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Britannia Inn, Dungeness

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Well done to Sheps for sticking with this pub. We had excellent fish and chips with a pint of Master Brew in this most unusual of locations. We arrived by steam train on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Understandably just the two beers on, the other being Spitfire.
Steamer1 - 23 Jun 2014 11:46
Everything was outstanding from the service, front of house, the meal and the atmosphere. It is lovely and cosy . The menu was balanced with an array of starters that appealed to all, leading to main course menu that made choosing a very dificult task!! and all our guests with no exceptions, could not fault anything!! .My own favorite was the Whitebait, followed by a generous portion of Cod and chips!! No one leaves hungry for sure!! Well Done to and " The Chef" and the staff. Thank you to all for a superb day with fabulous food and service.
LGG - 9 Jun 2012 20:49
Having heard the good report of Britannia in Dungeness, we decided to try it out. It ticked all boxes in every way, big car park, friendly greeting when we arrived, good choice on the menu and nice real ales. My husband had the Masterbrew & Spitfire which he had had before in other pubs, you will not get a better quality ale than these. Service was brillant and food was superb. I opted for the Lamb Shank which was yummy. The meat fell off the bone and was so tender. The rest of family members ordered the famous fish & chips and Sunday Roast. They were declicious. The desserts were good too. Their menu seems to cater for everyone including vegetarians and kids. We enjoyed the location, service and food. Price is reasonable. It is a pub restaurant ideal for gathering. We look forward to our next visit with family and friends.
JCC - 30 Apr 2012 10:57
This pub is not on the main steet and youu need to keep driving after passing the Life Boat Station. The external look of this pub is not appealing but once you went in, it is quite spacious and have a very good atmosphere. The pub seems to be children and dogs friendly. Dogs are allowed at the end part of the restaurant. Locals & staff were friendly & welcoming. Efficient and attentive service. However, the most standing out was the food and beer. A very good pint of Spitfire. We had fish & chips, sausage & mesh & steak in our party. The food was superb and cooked to perfection. We kept talking about their food even the next day. To be honest, I was really impressive and pleasantly surprised by the standard. No wonder my business assciates insisted we must visit this pub. It definitely has my thumb up!
Globe - 16 Jan 2012 11:07
Visited the pub in the depths of winter, almost completely empty (Just one other couple in the place at 6pm on the weekend) When i brightly mentioned - oh you haven't lit your fire , the reply was a shocked O No (the tone said i had made a daft suggestion). The barmaid herself was very friendly but the surroundings were unwelcoming for a winters night. added to that the price for the food , very high and it should be perfectly possible to offer fish not battered or have some dishes that might not come straight out of the freezer. we finished our one drink and left. I was left very strongly with the impression of a pub that trades on captive summer business.
heidi99 - 18 May 2011 20:34
Food was superb. We didn't do fish & chips. Our Lasagne and burgers were lovely. I guess they might be home-made or very good quality stuff. We noticed dogs were allowed at the end of the restaurant. We loved the atmosphere in the pub and really enjoyed our pints and meals.
gdfooder - 8 May 2011 17:00
Always had a good experience here with my young children, food and drink v nice. As long as children behave I don't think there is a problem, if it's nice out sit outside and let them run around out there!
TheTrooper - 15 Mar 2011 22:33
Just had an excellent meal at The Brit.
The fish n chips were superb, even the fussy mother in law cleaned her plate!
The staff were attentive, and the beer was great!

Having eaten fish n chips @ Rick Steins, and The Magpie @ Whitby , these guys run a close third, but they are the best in the area!
Lookey - 29 Jan 2011 20:28
reply to mohill 6th jan 2011... we are and have always been a family pub..70 percent of our seating is for families with children...we do have an area which is child free ... so as you see we cater for why lie about us and say you where chased out of the pub because you had children??? the truth is you were asked politely not to sit in this area which is marked as "child free"
Publican2 - 9 Jan 2011 12:00
Unable to sample the food or drink whilst on holiday last week with our family as they seem to have a dislike to children! Maybe for the best as came across The Pilot which was child friendly, great atmosphere and amazing food.
mohill - 6 Jan 2011 18:19
captive clientele in desolate Dungeness. Over �31 for 2 cod & chips, 2 portions of chips for the kids a pint of guiness and half cider black, I found very expensive, however the fish has to be tasted to be believed - best we have had in years. Very speedy service despite being 1pm
jim2pub - 31 Aug 2010 11:38
Not a bad pub considering the location and "tourist trap" nature of the place. A couple of Shepherd Neame beers on - sounds like I missed out on the Fish & Chips though?
uriahheep - 19 Jul 2010 22:18
Visited recently when it was a haven from the wind and rain. Nice Sheps beer, but only full meals. Surely it would be possible to provide rolls or sandwiches as well? The pub isn't hard to find - in Dungeness even a single storey building can be seen from a distance!
Haywain - 24 Jun 2010 15:05
The pub is only 2 minutes' walk from the beach. We went fishing but hadn't got much luck. Decided to go in for the fish & chips. This was the best fish & chips I have ever had. Their beer was well -kept. Staff were friendly. The only problem was a screaming kid sitting near the main entrance. No wonder why they have a small area for adults only. Thanks god for that. Well -done Britannia. We definitely will come back.
BFS - 7 Jun 2010 11:53
Well kept Sheps........great fish n chips..more child friendly than The Pilot.

Take the Romney ,Hythe & Dymchurch Railway to the doorstep....station about 200yds from the pub!
Let the train take the strain and have acouple of pints..
Lookey - 16 May 2010 22:40
I was really impressed with this place, considering it's location it's very popular, The Sheps ale was spot on and the service was friendly, but what really stood out for me was the quality of the food, I've sampled the fish and chips all over the country and this was honestly the best I can remember, it knocks the Pilot into a cocked hat
vinnnie - 20 Apr 2010 13:06
I would not normally write two reviews but I have only just read the 'negative' reviews about the Britannia. I have not had the opportunity to visit the Britannia for a few years so my opinions might be slightly out of date. However, the staff and landlord at the Britannia that I recall were amongst the nicest and friendliest poeple that it has ever been my pleasure to meet - which is one of the reasons that this pub is definitely in my top ten. Either the landlord and staff have changed wholesale in the last three to four years or some contributors have not yet had the dubious pleasure of visiting an establishment where the landlord and staff ARE actually unfriendly and unwelcoming. I feel a long overdue visit to check this out is called for.
davidpuckey - 20 Mar 2010 16:34
I loved this pub. Excellent beer from the country's oldest brewery, excellent food (particularly the massive pieces of fresh cod) and a really friendly atmosphere. Gets packed during summer day times but is more cosy and local in nature of a winter evening.
davidpuckey - 20 Mar 2010 16:18
sorry its taken awhile but i have been a little busy....this is just to thank all the people and you know who you are... for so many good and fair comments ...yes i will certainly keep up the standard and am looking to add a few new items to my menu for next year...once again thankyou so much for your support

Publican2 - 31 Oct 2009 15:33
In a setting more reminiscent of an African shanty-town than the South Kent coast, this rather dull-looking 1960s sea-aide shack was actually a pleasant experience once I'd got past the cafe-style eating area. The bar was child free, and the pint of Sheps I had had been well kept. It was slightly bizarre sitting under half a ton of keyrings, and the conversation with the bar staff was hard-going (not a relaxing experience by any means), but overall I'd have no problem going back if I were ever in this area again. It's certainly better than any of the other pubs between Dungeness and Greatstone, and after a long walk along the beach it was a welcome break.

It's a pity that barman2 has reacted as he has on here - with decent beer in a location like that (I didn't try the food), with no real competition, a change in attitude could make this a really good venue.
ETA - 9 Sep 2009 06:43
As a 'tourist', I live in tunbridge wells, I prefer the Brittania to the 'fish and chip' Pilot anytime and visit whenever I am in the area. After the negative comments I was slightly apprehensive when I visited last friday, with wife and dog in tow, but I had no need to be. we were greated warmly by the lady serving, shown to a table in the Kids exempt area, must be a plus, and though we left the dog in the car, we noticed the Pub was dog friendly with dogs welcomed at the games end. The menu was certainly varied enough for us and when the food arrived the portions were more than adequate, well cooked and well presented, our praises to the chef, and it was all washed down with a very decent pint. This visit was just as good as our previous visits and we cannot think of any reason to detract from a very enjoyable experience, we will certainly be returning.
anonymous - 24 Aug 2009 01:48
Cripes, what a lot of adverse comments. We've visited the Britannia a few times but never in mid-Summer before. My wife and I cycled from Hythe so were a tad puffed (well it was a headwind) and very thirsty when we arrived at 1pm. The pub was quite busy. With exception of one noisy toddler in the corner - what is it with parents who cannot tell their children to behave? - there was a nice mixture of old folks and younger families. The bar staff were exceptionally friendly, my steak & kidney pie and my wife's cod & chips were excellent. Actually a bit too much food as we had to cycle back. The Britannia seems to have taken over from the nearby Pilot which we once loved but has steadily deteriorated in recent years. All in all a really nice place when we visited and of course we shall return again and again as long as they keep up their high standards.
Paul_Rochdale - 22 Aug 2009 10:26
re Publican2 - so all the customers are wrong and you're right!! shows the arrogance up nicely i think.Our friends had arrived well before us without any mention of closing early at all. they ordered drinks only for the music to be promptly turned off and the lights turned off afterwards. Yes their were drivers - we came because someone (mistakenly) recommended you to us. Never again. As for drinks correct me if I am wrong but there were 8 of us and only two drivers, passenegrs are allowed to drink still I think!
anser - 14 Aug 2009 16:37
as a publican i really do get fed up up with peoples negative comments...why as pub owners do we always seem to get the rough end of it....i would therefore like this opportunity to give the other side of the stories ...

Im response to "anser 12 aug", we did not see anyone since 8pm so i asked my staff to call it a day by 9pm. they had done what most pubs do...turn our pool table and dart lights off ..people came in at just after 9pm and were told we were closing at 9 30pm..these people were driving !!!! so surely 1 drink was all they should have had!!! i to understand they wanted to stay in the pub until 11pm??? with 1 drink!!

Regarding comment of "denn 20 july", ..... we are famous for our fresh fish..if this person had a problem or thought it was not fresh then they should have said so at the time....all dishes are priced so all customers have a choice to buy or not to buy.

For "per97uk", .....we can accommodate parties of any size with a prior booking....or just ask and if we have the tables free we can move them for larger groups. If the person was ignored i can only give my child free area is only one third of my total seating allocation ...we try and cater for all people, ie people who dont want to hear noisy for the bone in the fish..what do you expect from fresh fish...this is
mentioned in our menu anyway!

"mankybadger".... not worth a comment ...the name says it all

Regarding "lewes.spinster", .... after letting thei dogs run into our restaurant without leads and acting like it was their local....yes i did very quickly asked them to put leads on...we allow dogs into the rear area of the pub as long as they are well behaved...we have fresh water outside every day of the year...Are we really unfriendly to dogs?

i hope this will encourage more publicans to have their say....try it !

Publican2 - 13 Aug 2009 19:27
Comfortably the worst pub I have been to for welcome and hospitality. We (8 people) were greeted at 9:15pm on a wednesday evening at the height of the saeason with " we are closing in 15 minutes". We ordered drinks but were made to feel most unwelcome with the lights patially turned off and the bar staff cleaning the bar and generally closing down. When we left we pointed out that the door stated that they were open till 11pm onluy for the (presumed) owner to get shirty with us. Certainly the most unwelcome I have ever been made in any pub in the 42 years since I have been legally allowed to drink!!!! I will never go back there despite only living 4 miles away and my friends from Oxford were unimpressed and I was made to feel deeply embarassed with the welcome given by Romney Marsh people to visitors to the area.
anser - 12 Aug 2009 23:43
Master Brew Ok but I have tasted better. The pub serves food which is a downright rip off. I ordered Fish & Chips and was asked if I wanted peas I said yes. They did not inform me that for a VERY small portion of peas they charged an extra � 1.50p however when the fish arrived it was FROZEN not fresh which cost me over �20.00 for two portions with Peas. Full of oldish people who appear to accept this type of food belongs in a different era like the 70s when British food at the coast was at its worse. There were no locals enouth said. Avoid
Denn - 20 Jul 2009 14:53
I didn�t find the landlord here particularly friendly here either. Certainly not child friendly (in fact they have a �child free zone�). Doesn�t accommodate larger parties without a reservation (tables in the child zone only had a maximum table size of six). The lardlord acted as if I was invisible when I was ordering food, despite the fact I was standing right in front of him. When I went to order drinks, he took an order from someone who just turned up, even though I�d been waiting longer. I hate pubs that do that. It�s just rude. The fish and chips were good, though they had more bones than I would have liked (especially the one that poked into my teeth). Although I�m happy to go back to Dungeness, it�s unlikely I�ll be coming back here. It may be the only pub in the area, but I�d rather travel to better pubs.
per97uk - 18 Jul 2009 19:58
I detest pubs who feel that because there are no other pubs in the location they have a monopoly and can act as arrogantly as they please toward the customers..
I suppose these people make their money from the tourist trade, and don�t expect people to return. But if you're in the area, you've either driven there or arrived on the lame steam train. And you'd be well advised to use either method of transport to find another pub. There's plently around that don't have the arrogance.

MankyBadger - 18 Jul 2009 16:02
Left pub rapidly after a rude "welcome" from highly stressed and condescending landlord.
Interior and exterior of pub looked grim.
Not dog friendly
Lewes.Spinster - 28 Mar 2009 21:06
I don't normally mention food in a BITE review, but this place is justly famous for its fish and chips (and the locally-caught plaice was particularly tasty today). My pint of Master Brew wasn't exactly the best I've ever had, but I think I was just unlucky as the Shepherd Neame beer is normally very good here. Anyway, Dungeness is a rather special place and it's good to have a proper pub handy.
rpadam - 27 Mar 2009 19:06
DONT BE PUT OFF By its look from the outside!
A most excellent pub.
First class beer and good pub grub!!
CHAPMANLES - 24 Aug 2008 08:01
Full of history inside. Worth a visit.
martins2 - 24 Aug 2008 01:32
Visited on a grey Dungeness day " between trains" on RH&DR - their station is a few minutes walk away. I believe that the pub is converted from an old army building - it doesn't look much on the outside but the inside is roomy and confortable and tastefully decorated with lots of local memorabilia and pictures.

A Sheps pub, nice pint of Masterbrew. Standard pub fare menu, I don't do fish but my Chilli was just the right "hotness" for me and good value. A quick look at the other punters meals suggested that you get a decent plateful and it all looked appetising - the chips also looked as thought they may have been home made!

Verdict: nice pub in this most distinctive of places.
TrevorT - 23 Aug 2007 21:22
Any pub serving haddock and chips at this level of quality deserves praise unlimited, though I could have done with more chips. A Shep's pub, the Spitfire was in prime condition, with a welcome astringency that cut through the unctuousness of the fish.Unfortunately , I didn't have time to try the Masterbrew. Pleasant staff, and few chavs. Highly recommended.
wittenden - 18 Aug 2007 23:44
Fresh fish and roast dinner are still maintaining the high standard. Food is second to none in the area. It seems that Britannia has taken over the reputation from Pilot. Not sure whether there is another legend. Highly recommended!
anonymous - 23 Jun 2007 13:07
Fabulous pub, fabulous people, fabulous food what more can I say!
chelseamum - 29 May 2007 15:39
As seen on Eastenders !!!!
W980501 - 9 Mar 2007 20:54

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