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Ferry House Inn, Sheerness

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Harty Ferry Road
Harty
Leysdown-On-Sea
Postal town: Sheerness
ME12 4BQ
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E TA left this review about Ferry House Inn

An historic inn associated with the ancient ferry between Sheppey and Faversham, once busy with the movement of gunpowder and sheep, now no longer in operation. The building has 14th Century roots, though much of the current structure is an 18th Century house. The remote setting in largely unspoilt marshland makes it a very pleasant place, and the 3 mile track from the main road keeps the rabble away. There is a large car park and an even larger garden overlooking The Swale and the marshes on the main land. The garden has ample bench seating and a play area for children, while the location on relatively unspoilt marshland rather than a more accessible rock island makes it popular with bird botherers. Inside, there are two main bars, a restaurant and a separate dining room. The décor is pleasant and 'rustic', plenty of polished oak including a bar counter made from oak barrels. Food is locally sourced and cooked to a high standard. Wines are also local, mainly from Kentish vineyards, and the two ales on during this visit were both from Whitstable Brewery. I had a pint of Native, which was in very good condition. As a gastro it is a bit of a cliché, and the atmosphere was slightly marred by the stony-faced landlady who had clearly missed a couple of lessons at charm school, but otherwise it was a pleasant place to come and have a leisurely lunch and a decent pint.

On 4th April 2017 - rating: 8
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John Dent left this review about Ferry House Inn

Wonderful location at the end of a country lane - about five miles long - which leads to nowhere but the pub since they shut the ferry it's named after down over fifty years ago. Very traditional interior though, as another reviewer has stated, the place is moving away from being just a pub and more into the restaurant cum venue cum accommodation game. However, I've always found the selection of beers to be adequate with good quality. Lots of space outside to park and let the kids burn off some energy along with a path that leads down to the river itself. Gorgeously peaceful and quiet most of the year - but, I'd suggest, avoid in the school holidays unless you have kids of your own with you. Haven't eaten here for many a year but it used to be good, honest and not too pricy. Several bird watching spots in the area.

On 16th December 2016 - rating: 7
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Brian Moore left this review about Ferry House Inn

This isn't what I would call a pub anymore; its a restaurant/'venue' with a bar. After many years away, I returned to find the Harty Ferry in new owners and having had a major refurb that has left it looking like an upmarket Beefeater with fake 'rustic' artwork and the usual repro rural features that you find everywhere. It has now pitched itself as a wedding venue and family restaurant which is far removed from how I remembered it. It has a big garden with fine views over the Swale and gets busy in summer with the holiday trade. A weekday lunchtime offered only Youngs Special at the pumps which was a good pint and there were several lagers etc from the taps. The food, however, was horrible. Scampi and chips for £9 was no more than frozen and oven chips with a pathetic 'salad' that was a lettuce leaf and thinly sliced onion and if it was half the price it still would have been a rip off. The place was quiet but the tables went uncleared by staff and there was an atmosphere of them not being interested. A shame, and I hope that they can survive from the wedding trade as there is no real reason to visit otherwise.

On 21st August 2012 - rating: 3
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Map location corrected by Paul Brett
Teynham, 16.9 miles, 5 hr 26 min walk (show)
Faversham, 21.09 miles, 6 hr 47 min walk (show)
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4th Apr 2017, 07:04
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19th Feb 2017, 22:32
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 August 2012 by Will Larter
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 August 2012 by Will Larter
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