The Dog at Wingham

Canterbury, Kent

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Good Hotel Guide Review

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)

Hotel details

Address

Canterbury Road
Wingham
Canterbury
Kent
CT3 1BB
England

Telephone

01227 720339

Bedrooms

8.

Open

all year.

Facilities

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.

Background music

in bar and restaurant, live music events.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

welcomed throughout.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £65–£280, double £80–£280. À la carte £40 (vegan £38, 24 hours’ notice).