Canterbury Road, Wingham, CT3 1BB
Nestled in the picturesque and charming countryside village of Wingham, close to Canterbury, you’ll find the rare gem of a restaurant that is The Dog at Wingham. Housed within a historic and characterful Kentish inn complete with old oak beams, roaring fireplaces, and quirky touches like faux cowhide bar stools and a white upright piano that sits in the corner and enticingly draws in the more musically inclined patrons with a sign that reads ‘play me’, one visit here and you’ll quickly understand why this restaurant with rooms has received the accolades it has.
Since being taken over by the Bridgen family in October 2016, The Dog at Wingham has already taken home enough awards to fill a mantelpiece. In 2017 and 2018, the AA-Rosette-awarded The Dog at Wingham was named one of the best pubs in the country at the National Pub & Bar Awards and last year it scooped two awards at the Kent Tourism Awards. Shortlisted by the judges for the “Taste & Tell Award” for food and the “Raising The Bar Award” for customer service, it was a public vote that clinched both awards for the restaurant. It was also the only company shortlisted in two categories, let alone winning two awards. And if all that wasn’t enough, this restaurant with rooms has also been awarded four silver AA stars too.
Despite just missing out on the title (the judges said it was incredibly close), The Dog at Wingham was also one of three finalists for the Front of House Team of the Year Award at the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastro Pubs Awards this January. Considering it has only been in the hands of its current owners for just over two years, this kind of much-deserved recognition is very impressive indeed.
Whether you’re visiting to simply enjoy an ever-changing range of premium beers, wines, spirits, and locally brewed real ales at the bar, you’re making a trip here to savour some delicious seasonal dishes prepared using only the very best, hand-selected local ingredients in the restaurant, or you also wish to stay in one of The Dog’s eight individually styled and relaxing ensuite guestrooms which include their four-poster-bed suit and their family suite, this multi-award-winning Kentish countryside inn certainly won’t disappoint.
Head chef Samuel McClurkin and his talented team will impress with their culinary expertise, showcasing the very best of modern British dining. Enjoy a delicious dinner from their inspired à la carte menu that features dishes such as lobster ravioli or spiced salt breast of squab pigeon with Stornoway black pudding, quince and home-preserved blackberry to start. Then, move onto delicious mains like the venison loin with braised shoulder, swede fondant, parsnip puree, and blackberry or the sous-vide pork fillet with crispy pig cheek, mustard mayo, caramelised onion, pickled Chinese cabbage and baby carrots. Pudding is just as scrumptious with the likes of apple tarte tatin with cinnamon ice cream, warm chocolate mousse with salted caramel ice cream and bee pollen, and Yorkshire rhubarb soufflé with rhubarb sorbet.
If you’d like to experience everything the award-winning The Dog at Wingham has to offer, their fantastic dinner and B&B special offer is sure to tempt you. From just £149, you’ll be treated to a complimentary drink on arrival, a 3-course à la carte dinner, and a stay in one of their luxurious rooms complete with world-renowned Hypnos beds. The following day you’ll also receive an amazing hearty breakfast before you depart.
For more on this special offer, call their booking team on 01227 720 339 or book online now.
Visit The Dog at Wingham’s website or follow them on their social media pages for more information on this award-winning restaurant with rooms and be sure to keep an eye out for our review of this restaurant in our soon to be released Kent Food & Drink Guide 2019.