The Dog at Wingham, Kent: save up to 40% at this cosy Kent bolt hole
The Dog has long been one of Kent's favourite inns. Sitting in a rural location in Wingham, the hotel is ideal for exploring both the coast and the country, with Margate and Canterbury a short drive away. The building retains much of its 13th-century charm, but a sympathetic renovation by the Bridgen family has given it a contemporary twist. It's homely, yet fresh, with dedicated staff and characterful bedrooms.
One night from £75pp*
- One or two night's accommodation
- Full English breakfast each morning
- House drink on arrival
- Two-course dinner for two each night
- Two tickets to Howletts Wild animal Park or Barnsole Vineyard for a tour
- Stay two nights you get tickets to both
Dating right back to the 13th century, The Dog at Wingham has a rich history, which is evident in its original wood-panelled walls, heavy timbered beams and its prime location on the old Roman road route. Bought in 2016 by the Bridgen family, it's had a complete renovation, and everything still feels fresh, with very much a family feel.
There's the brilliant manager Marc, and his mother Marilyn who is the brainchild behind the interiors. Suited to everyone from business travellers needing an inn for the night to a food-loving couple on a romantic break, the bar and restaurant draws the crowds for its innovative menu and 50-strong collection of gins. With much to do in the local area, country or coast lovers will be satisfied.
Set in the charming village of Wingham; Whitstable, Margate and Broadstairs' beaches are less than half-an-hour away and Sandwich Bay and Deal are even closer. Canterbury and its cathedral are 20 minutes away and the rolling Kent Downs are right on the doorstep. Wingham even has its own wildlife park.
By plane: Gatwick Airport (72 miles)
By train: Adisham train station (2.7 miles)
By car: parking is available at the hotel
Look & Feel
Falling squarely into the boutique hotel category, it's clear that every inch has been designed with love and the result is a hotel full of character. As well as vintage furniture, like the French antique chairs, there's quirky modern pieces, like the industrial looking American-bought exposed lighting on a plumbing pipe. The bar, restaurant, lounge and conservatory are open plan and well laid out, with some cosy roaring open fires and stuffed armchairs.
You get a sense of the family run feel from the moment you walk in the door and are welcomed like an old friend. Staff are young, knowledgeable and full of energy.
Live music is put on regularly including a local world-class pianist (who played for Elton John…). Room seven, aka 'the dog house' is family-friendly and dogs are welcome in the bar and restaurant and six of the rooms.
- Room service
- Access for guests with disabilities
Each of the eight rooms are completely individual, although there are some common themes throughout, like colourful upholstered headboards, plush Hypnos beds and illustrated artwork. Rooms vary in size from the rather bijoux rooms one and five, to the spacious room four, which has an impressive king post vaulted ceiling, and an enormous four-poster bed. Room three has a queen-post ceiling, exposed brickwork and one of the best bathrooms - an impeccably tiled wet room. Bathrooms in all the other rooms, err on the small side but have powerful showers.
Food & Drink
The standout menu changes seasonally with interesting ingredients from yuzu to shallot marmalade. The seared tuna starter and chilli marinated mutton loin with spiced lentils main was sublime. Kent's 'Garden of England' moniker means plenty of fresh local produce and fish. Smoked salmon and eggs or full English breakfasts are taken in the conservatory and there's great beer and an extensive gin bar.
Dog at Wingham | seasonal menu | extensive gin bar | ££
Genuinely excellent value for money. Wi-Fi is included in the rate. No hidden costs.