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The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Grove Road, Upstreet CT3 4BP, England (Formerly The Grove Ferry Inn)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Upstreet B&B and Inns
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
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“Extremely charming hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

I stayed at The Grove Ferry Inn for two nights and have to say that it is a extremely charming hotel.

The downstairs pub / restaurant has a rustic country feel. The drinks are reasonably priced and the homemade pizzas are amazing!

Upstairs, each room has been decorated differently. Each room is a decent size and comes with an en-suite and a seriously comfy bed. My only complaint about the sleeping quarters is the number of spiders that find their way into the rooms - for anyone for a dislike for the nasty little crawlers I would think twice about booking here. Over two days, a total of 12 spiders were removed from my room alone.

The location of the hotel is also good. We really enjoyed sitting on the outside deck next to the canal.

To sum up:
Service = good
Location = good
Food & drink = great
Beds = fantastic

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Whitstable
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We stayed at the Grove Ferry Inn for one night as it was in a convenient location, close to the venue of a wedding we attended in nearby Preston. All staff were extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful, happily fetching things we requested (sellotape, iron, more tea...) without bother.
We stayed in Room 1 which was fantastic. The room itself was large with a balcony overlooking the river which was perfect for a glass of wine, cup of tea or even to eat dinner if you wish! The bathroom was also large with a bath and super shower and double sinks - a nice touch we thought. (We also managed to have a nosey in Room 5 - which looked just as good!)
Breakfast is served from 9-11am, such a nice change in a bed and breakfast not to have to be up at the crack of dawn for fear of missing service! We both chose the full english which was served promptly and was delicious and well cooked.
We didn't get the chance to eat in the restaurant, but we will definitely be returning for a meal if their fantastic menu is anything to go by!
A highly recommended establishment! Thanks to Vikki and Aron for making it such an enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 2 have balconies which is a mega luxury!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

My husband and I stayed one night and overall were pleased with the experience. The location of the Grove Ferry is very pleasant with lots of opportunity for country walks and trips on the river. The Pub itself doesn't seem to have worked out what "look" it is going for. It is a mixture of modern, quirky and rustic which I didn't feel quite worked. The room we had was nice and spacious with quirky wallpaper. The bed was very comfortable and the bedding clean and fresh. However the sheet was straight on top of the mattress without a mattress protector which I thought was a bit unpleasant. The cleanliness of the room and bathroom was a little disappointing. The carpet didn't look like it had been hoovered and there was a dead fly under the chair. It didn't appear that any dusting had been done either. The bath and sink were clean but floor looked grubby. Lovely towels but nowhere to put them once used and wet.
We booked a table in the restaurant for 7.45. Our table wasn't ready when we got to the bar but was soon made up. However we waited over 15 mins for a waitress to come to take our order for drinks and food. She was very apologetic but nevertheless it was not a good start. The food itself was very tasty (I had the lamb and my husband had the duck). The lamb meal was nice and hot but the duck only just above warm. We could have complained but by that time was very hungry. My husband had the pannacotta dessert which came straight out of the fridge so was fairly solid and too cold. Overall the meal was acceptable. After a good nights sleep (luckily being a cooler evening there wasn't a BBQ being held which was directly below our window) we went down for breakfast in the Pantry. A lovely Full English as well as cereals and toast on offer. A good tasty, filling and well cooked breakfast. Overall a very nice stay but I do feel that attention to general housekeeping should be given more priority.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights in this wonderful riverside location, the room we had was very large, the bed very comfy and a good sized bathroom. Breakfast was perfect, it started at 9am so had the chance to lie in and the choice was excellent. I had a veggie breakfast which was delicious and a good size and my partner was very happy with his choice of sausage and egg on toast.
The staff were very friendly, helpful and attentive throughout our visit. We had an evening meal on the second night and the food was delcious, reasonably priced and well presented. We had the burger, which my boyfriend has been talking about ever since and a mushroom and stilton pizza which was to die for!
Will reccommend to friends and family and hope to visit again soon!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights at The Grove Ferry Inn and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a relaxing break. Our room contained a double and a single bed as there was 2 adults and 1 child in our party but, the room was easily large enough to accommodate all of us. Our en-suite bathroom was also large and airy. Both rooms were very clean and tidy and we loved the rustic decor and design. The staff were extremely friendly and made a real fuss of our little boy even taking him in the morning to check if the chickens had laid any eggs. The location was just perfect next to the river and had a really nice relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast was very very good and the food from the evening menu was also especially good.
If you are looking for a regimented, stereotypical, characterless room then don't stay here. If you want an individual room in a great location, friendly staff and yummy food with a warm and welcoming atmosphere then this is the place for you!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

we intended to stay for 3 nights but on arrival found our room was double booked .we booked through eviivo . com .we ended up staying 1 night the bar staff were very helpful in finding us other accommodation "The Red Lion Inn Wingham" for the other 2 nights .we were looked after well that night and had a room looking over the river .this particular room needs a good spring clean,lovely setting just not quite what we expected.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

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.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn

Address: Grove Road, Upstreet CT3 4BP, England (Formerly The Grove Ferry Inn)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Upstreet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Upstreet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn 4*
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 glitzy 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 its 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 its 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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Also Known As:
The Grove Ferry Hotel Upstreet

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