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“A little disappointed this time..”

The Bull at Benenden
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Benenden
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A little disappointed this time..”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Have been here many times for lunch and dinner, the proprietors are great, and we have always looked upon it as a favourite. However, my friend and I visited for lunch recently and were a little disappointed. We don't mind where we sit in this lovely old pub, and this time we were sat in the bar, which was fine. The young barmaids were unfortunately not very attentive. They were polite enough, it was not particularly busy, but they seemed more interested in chatting to the customers at the bar, and each other than taking our order. I ordered the cheese and chutney baguette, with a side of chips, described as a 'handfull'. The baguette was ok, the cheese was fine, but the amount of chutney was overpowering, tons and tons of it, most of it I scraped out. The chips were indeed a handfull,literally 5 of them. Granted, they were thick chips, but for the price, I think a few more would have been appropriate. We gave up waiting for a waitress to ask for the bill, and headed to the bar to pay, which was greeted with a little sniff from the barmaid. I can't help but feel the food has become a little too 'gastro', and it is a personal preference, but I liked it better when you got more for your money, just decent, regular food, served on a plate, rather than a giant chopping board. Better for dinner here, I think.

  • Visited July 2012
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Sunday Roast”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

We live locally and have a wide choice of pubs and restaurants for Sunday lunch, but this is the best. Excellent roast carved as you want it by Mark the landlord with fresh vegetables that are never overlooked.

The only problem is that the Pork never has enough crackling to go round!

Good well kept beers and nice wines too.

You can stay on to listen to the music that starts around 5 ish

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Tim B
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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“One of the best”
Reviewed July 31, 2012 via mobile

This is a lovely country pub in a beautiful setting. The staff are very friendly and the landlord is charming. Food is consistently good.

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Thank linzee123
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Hawkhurst, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Didn't even make the meal...”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

We booked a Sunday carvery here because of the fantastic reviews we read about the food. When we got there, we were sent through to the bar area to sit down. We weren't sure where we were meant to sit, so we sat on a table for two. The barmaid abruptly said "No not that one, that one!" (pointing to another table of two stuffed in the corner of the bar). When booking the table that morning, we only had the choice of 2.30pm or 3pm and weren't told that the table was in the bar. There were people drinking at the bar, so it was quite cosy at the table. If we were told that, we would have tried somewhere else as we wanted a nice relaxing Sunday lunch in a restaurant. It was very disappointing to be spoken to rudely, so we just left. Shame we didn't get to try the food as we were very much looking forward to it.

  • Visited July 2012
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Level 6 Contributor
319 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“Great pub!”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Stayed at the local campsite and ate here several times - lovely food, friendly staff and pleaseant atmosphere

Visited July 2012
Thank trescomania
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