Above photo by Paul Skelton 17 February 2007.
Above postcard of Dog Inn at Wingham, date unknown.
Dog Inn sign August 1991.
Above with thanks from Brian Curtis
Dog Inn and Old Forge at Wingham August 1983. Photograph by John
Dog Inn, taken from postcard, date unknown.
The year 1660 reports a major fire which badly damaged the College buildings and
"The Dog" in particular.
One reference found is in the Wingham Division Ale Licence list,
which shows the "Dog," Wingham, to be re-licensed for the sum of 8 shillings in
From the Kentish Gazette, July 27-30, 1774. Article
kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.
Monthly meeting of H M Justices on September 6, at the Sign of the Dog,
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 20 December, 1845. Price 5d.
The Wingham Catch Club held its first meeting for the season, at the
“Dog Inn,” on Monday evening, and was well attended; the performance of
the orchestra was spirited, and gave much satisfaction. Mr. George Elgar
presided in his usual able happy manner, to the delight of all present;
and the evening throughout passed off with great exult.
It is a grade II listed 13th Century Inn, built in the reign of King John I, and
originally formed part of a monastery, the property has recently undergone
restoration both outside and in. The Dog Inn is situated just opposite the
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 9
May, 1914. Price 1d.
PUBLIC HOUSE ALTERATIONS
Plans submitted by the owners, for the alteration of the "Dog,"
Wingham, were approved.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 20
July, 1923. Price 1½d.
Mr. Allen, of the "Dog," Wingham, applied for an extension for the
annual visit of the A.O.D. (Dover) on July 24th, which was granted.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 22
January, 1926. Price 1½d.
COUNTY PETTY SESSIONS
The "Dog Inn," Wingham, was granted an extension from 10 to 11 p.m.
on the 27th, on the occasion of a dart match with visitors from Dover,
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 5
March, 1926. Price 1½d.
WINGHAM PETTY SESSIONS
Plans for alterations to the "Dog," Wingham, were approved.
From the Dover Express, 1951.
Police are making
enquiries into an attempt, on Saturday night, to deprive the "Dog" Inn,
Wingham, of its sign.
A coach drew up outside and the attention of the licensee (Mr. C. J.
Edwards) was attracted by an unusual noise. Looking out of the window,
he saw a young man standing on the coach roof, endeavouring to unhook
the sign. He shouted and the coach quickly moved off, still with the
young man on top.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 10
The licence of the "Dog Inn," Wingham was changed at the Wingham
Sessions, Canterbury, from Charles A. Edwards to Osmond C. Hasson.
The latter recently retired after 13 years[' service with the
Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in Persia.
The pub has recently been mentioned in Egon Ronay's restaurant guide. (2007)
From the Kent on Saturday, 13 February, 2010. BY STEVE KNIGHT
This Dog is best in show
BELONGING to a group of restaurants known as the elegant Kent Inns of
Distinction, the Dog Inn finds itself under pressure to perform from the
Last July the business was ranked as one of the top 150 in the UK by
Restaurant magazine, which heaped lavish praise on the quality of the
food and service on offer at the four eateries run by Richard and Sherry
These also include the Ivyhouse in Tonbridge, Harveys of Ramsgate,
and the Blazing Donkey at Ham, near Sandwich.
Included in Egon Ronay's guide to the UK's best restaurants, I was
eager to find out if the Dog Inn - a 13th-century building set in the
postcard village of Wingham, near Canterbury, could live up to its
I'm happy to report that it does.
It was immediately clear from the neat presentation of each dish
that, as far as the kitchen staff are concerned, appearance is
From the starter right through to the main course and dessert, it
felt that for one night only I had stepped into Gregg Wallace's shoes
and was judging each course not only on its taste and texture, but on
how it looked on my plate too.
Needless to say, none of the dishes remained pretty for long, as my
companions and I eagerly devoured everything placed in front of us.
For starters I ordered a liver pate with toast (£6) while my guests
both opted for the salmon and plaice (£6).
As per usual there was more pate than there was toast with my dish,
which meant some of the liver had to go to waste, as Pm not one for
eating it on its own. This was a shame as it was a tasty way to start my
I was more impressed with my main course - roast belly of pork
complete with confit potato, vegetables and a caramelised apple (£16).
The crisp crackling complemented the tender pork perfectly and, though I
was sceptical at first, the apple did not seem out of place and was a
fine replacement for the traditional apple sauce.
One of my guests had the same as me while the other opted for the
steak (£22), which came complete with home-made chips, vegetables and
even a mini cottage pie. She was as pleased with her choice as I was
Forgetting I had only just eaten an apple, I ordered an apple tarte
tatin (£6) for dessert. Despite going into apple overload, I was pleased
I did, as this was delicious and the perfect way to end my meal.
One of my guests was unfortunately less than impressed with her
"assortment of Kent cheeses" (£7), which she said tasted no different to
anything she could have purchased at the local supermarket.
The final cost of the meal for the three of us - including a bottle
of wine (£15.95) - was just over £108.
As far as negatives go, there were few to report from our visit to
the Dog Inn, but they existed nonetheless. One is that we visited on a
freezing cold night and, despite the restaurant being home to a log
fireplace (which had gone out), the premises were fairly chilly inside.
We also found it strange when our waitress left the restaurant during
our dessert, leaving the chef to sort out our bill.
These minor complaints aside, the Dog Inn lives up to its reputation
for fine food and is well worth a visit. And if its sister restaurants
are in any way similar, then so are they. The Dog Inn, Canterbury Road,
Wingham, near Canterbury CT3 1BB Telephone: 01227 720339
Review visits and pays for meals anonymously.
GOOGER John 1740+
MOON Henry 1839-47+
SUTTON Richard 1858+
HALL George 1874+
HISTED William 1882+
LARKIN William 1891+
CAREY Edwin 1899+
SMITH Henry 1913+
FAIRWEATHER Walter Alfred to Jan/1921
SOMERVILLE James Edward Jan/1921-May/22
ALLEN Ernest Crocker May/1922+
WEST Harry 1934-May/35
BROTHERS Mr Sydney Walter May/1935-Feb/37
LINWOOD Mr E M Feb/1937-Sept/45
EDWARDS Charles A Sept/1945-Apr/53
HASSON Osmond C Apr/1953+
RINGHAM Peter 1974+
Charrington & Co
MARTIN Richard and Sherry 2004-08+ (Also "Blazing
The Dover Express states that James Edward Somerville was from Dewsbury.
From Wingham Division Ale Licences 1740 Ref: KAO - QRLV 3/1
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Kelly's Directory 1934
Library archives 1974
From the Dover Express