Wiltshire is a county bursting with brilliant restaurants, pubs and cafes. From Salisbury where you can sample award winning eateries, to the rural village pubs with farm-fresh produce, there is something for every occasion.
Put your feet up and relax at a top restaurant during your stay in your Wiltshire holiday cottage, as we guide you through everything from romantic meals, to dining with kids in our guide to where to eat in Wiltshire.
If you are staying in a holiday cottage and need to feed the family, finding a place to eat can be quite a challenge. You need somewhere that everyone can agree on. Somewhere which is good value, tasty and welcoming. So we have given you a couple of options for places to eat in Wiltshire with kids.
Café Diwali, Salisbury
Café Diwali is a warm and welcoming restaurant in Salisbury dishing up an award-winning menu of Indian street food. Indian born Rasheed and Bartkath bring a taste of their birthplace to Wiltshire, with a traditional and authentic way of cooking producing some of the finest Asian plates you’ll find in the county.
With a colourful and dynamic menu, there is something for the whole family at Café Diwali. Don’t expect the British take on curry, this is the real way to cook and savour Indian cuisine.
The Greek Olive, Swindon
You can guarantee a number of things from a Greek restaurant and one of them is passion. The Greek Olive has this in the bucket load. The family-run establishment has brilliantly exploited a gap in Swindon’s market, filling it with classic Mediterranean cuisine.
This is the place to go for a hearty, happy and social dining experience. Mealtime in Greece is all about sharing, talking and having fun and now you can experience all of this in Wiltshire.
Il Vello d’Oro
Located in the picturesque village of Shaw, close to Melksham, Il Vello d’Oro is perfect blend of one of Britain’s favourite establishments and their favourite type of food. A pub and Italian restaurant, you can get a delicious Sunday lunch here, or try a series of satisfying pasta and pizza dishes.
Balanced with not only a great selection of local beers, but an extensive wine list, Il Vello d’Oro bring together two very different eating experiences perfectly well.
Romantic meals in Wiltshire
But what about the couple heading to their holiday cottage wanting to go for a romantic meal in Wiltshire? Why not try these two…
Jacks @ Hartham Park
Offering estate to plate produce, Jack’s @ Hartham Park has been gaining a very positive reputation as one of the finest independent restaurants in Wiltshire. Set within a stunning 18 century mansion and its grounds, Jack’s has a brilliant blend of excellent service, dishes and location.
Lead by Michelin starred chef Jamie Hirst, everything here is hand made in the restaurant, even the tomato ketchup. Hirst’s dishes come in all shapes and styles, with everything from Mediterranean influenced meals to classic Sunday roasts. Come for an exquisite dining experience before exploring the grounds on a romantic date.
The Langley Tap
Priding themselves on local, seasonal and responsibly sourced ingredients, The Langley Tap offers a delicious selection of traditional and modern dishes including succulent game dishes and a number of fish specialities.
Freshly prepared, The Tap is dedicated to cater for every taste and every need. With regular themed nights, it now hosts tapas nights on the last Thursday of every month, as well as pie nights and more.
The Long Arms
Just seven miles from the historic city of Bath lies the quaint village of South Wraxall, home to The Longs Arms. This beautiful country pub covers all of the classical elements of a pub excellently. Winner of the Best Gastro Pub 2016 in the Bath Life Awards, as well as the Best Chef and Best Food Pub Finalist at the Food Reader Awards 2016, amongst others, the menu changes depending on the time of year, but we’re sure you’ll find something to suit your palate.
The Bridge Inn
For a peaceful pub with a large garden overlooking the countryside and canal, opt for the Bridge Inn. The buildings date back to around 1800 when it was formerly a busy family farm. In 1810 it was extended with a flour mill and bakery.
As well as the garden, the pub features a play area, decking which overlooks the Kennet and Avon Canal and a designated dog bar for your four-legged friend. This is the perfect place for those looking to make the most of the wonderful Wiltshire countryside, with a number of walks and cycle paths around the pub. Offering pub classics, all you can eat pizza and Sunday carvery, join the folks at The Bridge Inn for a great meal in Wiltshire.
The Milk Churn
Having opened in July 2014, The Milk Churn in Melksham has gone from strength to strength. The area has a rich farming heritage and this pub manages to maintain this, with an in-keeping design and building. Inside you can find a large bar serving a range of ales, wines and lagers, as well as a comfortable lounge and dining area.
The menu delivers a brilliantly modern take on pub classics, with hand-battered fish, a steak and tanglefoot pie, Sunday roasts and many more. Why not head down on a Saturday between 10am and 4pm for brunch?
Michelin Star restaurants
The Harrow, Little Bedwyn
Established 18 years ago, The Harrow received its first Michelin Star back in 2006 and has rightfully managed to retain it every year since. It is among the most highly-acclaimed restaurants outside of the capital, boasting three AA Rosettes and was listed as one of The World’s finest Wine List for a third year, as well as the AA Restaurant of the Year in 2011.
The ingredients that make the foundations of their restaurant are all sourced from “real” farmers. Seafood is used from sustainable boats, while endless sourcing and tasting missions allows the team to discover the finest produce from across Britain.
Choose from three menus: the 5 course Set Lunch, 6 course Tasting Menu and the 8 course Gourmet Menu. Each of these changes depending on the time of the year, as the dishes reflect the best seasonal ingredients available to the kitchen at the time.
The Dining Room, Whatley Manor
A double Michelin star restaurant, The Dining Room at Whatley Manor has held its stars since 2009, having gained its first in 2005 with Martin Burge at the helm. Burge has now left – replaced by Niall Keating, who has worked at Sat Bains, Benu and Kong Hans Kaelder in Copenhagen.
Set in an 18th century manor house with extensive grounds, the Dining Room’s menu was changed in 2015. Those looking for somewhere to eat in Wiltshire have a choice of three different seven course tasting menus, with one being vegetarian. But with every great meal should come a great wine. Choose from any of the 650 labels, including German Riesling.
The last thing you want to be doing in your Wiltshire holiday cottage is worrying about where you can eat. So regardless of whether you want comfort food at an award-winning pub, a romantic meal with your partner, somewhere to keep the kids happy, or a luxurious Michelin star shaped dining experience, our guide will help you figure know where to eat in Wiltshire.