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£6 - £50
CUISINES
Pizza, British, Pub, Gastropub, Bar
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our server Julie was super helpful, the food was delicious and we’d come again! My steak came incorrectly and was fixed literally within 2 mins and the second one was perfect!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely atmosphere, great food selection and fantastic service, Julie and Jessi were wonderful! Would highly recommend!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great evening celebrating my mums birthday with the family. We went on a Tuesday so took advantage of the steak and wine deal. Everyone was pleased with their food and we had great service from our waitress Julie. Will definitely be coming back for another...visit soonMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Elite Pubs , Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your kind feedback! We are so pleased that Julie was able to provide you with such great service, and that everyone was pleased with their food! We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited this venue for the first time. (Not been since it was known as the White Horse about 20 years ago.) Massively changed and for the better. Great food and atmosphere. And Julie was especially attentive and helpful. Will be back.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Elite Pubs , Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your kind feedback! We are pleased you enjoyed your time with us and that Julie was such a great host! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

From the minute we arrived the staff were so friendly and welcoming and the whole atmosphere was so relaxing. The rooms were absolutely spotless and very comfortable. The entire hotel was very tastefully decorated. The pictures on the website do not do it justice

Date of visit: May 2024
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Elite Pubs , Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review! It is excellent that the staff were so friendly and welcoming during your visit and that you enjoyed your stay with us, we will be sure to pass your kind words on to the team :)

Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a lovely lunch 14 May 24, Salmon kebab, followed by rhubarb and apple crumble. Fish and chips followed by salted caramel brownie. Beautiful pub with a large garden, JULIE our server was polite, friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review! It is lovely that you emnoyed the salmon kebab as much as we do, please be sure to check out our fish & chip 'fryday' deal! We look forward to hosting you in the future :)

Reviewed 1 week ago

Julie was great, recommended a great wine 5* service will be back again soon to enjoy again soon one day and then will enjoy again

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback! It is great that Julie provided 5* service with a great wine, we look forward to see you again soon :)

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

5 out 5 experience. Enjoyed a lovely lunch here with my daughter. Great food and fantastic, friendly service from Joseph.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review! It is wonderful that you both had a lovely lunch with us, and that Joseph provided friendly service! We hope to see you again soon :)

Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful lunch for my husbands birthday. Joseph served us and was friendly and attentive throughout our time at the Wishful Thinker. A lovely ambiance and delicious food, we will definately be back!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review! It is great that you enjoyed our delicious food as much as we do, we will be sure to pass your kind words on to Joseph and the team! We look forward to hosting you again soon :)

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wife reached out to her friends looking for a more central meeting point for our family to meet between Ashford and Walderslade, and was recommended this location. Very warm & welcoming staff; great menu, food was extremely good in all courses, and the service throughout...attentive. Would highly recommend, (we will certainly be coming back !).More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback! It is wonderful that you a managed to find a central point to meet all your friends with us. We are pleased to hear that you had a excellent experience with us and that you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the other branches and food never disappoints and it didn’t hear either. A very lovely lunch with great taste and flavour. Very much in keeping with the other reputations. The small details made me not too sure that it felt like it was...open for almost a year though as the adverts for the 1 year in June were seen. Some of the service seemed a tad all over the place and could tell there was a bit of back and forth across tables so looked like serving staff and food from the pass was not quite organised. This could speak to how big the food area is with a very long and busy pass that if placed right beside it like we were really takes away from the nice pub lunch vibe and puts it more into school hall/mess vibe. Not too ideal if have hard of hearing guests for example. A few issues with ordering vs receiving so ordered a double burger and single but both came as single and was still charged for the double and when ordering 1 large Diet Coke 2 arrived but was only charged one so a tad out of sorts. Had to correct one of the orders as misheard Peroni for Moretti when read the order back out. All sounds petty but what was a £130+ lunch for 3 of us, all those details add up very quickly. And I am a foodie so my eyes and ears or tunes in on those things so it stands out a tad more to me than it might others. Again, great food and would visit again but I’d be cautious in making sure I was seated elsewhere and just would be making sure orders heard are all correct. Shouldn’t feel the need to but it’s how it came across on this particular day. Keen to try again and explore the other branches and still hold them in high regards, just that this one felt just a tad under expectation. But there we are, it’s only my view.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thankyou for your feedback, we are pleased you enjoyed your food and we will pass on your comments to the correct teams and take these on board. We look forward to welcoming you again inthe future :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely food and great service from Joseph 👍🏼. A huge menu to choose from and every meal was delicious. We will definitely come back

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words! It is lovely that Joseph provided great service during your visit, and that you enjoyed the food as much as we do! We look forward to your future visits :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely meal. Great service from our waiter Alessandro, time and effort taken for our friend who had allergies. Was impressed with the venue, it looks fab!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback! It is excellent that you received great service from Alessandro and the rest of the team, we look forward to hosting you again soon :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for my friends birthday had lovely service from Alessandro and nice food they were very accommodating for allergies

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback! It is wonderful that Alessandro provided lovely service during your friends birthday meal, we hope to host you all again in the future :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely food and service from Alessandro! Thank you! Lovely birthday lunch out in a beautiful venue. We all had a lovely time.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Grace Taylor, Owner at The Wishful Thinker, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback! It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your birthday lunch with us, we will be sure to pass the feedback on to the team :)

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I'm not sure what the taxi services are like in the Lenham area I'm afraid. The restaurant is a little out of the way and we had trouble finding it at lunchtime with the SATNAV lol! Maybe best to contact The Wishful Thinker... More
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5
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