For a comparatively small, yet picturesque village, Wingham appears to be punching above its weight in terms of the quality of its venues. One of its key assets has to be The Anchor Inn for its warm welcome and impressive list of live events that offers a strong community focal point.
Dating back to the 1640s, where it started out life as two farm cottages, the building was converted to a pub by the 18th century, and has plenty of Kentish charm.
This family-friendly venue has placed a strong emphasis on sourcing food locally, making use of the nearby butchers and bakers, as well as the area’s market. To its credit, this traditional pub’s well-balanced menu avoids being overwhelming, instead focusing on delivering a range of classic British dishes.
For a main course, my fiancee selected the special of tenderloin pork with crushed new potatoes, vegetables and cider and honey jus, which proved a fine dish that scored highly in terms of presentation and taste. The same was true of my options – a hearty tomato soup starter followed by a vegetarian burger, a cut above the norm with a choice of fillings including Brie, salsa and jalapeno peppers, which made it a little out of the ordinary.
The majority of its generously-portioned meals are available at under £10 a dish, which appears a fair price for the overall quality of experience.
In terms of desserts there are several choices, which include chocolate fudge cake, a selection of ice creams and homemade apple crumble – we opted for the latter and it was one of the finest I’ve had in a long while.
Another major plus point is The Anchor Inn’s lovely family garden, which comes into its own at this time of year and is just perfect for a few drinks to complete an evening.
• The Anchor Inn, High Street, Wingham, Canterbury CT3 1BJ, call 01227 720392, or visit www.theanchoratwingham.com
Words & Photograph: Neill Barston