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The Wife of Bath

4.6
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531 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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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 531 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.8
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Been here a few times. Staff are lovely and professional

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ClairC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Will be returning!. We stayed over too - lovely room although pillows could be better. Overall fantastic.

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CatherineM
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and the food was fantastic! Overall a wonderful stay and meal.

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romap
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our waitress was kind and very informative , and we didnt feel rushed or pressured. The quality of food was excellent, but a limited choice.

Would love to have cooking lessons there

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RichardF
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were a party of 4 for Sunday lunch venturing out to a restaurant for first time since March. Our initial concerns for safety were immediately banished on arrival. The tables were appropriately spaced, the staff wore masks and the toilets were reassuringly clean and limited to one person at a time. Hand gel was available at several strategic locations and its use politely encouraged.
We chose 3 courses from the a la carte menu - there was no Prix Fixe on offer - and we all enjoyed our choices. Service was attentive but unpretentious and better for that.

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SamanthaR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely food, good service. What more do you want? Good selection of drinks to chose from. The menu was superb and we thoroughly enjoyed all three courses.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

No acknowledgement of our special occasion (My wife’s Birthday)..
But it was great to get out, food was fantastic.. a great evening was had by all!

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AmyB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

This will be the fourth time we have eaten here, the first was excellent and we were excited to repeat the experience.

I am really sorry to say that the last three visits have not been good.

Each time the food has let the experience down–I must add here that the waitresses are always lovely–but I just cannot recommend the restaurant, as lovely as most the staff are and the environment is.

The menu prices vs quality do not hold up against near by establishments charging similar, with our starters at £14 and our main £22, we were expecting quality, and although the starter was nice, it was not worthy of the price tag, and sadly the main had us deciding this would be the last visit... pork belly with a soft uncrackled skin (which equated to a layer of not particularly well seasoned fat) with a sprinkling of seasoned popcorn. Yes, you did read that right.

So surprised was I by the tasteless popcorn topping that I read the menu listing again (to check I'd not gone mad, as I would not have ordered such a creation) and the popcorn was not mentioned, leaving me assuming it was a afterthought to address the problem skin.

I only managed half (quite the record for me) and politely informed a male waiter who cleared the plates why I had left it "I'm sorry but I didn't enjoy this for these reasons, just some feedback for the kitchen"... sadly his response "OK." didn't fill me with confidence any such feedback would make the slightest bit of difference, and the non-forthcoming offer of perhaps a free drink to lessen the blow of only eating half my main, or some other such gesture, or perhaps even "I'm very sorry to hear that, and thank you for the feedback it will be passed across" would have been nice.

So, a good £190 meal for two? Sorry, no.

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Jack123
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely meal on Friday...big fan of mark sergeant so wanted to visit this one...had purchased a voucher for the tasting menu but a la Carte was the only menu....didn’t matter as food was excellent . Lovely service and we had a room upgrade too ! What’s not to like !!

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LukeS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an exceptional meal. Friendly and attentive staff, but not to imposing. Lovely venue. Not my first time there and certainly wont be my last!

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BernadetteG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great organisation regarding the Covid-19 regulations 😄

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JeanG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Good to be back!

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Jennifergooseberry
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic to be back at the Wife of Bath after lockdown. Fantastic food and service as always. Can’t wait until our next visit!

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Mater52
Cornwall
8 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very well organised for Covid safety.
Felt very safe. Food amazing as always

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SamS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food, as always. It was great to go back!

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JulieO
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted our first meal out to be special,especially as it was our wedding anniversary, and the Wife of Bath did not disappoint. The service was excellent, friendly yet not obtrusive and the food was absolutely delicious. The restaurant had worked hard to create a safe yet still pleasant dining experience. Thank you for a lovely night out.

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StevieG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We sat down at 7pm so not the busy period. Service was attentive, professional and friendly. Food was very good from a varied menu. The wine and champagne excellent. We are local so will of course visit again.

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AndreaB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was great, service great, ambiance too stark and lacked warmth. Main courses quite pricey.

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NikkiS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food & exceptional service. Our waitress was information, attentive & knowledgeable. The food was absolutely amazing. I cannot wait to return.....except next time I’ll have the tasting menu with wine pairing as that looks delicious.

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caldeypuffin
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

enjoyed a lovely three course lunch where each course was a delight to look at and eat!
Real attention to detail and pleasant , relaxed service and ambiance.

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Agathos
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The dining room is a delight, in the charming village of Wye. Service was meticulous. The wine list is thoughtful and not over-priced and our chosen Rhone was superb.
However, the 'Sunday menu' was totally the wrong choice for this excellent Spanish-themed restaurant, which we value and have been to many times before, though not on a Sunday.
Thin slices of perfectly roast sirloin, crispy roast King Edward potatoes, Yorkshire pudding cooked in the meat juices around the bone . . . it was definitely not! The cauliflower in a blue-cheese sauce was very good, as was the carrot soup - all beautifully presented and served. The panacotta dessert was lovely but not the semi-raw rhubarb with it.
Go to the Wife of Bath for its wonderful, imaginative tapas, but never on a Sunday!

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RowanH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the tasting menu with wine pairing and it was fantastic. The food was delicious and the wine had been carefully curated to balance out all of the flavours.

Highly highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met some friends, arrived 12.30, left 4ish - food was great and wine exceptional. Oz Shiraz.
Can’t wait to be able to go again.

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hamishc
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent cuisine and thoughtful service. Sufficiently different and interesting menu. Not rushed and good space between tables for privacy. Friendly but professional. Not cheap but fair value.

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manokent
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The meal was good quality and it is a very nice place. It’s not cheap - our meal cost us north of £60 each - but bog standard meals in a pub in the area can cost £30 and leave you feeling you could have cooked better staying at home. This meal I definitely could not have cooked at home.

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HannahP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff where very accommodating and friendly, I have a milk intolerance and they made sure they said everything on the menu that I could have all the way down to dessert and what they would recommend and nothing was ever too much. the food was amazing, the halibet was absolutely incredible. the atmosphere was relaxed but beautifully decorated. Have recommended to family already.

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Gabi
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best food in the area, perfect service. Absolutely love it :-)

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RACHAELU
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was really lovely with a wide range of food and flavours. The service was great and we could not fault it; really helpful and friendly team. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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LucyC
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Staff really lovely, welcoming professional, knowledgeable, and very smiley. Atmosphere relaxed and lovely surroundings. The food was presented really nicely we enjoyed the starter and main but the clematis gataux although looked exquisite did not taste of clematine at all, it looked as though it would be lemony but on taste as a bit of a disappointment. But other than that lovely lunch thank you

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CarolineL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is my 2nd visit. We had a lovely time and the food was delicious although not as good as my visit at the beginning of December. Our waitress was wonderful and provided a top class service. The passion fruit souffle was out of this world, the pork belly was average.
I would still highly recommend. £120 for lunch for 3, no wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service.

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BrianM
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Looked after very well but party had variable comments on the food and value thereof rating generally at 7 out of 10. Probably would not return.

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Challock2
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We met our friends for lunch, the food, service was good. My friend banged his head in the gentlemen toilets which slightly marred the occasion. Signs were in place on the second beam, but was easily missed.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite Mother Nature cutting the power off a few times the Chef managed to keep everything going / well done! Beautiful plates of food and excellent service. Well done team.

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LisaK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were given a voucher for Christmas to visit this wonderful restaurant. Decided to book for valentines evening - it was a perfect choice!
From the moment we entered the restaurant to leaving it was 1st class. We both had the 5 course taster menu - one being vegetarian. Food was absolutely beautiful and the staff were all amazing. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will be returning very soon!

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christianw
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely surroundings, excellent service and the meal was superb.

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Sturry1
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I enjoyed our lunch at the Wife of Bath. Your staff were forgiving about our late arrival, occasioned by problems with parking. We came by separate vehicles and we both found the car park full. Surprising as the restaurant was not. The space is very tight and we both found it more difficult to leave, than enter (as indeed did the person in front of me). If this is normal, then guests should be advised to park in Wye Village, rather than as the restaurant.
We chose the menu of the day, and the food was excellent, washed down by a nice dry Prosecco. The poached Hake was particularly memorable.
Service was attentive, but not unduly so. The background music was slightly intrusive, at this volume, I would have preferred Mozart or Telemann.
Overall, we enjoyed ourselves and will certainly return when another special occasion beckons.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service. So hard to choose from the menu as I always want every dish but what ever you choose is creative and well done.

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service was attentive but not over. It was busy yet intermit. We will be returning.

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Ptarmigan
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

very nice quality restaurant. good food, ambience and service. would not put anyone off going there for a special occasion

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