Ancient pub with modern ethos
A family-run pub in a rural town may be an unlikely setting for new-wave gastronomy, but it’s where talented chef Tony Casey plays with flavour, texture and style to create dishes that dazzle. He and his wife, Maylee Speller, took over The Bunch of Grapes in Bradford-on-Avon in 2018 and have since achieved a Michelin recommendation, The Good Food Guide entry and two AA rosettes.
Kickstart your visit with cocktails while you ponder whether to plump for à la carte or push the boat out with a five- or seven-course tasting menu. Either way, quality seasonal ingredients take centre stage in dishes such as pork belly and shoulder with turnip cake, spring roll, pak choi, purple sprouting and hoisin.
For those seeking something more casual, the bar menu offers the likes of salt and pepper squid with garlic mayo, chilli, lime and spring onion alongside pub classics. Whatever you order, keep your phone nearby to snap a photo before you dig in – Tony’s plating is eminently Instagrammable.
The interior styling is equally easy on the eye. An imposing bar with an impressive collection of spirits and glassware provides the central focal point while, on the first floor, striking blue walls and eye-catching artwork provide a visual feast to complement Tony’s dishes.
Trencherman’s tip: Swing by sister venue The Bunch of Bakes next door. This new addition to the business is the place to pick up handmade baked goods including flaky croissants and artisan bread.