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Fordwich Arms, Fordwich

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Lovely pub in a lovely town. It has a garden just on the river, but I preferred the bar with its amazing wallpaper! I was drinking the Bass Mild which was in excellent condition and served with a smile. Top notch.
BiffoBeer - 27 Jun 2012 17:51
Visited one lunchtime last week. Friendly service. My meal was excellent, the special of the day - Rabbit Pie followed by a Lemon Posset, all at a very reasonable price. I suppose I could complain that the posset was not good for my cholesterol but it was great as was the pie. Just wish I lived nearer!
KingTancred - 9 May 2012 11:20
We visited on a sunny Saturday afternoon in April. I thought he pub was utterly delightful. I sat for a full hour trying to find fault with it ~ but I couldn't. It was fantastically clean, the decor and lighting just perfect. My daughter noted the music was just the right level (and I hate music in pubs). The staff were cheerful and friendly.The food choice was good. Drink and food for two was �26. I was happy with that.
They allow dogs in (thank you). Parking can be difficult nearby.
I have run good pubs for over twenty years. I'd struggle to improve on this place.
bighands - 15 Apr 2012 09:46
A pleasant enough looking building (a bit similar in style to George Bernard Shaw's house) in Britain's self proclaimed 'smallest town'. Interior is okay though food appears pricey and the ale is from a bog standard list of 'standards' - Doom Bar is what I opted for and it wasn't that great.
anonymous - 1 Apr 2012 10:23
PS. I am now a free man and a reformed character.
I have it on very good authority that Big Jim on E-wing is STILL looking for pen pals. Dare you?
Ladhimself - 25 May 2010 16:26
I visited this pub while on the run from prison -I was serving a two stretch for abusing a man of the cloth while he went about his duties - and was made to feel very welcome, despite clearly being an escaped convict (the suit with the arrows on it was a bit of give away I suppose).
Anyway, I had the lamb and a couple of pints of Todger's Old Academic before they locked me in the cellar and waited for the rozzers to turn up.
And another thing, Big Jim on E-wing is looking for pen pals.

Ladhimself - 25 May 2010 16:24
First, the good bits. As already mentioned a good looking pub in a fine location. The River Stour, clean and fresh looking with plenty of fish, the garden alongside, very pleasant on a summer's day as it was when we visited and next door an old Norman? church, now sadly no longer in use but worth a visit. Inside the pub it's as 'village pub' as you could want, it sells a few decent bitters, I had Masterbrew, a good old Shepherd Neame regular and the atmosphere is friendly. So far, so good.
We've visited before for Sunday lunch and enjoyed the food, so turned up this time expecting similar, it wasn't to be. Sunday roast costs �14.95 for 2 courses, that's not cheap and if you only want the roast it's still �14.95, anyway the four of us ordered from the set menu. The veg appeared to be fresh, but the portions were stingy, my wife ordered the lamb and asked if she could have a yorkshire pud with it, the answer back from the kitchen was no! My daughter had chicken and ham with very little, if any ham and me and the missus had the lamb. At first we couldn't tell if it was lamb but then decided it could have been shank from out of a plastic bag, or even scrag end!
In my local which I shall shamelessly plug, The Rose and Crown, Butter Hill, Wallington, Surrey a Sunday roast will set you back the princely sum of � 5.99 and if you close your eyes you will imagine your Mum cooked it.
I'm fed up with being ripped off by pub landlords who think they can get away with it, go to the Fordwich Arms by all means, but take sandwiches!
wilf880 - 24 May 2010 18:44
A fine pub, set in a splendid location next to the River Stour. The historic town hall is across the lane (with Fordwich supposedly being the smallest town in the country), and you can get the keys to look around the picturesque parish church from behind the bar. Whilst the solid brickwork might give the impression of a rather dour establishment, the welcome was warm enough and my pint of Wadworth Henry's IPA (one of three real ales on) was in good condition.
rpadam - 30 Mar 2009 19:29
great pub. i live just down the street and have been treated as an old friend from the first time i walked in the door. the landlord and his family are all very nice and friendly. some reviews put the food as pricey but it is worth it. not your average pub grub. we are talking gourmet. the portions are huge so watch how much you order. i love this place.
americans_in_fordwich - 7 Nov 2006 21:07
i went back to this pub on a friday seemed i was not very welcome by the local's ie i was getting bad look's for sitting down when they wanted we left after one beer as the landlord and local's did not seem to want us there very sad.i would say the pub is fine when the town's people are not in there but when they are it was not a nice place to want to drink.very much a shame as i was going to have it as my main pub :(
chuckysg1 - 21 Oct 2006 19:18
i went to this pub on a wensday night walked in and was made welcome.good beer and real ale and a nice old pub landlord who was more pissed then most of the people in had a high price tag so did not try it out.only thing i would say is watch it when you order landlord would say did you say 5 drinks i only said one time i asked for 4 bags of nuts he said did you say apart from that a great pub i will be going back lots more.
chuckysg1 - 19 Oct 2006 19:40
lovely real english pub by the river, beautiful garden and patio. real ales and excellent home cooked food - no chips ! what a treat. lovely open fire in winter
sue - 18 Sep 2006 23:04
another Kentish gem, went in here three times-great beer and really friendly gaffer.
Johnnyh1961 - 7 Sep 2006 20:20
This is a quality pub. I lived in Fordwich for a year in 2002 and have been back a few times since. Despite the hiddeous wallpaper this is a classic country pub. Good quality food and drink and the govenor was usually pissed out of his head by closing time, excellent.
chazzles - 31 May 2006 16:21
Nice. Great Guiness and good range of Irish Whiskey.
Last time I went was on a Sunday evening, a bunch of local folk musicians were playing with various degrees of success and there was a nice atmosphere. Atmosphere slightly marred when a woman thrust a bucket in our faces and asked us for money for the music, which was not to out taste and we would not knowingly have come in had we known that they were playing!! She did not seem to understand sorry, we don't wish to pay for something we don't want, and would not go away until one of us (not me)put a couple of pounds in her bucket.
Every other visit has been great though,honest,just avoid Sunday evenings if you hear the sound of stranguated feline coming from within.
carbs - 13 Jan 2005 22:40
Smart friendly pub in splendid location .Riverside beer garden . Good food .
Mr.Mond - 19 Dec 2004 09:52

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