Creative country dining at Three Tuns Freehouse
Lunch at a “proper” country pub often involves a long walk or car journey to get there, so it’s good to have a couple of options that are, like Three Tuns Freehouse, in strolling distance of a train station.
This Great Bedwyn find is a favourite with locals and visitors for its friendly welcome, crowd-pleasing menu of modern dishes and lively line-up of South West drinks. Chef patron James Wilsey and partner Ashley took over the village inn in 2012 and have created a beautifully rustic setting in which they serve quality food and drink.
While James’ cooking is smart in presentation, his dishes riff on comforting pub classics such as crispy pork belly served as carnitas with gooseberry and avocado salsa, smoky chipotle cream and feta. The creative chef draws inspiration from around the world, as well as his time cooking in pan-Asian kitchens and renowned British gastro pubs, his travels through Italy and North America, and Ashley’s Texan heritage. Ingredients used in the creation of the seasonal menus are sourced, wherever possible, from very local producers.
‘It’s the food we cook for our family – the food we love,’ explains Ashley.
In spring, pair a leisurely lunch of truffled mac ‘n’ cheese or rare bavette steak with a postprandial wander through the nearby bluebell woods. In winter, cosy up by the log burner and console yourself with a bowl of excellent sticky toffee pudding. And, whenever the weather’s good, dine in the Three Tuns’ beautiful garden.