Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar

24 Silverhill Road, Willesborough, Ashford, United Kingdom, TN24 0NY
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Monday to Saturday 12 til 11, food served all day til 21:30.
Sunday 12 til 11, food served til 18:00

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  • Disabled Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome
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About Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar

A traditional family run 17th Century English pub, with log burners, beams, serving an american smokehouse menu. Including our own recipe 16 hour brisket and burnt ends, 14 hour pulled pork and soft and juicy ribs, and much much more. We have an extensive garden that can cater for well over a hundred people, on nice days we will have the BBQ and wood burning pizza oven fired up and ready to serve delicious fresh pizza and BBQ meats. All this washed down with a great selection of fine wines, real ales and a good selection of other draught beers.

Cuisine: Smokehouse
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Had an amazing meal, I'm a.good home cook so when I go out I expect no less and last night's meal was Ish class x

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Fab service and food as usual but disappointed that, considering it was a “specials” night, you didn’t have any Blue Cheese and it was only 6pm.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

Only thing that upset everyone was the service charge added to bill we always tip anyway so should be costumers choice

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Visited On Monday, 24 February 2020

Great service, and great food. Will be definitely visiting again when we are next in Ashford. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 February 2020

Having been in previously and enjoy a lovely Sunday lunch we came again with family. Very disappointed that by 2.30pm there wasn’t much available.. We all said we didn’t want cauliflower cheese apart from one so could we have extra roast potatoes and veg but this was ignored. The beef was very tough and we had to ask for steak knives as we couldn’t cut it. The parsnips were hard The sweet menu was rather sparse and the coffee machine broken.. Gravy was poured over the dinner rather than on the side. Such a shame as all previous visits have been lovely...

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

Food was tasty and atmosphere cosy. Service was slow however. Also some bones found in fajitas and no strawberries on the eton mess. But at the end of the evening we were given an apology and an explanation as to why the service wasnt great.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 February 2020

We ordered nachos as a starter but had our mains bought straight out, I didn’t bother to say anything because I felt too embarrassed. Then the waitress asked if we want any sauces, I asked for mayo and she bought ketchup - this time I asked for mayo which she did bring over in the end. Food was ok - standard pub burger and chips. When the waitress took our plates she asked if we wanted anything and I asked for the bill, she said yep ok, then 20 minutes later when I was sat with my coat on came back over and asked if there was something we wanted - yep, the bill still please! I requested a corner table if possible and was sat in the corner so that was a positive point. 2 burgers and 4 drinks for £30 so can’t really go wrong :) but wouldn’t book here again for a special occasion.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 February 2020

Quickly seated friendly staff and big portions left feeling very full Will definitely go back

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Visited On Saturday, 15 February 2020

Had the valentines steak for 2 with bottle of wine Excellent value and excellent steaks

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

Not overly busy as we had an early meal. The staff were excellent serving both our drinks and food. We ordered what we wanted and then (the Manager we assume) offered us an alternative which meant having more and for a cheaper price. Food was fantastic. My only request from the outset was asking if there was cheese and biscuits, which there were. So much I had to take some home. Well worth the visit. It did get busier as the evening progressed and the staff were on top of everything throuout.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 February 2020

Fabulous as usual. Food cooked to perfection and great service.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

This was our second visit for a Saturday evening meal with the family. The place was packed but were shown to our table fairly quickly. It soon became clear that you only had one poor waitress who was run ragged but was cheerful and friendly. We had quite a wait to order so skipped any starters and just went for the mains as we knew we were in for a very long wait. As it happened, it took about 50 minutes for our food to arrive and had to order 2nd drinks directly from the bar. There was only one very busy barman on duty and this was about a 20min wait to be served. We also didn't want to hang around for dessert, fearing an equally long wait. Guests in my party enjoyed their food on the whole, ribeye steak (very nice) burgers and the pulled pork special. Boasting that you have imported a smoker from the US, and that the pulled Pork had been slow smoked...etc, I was keen to try some. Meat was tender enough but I couldn't detect any discernable 'slow smoked flavour ' at all. I regularly smoke my own ribs, chicken and pork shoulder at home in a cabinet smoker. I Also travel quite often to the USA on business and hols so have had 'the real thing'. In my own opinion, your pulled pork had no smoked flavour at all so was wondering if it had only been slow cooked and not properly smoked or smoked at all. The T bone I had was tender enough and cooked to my liking but was very thin. A decent T bone needs to be nice and thick! Would have been prepared to pay more for a 'proper T bone'. Also, just a small observation, the smoked garlic butter was just ordinary garlic butter. Again, made me wonder about your 'smoke house credentials'. On our first visit, I had the ribs and was disappointed. Not much better than the chains like Beefeater and certainly not better than my own smoked ribs I do in my own smoker. So had thought it was a one off and decided to give it another chance, with the 2nd visit last Saturday evening. So overall, I did not get the impression that there is anything 'Smoke House' about you, which is what initially attracted me to your establishment. You are a nice average pub restaurant but I wouldn't call you a smoke house. Would I come back again? Probably not. There's nothing overly unique enough (I thought the smoke house aspect was it..) to make me. Disappointing as I would rather support an independent local place than a chain.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

We enjoyed our evening at Hooden. The food was good but very smokey. We were left with empty plates for a long time after we finished too, but it was very busy. Good atmosphere though.

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Visited On Thursday, 30 January 2020

Large group birthday party, everything was lovely, staff couldn’t be more pleasant! Thoroughly recommend

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Visited On Sunday, 26 January 2020

Absolutely amazing Sunday roast..couldn’t fault it at all and the service was spot on. Would highly recommend

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Visited On Monday, 27 January 2020

One of the nicest steaks I’ve had!

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Visited On Friday, 24 January 2020

Incredible food and drink. Really nice place with a good style. Drink sand food a little pricey but generally worth what you pay! I pre-ordered food and was told to email the address that I received the reservation confirmation on but apparently I should have emailed "[email protected]" so our pre-order wasn't received. Also it seemed to take some time to receive the food and table checks for drinks were not very frequent, although we were at the very back of the restaurant. Overall an awesome visit. Thank you!!

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Visited On Thursday, 23 January 2020

Great service and really enjoyed the good quality food and drink. Nice new lager from America too.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 January 2020

We had a family meal for my daughters birthday and there were 10 of us as 2 of our party were I’ll this was not a problem for them and the service and food was exceptional we had a wonderful evening

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Visited On Sunday, 12 January 2020

Lovely food

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Visited On Friday, 10 January 2020

Never fail to provide us with brilliant service and a fantastic meal despite the fact we are a big party of 13+ the server does a fantastic job keeping us happy and the chefs produce amazing food! Thank you Hooden

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Visited On Thursday, 09 January 2020

Really good deal on the steak, food was amazing

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Visited On Monday, 06 January 2020

Great friendly service and wonderful food, portions large would like perhaps 2 portion options medium and regular

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Visited On Sunday, 05 January 2020

Food was delicious but couldn't finish it all as such generous portions. Quality food at a great price. Will definitely return

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Visited On Sunday, 05 January 2020

Very friendly and attentive staff

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