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Hawkenbury Country Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 13 Restaurants in Staplehurst
Cuisines: European, International, Grill
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Family run friendly Inn with a warm welcome offer home cooked food and cask ales. Delightful beer garden with garden bar and BBQ. Large car park. Bouncy castles May - September. Large function room and licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies.New in July 2013, luxury Bed and Breakfast accommodation in our converted stable block.Category:Bed and Breakfast, Functions, Public House, Restaurant
Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

nice pub, clean and friendly, nice big beer garden, good selection of beers, we all found the food to be really nice, 6 of us went on a Sunday dinner time and we all had a different choice of meal, I had the ribs and they were excellent, the service was good and all our meals came out together which couldn't have been easy as we all had a different choice. we didn't think it was overpriced considering how big a plate full we got and the quality of food. 6 of us went and left happy with what we had and 6 of us will certainly be going back again. we allso liked the fact that the beer garden is so big that the tables are far enough apart that your not tripping over the one beside you and you can have a conversation in privacy. got a nice play area for the kids to play in so that keeps them happy. all in all got no reason to complain and we have visited again and will no doubt visit a lot more times again.

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1  Thank indet
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We went there for a Christmas get together and it was the worst food we had ever eaten it was cold the meat was as tough as leather and the vegetables were over cooked

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Thank Alison H
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Decided to pop in with family for lunch as we used to live in area and it had a very good reputation back in 2005.

Really disappointing. Pork belly served with seasonal veg!!! Pork was clearly off as yellow in colour , served on a very watery jus and Deepfried new potato slices. Dish was returned immediately. Kids meal of burger and chips. The burger was so dry , in edible. The only positive was the ham , egg and chips, but you Cannot go wrong with that one!!!.
The icing on the cake had to be the very rude man, possibly the owner who decided to have an argument with his staff in front of customers about setting off a fire alarm. Etiquette would have been to take them out the back, not throw insults in public view!!! He clearly lacked people skills and I am surprised the staff did not walk out.
General cleanliness was very poor, ladies toilets clearly not cleaned, at 1230 lunch floor was filthy, walls covered in cobwebs and sink had years of built up dirt and grime. It makes you wonder what the kitchens were like.
Overall a very expensive pub with very poor food and service standards. Would not go back and would not recommend. Child's menu total rip off.
One positive comment, the young waiter and lady behind the bar were good, however clearly embarrassed by whole episode.

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1  Thank lewitom
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Having just read the other reviews perhaps we experienced an off day. The menu selection was very wide and tempting, but I was put off by the white table cloth being less than clean, it looked like on a quick glance it would have been ok but sitting there you noticed it wasn't. Ants walking around the table didn't help my feeling of cleanliness either. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Sadly my roast chicken was a leg and just a bit more, with no breast meat at all, and was very tough, which may well just have been the cut of meat. Our other diner was disappointed with the roast beef, which although plentiful was overcooked. It was a real shame that our experience was like this, as we would have been delighted to have enjoyed it.

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Thank MinibreaksSurrey
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We have now been to the Hawkenbury several times and absolutely love their Sunday lunches. They always have a good selection of meats and they come with a wide selection of vegetables. Portions are generous and very competitively priced.

The service is excellent and on every visit the owner has always taken the time to come over and ensure that we have enjoyed our meal. Anytime of year is a good time to visit but when we've been there in the summer there is a great garden with climbing frame, skittles and even a bouncy castle. It's a great way to enjoy a drink and know that your children are safe and entertained. Looking forward to our next visit already.

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Thank wombledavid
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