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Iconic local pub situated in a peaceful area of Rusthall surrounded by the rocks. The Toad Rock is the perfect location for any occasion offering a wide variety of beer, cider, ale, wines and spirits alongside a carefully produced menu of loving made food from burgers to pub classics. Food served 12-8pm Wednesday to Saturday and 12-4pm on Sunday for our Sunday Roast.
PRICE RANGE
£6 - £18
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 14 October 2023

Matt was a great host, really engaging, funny and great with kids keeping them entertained, thank you!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 12 October 2023

Lovely friendly pub. Wonderful curry night, great service (with a smile), really good value and the food is delicious. Curry Night is a regular treat for us!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 31 August 2023

We absolutely loved our dinner at the toad rock. Haven’t been since the change of management and WOW. Took my family (including my two under two year old children) and couldn’t recommend it enough. Food was insane. Atmosphere was lovely and welcoming. The manager even...made an effort to help my crying toddler with some crayons and colouring. Such a great family pub. Highly recommend and will definitely be returning!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Megan Siddle, General Manager at Toad Rock Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2023

Hi Charlotte, What a lovely review - thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We look forward to welcome you and your family again some day soon! Megan

Reviewed 31 August 2023 via mobile

Absolutely lovely meal and atmosphere great deal for the kids for school holiday dinner and a big thank you for dealing with my fussy eaters will definitely be back.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Megan Siddle, General Manager at Toad Rock Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2023

Hello Ninette, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review, it was a pleasure to host yourself and your fussy eaters. Your feedback will be passed along to the entire team. Megan

Reviewed 30 August 2023 via mobile

Reading all the wonderful comments, I was expecting something quite extraordinary. But it wasn't, and saying that I was disappointed of my visit is an understatement. The food was okay but not outstanding, the atmosphere was boring, the decoration corny, and nobody thought of cleaning...the water that dogs had spilled all over the ground.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Megan Siddle, General Manager at Toad Rock Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2023

Hi Oliver, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review - I’m very sorry to hear your visit didn’t go as planned. Both myself and my staff pride ourselves in providing great service all round and it sounds like we missed the opportunity...More

Reviewed 28 August 2023

Bank holiday Monday quiz had to finish early doesn’t make sense when the pub has people willing to by drinks it’s crap .More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Megan Siddle, General Manager at Toad Rock Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2023

Hi Ann, thanks for taking the time to write us a review on trip advisor, although I must say as yourself and your husband are longstanding local customers of ours it’s disappointing you didn’t discuss this with me in person on Monday. Monday 28th August...More

Reviewed 12 August 2023

The Toadfest was great. Very helpful with wheelchair access and dog friendly. Everyone felt welcome especially as it was a very busy day for the staff. We will definitely return.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 4 August 2023 via mobile

Called in here a few times during my recent visit to Tunbridge Wells. One evening I enjoyed fish and chips for dinner. Other times I called in for a pint during the day. It’s a friendly, welcoming pub, attractive inside and set in a peaceful...area. There’s a beer garden and patio and inside is nicely decorated. I found the staff and locals welcoming. The pub is dog friendly inside and out. Can definitely recommend the Toad Rock Retreat and hope to visit again before too long.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 14 July 2023 via mobile

What a joyful experience I had, yesterday, at the Toad! I think they call this a hidden gem. I had a couple of pints and some delicious fish & chips while sitting at the bar. A very friendly and accommodating pub with a warm and...cozy atmosphere. Great conversation with the local patrons and Meghan, the manager and bar tender, was a really lovely person.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023 via mobile

Great experience! Couldn’t fault it really, staff really friendly and happy to help. A member of my party was gluten free and the chef came out to explain our options and really put her mind at ease. Lovely pub garden - a real sun trap...in the top garden - can’t wait to return with my girl friends!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 26 February 2023 via mobile

The vegetarian fish was made with so much garlic that unless you want to keep vampires away I would not eat. The roast potatoes amd Yorkshire pudding was burnt. Not worth the price. Staff friendly and good choices of drinks but I would not ever...eat there again. Nit worth the price.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Megan S, General Manager at Toad Rock Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2023

Hi Claire, Thanks for taking the time to reflect on your visit to us yesterday. It’s a shame you didn’t bring any of this feedback to our attention yesterday, as we would have been more than happy to replace your meal with something to your...More

Reviewed 7 February 2023

The staff at The Toad Rock Retreat were fantastic in accommodating our walking group of 18 people last Saturday. They were so helpful and did brilliantly serving all our meals together. The food was delicious and excellent value. Megan was so helpful in dealing with...our requirements and providing a gluten free option. Definitely recommend this great pub.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Megan S, General Manager at Toad Rock Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2023

Hi Julie. Thank you so much for taking the time to review your time at the Toad Rock Retreat. It was a pleasure to host your group for lunch and we hope to welcome you back soon. Megan

Reviewed 29 January 2023

Very good service, we were well looked after. Food came very quickly once we had ordered. Mixed Sunday roast was very good!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Megan S, General Manager at Toad Rock Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2023

Hello Helie, We are so glad you enjoyed your Sunday Roast here at the Toad Rock Retreat and you were given great service! We hope to see you again very soon.

Reviewed 28 January 2023 via mobile

Went to the Toad for my birthday lunch. I was not disappointed. We arrived with 4 dogs in tow and was greeted by a very friendly lady whom we assume was Cath. We were shown to your table with menus. Our drinks order was taken...very quickly, water for the dogs arrived along with biscuits for them. Our food order was taken and because 2 of us were not having buns with our food, a side of onion rings were added. The onion rings were delicious. The batter was so light and delicious that even the gluten intolerant one of us enjoyed one. All 4 of us had something different. The fish and chips should be renamed whale and chips. Again the fish was coated in the best batter we have ever tasted. The spicy vegan burger had just the right amount of spice, with fabulous chunky chips. The Toad burger went down well with the other half and the bunless Rocky Burger was enjoyed by the BIL... We didn't have room for desert!!! Thank you Toad Rock Retreat, great meal and exceptional host. Will definitely be back 😉More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Megan S, General Manager at Toad Rock Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2023

Hello Dawn, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us such a thoughtful review - it was a pleasure to host your birthday lunch! It sounds like you picked some fan favourites from our menu, especially the whale and chips! We hope...More

Reviewed 28 January 2023 via mobile

Fab afternoon in the toad rock retreat, lovely food, 5* service, lady behind the bar couldn’t be more helpful, great for dogs too, even got their own water bowl and treats! Not our first visit and certainly will visit again!! Highly recommend!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Megan S, General Manager at Toad Rock Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2023

Hello Emily, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience here with us for lunch - I have passed this fantastic feedback back to the staff! We look forward to welcoming you again very soon.

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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5