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The Beckford Arms

Tisbury, Wiltshire

A wonderfully unpretentious country pub with stylish rooms and lodges at great rates

The Beckford Arms is many things to many people. To foodies, it's a great restaurant and laid-back bar. To city folk, it's a perfect weekend retreat, offering comfy rooms and countryside walks. To locals, it's a favourite pub for a relaxing pint, and shooters, beaters and landowners prop up the bar. Owners Dan and Charlie (who formerly ran Babington House) are genuinely welcoming, and the ambiance is easy.

Just 2 hours from London, the ivy-coated Beckford is set on Wiltshire's rolling Fonthill Estate, with walks leading out from its duck-egg blue front door. The country pub essentials are all in place: wooden beams, pewter mugs, local ales and log fires. But there are also potted bay trees, wrought-iron lanterns, Le Creuset sugar bowls and Bloody Marys made with homegrown horseradish. It's upmarket yet refreshingly down to earth, especially where the prices are concerned. Couples love the hideaway location and it's a good option for families, with a large garden and a play area. As we said, many things to many people.

Guest Ratings

Room:
92%
Food:
94%
Service:
98%
Value:
92%
Overall:
94%

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Reviewed by Michael Brandon

Highs

  • Well placed for exploring Wiltshire and surrounded by classic English countryside
  • Fantastic value for money: elegant rooms and little extras, including a free Bramley product for i-escape guests
  • Fabulous food ranging from fine restaurant fare (pan-fried pollock with cauliflower purée) to upmarket pub grub (cider-battered fish and chips and game pies)
  • Flexible accommodation: cosy rooms, a family suite and romantic lodges (with kitchens) just down the lane
  • Great service and a warm welcome that puts you instantly at ease

Lows

  • This is a working pub, so a certain level of noise does make its way up to the rooms until closing time
  • Some of the rooms are very small (Room 2 in particular)
  • No storage / hanging space for clothes
  • The lodges are a 10-minute walk down a country lane (no pavement or street lights) on private parkland. It is therefore subject to separate booking terms, which will be sent during the enquiry process

A country pub, a restaurant and a comforting place to stay...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailThe Beckford ArmsThe Beckford Arms is many things to many people. To foodies, it's a great restaurant and laid-back bar. To city folk, it's a perfect weekend retreat, offering comfy rooms and countryside walks. To locals, it's a favourite pub for a relaxing pint, and shooters, beaters and landowners prop up the bar. Owners Dan and Charlie (who formerly ran Babington House) are genuinely welcoming, and the ambiance is easy. Just 2 hours from London, the ivy-coated Beckford is set on Wiltshire's rolling Fonthill Estate, with walks leading out from its duck-egg blue front door. The country pub essentials are all in place: wooden beams, pewter mugs, local ales and log fires. But there are also potted bay trees, wrought-iron lanterns, Le Creuset sugar bowls and Bloody Marys made with homegrown horseradish. It's upmarket yet refreshingly down to earth, especially where the [i!rates#!prices] are concerned. Couples love the hideaway location and it's a good option for [kids:UK119:families], with a large garden and a play area. As we said, many things to many people.

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