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Halfway House, Challock

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user reviews of the Halfway House, Challock

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An old coaching inn which unfortunately doesnt really have the feel of a traditional pub. However, a nice pint of Spitfire to be had and biddenden's vintage cider in bottles. Pleasant enough
Buster_M - 13 Feb 2013 23:54
I think the last reviewer must have been extremely unlucky - or else is particularly fussy. I've taken several people to this pub and absolutely everyone has agreed that the food is first class. I was there again last night and the place was completely full with (apparently happy) diners. On a Thursday night, that speaks volumes. Service was also excellent and the beer has always been good in my experience.
Cover_Point - 26 Aug 2011 10:08
Nice enough pub but rubbish food. Agree with previous reviewer that this is a restaurant rather than a pub. The beer is kept well but the food is substandard in many ways. Each course tasted like it had been warmed up. Nothing seemed fresh/freshly cooked. This is probably because the menu is far to extensive for a country pub/restaurant.
privateersman - 12 Aug 2011 23:35
Called in here for a bite to eat on the way home from a day out on Sunday.
Only fancied a light meal/snack and was told they only do main meals on a Sunday (All priced at a tenner +).
We left without any food or beer as a result.
Seemed very busy but they should remember that we dont all want a roast you know........
usererr0r - 25 Oct 2010 21:08
Called in here on way back from Canterbury and first impressions are good. A bit disappointed with ales on offer and the Summer Lightening I had was warm. However, the food is both great value and very good indeed. I had the scallops wrapped in bacon with giant grilled prawns and my wife had the fish mixed grill. Both were large portions, delicious and great value at £15.95. Would visit again if in the area.
meland - 23 Aug 2010 12:51
Nice pub - Near some lovely walks in Kings wood. The service was friendly and welcoming and it serves good quality pub grub. The food was served quickly, was piping hot and well made.

It has a GREAT play area for children in the garden and ample parking. I would recommend this place particularly if you have a family.
ktt - 25 Jun 2010 10:04
Not knowing the area very well it was a bit of a gamble selecting a place to eat. However, more than happy with the choice of the Halfway House. Very good food coupled with quick and efficient service. Chose to eat on a weeknight and as a result wasn't too busy. I can imagine this is a good place for families to eat as well. For the older customer there is a discounted Senior Citizen's menu. Will certainly be making a return visit and would thoroughly recommend.
Kent_123 - 19 Jan 2010 17:27
Finally made it back for a second visit, this time with the family in tow !
Firstly, this defintely isn't a "local".
By that I mean it wouldn't be the sort of place you'd come to for a night out with the lads. There was nobody standing at the bar just drinking but all the tables were taken. Nothing wrong with that but it's worth bearing in mind.
It sells itself as a family pub that is very heavily leaning towards food and as long as that's what you're expecting, it does it very good job indeed.
Having said that, the beer is also excellent.
3 real ales were on for this visit, London Pride, Hobgoblin and Harvey's Sussex Best which was excellent.

We were made to feel very welcome and despite the fact that it was packed, they went out of their way to find us a table when we decided that it would be good to eat (we turned up with the intention of just having a quick drink).
This was a nice touch as so often in those circumstances, you get the "have you booked ?......no ?.....sorry!" , kind of response.
Food was also very good although the service was painfully slow.
I think we may have just been a bit unlucky though as others seemed to be fine and to be fair, they did keep coing back to see if we were ok.
All in all,, avery pleasant experience and I would definitely come again.

Cover_Point - 19 Jan 2009 11:41
The Halfway House is easily to reach by road, as itís on a crossroads so it can reached easily from Ashford, Charing, Faversham and Chilham. However, the nearest railway station is at least 4 miles away. Ample parking is available in the pubís dedicated car park.

As in previous reviews, I only normally drink coke which was passable (not quite as fizzy as I like it, but not too bad). The pub is laid out very well, very spacious with plenty of tables available. There is a wide range of food available from a set menu and various specials boards. It took less than 15 minutes for our food to arrive from ordering time (very impressive). The staff even took our order from the table, which my friends whom had visited before had never experienced on previous visits. I had the Chicken, Cheese and Bacon Melt. The chips were perfectly cooked (none were too thin or burnt) and the salad had a very nice dressing on it. I have been told that the soup in this pub is very nice, though none of my party had soup on this occasion. Following the recommendation, Iím keen to sample the soup at a later date. However, todayís soup of the day was tomato which isnít among my favourite flavours.

The toilets were clean and in a good state of repair with no nasty odours. The staff were very friendly and attentive (in fact, our server came over twice to see if we were ready to order). One thing is for sure; you wonít be disappointed with the food and drink here.
per97uk - 17 Jan 2009 16:02
First impressions were that this is a very nice pub indeed, albeit one that appears to be of the "restaurant serving beer" type. Visited on a Saturday evening with the local cricket team and all tables were taken with families/couples enjoying the very appetising food. Attractively decorated with plenty of candles around although again, this adds to the restaurant (as opposed to pub) feel of the place. Beer however was good - Hopback Summer Lightning being one of my favourites and this one was well kept. There were 2 or 3 other real ales as well. We were also served some very good sandwiches and chips by our opponents and as the restaurant/bar was so packed, we enjoyed these in the garden (nothing wrong with that either). I would definitely come back to check out the rest of the menu and it's the sort of place you could happily take the family to.
Cover_Point - 26 Aug 2008 12:47
Friendly service, good food that doesn't take for ever to arrive, and the ales are well looked after.
And they understand that those who walk cross country to the country pubs can't help but get a bit muddy.
MankyBadger - 6 Feb 2008 16:39

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