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Waiting for you at The Red Lion Inn, Wingham, is a genuine, warm and friendly welcome with a real open fire in the bar to set the atmosphere. Alternatively there is an outside terrace with seating so you can enjoy the sunshine. We have an extensive wine list and serve a selection of real ales. If you are feeling hungry, bar meals are available and the a la carte restaurant comes highly recommended. Our food is freshly prepared and cooked to order. In addition, we cater for private parties and functions. If you are looking for a place to stay, we also provide accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
Wingham is a Kentish village steeped in history and is mentioned in the Doomsday Book as one of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Manors. The origin of the name lies in the Saxon era and is derived from the word 'Wingingham', meaning 'village of the people of Wigga'. In 1252 permission was granted for the creation of a market in the village and this is the origin of the notably wide high street which The Red lion Inn overlooks. The foundations of the Pub were laid in 1286 and the site remained under church ownership until the dissolution when the building became a private residence. The location has served as an inn since 1650. The Red Lion Inn has played a central role in the local area throughout history. Between 1703 and 1886, regular meetings of Court of The Petty Sessions were held in the upper room of the building, which now serves as a guest room. A ledger of minutes of some of these meetings, including entries of treason and smuggling, amongst others, is preserved and on display in the bar area. Film fans may recognise The Red lion Inn from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1944 clasic 'A Canterbury Tale'. Appearing as 'The Hand of Glory', the pub was used for interior shots including the outstanding stained glass windows that are still a feature of our guest accommodation.