The Methuen Arms – Corsham, Wiltshire
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The enthusiasm and drive of The Metheun Arms’ hardworking, friendly team has secured the reputation of this former coaching inn, which was awarded its third AA Rosette as a first-rate local pub-restaurant on Corsham’s charming high street. An inn since 1608, its handsome façade is Georgian, in common with many of its neighbours, and at the back a pretty courtyard comes into its own in summer. There might be a convivial buzz in the bar downstairs (where the Duke of Edinburgh has 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, tall windows, tweed cushions and leather banquettes. Each of the 19 reassuringly calm bedrooms has comfy armchairs, Roberts radios, mini fridges, thick blankets and feather pillows. Also its award-winning GM and head chef, Leigh Evans, is a secret weapon. He chooses only local, top quality ingredients for the all-day restaurant to create seasonal dishes crammed full of exciting flavours.
Doubles from £140
+44 (0)1249 717060; themethuenarms.com