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The Langley Tap

A warm welcome awaits you in this cosy village pub with style near Chippenham.

Mark and Mark packed in their jobs and took over this village pub near Chippenham during Covid, and what a fantastic job they’ve made of it too, see full Muddy review here.

They’ve managed to create a real pub: locals at the bar, dogs lounging by the wood-burner, real ale and pub classics on the menu. So far, so English country pub. However these two have brought a couple of things all their own: a pleasingly pared-down style and a super-hospitable warmth.

Full of details that make us happy: scrubbed wooden tables, antique silver candlesticks; restrained but with the odd well-chosen flourish, like the monkey candlesticks we fell in love with. It’s traditional in the best sense, but without all that brass bed-pan tat that all too often comes with traditional pubs. It’s a style that has allowed the handsome bones of the place to shine – original chunky beams and warm bath stone set off by distinctive deep moss green paintwork.

The menu has all the classics done well: fish & chips, pies, burgers, sausage & mash, seafood pie; along with some highlights above and beyond pub expectations, such as homemade game paté and perfect treacle tart; and lots of more unusual vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options like pumpkin, sage & wild mushroom risotto. Some great wines by the glass start at a very reasonable £4.

New for this autumn is a funky converted horse box out front, serving fresh wood-fired pizza on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Eat in the spacious garden or take it into the bar if there’s room.

This is a nice area for walks, and the perfect pub for a pint at the end of one – a pairing Wiltshire does so well. The warm Langley Tap welcome is extended to dogs, so Fido can enjoy the walk too. Get down there and see just how great a village pub can be.

This month in Wiltshire

41 The Common, Langley Burrell, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 4LQ
01249 736449

Opening hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 12-3; 6-10
Wednesday: 12-3; 6-10
Thursday: 12-3; 6-10
Friday: 12-3;5.30-11
Saturday: 12-11
Sunday: 12-6

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