The Dog at Wingham Pub with rooms in Wingham, Kent

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£80 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Historic pub in picture-book village
  • Rescued & revamped in 2016
  • Contemporary interior; old meets new
  • Seasonal, modern British food
  • Rooms 1 & 3 have the wow factor
  • Bridgen family; passion for pub

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The Dog at Wingham Wingham, Kent, CT3 1BB

The personal touch

At the heart of a thriving village midway between Canterbury and Sandwich, the Dog at Wingham dates back to the 13th century and oozes period charm. Following years of neglect, it was barely trading and in a sorry state when the Bridgen family, who live locally, bought the freehold in 2016 and set about restoring the ancient building to its former glory. With mother Marilyn overseeing the interior design and son Mark project managing the four-month restoration project (it was bigger than they expected), they pushed open the doors to reveal a contemporary and stylish pub-restaurant with rooms. The striking roadside presence is eye-catching and encourages you to pull over to explore further. Cool grey and blue hues and upholstered chairs mix with ancient timbers and beams and the brick inglenook (with warming wood-burner) in the informal lounge, where you’ll find local magazines and the daily papers to peruse over a pint and a sandwich. Red and yellow-back leather tub chairs (with dog motif) add a splash of colour. The old and new combine well in the dining room beyond – expect blue-painted panelled walls, faux fur on bar stools and high-backed wall benches, and contemporary metal chairs at wooden tables. The whole place has a relaxed and informal atmosphere and the hands-on approach from the Bridgen family, with good attention to detail, has yielded numerous local and national awards for the new-look Dog.

Sticky fingers

Families are made very welcome; smaller portions are available for children; Room 8 is a great family space with two bunk beds in their own room; Rooms 7 & 8 are self contained in the Dog House to the rear of the pub and make an excellent family bolthole.

Muddy paws

Canine chums are allowed in the bar and in all the bedrooms (£25 a stay), where treats and bowls are provided.


Head outside on sunny days and make good use smart hedged terrace replete with posh cane chairs, deck chairs, dining pavilion, wood-burners for cooler evenings, and blankets/cushions in neat storage boxes.


What’s the Damage?
8 doubles/twin: £80-£260; DBB £149-£325

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Parking


AA 4 Silver Stars & 1 Rosette



The Dog at Wingham Wingham, Kent, CT3 1BB

Do not disturb

Reached via steep creaky stairs, six rooms ramble across the first floor of this ancient building and two are located in the Doghouse at the rear of the pub and accessed via the terrace. The latter are self-contained and are perfect for a group of friends or family, with one being a family suite replete with two bunk beds in a separate room. Due to the age and layout of the building, two rooms are particularly cosy and compact doubles, yet both have a neat little bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower. The best are the two suites – rooms 3 and 5 – offering oodles of space and charm, as well as showcasing the age of the building. Room 3 is open to the eaves with an exposed timber queen post, a striking green fabric headboard to the huge bed, and a funky tiled wet room. Room 5 is vast and filled with antique furniture and a fabulous four-poster bed beneath a double-height ceiling supported by an ancient timber king post. There’s a feature fireplace, space for a sofa and easy chairs, and views extend past the parish church to open fields. All rooms boast super-comfortable Hypnos beds, crisp linen, decent toiletries, and small but smart contemporary bathrooms with walk-in showers.


What’s the Damage?
8 doubles/twin: £80-£260; DBB £149-£325

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Parking


AA 4 Silver Stars & 1 Rosette


Eat & Drink

The Dog at Wingham Wingham, Kent, CT3 1BB

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £7.50-£10; Main Courses: £17-£24; Desserts £5.95-£8.50)

Having spent time in the kitchens at two of the best foodie pubs in the land, The Sportsman at Seasalter (also in Kent) and Tom Kerridge’s Hand & Flowers in Marlow, young Sam McClurkin has been cooking up a storm at The Dog since owner Marc asked him to step up to head chef in 2017. Sam delivers innovative modern British dishes on seasonal menus using quality produce from Kent-based suppliers, including fish from Deal day boats, bread from Wingham bakery and local farm meats from the butcher in neighbouring Preston. From the carte, perhaps order duck liver parfait, apricot jam and brioche, or grilled mackerel, smoked confit cauliflower and puffed wild rice for starters. Follow with lamb rack, pressed lamb breast, fondant potato, or sea bream, Avruga caviar, tempura oyster, sea kale and fennel and leek terrine, leaving room for cherry Bakewell with almond ice cream or strawberry pannacotta with elderflower sorbet. Set menus are good value; Lunch – 2 courses £18 and 3 courses £22; Sunday lunch – 2 courses £22, 3 courses £26; Dinner – 3 courses £30. Sandwiches are served in the Lounge Bar – Black Bomber cheddar and tomato or mango pressed chicken with masala mayonnaise. To drink, expect to find an eclectic list of well-chosen wines, which includes some cracking wines from small producers and local fizz from Barnsole Vineyards. Kick off dinner with a classic cocktail or peruse the 20-strong gin list, or if you fancy a beer, then there’s Shepherd Neame’s Whitstable Bay and Harvey’s Sussex on tap.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (5pm Sunday)
Dinner: 6.30pm – 9pm (No food Sunday evening)

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (9pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
8 doubles/twin: £80-£260; DBB £149-£325

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Parking


AA 4 Silver Stars & 1 Rosette


Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know –

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Anno Gin, Marden TN12 9QJ

Set up by PhD research and development chemists Andy Reason and Norman Lewis, this artisan gin distillery produces Anno Kent Dry Gin in a small batch copper pot still called Patience, using a blend of traditional botanicals with local hops, lavender from Downderry Nursery, samphire from Romney Marsh and wild flowers. Time a visit for a distillery tour and tutored tasting.


Chapel Down Vineyard, Smallhythe, Tenterden TN30 7NG

With celebrity supporters, including Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver, Chapel Down is widely regarded as England’s leading wine producer, with award-winning still wines, sparkling wines and craft beers produced amongst the 22 acres of vineyards at Tenterden. The winery and restaurant is open all year round, with guided tours offered between April and November.


The Compasses, Crundale CT4 7ES

The Compasses is an attractive 15th-century country inn lost down lanes deep in the North Downs. Worth finding for chef Rob Taylor’s impeccable cooking – his short daily menus work with the seasons and champion local suppliers. Sandwiches and pub classics (with a twist) at lunchtime; great Shepherd Neame ales too.


The Goods Shed, Canterbury CT2 8AN

Next to Canterbury West station, this converted engine shed houses a daily farmers market, with an eatery serving the pick of the day’s produce on a raised level. Come for lunch and peruse the vegetable stall (all local produce), the butcher’s, cheese counter and wine merchant, among others, and take some great ingredients home.


Macknade Fine Foods, Faversham ME13 8XF

One of the South East’s leading food halls that offers an alternative to shopping in a supermarket. There’s an in store butcher, an impressive deli counter, freshly baked bread, craft beers, local wines, and an excellent café which showcases the fabulous ingredients to be found in the farm shop.


Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham ME13 7AX

Enjoy an 80-minute tour of Shepherd Neame’s Faversham brewery, which has been entwined in the fabric of the town since 1698. The tour culminates in the Visitor Centre and a tutored tasting of Shepherd Neame’s Kentish ales, and you can visit the Brewery Shop to buy beer to take home.


Wye Bakery, 22 Church Street TN25 5BJ

Artisan bakery producing a range of continental and English breads, including spelt and sourdough loaves, as well as rolls and pastries, all freshly made on the premises.


The Sportsman, Seasalter CT5 4BP

A culinary, Michelin starred haven remotely set beside the sea wall amid marshland and caravan sites. Book ahead to sample Steve Harris’s sublime cooking and his short daily menu that brims with local goodies – meat from the saltmarsh, Whitstable oysters, fish from the estuary, and local allotment produce.


The Three Mariners, Oare ME13 0QA

Bare boards, open fires, rustic-chic furnishings, hearty menus featuring local seafood and farm reared meats, and a laid-back vibe draw a discerning crowed to this cosy pub in sleepy Oare. Best enjoyed after an invigorating ramble across Oare Marshes.


Barnsole Vineyard, Staple, Kent CT3 1LG

Located in the small village of Staple, just a few minutes drive from Wingham, Barnsole is a small, boutique vineyard and winery producing award-winning sparkling and still wines. Drop by for a free mini tour and tasting any time or book and hour-long tour and tasting (£11) with the winemaker. You can buy bottles from the winery door.


Gibsons Farm Shop, Crockshard Lane Wingham, Kent CT3 1NY

In beautiful countryside just outside Wingham, this long-established family-run farm shop offers a full range of quality fruit and vegetables from the farm and local area, alongside a butchers, florist and a popular café.


Wingham Bakery, 93 High Street, Wingham, Kent CT3 1DE

Established in the village well over 70 years ago, this popular, family-run bakery supplies excellent bread to the Dog, so why stroll down the High Street and take a loaf or two home with you. Artisan flavoured breads, good cakes, and a café too.

Out & About

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Glass Etc, Rye TN31 7NA

Based in a former Salvation Army chapel in Rope Walk in picturesque Rye, Glass Etc is one of Britain's largest shops selling antique and 20th-century glass. A vast stock, not all of it on show, consists of around 30,000 pieces spanning the period c1750-1980.


Smallhythe Gallery, Smallhythe, Tenterden TN30 7NB

An exciting gallery exhibiting work by local contemporary artists, with an emphasis on landscape and abstract work. There are also classes in art and creative writing, plus workshops in painting, drawing, poetry and writing for adults and children.

Places to visit


Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, Sissinghurst TN17 2AB

Not far from Cranbrook, Sissinghurst's wonderful garden is the enduring legacy of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson who laboured long and hard to complete this horticultural work of art. There's a lot to see at Sissinghurst, including Vita's tower writing room and nearby lakes and woodland.


Smallhythe Place, TN30 7NG

Located in the glorious Weald of Kent, this small 16th-century cottage was the home of the greatly admired Victorian actress, Ellen Terry. Explore this pretty, half-timbered building and discover her fascinating theatrical collection. In the garden stands the thatched Barn Theatre.


Rye TN31 7AY

Ten miles north of Hastings, the charming East Sussex town of Rye is filled with picturesque cobbled streets and clay-tiled roofs. Exploring the town really does convey the impression of visiting the set of a period costume drama or film. The National Trust-owned Lamb House, the former home of the American writer Henry James, is located in Rye and open to the public.


Godinton House and Gardens, Hothfield TN23 3BP

One of the most important and fascinating houses in Kent, Godinton House at Ashford boasts an illustrious history dating back to the medieval period. The gardens are especially striking and idiosyncratic. Included here are a newly designed Rose Garden and the Walled Garden with its greenhouses and delphinium collection.


Leeds Castle, Leeds ME17 1PL

The classic “English” castle, in the midst of a huge lake-cum-moat; it may appear familiar from many films that have featured its medieval splendour. Umpteen connections with royalty, it is has all the appropriate trappings in-situ, from magnificent tapestries and fine furnishings to paintings and centuries-worth of ephemera, including a collection of dog-collars (canine!). Add a range of themed gardens, a maze and a vineyard and the heady mix is complete.

Kent has more than 4,200 miles (6,700km) of countryside and coastal paths. Chalk cliffs, downland, marshes, beaches – there’s something for everyone. Miles of footpaths and a variety of waymarked long distance routes make the area ideal for walkers. The Weald Way runs across Kent and Sussex crossing the chalk ridges of the North and South Downs and through the Weald, stretching almost 80 miles (126.8km). The Greensand Way (108 miles), which links Haslemere in Surrey to Ham Street in Kent, follows the Greensand Ridge. The North Downs has a wealth of walking opportunities, with some fabulous circular walks taking in the North Downs Way and peaceful paths across the rolling and very unspoilt downland landscape.

The two-wheeled action available ranges from fast-paced mountain biking to family friendly routes. You can hire bikes at Bedgebury National Pinetum, where there are tracks for all levels of ability. The Royal Military Canal, near Rye, is a favourite destination for many families, with long traffic-free sections making it safe and user-friendly. The network of lanes on the North Downs are perfect for cycling.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Wingham is located on the A257 between Canterbury and Sandwich, 7.5 miles east of Canterbury. Pub is opposite the church in the heart of the village

By Rail: 



Canterbury Road, Wingham, Kent, CT3 1BB

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