A 17th Century former smugglers haunt, this is pretty little pub in a lovely marshland setting with tables and benches on the front terrace and in the back garden alongside the riverbank.
Inside, it’s very easy-going and chatty. The main bar has hop-draped painted beams, a green dado, stools against the bar where they serve a beer called Oxney Ale specially brewed for the pub by Westerham Brewery. Other popular beers also include Harvey’s Best, Sharps Doom Bar and Guest Beers on handpumps.
To the right is a cosy eating area with wheelback chairs, ideal for a banquette with friends around a few long tables, a log fire in the inglenook and candles in scones on the walls to either side.
To the left of the main door is a dining area with big blackboards on red walls displaying the menus, including Starters, Mains, and the Ferry Pub Classics, a woodburning stove under a large bressumer beam and high-backed light wooden dining chairs around assorted tables.
Up a couple of steps you will find the restaurant with modern chandeliers. Throughout, there are wooden floors, all sorts of pictures and framed maps, a stuffed fish, beer flagons, an old musket and various brasses.
Winter Menu served December 2013 – February 2014 includes;
• Rye Bay Scallops Pan Seared, with garlic and parsley butter and lightly dressed frissie top lettuce £8.95
• Pan Seared Local Wood Pigeon, warm almonds, winter berries and soft boiled quail eggs £7.45
• Sharing Boards & Tapas £9.95 – £15.95
• ‘Marsh Lamb’ Three Ways; Lightly Spiced Rump, Seared Cutlet, Roast Noisette, served with roasted baby vegetables and caramelized onion potato cake £20.95
• The Ferry’s own Prime Fillet & Chorizo Burger, with sauerkraut and tomato chutney, wrapped in a toasted tortilla, handcut beef dripping chips, salad gherkins and bbq glazed Corn organic salad £12.95
• Locally caught catch of the day from Dungeness
• Daily Specials Menu
There is a daily specials menu, which includes changing dishes such as;
Children’s portion are available on some dishes, however The Ferry Inn will bespoke as many of their dishes as possible for vegetarians, celiacs, and diners with allergens such as egg, milk and nuts.
The Ferry Inn at Stone-in-Oxney has its own large car park, is wheelchair friendly on the front terrace and in the bar. Dogs are welcome in the gardens and bar. Children are welcome and there is a separate playroom to keep them amused that includes a pool table, sky tv, suitable arcade machines and various board games.
The Ferry Inn is a warm, welcoming family and community public house.