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The Dering Arms

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$$ - $$$
British, Pub, Bar, Seafood
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The Grove, Pluckley, Ashford TN27 0RR, England
+44 1233 840371
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I can safely say that this was the perfect meal. I know the restaurant and it's reputation for fine cuisine and excellent choice of fish dishes, but we could not praise the landlord enough for the service, the wonderful dishes and the atmosphere today, so I am writing this review. The Sussex Smokies and my Chicken liver in brandy and... More 

Thank Actorsupreme
Kent, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Another lunch out with Father-in -Law. We had booked a table and were glad we had as the dining area was busy. The owner was not very welcoming but forget that, it's the food that makes this pub so good. It was originally a hunting lodge so draughty when customers leave the huge wooden doors ajar which happened a lot.... More 

1 Thank andyandjeantaylor
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

It is not cheap but quality isn't cheap either,food was of a high standard and I would return without hesitation

Thank Frankino1969
Level Contributor
61 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

They are absolutely genius at cooking fish, and the wine list is to die for. Even the pricing is reasonable, for the quality. I've lost count of the number of times I've eaten here, and I never remember to leave a review. The oysters are great. My favourite dish is probably the sea bass, but the menu varies a lot.... More 

Thank KLCKent
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

It was my birthday so my dad and his gf treated Julie and I to Sunday Lunch at the Dering Arms. The building, an 1840's Coaching House is an architectural delight and the food an absolute sensation. Honestly I had the most delicious meal in all of my life, and I've eaten at some very good restaurants over the years.... More 

Thank Radio_Vampire
Limburg, Netherlands
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56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

On our way home to the continent via the Channel Tunnel we stopped here for lunch. I found this pub in a Lonely Planet Pub Book . What a delightful surprise...what a gem! Arriving we initially thought the place was closed but luckily Hubby tried a second door and we could enter into what I would call "another century" !... More 

Thank venra
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Thank you to James Buss, the owner, who welcomed Evebus tours group on Saturday and prepared the perfect sea food lunch for us with mains like Skate Wings and starters like Provencale Fish Soup! - Recomended 5*

Thank Evebus
Chartham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We visited here as part of our Valentines Day activities and it was a delight. There was a warm welcome from the staff and everything after was perfect. The cosy, warm feel to the place relaxed you straight away as you looked thorugh the menu options. We went for the prawns to start and sea bass & pheasant for our... More 

Thank apearson1993
Chomeley, Owner at The Dering Arms, responded to this review

Hi guys. Thank you for your review. Very pleased that you enjoyed your evening. Hopefully see you again soon. Very best. James. More 

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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

I visited the Dering Arms today, excited about its excellent reputation and historic ambience... My party spent in the region of more than 400 pounds over two short hours...not bad takings from just one group! From the start the attitude of the landlord and one waitress was high handed and, yes, well, downright rude! A walking party of 20 professionals... More 

2 Thank Suzanne G
Chomeley, Owner at The Dering Arms, responded to this review

Let me help you with your report ! Firstly, your party was booked in for the following Sunday. We only found this when one of your group phoned to increase to 12. Yes 12, not 20 !! You were also 40 minutes late, just on kitchen closing ! Secondly, I have added up all the order dockets. This came to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

The best meal we have had in a long time and the best in the area by a mile. We had a fantastic meal from starters to dessert. The garlic prawns starter were absolutely delicious and the prawns were so much bigger than the usual small one's you get elsewhere. The Brill and fried Oyster and Veal specials were to... More 

Thank StuartG21
Chomeley, Owner at The Dering Arms, responded to this review

Thank you Stuart for your great review. See you very soon, I have no doubt. Cheers. James. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$45
British, Pub, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Grove, Pluckley, Ashford TN27 0RR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Ashford  >  Pluckley
  • Phone Number: +44 1233 840371

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?