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“A real treat - combine it with a country walk to make a (half)day of it!”

The Vineyard Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 10 Restaurants in Lamberhurst
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $39 - $116
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A real treat - combine it with a country walk to make a (half)day of it!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you picture Kent as the Garden of England, then this fantastic pub/restaurant is everything you'd imagine it should be. Set on the edge of an idyllic village, surrounded in beautiful countryside, the pub even has a series of walks at the entrance - you can just park up, pick up a leaflet showing a lovely walk, and then return afterwards for a fantastic meal, or just sit in a comfy armchair, surrounded by interesting decor, by a roaring fire and enjoy a gin and tonic - you'll be asked what sort of gin (several on offer), and lemon or lime....service is great - not stuffy and formal, but young and polite in an uplifting way. If you do stay for food, you won't be disappointed. The menu is extensive enough to whet your appetite, but sufficiently limited to assure you that it's being done properly. The seafood platter is amazing - served on a slab of slate, so simple, but such a range of different flavours....just WOW!

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank Sarah F
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Aline K, Events at The Vineyard Restaurant, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Dear Visitor,

Thank you for lovely comments and for taking the time to share them on Trip Advisor. We are delighted all the boxes have been ticked and you enjoyed the experience throughout.

See you soon at the Vineyard or one of our sister pubs in the area.

With kind regards,

Aline
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Rural Sussex
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163 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“One of the Elite group, very nice, but not the best..”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Vineyard is the ex Swan on the Lamberhurst crossroads (back road to Frant). The Elite group has taken this on & it is not their best but not their worst.

Called in for a quick meal early one evening, open fire, nice staff, good service & the meal was good. With the Elite pubs/restaurants we tend to go for their Specials & have never had a bad one (except at the Gun, & only the once).

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank GandTRuralSussex
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Aline K, Events at The Vineyard Restaurant, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Dear customer,

Thank you for your feedback on Trip Advisor, and we are pleased you are visiting all our sister pubs.

See you soon & best wishes

Aline
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Tunbridge Wells
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“£8.50 for an average glass of wine”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

One glass of average wine, a pnt of Harvey's and packet of crisps, total price over £13.00. When the pub opened at first staff were friendly and welcoming - the new staff do not interact - The Vineyard has lost its friendly approach that helped to make it sucessful when it opened.

  • Visited December 2012
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4 Thank CDB404
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Aline K, Events at The Vineyard Restaurant, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Dear local customer,

Thank you for sharing your comments about your experience at the Vineyard. Your feedback is important and has been discussed within the team.

Best wishes,

Aline
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tunbridge wells
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10 reviews
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“boring new year's eve”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

5 of us went on New Year's eve and for £72 each plus wine were expecting a more exciting evening. The food was very good although our steaks were overcooked but there was no atmosphere probably due to the fact that there were only 17 diners including the DJ
We did not appreciate the staff having a quiet and private party at the bar (playing scrabble) while the DJ was trying to get us to dance. They should have been told to hold their party in a different room.
Although the food was good we think the evening was too highly priced

  • Visited December 2012
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3 Thank tintinofmorland
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Aline K, Events at The Vineyard Restaurant, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments rearding your New years eve at the Vineyard. Firstly I hope you will accept our apologies the evening was not as you expected. Your feedback has been discussed amongst the team and we are already planning our festive season 2013, with your comments on board .

Kind regards

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Kent, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“poor”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

We went on Friday 4th January. I had spagetti with crab and langustines. It was disgusting. Salty reheated.Followed by Scallops.Two scallops in total cut in half made to look like four, so tiny portion and cold. My husbands partridge was still pink by the bone. I did complain but nothing was done about it. Left feeling totally ripped off and annoyed with myself that I had not refused to pay..Put us off going back, as in the past the food and service has been excellent.

  • Visited January 2013
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2 Thank Joanne F
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Aline K, Events at The Vineyard Restaurant, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Dear diner,

I was very disppointed to read your comments and firsly would like to extend my sincere apologies on behaf of the team at the Vineyard that we could not make amends on the day of your visit . We certainly do not wish to see our customers leaving the premises anything than happy.
Could you please contact me at events@elitepubs.com or call me on the number you can find on our website, at your convenience as I would like to invite you back to the Vineyard.

I look forward to hearing from you soon

Kind regards

Aline
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