Lovely Beer at 'the Gammon'
Muttley's Boozer's Guide -
Pedal or Plod your way to a Pint!
In Walking Distance
The Bruce Arms, towards Easton Royal
A 20 minute walk through the meadows takes you to this charming Victorian alehouse. Known locally as 'The Gammon', this is a great little pub, full of character, and characters, which has changed little over the past century. Under new management, there's food available although we haven't tried it yet! There's always a selection of well-kept real ales, ciders and lagers, along with a good selection of wines, spirits and snacks. A local with a friendly clientele who will welcome you (and your dog). There are usually only a couple of conversations going on here, and you'll probably get involved in one of them!
The Royal Oak, Wootton Rivers
Head eastwards along the canal towpath until you get to Wootton Rivers Lock, a really lovely 45-minute walk, and rest your feet in the 16th Century Royal Oak - a pretty, thatched pub in the heart of the village. Real ales from the Ramsbury and St. Austell breweries head up a great variety of beers, wines and spirits. There's no shortage of choice when it comes to food, either... from light bites to 3-course meals, the Oak has something for everyone. Food served all day at the weekend. A great place to watch the 6 Nations rugby, usually with a noisy bunch of locals! By car, leave the farm and turn right, right and right, or alternatively left, left and left - it's about 5 minutes, either way, or an easy 15 minutes by bike.
The Waterfront Bar and Bistro, Pewsey
Turn westwards along the canal towpath for this one, and carry on for a couple of miles to Pewsey Wharf, with Martinsell Hill as a backdrop a mile or two to the north. It's another lovely Wiltshire canalside walk, rewarded with a stop at the Waterfront - a quirky, upside-down pub and Bistro, with an upstairs bar offering well-kept guest ales and plenty more besides. Good food downstairs, with an ever-changing uncomplicated blackboard menu. Food available all day, but closed on Monday lunchtime and all day Tuesday. Sunny beer garden next to the canal. By car, head to Pewsey, turn right towards Marlborough, and turn right again just before the canal bridge. 20-25 minutes by bike, via towpath or Pewsey.
The Shed Alehouse, Pewsey
Pewsey's smallest pub, with compact seating for a dozen or so, offering an eclectic mix of micro-brewery beers, and an equally eclectic clientele. Turn right at King Alfred's statue, and it's just up the road on your right. Perfect for those who prefer something a little adventurous and different. 45 minutes on foot, or 15 by bike. Very handy while you're waiting for your takeaway Indian, Chinese or Kebab!
On yer Bike!
The Golden Swan, Wilcot
Just beyond Pewsey, turning left 300 yards past the station. The friendly Golden Swan pub offers well-kept Wadworth beers which go down well with easy-going home-cooked food! Big platefuls at a very affordable price, and great Fish & Chips, or you can book in for the Steak Nights on the last Friday of every month. At 4 miles, it's a good one for cyclists, and it's only a couple of hundred yards off the canal towpath.
The Swan at Wilton
A charming and friendly village pub about three miles beyond Burbage, half a mile off the A338, this is an absolute must if you're cycling around Crofton and Wilton Windmill, and need a little sustenance to keep the pedals turning. The Swan boasts a good menu and specials board with outstanding food, beautifully presented. If beer or cider are your thing, you won't be disappointed either; real ales from the barrel are complimented by an excellent range of ciders, with Bath Ales' Sulis and St Austell's Korev West Country lagers on tap too.
About 6 miles from the farm - 45 minutes by bike, longer if you follow the towpath. 15 minutes by car.
The Kings Arms, All Cannings
Set off the back road to Devizes, just past the iconic White Horse at Alton Priors, the Kings is nestled in a side lane off the street in All Cannings. An excellent menu, combined with a Specials Board, forms the basis of superb home-cooked food, using locally sourced ingredients, while the bar boasts a fine selection of Wadworth's beers, kept and served to perfection. A very friendly locals' pub (where dogs are welcome!) occasionally graced by rock stars of the past who played at the annual (but now discontinued) Concert at the Kings. An array of photos around the pub bear testament to seven years' of concerts, and the big names who have appeared there.
Up to an hour each way by bike - 8 picturesque miles - or 15 minutes by car..
The Crown & Anchor, Ham
Head east on the main road to Burbage, and join the A338 towards Hungerford. The pretty village of Ham lies just past Shalbourne, and is a 20 minute drive from Totteridge Farm. The Crown & Anchor is at the heart of the village, with homely and stylish surroundings, beautiful oak panelling and flagstone flooring. The web site refers to 'Exquisite Food and Drink' and we couldn't agree more! Fabulous Sunday Roasts from £32 (2 courses), £39 (3 courses), and an A-La-Carte menu for the rest of the week. Superb cuisine, using the finest seasonal ingredients, often locally sourced, to create dishes that celebrate traditional British cooking with a contemporary twist. And all rounded off with superb wines and impeccable service. Book in advance on 01488 503040. Not the cheapest; worth every penny!
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