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The Wife of Bath

4.6
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572 reviews
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£25 and under
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Modern European
The Wife of Bath in Wye is a historic restaurant with rooms which was first opened in 1962 and has long held an excellent reputation around Kent. There is an intimate bar area, a beautiful main dining room and five exquisite guest rooms.

Owned and operated by the team behind the multi-award winning Rocksalt restaurant in Folkestone, The Wife of Bath is proud to offer the highest standards of food and service.

Mark Sargeant - ex right hand man to Gordon Ramsay - has put together an exciting menu celebrating a broad range of modern English and European cuisine, utilising the fabulous local and seasonal produce from the surrounding Kent countryside.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 572 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Black85
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can not fault food or service, we would not hesitate to go back!

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JessM
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful lunch. Drinks, food and service was brilliant.

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Clantom
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Expected great things but left a little disappointed.

I’m happy to pay high prices when the product is top quality but I’m afraid my main dish wasn’t the best. I went for the Cod (with swede, oyster mushroom, little bit of kale and separate drizzle for me to pour over dish). I know cod isn’t usually the most flavoursome of fish but I felt the whole combination of the dish was very badly put together. Nothing complemented the fish, and the dish was just generally very bland. For £26 that is VERY disappointing. Doubtful I’ll be rushing back sadly.

My mum enjoyed her main (cauliflower steak V), and partner and father both had the Fillet of Beef. They enjoyed but agreed improvements could be made for a dish priced at £35.

The service was great, and the restaurant had a lovely atmosphere. Definitely gave the impression of fine dining....‘cept what was on my plate.

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100percentfoodie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an excellent meal, the food wine and service were perfect. Definitely the best meal we had in Kent.

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NigelH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attended as a party of four for lunch. The staff were really attentive and we were warmly greeted. The food will speak for itself, you will not be disappointed. A really relaxed atmosphere and coping well with all Covid restrictions.

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Andythechef
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal and stay. the staff were very helpful and wanted to insure our stay was all that what we wanted.
Both myself and my wife though two of the dishes were slightly salted, but as we both like salt it did not spoil our meal. the two dishes was the starter Ox Cheek and the main course that I had was the Plaice were the creamed posses were a bit over seasoned.

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NigelW
London
16 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good choice on menu, well presented friendly service and all in very pleasant relaxed manner and surroundings.

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Michael
London
9 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! We had an excellent meal, all dishes were original and well thought through. Staff friendly and available throughout.

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VickyF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly, unobtrusive service and a lovely atmosphere. Couldn't have been better!

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JerryN
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at WoB for 18yrs!!! Wow, great and welcoming reception, very instructive which is what u need in these difficult times, relaxed dining, great wine choice and the food was outstanding! The flavours each course presented were so fresh and vibrant it just confirmed out choice to come and celebrate 47 years of married life! Thank you WoB we will be back!

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sumocastle
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Superb food yet again, Michelin standard great sunday lunch

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Deero
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Haven't been for a while but was impressed by the food quality,the really good service.
Sadly the wine list is smaller! Our only comment was that the sauce with our meal was very salty!

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waffle
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The staff made the booking they went above and beyond.

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MartinC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is simply one of the best meals I have ever had.
Have been to Rocksalt a number of times including Christmas Day and the food was as good.
Considering we are still wrapped up in all that is negative with COVID this restaurant did not let its standards slip at all!
Staff were awesome, have never had more attentive and considerate service in any restaurant or hotel.

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YvonneM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As expected the food was superb and the service was courteous and we felt very safe.
Our guests who were new to this restaurant announced that we must do it again.

It was a special venue and for us a very special evening.Thank you.

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SeanB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just simply amazing . The staff were spot on, food was to die for.

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TonyT
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round as usual. Friendly staff, really good food - not too much, not too little. Covid conscious so menu is reduced but still a good choice of meat and veggi dishes, puddings imaginative, delicious. Really good experience.

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HarrietC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. The lamb was outstanding and service was excellent. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
14 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, excellent food. Could not fault anything. Cannot wait to return.

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SteveC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

I was really disappointed with the food at the Wife of Bath. The location, decor and service were all excellent but the food was too salty. Some could say this is down to personal preference but the starters and mains my wife and I had were too heavily salted and they all tasted of the same smoke. We only ate the meals because leaving it would be a huge waste of money and we didn't feel comfortable complaining.

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VenitaD
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Light, airy restaurant, comfy chairs, friendly, helpful staff, interesting art work and very attractive serving plates and dishes. Loved the warm sourdough served with delicious butter and smoky cods roe in a theatrical presentation. Fun and unexpected. Menu was interesting and reasonable choices. We had soused mackerel and cucumber with almonds with a buttermilk Dressing on the side. Quite tasty. Plaice for mains but feel it was overdone with too many capers and black butter which smothered the delicacy of the fish. Very meaty so nice to eat but I prefer mine just with a little seasoning and butter. Whole small new potatoes on the side and that was it. I feel some leeks or fennel would have made a welcome addition as I didn’t particularly want potatoes. No puddings just a cup of delicious coffee and two squares of dark chocolate ganache which was lovely. A very nice lunch starting off with a glass of excellent house champagne and my husband tried a glass of white burgundy (£17!) we enjoyed it and the price was ok. I was very pleased not to be competing with ‘music interruptus’. We would go back.

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ANNIE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attentive and friendly staff - who, for obvious reasons, kept their distance. Food was excellent, as was the ambiance. Definitely a 'go to' for a special occasion.

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MaureenR
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Situated in the beautiful Kent countryside, The Wife of Bath is perfectly located in the village of Wye. We were welcomed very warmly at the restaurant and were given clear instructions how to 'stay safe' during these difficult times. Service was very prompt and polite. We received a beautifully presented meal full of amazing textures and flavours. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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MelissaM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, staff very friendly and attentive. Would visit again

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PeterB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food, brilliantly cooked. Would absolutely recommend.

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RCDF
Kent
16 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had the lunch time menu which was a very limited menu-not a lot to choose from.
We had the belly of pork and the cod which were both presented well but very salty.
Hope to revisit soon and try the evening menu.

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JohnT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First class food and service. Definitely well worth a visit for those who appreciate great cooking.

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SueV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Having not been to this lovely spot for over a year, we were concerned that it might not be so good this time. Our concerns were not justified and we had an excellent dinner - beauftifully served and cooked.

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LucyM
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening meal with great service and amazing food. Highly recommend. We loved it so much that we have booked again for a few weeks time.

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AndyM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant uses fresh locally-sourced ingredients. The food was gorgeous and was presented beautifully. The waiting staff are welcoming, friendly & efficient. We would definitely recommend eating here.

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EricaG
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a delicious mid-week dinner in The Wife of Bath. We would highly recommend and we will definitely go back.

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DavidK
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent restaurant with very attentive staff and delicious food. Tables are well spaced out, and there is a small pleasant garden area where food will be served on request. Not cheap but still good value. Will definitely go again.

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SimonF
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Meal date: 14/8/2020 7:45pm
Initially tried to book at Rocksalt but were fully booked so tried this one instead as it’s in the same group

Service was poor, asked for jack Daniels when we sat down at the table which they didn’t have, but for some reason we were then offered various rums as an alternative, then took 2 waitresses to work out what Jim Beam was (2 different types were visible to me even from my table) ended up waiting over 10 mins for drinks, the starter was delicious (Beef with dripping toast), the mash with our cote de boeuf resembled “smash” in looks and taste, the fat on the beef was a huge amount and not cooked to the point where it was in any way edible, so a lot of waste, and my starter (ganache) was rock solid and needed a knife to carve it, £161 total for a meal for 2 which we came away from feeling a little deflated, lovely looking place and atmosphere, except for the guy sitting at the window with his partner, yet spent most of his meal staring at my partners legs under the table but not much that could’ve been done about that without a scene being caused.

Unfortunately I doubt we shall return :(

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JaneB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Very limited menu due to pandemic I think, but extremely limited for vegetarians and nothing vegan. No sides were offered which I found odd. The service was excellent and the atmosphere good. Whilst the food was interesting and tasty we thought it was overpriced.

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MAS1
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Elegant and friendly. A perfect place to have a very special lunch.

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vipLaurent
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Could not be faulted

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ChristinaS
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Not only was the food superb but the service was excellent - always very attentive without being obtrusive.

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MichaelW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good quality food, excellently cooked and presented. It is on the high side for cost but all in all an enjoyable experience and would certainly dine there again.

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TrevorB
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We had Cote de boeuf which was share at £85. Delicious but very expensive £65 would have been a better price. Also, our table of 4 paid £34.5 service which was discretionary admittedly. A bit too much. However, we enjoyed the evening and will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food

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