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“Good lunch”
Review of The Great House

The Great House
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Ranked #1 of 16 Restaurants in Hawkhurst
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Great House pub and restaurant, between the Kent villages of Cranbrook and Hawkshurst, is set in some of the most celebrated countryside in all of Europe. Within its own superbly kept grounds, this 16th century inn more than lives up to its location with roaring log fires, ancient beams and Mediterranean inspired terrace for summer time al fresco dining, leading on to a typically Kentish garden, complete with aromatic herbs and a lynch gate. The Great House is known throughout the area as one of the loveliest places to dine, earning awards for its food and its atmosphere, offering not only a wealth of wines and well kept beers on tap but a full, delicious menu of both old fashioned British favourites and contemporary, exotic dishes, each made using locally sourced, high quality and fresh ingredients. A real family favourite, The Great House welcomes children with a specially composed menu of tempting but healthy options in smaller sized portions.
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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“Good lunch”
Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

We booked for a large group over the phone and the gentleman at the other end huffed a little - the service when we got there was very very good though. Everyone very polite, prompt but left us to it enough.

Food was very good. Desserts excellent. The pub itself was lovely.

Note for larger groups tho - a lot of tables are a little smaller so you may be put in the function room. Still nice but not quite as quaint as the rest of the pub.

Would recommend

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Thank nottsnodz
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Aline K, Events at The Great House, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Dear customer,

Thank you for your helpful review. You will be pleased to know we have just refurbished our Barn, which we use for private rooms and it is now a lot cosier with warm wallpaper, curtains and new tables.

Should you have a large party above 15 guests in the future, you are very welcome to contact me directly on 07889 885 366 as I look after all party bookings.

See you soon at the Great House,

Aline
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“What a suprise”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

After passing the sign for the 2pub" many times we always said we must try it one day, well that day arrived on Saturday and what suprise we got. This is the best eating plce we have found in the area, we visit relatives in Staplehurst every month. The staff we're very attentive and helpful, the food excellent the whole experiance was just tops. The time between courses was just right in fact it was a fantastic experiance. well done

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Vic1056
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Aline K, Events at The Great House, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Dear first time visitor,

What a lovely feedback & thank you for taking the time to post it on trip advisor. We are very pleased you enjoyed the pub so much and look forward to welcoming you in the near future.

Kind ergards

Aline
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Kent, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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“Always excellent food and service”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

The Great House is one of my favourite restaurants, the food is always amazing and the service is so warm but professional!.This would be my top recommendation for the area, we have been here a dozen times and always had such nice food and the decor is really lovely as well. It is so nice to go to a restaurant which you can rely on to be excellent. Definitely five stars in every way.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank SummersVillas
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Aline K, Events at The Great House, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Dear regular customer,

Thank you very much for sharing your feedback, loyalty and we are delighted to get it right at all times! I do hope you are taking advantage of our " Milk us card" , a few perks when you visit the Great House and any of our other pubs.

With kind regards

Aline
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Excellent Sunday lunch”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

We booked by phone, as we were told that Sunday lunch is very busy, and it was! We were sat in the bar, by the log fire, and very much enjoyed the ambiance, with the oak beams and the smell of the logs burning. Service was prompt and friendly, with just the right amount of time between courses to enjoy lunch at leisure. We were particularly impressed by the pleasant, friendly and efficient young staff. The food was excellent, and in generous quantities. After a substantial starter, my partner enjoyed the local pheasant, and I had the roast platter, with pork, lamb and beef with all the trimmings. We were tempted by the puddings - my partner actually complained that her helpings of sorbet were too large, and my sticky toffee pudding was about the twice the size I had expected. We finished off with one of the strongest coffees I have drunk for a long time, brought, as requested, with the pudding. With drinks, the total bill for the two of us was £64, and we didn't resent a penny. My partner's comment was that we would have to come back at least five times to try everything on the menu. Very well done, the Great House!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank flugelist
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Aline K, Events at The Great House, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear Sunday lunch Visitor,

What a nice feedback, thank you for sharing. I am delighted we got it right from the start and we certainly look forward to welcoming you soon at the Great House. Do feel free to give us a call when visiting saturday evening & sundays, always popular!

With kind regards,

Aline
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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“Just a Nice place to eat”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

The only reason we haven't been for a while is we went there A Lot and wanted to try other places to eat and drink

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Thank SlapnDash
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Aline K, Events at The Great House, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Welcome back and glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your constant support,

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