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Timbrell’s Yard

Timbrell's stylish marriage of old and new houses an excellent restaurant, cool bar and luxe bedrooms all by the river in pretty Bradford-on-avon, making it a perfect mini-break destination.

Timbrell’s Yard is an elegantly renovated eighteenth century bath stone residence, nestled by the river in picturesque Bradford-on-avon. Done-up in 2015 by the Stay Original group, it houses a restaurant, bar and 17 funky bedrooms, where the ancient and the modern are seamlessly mixed. Some masterful design has produced an interior that’s somehow cosy, historical, cool and contemporary at the same time.

The bar – winner of Muddy Stilettos Best Bar in Wiltshire no less – happily accommodates everything from dressy nights out out and pint-drinking dog walkers to latte & laptop working hipsters. As well as the usuals, the extensive drinks list includes loads of gins and rums, local craft beers and some excellent sherries and cocktails that won’t break the bank. Our regular glass of white Verdejo is around a fiver. There is always a relaxed buzz about the place, with friendly staff who manage to combine a sense of occasion with an unstuffy kind of vibe.

You can eat in the bar, and you might like to beside the wood-burning stove, but there is also a spacious and airy two-roomed restaurant. In recent times the lively patio has been extended and covered to house yet another – and probably the most popular – dining area, with sheepskins and another large wood-burner adding to both comfort and style. The excellent food is broadly Modern British, with Middle Eastern touches (because this is 2021) – burgers and steaks are a strength, and there is always an inventive vegan option – like cauliflower steaks or spicy quash & chickpea cakes. Imaginative small plates are available all day, with an emphasis on local produce.

The bedrooms are a revelation – all different and all so stylish and cosy. We sampled the mezzanine room with it’s own little sitting room over-looking the river – and loved going upstairs to bed. Our fave over-night accessories are there: digital radios, Bramley bath products, flat-screen tv, bottled water, making for a super-luxe stay over.

Bradford-on-avon is the perfect destination for a chilled mini-break. Although there is a small car park, we’d be tempted to come on the train (station 5 min walk) and explore on foot. There’s plenty to do in the immediate area – see the ancient tithe barn, the gorgeous Barton Farm Country Park next door, paddle board or canoe, walk along the canal to the stunning Avoncliff Aqueduct and the Cross Guns Pub. If that all sounds a bit wholesome, the town is also full of indie shops and pubs. It’s only 15mins on the train to Bath, and this is probably a better choice than any in the city. We’re experts in the area, though we say it ourselves, so #muddywilts with your photos and we’ll send you current top tips. We just know you’re gonna love it here.

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49 St Margaret's Street, Bradford on avon, Wilts, BA15 1DE
01225 869492

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