The Wife of Bath
What We Love
- A food-driven getaway, including complimentary Spanish breakfast and an optional dinnerThe tapas bar and restaurant, by the owner and operator of two other award-winning eateries
- The daily Spanish breakfast and option of a three-course dinner
- The elegant design of the accommodations
What To Know
- This foodie hotel is owned by Michelin-starred chef Mark Sargeant
- Wye is just an hour outside of London
- The inn is housed in a charming 500-year-old building
Historic Wye, near Ashford in Kent, is filled with stories of yesteryear, most notably featuring as a stop-off point for weary pilgrims en-route to Canterbury in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Today’s visitors can also find a welcome place of rest at The Wife of Bath, named after the notorious character in one of the most famous of Chaucer’s tales. Housed in a Grade II-listed 500-year-old building and separate garden cottage, its guest accommodation oozes a modern-day personality all of its own. Despite being refurbished just over a year ago it’s already been nominated for Best Boutique Stay in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017 and boasts a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
The five rooms are named after other Canterbury Tales characters – Franklin, Squire and Cook among them. They are simply but stylishly kitted out with wrought-iron bedsteads and exposed wood-beamed ceilings. The Wife of Bath has been on the foodie map for many a year and you can expect a tasty selection of northern Spanish-inspired dishes in the newly updated tapas bar and a la carte restaurant, under the guidance of Michelin-starred chef Mark Sargeant – Gordon Ramsay’s former right-hand man. It’s just the thing after a day out exploring the ‘Garden of England’ with this part of Kent boasting a number of excellent hiking trails, as well as being within easy reach of Canterbury, with its famous cathedral.
How to Get There
Stayed overnight on a midweek deal. Lovely cottage with 2 rooms ideal for 2 couples. Staff lovely and food and service were superb. Would recommend, in a lovely village
We were a group of four, visiting the Wife of Bath for a meal in the restaurant and an overnight stay for my birthday treat.
We started in the bar with some really nice cocktails served by the very friendly barman then up to our rooms and very nice too.A nice big comfortable bed, the room was clean and tidy with radio and coffee/tea making facilities, and our room had a shower unit with nice hot water.
The menu was very varied with something for everybody's taste with vegetarian options and the waitress also stated that they had a vegan menu as well.
overall the stay was very good with great customer service and we will be visiting again.
A beautiful location and elegant boutique hotel. Very comfortable, great bar with cocktail expert on hand. Delicious food, well cooked, seasoned and presented. Staff very friendly and attentive. Just a couple of silly and very avoidable errors. The hotel/restaurant had somehow run out of sparkling water? No padron peppers for the breakfast menu and there were no tea cups on the tea tray when we got into the room.
Nothing that particularly effected my stay in my wife drinks sparkling water and wanted the scones for breakfast which didn’t come with the promised peppers.
Overall I would certainly go again and have recommended it to friends and family.
Given an evening meal for two as a birthday present, we decided to include an overnight stay. Food was excellent including the nice surprise of an amuse bouche between two of the courses. We enjoyed everything we’d chosen. The staff were friendly and attentive which contributed to the pleasant atmosphere.
Our room, although small, was very comfortable and there were many pleasing touches such as fruit, nuts etc. Towelling dressing gowns and fluffy towels were provided, the en-suite shower was spacious and the water temperature fine. All in all, a very pleasant experience. The village of Wye is also well worth a stroll round before you leave.
We visited on a Mid Week Special break, stayed in the cottage room, maybe not the biggest room but really nice and more than adequate and had everything we need and plenty of nice touches including sherry and fudge and a fridge (so useful) there are drinks available from the honesty bar.
The evening meal was very good and so nice to see only a few supplements on couple of dishes of a few pounds. Food was first class and served with a nice smile. Wine list was very reasonable priced. Overall fantastic value and all served by knowledgeable/friendly staff.
After a good nights sleep we went for breakfast I had the Spanish ( highly recommend) if you like The Full English with a twist.
We will definitely be returning soon.
Ps the Village makes for nice after dinner stroll.