Pubs with gorgeous gardens in Wilts
Make the most of the weather with Wiltshire's glorious pub gardens. Surely they're the best thing about our staycations? Chin-chin, salut, cheers y'all!
The Cross Guns, Avoncliff
This has to be the best pub view in Wiltshire, with terraces running down to the Avon underneath the stunning Georgian aqueduct. It’s a proper pub where children, dogs, boaters and walkers are all welcome, and a grand spot for a pint and a pie on a summer afternoon. Not the best place to drive to, but certainly the best to walk to (30mins along the canal path from Bradford-on-avon). A bit hot for that kind of exercise? It even has its own train station.
The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat
Not only has this village pub has just won Best Organic Eating Out, but its thin crust pizzas are to die for. It manages to be both a gastro destination and a real community hub, with laid-back locals hanging out in the garden on hot afternoons. Need to work up an appetite? Take a walk to the picturesque Wilton Windmill.
The Beckford Arms, Fonthill Bishop
Set in the most gorgeous location in stunning parkland on the Fonthill Estate is The Beckford Arms, a traditional yet stylish country pub, and one that is right up our street. Think lovely large summery garden, #inlovewithlocal ales and gins and a fab gastro restaurant. Their mouth-watering menu has summer holiday vibes – salt & pepper Brixham squid, lobster & chips, locally-sourced charcuterie boards. Bring it on.
Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn
The Three Tuns has a lovely, dog-friendly beer garden with a boules pitch for summer-tastic drinking. This freehold village pub has won accolades for Best Sunday Roast EVER and Favourite Local Pub, so it’s no surprise that great food is a biggie here, from small bites of cauliflower cheese croquettes to rare Bavette steak. The food is prepared by Chef Proprietor James Wilsey, who strives to serve honest, beautifully cooked, full flavour dishes. Ales come from around the Southwest, alongside a carefully selected wine list and a growing selection of small batch gins and other spirits. tunsfreehouse.com
A big Muddy tick goes to The Bull at Hinton, a proper ‘pub’ pub – family friendly, dog friendly, a fab play area for kids, and really, really great grub. The building is handsome and traditional – ancient stone that dates back to the 17th century, formerly an inn, a farm and a dairy (and apparently it has its fair share of ghosts!). But it is the food that stands out here – think traditional pub food, the best it can be, and great value for money – maybe ham, egg & chips or spring risotto. Produce is local as much as possible, they use their own home grown seasonal fruit, herbs and vegetables from their allotment, and it’s all cooked with an obvious passion. www.thebullathinton.co.uk
The Lamb, Hindon
Rock up at the uber-gorgeous village of Hindon in the West Wiltshire Downs (an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty no less and a mere stone’s throw from mighty megolith Stonehenge) and you’ll find everything you need in a country pub with rooms. Food is innovative yet delicious, with spring treats including chicken & leek pie with purple sprouting broccoli. The shady garden positively rambles. www.lambhindon.co.uk
The Old Ale and Coffee House, Salisbury
The Old Ale and Coffee House might have its roots firmly in town, but it has the coolest garden in Salisbury, near the Cathedral, (bookable beach huts, for goodness sake!), a garden bar, and an ourdoor TV showing the sport. If you ever make it inside, check out the full range of craft beers (they will bring them to you outside, promise), Bloody Marys to die for and over 30 different gins. Food is made from fresh ingredients, locally sourced, including Chalk Stream trout and Godminster cheese. . oldaleandcoffeehouse.com
The Bath Arms, Horningsham
Longleat has re-opened! And when you’re done with that you need to hot-foot it to The Bath Arms, a lovely summery hideaway tucked in the shadow of the safari park, the perfect place to relax and unwind. The food is locally sourced and seasonal wherever possible, with meat and game often from the Longleat Estate and local farms and fish landed daily on the south coast. There is currently all day outdoor dining Friday-Sunday in their garden and marquee, with the cosy inside preparing for a May opening. batharms.co.uk
The White Horse Inn, Compton Bassett
Set deep in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, this gorgeous freehouse has not only 4 AA stars but also 2 rosettes, is perfect for visiting Bath, Chippenham and Marlborough, and is a great base for walkers looking to explore the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
The George Inn, Longbridge Deverill
Nothing beats a cosy, classic pub – and The George Inn is exactly that. Situated on the banks of the River Wylye in the charming village of Longbridge Deverill, The George Inn is a traditional coaching inn with delicious food and a well-stocked bar. They have no less than an acre of grassland, so plenty of tables for all. the-georgeinn.co.uk
The Dog and Gun, Netheravon
Located in the heart of Salisbury Plain, the Dog and Gun is everything a great country pub should be, plus it’s got a truly Muddy vibe with a really quirky atmosphere. A pub rescue project, it was set to be redeveloped in 2018 but the sale to the developers fell through and the a local family stepped in, carrying out a Grand Designs project with the help of friends and volunteers. And now – hey presto! It’s a rocking pub perfect for drinks, dinner and Sunday lunch. thedogandgunnetheravon.co.uk
The Radnor Arms, Coleshill
This cosy country pub is located in the National Trust village of Coleshill on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border. When possible seasonal produce comes from the family’s organic farm and other local artisan suppliers. It’s a unique place where the entire village and pub (apart from one manor house) is owned and managed by the National Trust. There are some lovely walks, a stunning park, bluebell woods and the estate country house at Buscot. Fans of The Cricklade Club may recognise their style, as they have some investors and a funky vibe in common. theradnorarms.co.uk