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
Very comfy room-no.6- just off the car park. Lots of little extras and a personal written welcome with fruit. Staff polite and friendly, only had the full English which was filling with coffee at no extra charge for 2 cups. If I was bothered the only downside is the TV, signal is so poor there’s no point in it being there.
I have been here before but only for meals. Visited this time for an overnight stay and ate in the restaurant in the evening. Dinner was absolutely superb and service faultless. Enough attention without being intrusive. Room was very clean, well appointed and comfy bed. Grapes, apple, fudge and a little bottle of sherry in the room was a nice touch. Would definitely stay here again. Overall value for bed and dinner was excellent. Sadly had to leave too early to have breakfast as that sounded lovely on the menu and if it was any where near the quality of the dinner it would have been fantastic.
Wonderful nights stay - The room was really comfortable and there were lots of extras including snacks, sherry and an honesty bar. The highlight had to be the food, we ate off the a la carte menu for dinner and everything was delicious. It left little room for the amazing Spanish breakfast in the morning!
Have been trying to get here for some time but it has always been fully booked so this time I was taking no chances and booked well in advance. We had a package; B&B and tasting menu for a very reasonable sum - will review food separately so this one is all about the room and breakfast. Wife of Bath is situated on the (very quiet) main street of Wye. Check in was quick and we were shown to our room - Franklin Room at front of building. Room was gorgeous; bottle of cava, snack plate of fruit and nuts and possibly the cutest carafe of sherry waiting for us. En suite absolutely fine, small but it had everything needed; towels fluffy and white ✅ as were the bath robes. Nespresso machine and kettle ✅. On the landing was a pantry with drinks, toiletries and more towels- on a help yourself basis plus fresh milk in the fridge- none of those nasty little uht milk pots thank goodness. Bed was very comfy, great night sleep thanks to black out blinds. Breakfast was, according to my husband ‘the best hotel breakfast EVER!- full Spanish consisted of home made beans, bacon, morcilla, sausage, very orange-yolked eggs and pan tomate. I had chorizo and manchego scones - delicious. Only reason I’m not giving this a ‘perfect’ score is that I struggled to get temperature on shower to my liking - either scalding hot or too cold but maybe that was me being useless! This is a lovely place to come to for a little treat - we will be back!
Two of us for lunch we had the lunch set menu and thoroughly enjoyed it..great wine choice also. Good service though maybe a little slow..however as everything made to order forgivable. We will return.