The Methuen Arms – Corsham, Wiltshire
The enthusiasm and drive of The Methuen Arms’ friendly team has secured the reputation of this former coaching inn as a first-rate local pub and dining experience on Corsham’s charming high street. An inn since 1608, its handsome façade is Georgian, in common with many of its neighbours, including the stately home and beautiful grounds of Corsham Court. Food is front and centre here, with a focus on local, seasonal and sustainable produce, much of which is sourced from their own kitchen garden. Outside, a new covered and heated pergola terrace, donned with festoon lights and foliage, is the perfect spot for al fresco drinking and dining. And there might be a convivial buzz in the bar downstairs (where the Duke of Edinburgh once played skittles and darts with his compatriots from the Royal Arthur Petty Officer Training School in Corsham), but all is cool and harmonious in the decoration: Farrow & Ball colours, stone and wood floors, tweed cushions and leather banquettes. Each of the cosy 19 bedrooms are reassuringly calm with comfy armchairs and Roberts radios.
Doubles from £125
+44 (0)1249 717060; themethuenarms.com
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