The Pelican Inn
“Contemporary free house near the canal” - AA Inspector
This 17th-century inn is a well-known landmark on the A4, once the main coach road between London and Bristol. Only 300 yards from lock gate 70 on the Kennet & Avon Canal, it is popular with the boating fraternity, walkers and cyclists. It changes its real ales frequently, although Falling Star from Wickwar has long been a favourite, with Andwells, Box Steam, Ramsbury or West Berkshire alongside. There are three inviting restaurant areas in which to eat traditional pub favourites, such as braised faggots and caramelised onion gravy: pan-fried lamb’s liver and crispy bacon; Pelican fish pie; and the seasonal baked hake en papillote with buttered vegetables, plus steaks and burgers. Many of these, and snacks, are also available at lunchtime. There’s a on the first Friday of every month.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Main course from: £1
- Open all year
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About The area
A land shrouded in mystery, myth and legend, Wiltshire evokes images of ancient stone circles, white chalk horses carved into hillsides, crop circles and the forbidden, empty landscape of Salisbury Plain. To many M4 and A303 drivers heading out of London through the clutter of the Thames Valley, Wiltshire is where the landscape opens out and rural England begins.
Wiltshire’s charm lies in the beauty of its countryside. The expansive chalk landscapes of the Marlborough and Pewsey downs and Cranborne Chase inspire a sense of space and freedom, offering miles of uninterrupted views deep into Dorset, Somerset and the Cotswolds. Wiltshire’s thriving market towns and picturesque villages provide worthwhile visits and welcome diversions. Stroll through quaint timbered and thatched villages in the southern Woodford and Avon valleys and explore the historic streets of the stone villages of Lacock, Castle Combe and Sherston. Walk around Salisbury and discover architectural styles from the 13th century to the present and take time to visit the city’s elegant cathedral and fascinating museums. And if all of that isn’t enough, the county is also richly endowed with manor houses, mansions and beautiful gardens.
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