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The Wife of Bath, Wye, Kent
Set in the folds of the Kent Downs on the banks of the Great Stour river, Wye is often considered the ultimate tranquil country village. Here, amongst the medieval cottages, bakery and barber, you'll find unpretentious fine dining in former Claridge's chef Mark Sargeant's sophisticated restaurant with rooms, the Wife of Bath. Initially launched as a Spanish restaurant and tapas bar in 2017, the culinary focus is now modern British with European influences, with posh pub-style snacks served at the tiny bar. The six characterful bedrooms, which include a delightful two-bedroom cottage, marry period features with mid-century furniture and contemporary art, creating an indulgent yet comfortable getaway.
We love walking up to the Wye Crown, the image carved into the chalk Downs by students of Wye's agricultural college to commemorate Edward VII's coronation.
The Wife of Bath is situated 10 minutes' drive from the M20 in the quiet Kentish village of Wye, surrounded by picturesque countryside.
By car: 2 hours from London via M20. 2 hours 15 mins from Southampton, 1 hour 45 mins from Brighton. There is free parking on-site.
By train: Wye station is a 7-minute walk or 3-minute taxi ride from the hotel, serviced by trains from London Victoria and Charing Cross (1 hour 30 mins), Ramsgate (30 mins) and Canterbuty (15 mins). trainline.com
Style & Character
Gourmets looking to combine inventive European cuisine with stylish accommodation in an idyllic rural setting will like it here. Being able to glimpse, and just hear, some of the bustle from the little bar through timber beams and flickering candle lanterns is lovely.
Service & Facilities
We love retiring to our room after supper and flicking through a book on Wye's history discovered on the bedside table.
- Free Wi-Fi
- On-site coffee house
- Free parking
The Kilner jar of nibbles and dainty decanter of sherry provided in the room, in addition to a Nespresso machine and selection of teas, is a nice touch.
Superior King, Standard King, Deluxe Double with Bath, King Room with Garden View, Deluxe Double with Shower
Facilities include: Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV with Freeview, ensuite bathroom, complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, alarm clock, iron, ironing board, Nespresso machine with range of tea and coffee, welcome pack with info on local walks and attractions
Food & Drink
We love the international quality of the cuisine and wine list, a rarity in such a rural setting.
Wife of Bath restaurant: European and British-inspired à la carte menu, local produce, modern, sophisticated dining. Mains from £19. Open for lunch at weekends and dinner Wednesday - Saturday.