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“Beautiful restaurant, food unreliable” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Ferry

The Ferry
Sutton Rd, Cookham SL6 9SN, England
01628 525123
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Ranked #16 of 17 Restaurants in Cookham
Price range: $49 - $196
Cuisines: European, Gastropub
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: An idyllic retreat set in beautiful country house-style surroundings, The Ferry serves a menu of gourmet European recipes. Trained in high-class cookery schools in Spain and Italy, the chefs bring a wealth of experience, and demonstrate knowledge of a breadth of classic and complex cooking techniques. Partnering with Rothschild wine merchants, guests can choose a bottle from the well-stocked cellar.
Winchester, England
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“Beautiful restaurant, food unreliable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We visited on a Saturday lunchtime with my wife's brother and his wife. The restaurant is handsome indeed, with plenty of wood on display, chunky woodden tables and a great view of the Thames, which was in flood at the time. I was beginning to compile a 5-star review because it was a great place to be. An amuse-bouche of bread with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar arrived. Very nice. Two of us started with spicy breaded aubergines and a hummus dip. This was delicious and priced at just £1.95. For the main course two of us chose the fish pie (£12.95) and two the haddock (£11.95) and chips. There was no problem with the haddock - a large portion, very fresh, with crisp chips. Unfortunately the two fish pies must have been left under the heating lamps for a very long time. They had a high-water-mark brown mark where the top of the sauce had originally been and the contents of the dish had shrunk by a good half-centimetre, greatly reducing the amount of sauce. The disk contained tiger prawns and smoked haddock but was rather salty and largely spoiled by the reduction in size under the heating lamp. Of course, we should have rejected the dish, but we wanted to eat together at the same time so we let it pass.
My wife's brother commented that one of their co-diners on a previous visit had ordered sea bass and this had arrived over-fried until it was a crispy brown. They rejected that dish on that occasion and the replacement was excellent. So, if you are unhappy by the cooking of your dish, the answer is plain. Send it back!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Overpriced for a chain restaraunt but food and service good.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We have been to The Ferry many times over the years, the location is lovely, especially in summer.
The food on this visit was good as usual, though we did feel that portions have been reduced.
The prices are on the high side, £22 for a fillet steak £11-£13 for a burger in a chain restaurant is pretty steep, though of course this IS Cookham!
The service was as usual polite, fast and attentive as it always is.
Overall a pleasant evening in nice surroundings.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice to watch the river over a beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We like the choice of beers at the Ferry. The terrace overlooking the Thames is a nice place for a warm evening. The food at the Ferry is generally excellent but a little pricey for what it is. The nice thing about the Ferry are the heaters under the parasols which keep you warm on the chillier evenings.

Visited May 2012
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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“Such a pity!!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Probably one of the best positions on the riverside you could hope for, it is a pity that the menu and quality of food and service don't equal its position.
Disappointing, tired and grubby.

Visited June 2012
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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“Pleasant place for a quick meal after drinks”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

This i sa ery nice pub for an after work drinkespecially in the summer where you can stay on the terrace close to the river.

Last time I went I had pizza inthe restaurant, it was fairly undercooked but still good and if only it had been cooked for another 4-5 minutes it would have been done to perfection...the menu is a little limited but a good place for a meal out with friends and the service is very friendly and efficient!

Visited November 2012
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