Ash and Abi are that rare but winning combination, hotel managers who are both professional and fun. Their enthusiasm and drive have secured the reputation of this former coaching inn 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. Award-winning head chef Leigh Evans is the Methuen Arms’ secret weapon. He chooses only local, top quality ingredients for the all-day restaurant to create simple, seasonal dishes, crammed full of exciting flavours.
Doubles from £140
+44 (0)1249 717060; themethuenarms.com
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, in the newly decorated lounge.
Tickets to a Bath rugby game – the club was formed in 1865, making the oldest and most famous rugby club in the world.
CLAIM TO FAME
In living memory we know that the Duke of Edinburgh played skittles and darts at the ‘Methuen’, with the locals and his compatriots from the Royal Arthur Petty Officer Training School in Westwells. Corsham is also so pretty, that it was the backdrop for the first two seasons of Poldark.
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