Maddie and Leigh make a rare but winning mangement partnership – both professional and fun. Their enthusiasm and drive has secured the reputation of this former coaching inn, which was recently 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, 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 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.
Methuen is a stone’s throw from Bath. There’s also nearby Corsham Court, or Westonbirt Arboretum.
All of Leigh’s food in the restaurant! Afternoon Tea is also a winner, served in the cosy lounge.
Tickets to a Bath rugby game – the club was formed in 1865, making the oldest and most famous rugby club in the world.