What’s The Dog at Wingham like?
People travel from miles around to sample the food on offer at this family-run gastropub. Not only does The Dog hold 2 AA Rosettes but it has been voted one of Estrella Damm’s Top 50 Gastropubs. The rooms above the 13th Century pub are packed full of character and, as you might expect from the name, dogs are made to feel just as welcome as their owners.
How dog-friendly is The Dog at Wingham?
Very good. Dogs are allowed throughout the pub, including the main restaurant, and treats and water are always available. Not all of the rooms are dog-friendly – but only because they’re too small to comfortably accommodate pets. Up to two can stay at a time in the larger rooms though, and these are clearly stated on the pub website. There is an one-off additional charge of £25 for dogs to stay.
Tell me more about The Dog at Wingham
There are eight stylish en-suite rooms at the pub, ranging in size from ‘Compact’ to ‘Superking’ and ‘Four Poster’. We stayed in Room Six – a king-size room on the first floor at the end of a small corridor. While the room was above the kitchen and we occasionally heard the cheery chefs break into song, it didn’t disturb us at all. In fact, we slept brilliantly in the gorgeous Hypnos bed, which was so incredibly comfy, it was hard to drag ourselves away from it.
We didn’t need to use the complimentary ear plugs during our stay, but we did enjoy the tea, water and coffee provided. There were also lush Elsyl and Taylor of London toiletries in the shower room, as well as fluffy white towels. The decor felt rather opulent too, with antique-style furniture, silky cushions and a velvet headboard. We didn’t have a huge amount of space to spread out with two dog beds in the room, but it was fine for one night.
Parking is available at the dog although the spaces fill up quickly so you may need to seek out a spot in the village. Once you’ve ditched the car though, you’re free to relax in the higgledy-piggledy pub, which has a cosy snug area, restaurant and conservatory – all filled with doggy pictures and prints. I also counted three open fires and/or wood burners. When we visited, there was an issue with the main fire and we got a bit smoked out, but I don’t think that’s the norm!
What’s the food like at The Dog at Wingham?
Excellent. The Dog specialises in contemporary British cuisine so expect pub classics with a modern-day twist. As mentioned earlier, the pub has won numerous awards and its seasonal menu champions fresh, local produce. When we visited – the day the pub put its Christmas lights up – we dined in the cute conservatory area overlooking the patio garden and were offered a complimentary amuse-bouche before we tucked in to our three-course feast.
The menu had everything from roasted plaice to pigeon and venison but as vegetarians, a lot of the fancier dishes were wasted on my husband and I! We still had plenty of choice though, with the whipped goats cheese starter and the decadent sticky toffee pudding being particular highlights for me. There was also a great range of drinks to choose from and the recommended wines, cocktails and gins of the month were great value.
Overnight guests are asked to pre-order their breakfast by filling out a form in their room – and it is well worth getting out of bed for. I opted for the homemade porridge with brown sugar and whisky, which certainly woke me up on a cold autumn morning! Ernie and Stan were also very happy to receive a tasty sausage. As well as the a la carte menu, The Dog offers a monthly celebration menu and the pub’s Sunday roasts are the stuff of legend.
Are there resident dogs at The Dog at Wingham?
No, but you are very likely to meet other visiting dogs, whether they’ve popped in for a pint with their owners, or are staying the night.
Where are the best dog walks near The Dog at Wingham?
Wingham itself is a lovely village to walk around. This one-mile walk recommended by a local Scout group takes in all the main sights, such as St Mary’s Church and the beautiful Wingham River. The route it takes even passes right by The Dog – but be sure to keep your pets on a short lead when leaving the pub as it is located on a very busy road.
Just south of Wingham you’ll find Goodnestone Park, pictured above, which is a fantastic place to visit with your four-legged friend. While the grand stately home is not dog-friendly, the gardens are – and they are open all year round. There are several footpaths around the estate, which has its own arboretum and woodland. Dogs must be kept on lead. Adult tickets cost £8.
What Ernie and Stan loved about The Dog at Wingham
The sausage for breakfast, meeting other visiting dogs
What I loved about The Dog at Wingham
The delicious food, the comfy bed, the great offers
How to book The Dog at Wingham
Overnight stays start from £150 per room, including breakfast. Be sure to sign up to the pub’s mailing list to receive regular special offers. We took advantage of the Dinner, Bed and Breakfast deal, which runs year-round and starts from £100 per person. The offer includes a three-course evening meal. For more information or to book, call 01227 720339 or visit The Dog at Wingham website.