The Blazing Donkey | Countryside Hotel & Restaurant In Sandwich Kent



The Blazing Donkey is tucked away quietly in the Kent countryside and only a short distance from the ancient cinque port town of Sandwich. We are a little over an hour from London by road and rail and the cross channel port of Dover is a short drive. The magical cathedral city of Canterbury and seaside towns of Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Deal are also within very easy reach. This is the bit on most websites where the hotel bangs’ on about how perfect everything is. Not us. In actual fact we like to think that we are somewhat perfectly imperfect. A certain earthiness and rusticity of surroundings speaks to the natural charm of the ‘Donkey, a place which is quirkily quintessential and has a magical ability to relax and enthral most, if not all who visit. And the old-fashioned stuff is really important to all of us here so when you do eventually arrive you may expect to be met with the warmest of welcomes.



Every wedding at The Blazing Donkey is hosted on an exclusive basis giving you and your guests uninterrupted use of the two acres of grounds and all our facilities.

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We have accommodation to suit all your preferences from, through cosy ground floor rooms in our converted stables to romantic suites in the main house.


It’s never too early to start thinking about planning your Christmas celebrations! What better place to celebrate the festive season than The Blazing Donkey at Ham. At Christmas time, nearby Canterbury is transformed into a winter wonderland.

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The Blazing Donkey has been an Inn since 1763 but in 1995 its accommodation was officially opened by BBC golf legend and friend of the Blazing Donkey the late Peter Alliss. We are a “drive and a wedge” from Sandwich Bay, home to the wonderful links of Princes and its near neighbour Royal St. Georges.

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Planning is made easy at The Blazing Donkey as we have our very own dedicated event planner. Whether you are planning a birthday or engagement party, The Blazing Donkey has a variety of private event dining and entertainment spaces all of which provide a fabulous setting.

Restaurant & Drinking

Quite simply creating a place where you come and enjoy great food and drink in relaxing and comfortable surroundings is and always has been our aim. Scrub-top tables, flagstone and wooden floors provide a relaxed…


We believe the sign directing travelers to Ham, in Sandwich is possibly one of the most photographed in the world. The Medieval town of Sandwich is worth a visit and why not try the local specialty. Fish. Just around the corner lies the quaint, quirky and quintessentially English seaside town of Deal.


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