Best restaurants in Wiltshire

With its chocolate-box villages, traditional coaching inns and Palladian mansions, Wiltshire is a haven for holidaymakers who dream of a bucolic escape in English countryside. Here are six of the best restaurants in Wiltshire to ensure a delicious stay

Bunch of Grapes

The Bunch of Grapes, Bradford-on-Avon

Talented chef Tony Casey plays with flavour, texture and style to create new-wave dishes that dazzle at this family-run pub. In just five years, The Bunch of Grapes has achieved a Michelin recommendation, The Good Food Guide entry and two AA rosettes. Go à la carte or push the boat out with a five- or seven-course tasting menu.

The Bath Arms at Longleat

The Bath Arms at Longleat, near Warminster

Dating back to 1736, The Bath Arms is just two hours from London and 30 minutes from Bath – perfect for a lunchtime pit stop (you can bring the dog) or an elongated evening meal. Chef Jack Chapman makes the most of the abundant seasonal Wiltshire produce on the doorstep of this stylish country inn, including meat and game from the Longleat Estate.

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Colerne

This Palladian mansion near Bath offers Austen-esque escapism, yet it’s the food that has secured Lucknam’s reputation as one of the UK’s best country house hotels. Head chef Hywel Jones has enjoyed an 18‑year streak in the Michelin Guide, making his eponymous restaurant a gourmet bucket‑list destination. Combine your meal with a visit to the spa, gym or cookery school.

The Castle Inn, Castle Combe

Winner of Best Trencherman’s Pub 2023, the 12th century Castle Inn combines a picture-postcard Cotswolds location with a thoughtfully curated menu of seasonally inspired dishes. The knock‑out Sunday lunches, sourced from Origin Meats near Bristol, are especially noteworthy – book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Manor House

The Manor House, Castle Combe

The Manor House magic begins on the winding drive leading up to the 14th-century retreat. Executive chef Rob Potter has retained a Michelin star at its Bybrook restaurant since 2017 and crafts seasonal dishes which showcase local and British ingredients. His polished food is enhanced by expertly matched fine wines – stay the night in one of the sumptuous bedrooms to make the most of the sommelier’s exquisite pairings.

Sign of the Angel, Wiltshire

Sign of the Angel, Lacock

Could a 15th-century coaching inn in a National Trust village be anything other than charming? At Sign of the Angel, chef Dan Mack dishes up modern British cooking using sustainable produce from farmers, growers and butchers. A lunch offer of three courses for £35 is exceedingly tempting.

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Restaurant Hywel Jones, near Bath

Restaurant Hywel Jones

The thought of splashing £200 plus on dinner for two might make you wince, but every penny is well accounted for in the uber luxe Lucknam Park experience.

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