The Wife of Bath

4.7
719 reviews
£26 to £40
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 719 People Are Saying
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Katriona
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit, great food
Paired drinks worked perfectly.
Nothing too much trouble.
Lovely stay and amazing dinner.

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PedroC
Kent
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and beautifully presented food, in a most pleasant environment. Great choice of wines and delicious desserts. Staff made us feel welcome at all times, thank you very much for making our wedding anniversary feel so special!

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StephenG
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and wine. Staff were exceptional. Highly recommended

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CliveO
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit since change of ownership. Worth travelling to. Food was excellent and we would have chosen 80% of items on the menu. We will be back. Noise level on Saturday evening as we would expect and added to atmosphere did not detract from the experience.

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Nick
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent taster menu and wine pairing , very good service , nice comfortable room for good nights sleep with very good breakfast .

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SimonB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all areas, superb food and great service

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Thomrhys
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional. Interesting and very well executed tasting menu, with proper, decent portion sizes. Highlights for us were the snacks, fish course and the outstanding tiramisu. Great service throughout too. Good value. Will most definitely be coming again!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time that I have dined here but it definitely won’t be the last. Superb food and customer service. I highly recommend The Wife of Bath.

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JoannaW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and excellent service. We had a wonderful time.

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Almac
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstandingly fresh and vibrant food with some very unusual flavours which complemented the dishes. The crab raviolo with lemongrass and the passion fruit soufflé with bergamot sorbet was fantastic. The service was superb. Definitely an excellent restaurant by all standards.

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JeanB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good and the service was friendly and helpful.
Our compliments to the chef.
We still find the ambiance very noisy and soft furnishings would make this better.

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VictoriaP
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu with wine pairings, some of the courses were yummy and some were delicious! The wine pairings were surprisingly excellent. London-level food and service was very friendly, attentive and knowledgable. Looking forward to going back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch with an old fried - absolutely fantastic food, service and wine. Would definitely go again.

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ShaunE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular, the venison was melt in the mouth and the Sea Bream was very tasty as well. Recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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vipAnne15
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The staff were incredibly friendly and we’d go back because of them.

The food seemed quite average. The vegetarian starter was very simple, and the main could have been more imaginative; didn’t enjoy the cauliflower.

The desserts and drinks were lovely.

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LizC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A beautiful evening with absolutely lovely food. Our waitress was delightful. Also very impressed that all waiting staff were wearing masks, thank you.

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ThomasZ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at the Wife of Bath was a great experience, from quality and taste of food to service - all been to a very high standard.

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Muchly
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We stayed fort one night. The room was small but comfortable with lovely toiletries. Good choice of teas and nice to have to coffee machine in the room and fresh milk available. The food was delicious, beautifully cooked and presented. Staff were friendly and helpful. We plan to return to try the tasting menu next year

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RebeccaK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time at the wife of bath. The service was exceptional from start to finish. Every need was taken care of. Service was quick, polite and the girls were kind and chatty. We had two sea breams which were incredible and two roast dinners. The roast dinners were a little disappointing, the beef was tough and the Yorkshire’s were over cooked and too crispy. Overall we had an amazing time but just a few tweaks needed.

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JonathanC
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a lovely lunch here for my son's birthday. Delicious crab raviolo, pigeon, lamb, hake and pork belly which, in my opinion, were a notch above other similar Kent eateries. We will be back!

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CarolN
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a treat to visit The wife of Bath. Outstanding food and service

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Mamf
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good crab ravioli and sea bream. Lamb a little bland and needed a sauce to lift it. Less enamoured with the tiramisu. It had an overwhelming bitter/salt taste. Quite hard to put your finger on The dining area lacks ambience and could do with some colour or texture to lift the mood Attentive wait staff and speedy service

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NicolaT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and fantastic service. Highly recommended

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nobby
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

the menu was very expensive for the quality of the food. the food is very rich and there are no side dishes to order. the wine is reasonably priced and the service is very good.

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vivienne
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We choose different things from the menu and our party was very happy with their choice. Will recommend without any hesitation.

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Bibendum
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We sat in the new outdoor terrace area which was beautiful.
Food was on the whole very good.
The presentation and cooking of the first course pidgeon was particularly outstsnding.
Main fish course was fresh and well presented, but not hugely innovative.
The passion fruit souffle was outstanding but the black cherry "gateaux" was almost inedible owing to the white shell which did not pair with the rest of the dish at all.

Service was on the whole high standard but this was soured towards the end of the meal since staff took umbridge to feedback on low standard of one of the desserts, the waitress claiming "she didn't take complaints" and the Maitre D claiming I simply didn't like the dish. I found this to be a little self absorbed opinion of the resteraunt's quality, and a little insulting (both I and other guest couldn't stomach more than a bite of the gateux and have eaten at over 100 Michlain stared resteraunts between us and so we know the difference between not liking something and an objectively bad dish. Typically I wouldn't expect to be charged for that dish after that - but we let it slide due to post covid impact on resterauntiers generally.

All in all this is almost an excellent resteraunts but the staff need to be a little more humble. They are on the cusp of brilliance but need to keep their eyes on the ball to have guests delighted by the whole menu offering.

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Dizzie
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a very enjoyable lunch the food and service were excellent, would recommend it.

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PaulB
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly service and excellent food . The pork belly was absolutely delicious .

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Munjo
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would thoroughly recommend. 5 stars on all counts.

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vipGrss
London
28 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent Sunday lunch. The food was very good indeed, with fresh ingredients. Also the menu was innovative. A shame there was no set menu, worked out at about £45 a head for three courses. Great service.

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Shazhal
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice food new English used to be tapas based. I had the hake and my wife the lamb

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JamieE
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friendly, professional, competent, confident, attentive and will go again

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food first rate, service excellent. Friendly and classy.

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WillF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime cooking , service , we were made to feel so welcome by all of the staff and it was one of the most memorable meals we have ever had for all the right reasons

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Gary
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food & polite knowledgable staff in a clean and very nice environment. What more could you ask for.

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GemmaCC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Again.
Not sure there is a nicer place in Ashford.
Thank you 😊

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CraigN
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food, beautifully presented. The cocktail and Spanish beer we drank were great. Brilliant service.

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EmineM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quality fresh food, good range to select from and courteous service. Highly recommend.

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LucyW
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful special occasion lunch here. The good was incredible. The service was also wonderful. Highly recommended.

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RobinM
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From a warm welcome to excellent service the very good food exceeded our expectations. Especially good were the crab raviola, the hake and both passion fruit soufflé and baked cheesecake. The latter was described as the lightest and best baked cheesecake ever.

FAQs

The Wife of Bath is rated 4.7 stars by 719 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.