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The Great House pub and restaurant is set between the Kent villages of Cranbrook and Hawkhurst. Within its own superbly kept grounds, this 16th century inn more than lives up to its location with roaring log fires, ancient beams and Mediterranean inspired terrace for summer time al fresco dining, leading on to a typically Kentish garden, complete with aromatic herbs and a lynch gate. The Great House is known throughout the area as one of the loveliest places to dine, earning awards for its food and its atmosphere, offering not only a wealth of wines and well kept beers on tap but a full, delicious menu of both old fashioned British favourites and contemporary, exotic dishes, each made using
PRICE RANGE
£6 - £50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, European, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Dog Friendly, Family style, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed yesterday

As always, Alex and Andrea were fantastic. The food has been a bit hit and miss lately but the service and atmosphere the staff create still makes the Great House my favourite local.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great spot for lunch, great ambience, Al was a friendly and well informed host and the food was excellent, we’d definitely recommend

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the feedback! It is lovely to hear that Al provided friendly service during your visit, we look forward to hosting you again soon :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Great House food was fresh and delicious! We absolutely loved our pizzas, salad and pudding. The service was friendly as well. The space was cozy and lovely. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback! It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the food as much as we do, be sure to check out our 2-for-1 pizza offer during your next visit with us!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What's not to like? Bar and restaurant. good atmosphere, good menu. Great decor. Excellent service from attentive, bright staff, especially Al who looked after us so well. The garden has now been developed which is a bonus. Would say book early as car park gets...full. GKMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the feedback! It is excellent to hear that you cannot find fault following your visit with us, we look forward to hosting you again soon :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family live just down the road and have been coming here for decades (since it was The Wellington!) Our experience everytime is nothing short of amazing, the whole staff are beyond welcoming, and the food is always superb. A special shout out to Al...who’s served us a few times now and is simply such a credit to the team, so attentive, so cheerful, he always puts a smile on our faces.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback! It is wonderful to hear that you always have a great time with us, we will be sure to pass this on to Al and the team :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Called in on a local's recommendation. Had a genuinely friendly welcome from Al, who looked after us during lunch. My wife and I both a steak ciabatta, that we both enjoyed. Had a great crumble, with an offer of custard. So pleased we called in.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback! It is wonderful to hear that you had a pleasant experience with us on your first visit and that you enjoyed the steak ciabatta as much as we do. We look forward to seeing you again in the future :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good atmosphere, great food, nice wines. And excellent friendly service from Al, who really looked after us. Pizzas had interesting topping choices (cauliflower!?) starters and mains all great. Decent sized portions too...so we could only manage to share one pudding between the four of us....

Date of visit: April 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback! We are so pleased you enjoyed the food and the wine and that Al was such a great host! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous fabulous fabulous food and the Service from Al!!!! I’ll go back again just to see Al. The food was incredible, I had the cod, king prawn chorizo risotto and it was huge and tasted amazing. Both my daughter and I will be back again...and again.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind review, we are so please Al was such a great host and we look forward to welcoming you again very soon :)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We live visiting the great house. The food and wines are stunning and the staff are all so friendly. We think Alan is a great addition to the team it’s like meeting with friends!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind feedback, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit with us and we look forward to welcoming you again soon :)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner in this beautiful restaurant, service was impeccable, Al was extremely kind and he made sure we had an incredible dinner! Pizza was very good and the seafood risotto was very tasty as well! I had the best sticky toffee pudding ever! I...will definitely recommend this place and we will come back soon. Compliments to the chef and the rest of the team! Thank you ! Alessandra and JonathanMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave this glowing review! It is wonderful to hear that the team provided amazing service during your visit and that you enjoyed the pizzas as much as we do! Be sure to check out our 2-for-1 pizzas deal...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great friendly service - and great food. Stopped here for a quick dinner and were wonderfully served by Al! My husband enjoyed a fabulous Calzone !- and had some gogeous scallops.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review, We are so pleased oyu enjoyed your food as much as we do :)

Reviewed 13 April 2024

Just had a fabulous meal with family at The Great House . The staff were very friendly especially Frankie who kindly swapped our table to a more accessible area for my disabled son .

Date of visit: April 2024
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Guest Relations , Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2024

Thank you for your kind review, we are so pleased frankie was such a good host and we look forward to welcoming you again soon :)

Reviewed 7 April 2024

Lovely family lunch for 4 adults , lovely Sunday roast good portions & sticky toffee pudding was delicious will be back thankyou

Date of visit: April 2024
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Guest Relations , Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2024

Thank you for your review! It is lovely to hear that you had a pleasant experience with us, we hope to see you again in the future :)

Reviewed 7 April 2024

One of the nicest Sunday roasts we’ve had in a long time - well done kitchen. Served by a very personable chap called Al - just the right mix of friendly and attentive. We will be back.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Guest Relations , Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2024

Thank you for your kind words! It is great to hear that you enjoyed the roasts as much as we do, we look forward to hosting you again in the future :)

Reviewed 7 April 2024

Met friends here for lunch. Had to ask to be moved as the room was uncomfortably loud, couldn’t even chat to each other. Moved to a quieter side of the restaurant which was much better. Our server was Al, a very friendly, funny and chatty...chap who was very knowledgeable about the menu and helped us with our food choices. Had to send back two portions of sardines as they were only cooked on one side. Had to wait quite a while and although we weren’t charged fir them, the replacement fish was a considerably smaller portion. On the whole the food was good and everyone was happy. The highlight of our visit was definitely meeting Al. 👍More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Guest Relations , Owner at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2024

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback! It is great to hear that you had a overall pleasant experience, we will pass your feedback onto the relevant teams.

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Yes, they are made very welcome in the bar area, where there are plenty of tables to eat
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They do have some gluten free options yes, as I'm gluten free also.
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Response from Fudge03 | Reviewed this property |
I live near Hawkhurst, so can't help with the B&Bs. As to eating places, I haven't recently been to any in Hawkhurst itself, but would recommend the Bell at Ticehurst, not far away, and going down to Hastings on the coast... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5