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About Us

The Ferry, Stone in Oxney, Kent TN30 7JY

Welcome to The Ferry


Paul’s family have lived in Stone since the First World War and is only one of a few families who can say that. Having run a number of successful companies he originally bought The Ferry Inn in the 1980’s. Wally Milstead who had been the Landlord at The Ferry Inn for more than 30 years, continued to run it until his retirement in 2003. Paul now runs it on as a full time concern with his partner Maria and their one year old son Sebastian. Paul and Maria recently took back the Oxney Gourmet Pie & Burger Bar, Wittersham, Kent, which Maria manages with her sister Mihaela.

Meet the Team


Our team, Head Chef Laura Sansom (centre) and Sorin Odolbasa (left), previously Chef de Partie at Brasserie Blanc, London and two star**Michelin restaurant ‘Palais’, in Cobourg, Austria, are supported by Paul Putts (right). From growing potatoes in his veg patch in Wittersham, Paul now cooks them at The Ferry! He moved down from Bromley in 2004 and started at The Ferry Inn 16 months ago. It only took him 44 years to finally get round to doing something with his catering qualifications and is a valued member of the cooking team.

Front of house


PJ (far left in the main picture), has been working with Paul for over ten years now – from when Paul owned the Queen’s Head at Sedlescombe! Living locally, he’s also the man responsible for the lovely typography on the food boards.

Andreea (left), from Romania, works full-time helping in the bar, waitressing and furthering her English. Whilst Ellie, the Doctor’s daughter from Woodchurch, is on her gap year before going to University. She’s been with The Ferry Inn for a few months now.


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