Been here a number of times &I have previously felt that they rely too much on the setting! A breath of fresh air when we popped in on 2nd Jan 17 staff attentive &I made us feel welcome. They were busy when we arrived &a there was no seats available in the bar area. We ordered our drinks & accepted... More 

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Thank Mark H
Tim F, Owner at The Grove Ferry Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Mark, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and give us your feedback on your visit. I'm very happy to hear our team took such good care of you and we look forward to having you back with us! Our new menu will launch in the coming weeks, it's our best yet (if I do say... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Lovely meal, great atmosphere and very helpful staff. Would recommend a visit here even just for lunch by the river. Thanks to everyone for a lovely evening.

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Thank Ems W
Tim F, Owner at The Grove Ferry Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Ems, Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely review and hope you had a fabulous Xmas. Tim More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$24
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 23:00
Monday
10:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 23:00
Thursday
10:00 - 23:00
Friday
10:00 - 23:00
Saturday
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Grove Road | Grove Ferry, Upstreet, Canterbury CT3 4BP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury  >  Upstreet
  • Phone Number: (0)1227 860302
Description
Welcome to our homely little slice of Kent. The Grove Pantry Pub is an old Georgian manner sitting on The Great River Stour in the middle of the Stodmarsh Nature Reserve. The Georgian manner is now our very own pantry pub with pigs, goats, chickens, pheasants and quails all in our gardens and helping us to be proper country folk. Our menu is brought to you by our very own forager chef who trawls the countryside each season to bring you fresh ingredients. If our chickens are up to it the eggs on your full English will be freshly laid and collected that morning and if you cant quite polish the breakfast of don't worry Lily and Pickle our pigs will eat the left overs except for the bacon naturally. If you are naughty during your stay the team might rope you in to helping pick the fresh veg, herbs and fruit from our garden or feel free to volunteer and you might get a free slice of cake. But don't forget there is loads to be seeing and doing in the local area including boat trips chartered from the pub and pleasant walks around the nature reserve that boasts some very rare birds and beautiful panoramic views of the marsh and river. Don't expect a glitsy spanking hotel but expect loads of character, lovely old rooms with all the facilities you need to spend a weekend in the country with the added benefit of a short hop to the beach or Canterbury itself. The pub has it's very own pantry area where you can pick and choose items made by the team, we have open fires and stoves, plenty of comfy chairs, a menu to make your mouth water, ales racked up on the bar and some scrumptious wines. The rooms are big and airy in that typical Georgian fashion, each is individually styled and has it's own bathroom. All rooms have large sash windows overlooking either the river or across our front garden into the nature reserve. oooh! And with a bit of notice you can ring us to go out with the foraging chef for morning or afternoon call us direct to find out a little more.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?