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“Quality with a Smile :)”
Review of The Haywain

The Haywain
Ranked #2 of 9 Restaurants in Wingham
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
St Margaret's at Cliffe, United Kingdom
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“Quality with a Smile :)”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

The Haywain is a pub but that does not decry from the fact that it is also a superb Restaurant.

There is always a warm welcoming atmosphere when you arrive. A well stocked bar awaits
and you can enjoy an aperitif on the terrace at the rear, weather permitting, before retiring to the Restaurant.

The Restaurant extends from the bar area into what the Proprietors call ' The Snug ' which is
a secluded space with just a few tables - - our favourite space to dine !

CAMRA I am sure are regular visitors to the Haywain and the quality and choice of Real Ales confirms this !

All are served in excellent condition and are rotated regularly. Kevin takes a personal interest
in this side of the business and has regular Beer Festivals in the Garden (Highly Recommended)

The Restaurant offers an excellent variety of home-made dishes - simple but delicious.

We've been coming here ' on and off ' for years but in the future it will definitely be more often.

It's a real family pub/restaurant and my wife and 10 year old daughter accompany me on our visits.

The last time we ate here was a week or two ago just prior to one of their ' Beer Festivals '.

My wife had a fish dish which was excellent, my daughter had a simple ' Ham & Chips '
and I had a superb Ribeye Steak cooked to perfection ( Med-Rare) with the usual accompanying
vegetables. Incidentally they serve the steak with delicious fried onions NOT onion rings and
the chips are home-made of course!!

The only slight negative is the choice of wines which is somewhat limited.

They will however allow you to bring your own wine, subject to a corkage charge.

The staff are happy and helpful, attentive but not intrusive.

All in all an excellent place to visit and enjoy with the family.

Truly quality with a smile :)

  • Visited May 2014
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English first
Deal, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Another gem”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

A stonkingly good old English pub with some of the best kept beer in Kent. Really good food and forget your waistline if you decide to have one of their puddings which are astoundingly good. Along with a lovely beer garden, friendly staff or maybe they own the place, this has to be worth a visit.

  • Visited May 2014
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Could be outstanding but not quite there”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

We're taking the time to slowly explore pubs with good food in our locality - there is certainly much more choice of these than there used to be and the Haywain is above average. We hadn't booked and that was nearly a mistake as they were busy. I choose the traditional cod and chips and this was one of the thickest chunks of cod that I have seen for a long time in a good beer batter. However, it was undercooked although quickly replaced when I pointed this out. The staff took care to make sure that orders were taken correctly and double checked anything they were uncertain about. Some excellent local beers on tap which were well looked after. My first choice came from a new barrel and after a couple of pulls was still cloudy (spotted by the staff, not me) so I chose an alternative. Extensive garden at the rear, taken up by a large marque ready for their beer festival. Prices a little on the high side and perhaps that contributed to a slight feeling of disappointment or perhaps our expectations were just too high based on other reports. It advertises 'traditional pub fare' but as my companion said; "where are the pies or sausages"? When you're expecting a pie, nothing else will do!

  • Visited May 2014
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic Grub By Accident”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Was on a weekend break in deepest Kent.Saw this Pub and had to stop.The food was fantastic all home cooked,puddings that my mum would have been proud of and the staff were lovely.i might live 70 miles away but its that good i am going back very soon just for lunch.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank tim m
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“Great service and great food!”
Reviewed 21 February 2014 via mobile

We concluded a few days away with the family with a meal at the Haywain. After researching on Trip Advisor, and popping into a couple of other local pubs we booked a table for 7. Right from the start the service was very welcoming and accommodating. The food came out hot and very flavoursome. The quality of the food exceeded expectations and I can recommend the fillet steak which was very tender and would not have been out of place at far grander restaurants. Would definitely recommend a meal here.

Visited February 2014
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