We found this pub in the Good Beer Guide as we wanted somewhere for lunch with friends that was halfway between Salisbury and Oxford areas. Took the dog along for good measure and we were all made to feel extremely welcome as soon as we set foot through the door. As it happens it was the first warm and sunny day of 2018 so we ended up sitting outside and other pubgoers quickly joined us. Drinks soon arrived and we ordered from the interesting menu. When lunch arrived we were all taken aback by the quantity (never usually a problem for me) and, after tasting, the quality of the food. The mixed platters that they offer are all served on wooden boards - more like small doors! - and would easily feed two people We had the fish board ( whitebait fresh anchovy, smoked salmon, tempura prawns, mackerel pate, bread, butter, dips and salad supplemented by salt and pepper squid and potato skins from the starter menu, fish & chips, and I had a half chicken in piri-piri sauce with a pile of chips and salad (also served on a board). We ploughed through every delicious mouthful with relish.
The pub has a good local beer, cider and gin selection with some ales served direct from the barrel. The service was friendly and prompt and dog biscuits free on the bar for hungry pooches, and at £20 per head for food and drinks very good value for money.
An added bonus is the proximity of the pub to the Kennet and Avon Canal - good for dog walks, The Crofton Beam Engine Works - for Heritage Engineering/Steam buffs, The Wilton Windmill - last working windmill in Wiltshire and Wolf Hall - for Hilary Mantel fans.
All in all a grand day out.
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