Wine and dine in a historic market town
An astonishingly ancient building dating back to 1452 houses The Peppermill in the market town of Devizes.
As you’d expect, the five-star boutique hotel has many authentic features, although its sage-hued paintwork, blonde-wood floors and exposed brickwork lend a smart and modern vibe.
The locally run and much-loved small hotel is open to non residents who head there for the laidback vibe, home-from-home hospitality, great food and stonking wine and drinks lists (it scooped Trencherman’s Best Bar List 2020). Classic cocktails such as Cosmopolitans are best sipped in the wine and cocktail bar or out in the pretty courtyard garden.
People travel for miles to dine in the à la carte restaurant where chefs Declan Mcardle and Benjamin Gale craft two AA rosette dishes in an open kitchen.
Fish lovers appreciate creations such as Gigha halibut with baked hispi and fish cake lavished with a chicken butter sauce, while carnivores relish dishes based around the likes of Wiltshire pork tenderloin, lamb rump, and chicken supreme. Plant-based diners savour flavour combos like broccoli and gochujang fritters with white bean puree and hasselback beetroot. Fish, veggie, charcuterie and cheeseboards are best paired with delicious sips from a wine list which includes 14 by the glass. Detailed tasting notes also help guests find something delicious to pair with tapas dishes such as spicy chicken-thigh bites and whole baked camembert.
Trencherman’s tip: those staying over at The Peppermill should plump for the Queen Anne Bridal suite with its four-poster bed and oodles of charm.