Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Under enthusiastic owner Marc Bridgen this ancient pub is today ‘less a local than a comfortable lounge bar’ and canine-friendly restaurant-with-rooms. The timber-frame building, ‘outside a pretty village’, enters the Guide this year after an inspection by our sleuth-hounds. Their bedroom, styled by Marc’s interior designer mother, Marilyn, was ‘comfortably sized’, with ‘glitzy touches, a huge, gold velvet-framed bedhead, gold and orange tub chairs, a sunburst mirror, light grey walls with one painted lovat green; a neatly designed shower room’. Some noise was heard from the room above. In the beamed bar, ‘comfortable tweedy chairs, all with a sheepskin draped over’, a log-burner and ‘lots of dog pictures’. In the dining room ‘the quality and style’ of Samuel McClurkin’s cooking impressed, especially ‘honeyed carrots, a revelation; lobster ravioli and bisque, very good; feta and mushroom Wellington, deserved praise’. Breakfast, in the conservatory, was ‘somewhat mixed’. Orange juice wasn’t fresh, ‘perfect poached eggs and hollandaise but overcooked bacon’. Overall: ‘Winning value for money.’ (Joanna Crossley, Vicky Cox, and others)
Canterbury Road Wingham Canterbury Kent CT3 1BB England
lounge bar, restaurant bar, dining room, garden room, terrace (alfresco dining), free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, golf packages, monthly dining club, unsuitable for disabled.
in bar and restaurant, live music events.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £65–£280, double £80–£280. À la carte £40 (vegan £38, 24 hours’ notice).
Luxury Winter Break Special Offer
A luxurious two night stay at The Dog at Wingham with dinner included in the restaurant that won ‘Best for Food’ at the Great British Pub Awards 2019. Also includes passes to UNESCO World Heritage site Canterbury Cathedral and a tour & tasting at Barnsole Vineyard. The Dog was made for winter with log burners and open fires in the old beamed inn with lots of lovely country walks and Canterbury, Dover Castle and Sandwich on the doorstep. This Luxury Winter Break includes: a welcome house drink on arrival, accommodation in a Super King Double or Twin Room, breakfast each day and a three-course à la carte dinner each evening, Canterbury Cathedral passes and a trip to Barnsole Vineyard. The offer is available Sunday to Thursday, until Tuesday 31st March 2020. Two night – Luxury Winter Break – £99 per person per night based on two persons sharing a room for two nights minimum stay. One Night – Luxury Winter Break – £125 per person based on two persons sharing a room.
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.