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The Mermaid Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
European, British, Bar, Pub
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The Street, Bishopsbourne, Canterbury CT4 5HX, England
+44 1227 830581
12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Barrow in Furness
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

A very welcoming and friendly pub in the small village of Bishopsbourne. The menu was limited but contained something for all tastes. Well used by the locals for meals which is always a good sign.

Thank jickmoe
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Use to visit this lovely little pub fairly regularly a few years ago and have happy memories, decided to pop in lunch recently - wish we hadn't bothered. The landlady made us feel as welcome as a batch of Japanese Knotweed at the Chelsea Flower Festival (while appearing to give almost sycophantic attentiveness to a tiny group of plum-voiced locals... More 

Thank Toni P
Margate, United Kingdom
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456 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

I do sometimes wonder if the reviewers have eaten in the same place or are out to destroy the reputation of a great pub. This is a pub not a hotel and offers excellent pub grub in our case a cheese ploughmans with excellent local cheeses. consistently good high quality food. Sadly the current tenants are going to retire in... More 

Thank MichaelMacartney
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

18/12/2016. Wonderful friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Nineteen warmly welcomed for Sunday lunch, including two tots. Two adults with special dietary requirements accommodated with no fuss. A little cramped but this is a pub. Excellent service. The food arrived promptly and hot. This is a pub (yes, I have repeated myself) but the food was of first class restaurant quality. Fine dining... More 

1 Thank Paul L
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This pub is ok for a drink, and the beer is Shepherd Neame from Faversham , usually two available. The food used to be good but now is dire, unacceptable! Shame.

2 Thank mel b
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Popped in a couple of weeks ago for a pint and some lunch. Beer okay and food reasonable, felt out of place not being a 'local'. Landlady could turn milk sour and whatever you do don't place anything on the piano.....no warm welcome here.

5 Thank Peter L
Bishopsbourne, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

OK, must be honest here as this is my local but it is a great pub and I am lucky to live in the village with such a watering hole. Great food, well kept beer and a good wine list. No juke box or fruit machines, just a proper pub

Thank Andy C
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We loved the menu ( simple but very appealing fare) it arrived in perfect time, they changed my dressing on a Summer Salad as requested, no chips ( perfect) ice cream & coffee in the garden. Friendly & welcoming staff - highly recommended 💕❤️

Thank SarahVeitch
Margate, United Kingdom
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456 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Had the good fortune to go there for a pub lunch last weekend. We shared a cheese ploughmans as we were not that hungry. The cheeses were delicious as was the chutney that came with it. Beer was Whitstable Bay pale ale so I was in heaven! Already looking forward to our next visit!

Thank MichaelMacartney
Deal, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Three years after leaving the Elham Valley for Deal, my wife and I still regularly revisit the Mermaid in Bishopsbourne, knowing we can expect a warm welcome, well-kept Master Brew, and food that's well above par. Some dishes may - or indeed may not - cost a pound more than 'pub grub', but it's worth paying the painless extra for... More 

Thank John P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 25
European, British, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Street, Bishopsbourne, Canterbury CT4 5HX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury  >  Bishopsbourne
  • Phone Number: +44 1227 830581

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?