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The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn

Grove Ferry, Upstreet, Canterbury CT3 4BP England
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Welcome to our homely little slice of Kent. The Grove Pantry Pub is an old Georgian manner sitting on The Great River Stour in the middle of the Stodmarsh Nature Reserve. The Georgian manner is now our very own pantry pub with pigs, goats, chickens, pheasants and quails all in our gardens and helping us to be proper country folk. Our menu is brought to you by our very own forager chef who trawls the countryside each season to bring you fresh ingredients. If our chickens are up to it the eggs on your full English will be freshly laid and collected that morning and if you cant quite polish the breakfast of don't worry Lily and Pickle our pigs will eat the left overs except for the bacon naturally. If you are naughty during your stay the team might rope you in to helping pick the fresh veg, herbs and fruit from our garden or feel free to volunteer and you might get a free slice of cake. But don't forget there is loads to be seeing and doing in the local area including boat trips chartered from the pub and pleasant walks around the nature reserve that boasts some very rare birds and beautiful panoramic views of the marsh and river. Don't expect a glitzy spanking hotel but expect loads of character, lovely old rooms with all the facilities you need to spend a weekend in the country with the added benefit of a short hop to the beach or Canterbury itself. The pub has its very own pantry area where you can pick and choose items made by the team, we have open fires and stoves, plenty of comfy chairs, a menu to make your mouth water, ales racked up on the bar and some scrumptious wines. The rooms are big and airy in that typical Georgian fashion, each is individually styled and has its own bathroom. All rooms have large sash windows overlooking either the river or across our front garden into the nature reserve. oooh!
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Charles wrote a review Oct 2020
2 contributions4 helpful votes
Having stayed here several times over the past few years we were really looking forward to a much needed break for our wedding anniversary as my wife and I are both key workers. Most times we have stayed in the past it has been taken over by new management but it has consistently been a perfect getaway, we have never had a single negative comment about the place. We have always stayed in the same room which has added sentimental value as we stayed in that room on our wedding night. We booked a night in our usual room a month in advance and specified an arrival time. We arrived on time and was taken upstairs by a pleasant hostess but when we got to the hallway we were informed that we would have to go back downstairs as it was still being cleaned. We went to have a drink in the bar which we were told would be added to our tab and half an hour later the room was ready - given the current pandemic we were not fussed about the wait. When we were taken upstairs the second time we were shown to the wrong room. At this point we showed our booking reservation and we had already mentioned the significance of our usual room in casual conversation on the stairs. We were informed that someone was already in the room we had booked and they had been there the previous night so the new room was our only option. We politely accepted there was nothing that could be done and checked if there was any price difference and told there was not. Upon entering the room we immediately noticed that the wallpaper was literally peeling off the whole wall. Already feeling disappointed, I decided to run a bath and make the most of the facilities. Unfortunately I filled the bath half way with just the “hot” tap and it was barely lukewarm so I pulled the plug and didn’t bother. By now we were feeling quite upset and considered going elsewhere for dinner but was struggling at short notice to book anywhere. If we had known our usual room wasn’t available we would have just come for dinner and not made an overnight booking at all so I went downstairs to talk to a manager. The hostess was apologetic and assured me she hadn’t added the drinks from earlier to our bill and called the manager over who not only offered weak excuses about the wallpaper, had no reaction to the lack of hot water, he unsympathetically refused to discount the room, actually apologise or explain why we were not contacted about the mix up and added insult to injury by offering to “compensate” us with steak and a pint for £15 which he stupidly explained was the special of the day on the menu so in no way was compensation as anybody could have ordered it at that price. He eventually offered to give us £30 discount on whatever meal we ordered. The bedroom radiator didn’t work but the bathroom one did and the bed (in comparison to our usual room) was cheap and creaky but the mattress was very comfortable. We are glad we did stay for dinner because the food was fantastic as usual but the real saving grace was our charismatic evening waitress Evie who was fabulous! The whole team of young staff were lovely, it’s just a shame their boss had such a terrible idea of customer service, lack of charm and no ability to provide basic levels of venue upkeep or communication and no understanding customer satisfaction. We will definitely not be staying again.
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Jeff T wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom29 contributions4 helpful votes
I’ve been here in the past for meals although never stayed and was expecting a nicer experience. However for £99 for a room B&B as a single traveler I would have expected a well maintained, clean and nicely decorated room which was far from the my expectations The room was big and spacious with a balcony whose doors wouldn’t close properly making the room cold and draughty, bare floorboards, run down furniture, fading paint work and dust on every ledge all lit with a 40watt light bulb and the bathroom (with no bath) had a very small shower growing mould. The only saving grace was a king size bed which was very comfortable with clean bed linen and towels. I never stayed for breakfast as it was served too late for my needs but when asked if there was a refund as I had obviously paid for 2 people B&B in a double room ,I was told sorry but breakfast is free and not included in the price. I was committed to stay here as I was attending my Goddaughters 30th birthday party, but if I was a normal traveler I would have moved on elsewhere. Since the last time I was here about 3 years ago the whole place has become somewhat run down and is desperately in need of some tender loving care, and more staff, it could be a fantastic place. It was a very busy family venue obviously taking large amounts of money that some of which should be ploughed back in improvements. In a nutshell unfortunately I feel I have been ripped off and would never stay here again unless things change drastically.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Rory K wrote a review Feb 2019
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We 'escaped the kids' and stayed here 2 nights ago. The room was lovely,large and comfy, with a balcony overlooking the river. Our evening meal was very nice and reasonably priced. We ate Sat next to an open fire, in a quiet restaurant. Our breakfasts were amazing. I seriously recommended the 'posh beans on toast'. Even if we had to pay for our breakfast separately, they were very reasonably priced. The staff are so friendly and very accommodating. We will definitely be returning here to eat, maybe bring the kids this time :-)
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LucyBT93 wrote a review Oct 2018
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I booked in last minute to stay for two nights here. Having lunched here frequently as a child, I had high hopes that it would be the cosy, warm and friendly place I remembered. Essentially: it could be that place with minor tweaks but it’s not yet fulfilling this. It lacks value for money (it was far more expensive than say, a premier inn, but does not even cover that basic standard in many ways) and feels like the owners/investors are leaving it to rot instead of investing time, effort or money in the place. It has such potential with the resources of a lovely spacious house and beautiful grounds. The pub area itself Is nice- the decor Is cosy and rustic. When we arrived, on a Wednesday evening, the pub was dead quiet with 2 diners and what seemed to be one member of staff. This individual was very friendly and helpful, showing us to our room and when we came down for food, taking the time to chat to us. Although it couldn’t be helped, I did find the quietness rather eerie and slightly unsettling. The food that evening, bar snacks and starters, was overpriced and, whilst tasty, was not worth the price- around £26 for some garlic bread, chips, corn on the cob and a brownie! The room: it was basic. We stayed in ‘Gooseberry’. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean, but with the price you so expect more than just this. The room was sparsely decorated and looked, to be honest, unfinished and uncared for. The curtain was broken, the bathroom could have easily accommodated a bath instead of a very basic shower, the television was large but old, the single bed moved away from the wall and the tea/coffee making facilities were very basic. It wouldn’t take much to make the room, which was very large, really something special. An information book about the local area/Grove Ferry Inn, a mini fridge, robes and a table or cabinet would have made the place feel cosy and loved. The breakfast was another area which could have been made far nicer with little touches: the food was acceptable (although not amazing), but coffee was self serve from a flask on the side. Fresh hot drinks would have been far better! My glass also had a lipstick mark on it. As such, we decided not to have breakfast on our second morning. Checkout was the final issue. It took my husband over 20 minutes to pay for the room as firstly, he couldn’t find a member of staff, then both card machines were out of charge! The staff were apologetic however, it was a big inconvenience that could have been easily avoided and compensated for with a small discount. None of the staff appeared enthusiastic for feedback or particularly ‘invested’ in the success of the establishment. They were friendly but there was an air of ‘going through the motions’. All in all I was disappointed with our stay, particularly as with only a small amount of effort, it could be made into a really great place.
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bcnsw wrote a review Oct 2018
Sydney, Australia8 contributions5 helpful votes
stopped by here for a quick lunch before venturing in to London the club was one of the best ive had and the chips were good too. i would recommend this for a quick bite. was able to park in teh street opposite and watch it as it had all our belongings
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Date of stay: September 2018
US$108 - US$176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn?
Nearby attractions include Reculver Towers and Roman Fort (6.0 km), Wingham Wildlife Park (5.2 km), and Wildwood Trust (6.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Green Door Deli, The Wallflower Cafe, and The Wine Bar.
Is The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Upstreet.
Are there any historical sites close to The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fordwich Town Hall (6.4 km) and Herne Mill (5.9 km).
Does The Grove Pantry Pub & Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.