Top 100 gastropubs 2022 revealed
Hot off the presses! Estrella Damm has revealed its pick of the best gastropubs in the UK with four Wiltshire spots making the list - but has your local favourite cut the mustard?
Hankering after pan-fried trout/crispy pork belly/stick toffee pudding, washed down with some fabulous vintage from the perfectly selected wine list? Read on!
With the timing perfection of an expertly cooked fillet steak, along comes The Estrella Damm list of the country’s finest gastropubs, with two Wiltshire gastros in the top 50 and a further two making the top 100.
So here they are, Wiltshire’s best gastro pubs. We’ll race you to the table.
The Longs Arms, South Wraxhall (No. 24)
Just seven miles from Bath, South Wraxhall is a charming village with this pub at the very heart of it. It serves unpretentious, season food and gets a big tick in our book because they serve burgers and pub fare on Sundays, not just roasts (because sometimes you’re simply not in the mood for all the trimmings!)
Try this: The venison Scotch egg can’t be beaten, especially when you’re in the market for a quick snack rather than a full meal.
The Castle Inn, Castle Combe (No. 36)
Castle Combe is one of the prettiest villages in England, with Cotswold stone buildings and chocolate box cottages as far as the eye can see, but a cute Insta-pic isn’t the only reason to come. The village’s Castle Inn makes it’s debut on the Best Gastro Pubs 2022 list this year, and for good reason. Inside it rustic, 12th century walls you’ll find all sorts of fancy fare, all for less than £20 a main.
Try this: Garlic and nettle stuffed porchetta with celeriac and Cotswold cider, £16
The Potting Shed, Crudwell (No.72)
A stone’s throw away from the much-loved (and ultra-fancy) Rectory Hotel, sits this charming bolthole, a favourite of Prince William and Kate Middleton when they were dating. If it’s good enough for them… The Potting Shed is undeniably lovely all year round, but it really comes into its own as the frost sets in, with thick Cotswold stone walls and flickering log burners keeping you snug under the high, beamed ceilings.
Try: The twice baked double Gloucester soufflé to start
The Bath Arms, Longleat
Located on the edge of the Longleat Estate, this place is now part of the same stable as some of the region’s best gastropubs – The Talbot Inn in Mells, The Lord Poulett Arms in Hinton St George, The Beckford Arms in Tisbury, etc) – so no surprise to see it on the list. The beautifully restored inn serves up brilliant British classics and has 16 gorgeous rooms – and very handily, they’re offering a 25% discount on all stays between 1 Feb to 18 March.
The Baths Arms serves everything from out-of-this-world wines and cocktails, to locally sourced meat and game to south-coast fish, all deliciously fresh and tempting. It’s the perfect pub to call into after your can has been ravaged at the nearby safari park – you really do deserve that glass of red.
Try: Pan fried hake, creamed leeks, butternut squash, smoked beetroot puree, salted popcorn £18.50
Fancy nipping over the border? Better make a reservation at one of these beauties…
The Beehive, White Waltham
The Loch & Tyne, Old Windsor
The Hind’s Head, Bray
The Baliwick Free House, Wick
The Miller of Mansfield, Reading
The Bell Inn, Langford
The Nut Tree, Murcott (No. 58)
The Kingham Plough (No. 76)
The Magdalen Arms, Iffley (No. 79)
The Kensington Arms, Redland, Bristol (80)
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