The Silver Plough
“Traditional country pub just outside Salisbury”
Leave a visit to nearby Stonehenge or Salisbury for later and break here at this traditional country village pub on the Clarendon Way linking the cathedral city with another, Winchester. Inside, its oak beams, old dark-wood bar, rustic furniture and adjoining rooms with log fires remain unchanged, although new landlords are now in charge of the beer pumps. It's a Hall & Woodhouse pub, so expect well-kept Badger Best, Fursty Ferret and Tanglefoot. On what is essentially a traditional pub menu you'll also find the less traditional seared scallops with roast watermelon, cockles and peas; pan-roast duck breast with cavolo nero and turnips; and loin of cod on crab risotto. Also here is one of Wiltshire's few remaining skittle alleys.
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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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