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“Average roast - expensive drinks”

The Shipwright's Arms
Ranked #46 of 99 Restaurants in Faversham
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed June 2, 2014

Visited pub this Sunday for a roast and had high expectations. Roast beef was on the chewy side and not very hot and the 'fresh' vegetables were a mix of frozen with some overcooked fresh. Roasted potatoes and Yorkshire pud were also frozen - not good value at £8.95 each. Bill for the one course came to £25.00 with a pint and glass of wine. Won't be returning.

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4  Thank Keith P
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a little gem in the middle of nowhere if all you want is a nice long walk with an oasis at the end, very dog friendly pub so excellent for this as there are long walks around the area.

The food is simple fare, done in a small kitchen where the main component of cooking is a microwave I believe, but saying that totally edible, and yes the facilities do leave a lot to be desired if you are used to posh new buildings, but this pub has been standing for most of this century, so remember that when visiting.

The last time I was there it was standing room only and the kitchen was at full steam, so they must be doing something right.

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Thank Mrs_OzKent
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

The restaurant is in an old inn right on the creek near Oare. White wooden bardge boards on the sides give a quirky look to this old building that has been added on many times by the owners over decades. New carpets due to the recent flooding at Christmas, clean with oldy worldy oak beams and nautical memorabilia. We chose to call in for Sunday dinner when the place opened at 12 noon. Maybe it was because we were the early birds but we were slightly disappointed this time. We had eaten lunch here before and it was much better. It could have been as we arrived just as they opened. We ordered off the specials menu I had Beef my husband had chicken and my daughter had the Moules. The chicken arrived first and looked quite bland, the gravy came later in a jug along with my beef dinner. Sadly the beef was so over cooked it was as dry as a bone and although not chewy the fibres of the meat stuck heartily in the teeth even with the addition of the watery gravy. The parsnips looked as though they had been deep fried and were very under cooked in the middle. The carrots were nice but the potatoes tasted like frozen readymade roast potatoes. My daughter enjoyed her Moules although there were not many of them. The chocolate melting middle puddings were a joy but spoiled with canned squirty cream not fresh cream. The pastry on the fruit pie had been reheated in a microwave so was very floppy. We will try them again as we had had such a lovely dinner last time, hopefully this was just a blip.Fast pleasant service very reasonably priced with an excellent choice of real ales.

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Thank MarionShew
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

All-round excellence for anyone, anywhere is an impossibility.
Four of us pre-booked for Sunday lunch (two having been before). We aren't regulars - we live 30 miles away - but the trip is worthwhile. There are no gimmicks here, nor corporate identity and all that. The pub is just what a pub should be, with good beer and friendly conversation. Dogs are welcome in the bar, but not in the dining room, although food is served in both. Sunday roast was available, together with superb meat pies, fish (smoked or fried), etc. etc. The roast chicken was very good and plentiful. The chicken pie was the best I have eaten, with roasted vegetables and a large jug of proper gravy for the table. Dark mild on tap and a host of other beers. Port and lemon was served (and the landlord knew what it was without looking blank). Plenty of boats and water just over the sea wall in a bleak, Dickensian marsh setting. There you have it - marvellous!

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Thank PaullesNWKent
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

We visited for lunch. We won't return.
Great location but that's about it.
Food was frozen and poor. We were sitting next to the kitchen and could here the microwave pinging away!
We returned my wife's 'fish and chips' as the batter on the frozen fish was horribly fatty, the fish overcooked, dry and completely unpalatable. We received no apology but the male owner came to our table, put £3.50 down and said 'This is the difference' (We'd ordered a sandwich as a replacement). We all laughed about it afterwards but how unprofessional??!
The rest of our food was awful too and it isn't cheap.
Very disappointing indeed. With Faversham having some really excellent places to eat, why visit one that isn't?

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5  Thank MarkWG
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