We stayed for 1 night on our way to Dover ferry. On arrival there were plates with food on on one of the tables outside and they were still there when we left the next day. When we asked for breakfast at 8am we were told breakfast didn't start until 9am but we could have a breakfast tray put outside our room. We then had a knock at the door at 10pm from a member of staff saying we could have breakfast at 8am. The room was nothing like the one on the website and was done in the style of "the distressed look" which really looked like someone had started to restore the furniture but got fed up and left it half done. The lights from the bar shone through the floor boards in the bedroom and we could hear the staff bottling up and clearing up in the bar. The building is nothing like what we expected and needs a complete refurbishment. A spring clean would help. We do not think the food and drink in this establishment is value for money. Beware WIFI is not available throughout this establishment at least not on the day we stayed.
- Also Known As:
- The Grove Ferry Hotel Upstreet
- The Grove Ferry Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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! ... more less
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