Hands-on licensees in handsome old pub with first class food, local ales, friendly staff and seats on terrace; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
The clever addition of contemporary touches to the heavy beams and nice old brickwork of this medieval inn make it all the more appealing and attractive. The carpeted bar has a woodburning stove in an inglenook fireplace with armchairs grouped around in front, more armchairs against the walls, a cushioned window seat, dog motifs on the back of leather chairs and a white-painted piano; dotted about are fabric dogs, dog cartoons and prints on grey paintwork, pub games and daily papers. Swivelling wood stools line the counter where they keep Harveys Best and Whitstable Bay Pale Ale on handpump and nice wines by the glass; background music and board games. One part of the dining room has metal and animal-hide chairs and upholstered wall banquettes around wooden tables on wide floorboards, a few animal-hide stools by the bar and an open fire. An airy second room has a woodburning stove, high-backed tartan or leather chairs around more tables on flagstones and plants on windowsills. Outside on the terrace are modern grey or white chairs and tables and a gazebo. They have eight stylish, well equipped and individually styled bedrooms and breakfasts are particularly enjoyable.
The good pub guide food review
Good, enterprising modern food includes sandwiches, soy-cured salmon with pickled cockles, lotus root and wasabi, mussels in cider cream sauce, chicken, bacon and avocado caesar salad, braised ox cheek with cauliflower purée, pea and broad bean pearl barley risotto, chicken supreme with ham croquette, fondant potato and sweetcorn, Moroccan-spiced lamb rump with couscous tabbouleh, chalk-stream trout with anchovy mayo and charred broccoli, and puddings such as hazelnut chocolate délice with cocoa nib tuile and cherry and almond tart; a fixed-price menu is available Monday to Thursday.
The Dog at Wingham came under new ownership in June 2016 and following a complete refurbishment opened its doors again in October 2016. This quintessential Kentish inn boasts two bars, a restaurant and eight luxury en-suite guest rooms. In 2017 The Dog earned a range of accolades including Kent Pub of the Year in the 2017 National Pub & Bar Awards, finalist in two categories in the Kent Food & Drink Awards, Finalist in the Visit Kent Tourism Awards, tripadvisor certificate of excellence 2017, the restaurant was awarded an AA Rosette as well as four silver stars for the accomodation.