Pubs Near Castle Combe
Whether you’re exploring Castle Combe’s quintessentially British village or putting your driving skills to the rest on the track, pay a visit to one of our friendly Wiltshire pubs near Castle Combe, where you can sample our impressive range of award-winning Butcombe beers and re-fuel with a satisfying classic pub meal made with local ingredients.
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Pubs and inns near Castle Combe
After a busy day exploring Castle Combe, you deserve a pint of proper beer. Take a break at one of our nearby pubs, whilst enjoying a locally-sourced classic pub meal washed down with a refreshing pint of award-winning Butcombe ale or local cider.
The Methuen Arms
Formerly a nunnery, The Methuen Arms in Corsham was transformed into coaching inn and brewery from 1608, full of history and character. With a passion for great food and drink at its core, the pub serves up a mouth-watering menu of food lovingly made with ingredients sourced from its kitchen garden as well as a tasty range of award-winning beers and ales, perfect for sipping al fresco style in the pub’s spacious beer garden during the warmer months.
The Horse & Groom
A grade II-listed pub located in the picturesque village of Charlton, The Horse & Groom dates back to the 16th century and retains many charming original features, including its beautiful flagstone flooring and open fireplace. With a top-notch food menu and tasty beer selection, there’s something to tickle all taste buds, and with a tree-sheltered lawn and sun-trap paddock, the pub offers plenty of space for al fresco drinking and dining.
The Quarryman’s Arms
The Quarryman’s Arms is a family-friendly country pub and inn located in picturesque Box Hill. The boozer offers a mouth-watering menu featuring pub favourites made with the finest seasonal produce, as well as award-winning pies and sausage rolls, and the best Sunday roast in the area. Behind the bar, you’ll find a delicious selection of ales, craft beers, local ciders and wines, while outside the pub’s newly-covered and heated beer garden is ideal for al fresco drinking and dining all year round.
The King’s Arms
The King’s Arms is a charming, 18th-century pub located in picturesque Melksham. Whether you’re stopping by to sample their hand-pulled real ales, enjoy their menu of seasonal, home-cooked food or while away the hours in their inviting beer garden, you can be sure a very warm welcome awaits you.
The White Hart
Located in the village of Wroughton, The White Hart is a stunning thatched pub boasting bags of character. Expect traditional and charming pub interiors, large beer gardens, a menu packed with tasty seasonal dishes and a bar stocked with award-winning Butcombe ales!
The Smoking Dog
The Smoking Dog is a classic Cotswold-stone pub located in the heart of picturesque Malmesbury. Serving up delicious seasonal food and a great range of real ales, the family-friendly pub has developed a widespread reputation for its warm atmosphere.
Formerly a farmhouse dating back to the 18th century, The Wiltshire Yeoman is a vibrant, family-friendly pub situated in Trowbridge. The pub specialises in freshly-prepared home-cooked dishes, which are perfectly washed down with the excellent range of local ales on offer, and with both a roaring fireplace and extensive beer garden, you’re guaranteed to have a great time whatever the weather!
A brief history of Castle Combe
Castle Combe draws its name from a fort built by the Normans that once sat on top of the hill above the valley where the village now lies.
Like many villages in Wiltshire, Castle Combe prospered throughout the Middle Ages, thanks to the development of a booming cloth trade. The village was home to many weavers, who lived in the quaint, honey-hued cottages which remain the village’s standout feature today. Castle Combe became particularly prominent for its manufacture of a red and white cloth called ‘Castlecombe’ which was highly sought after in markets across the country.
What to see at Castle Combe
Perfectly preserved since the 1600s, there are many medieval features to spot throughout the village, including the Market Cross monument, the old village water pump, and a set of stone steps, which would have originally been used to help horse riders on and off their horses.
There’s also St Andrews Church, a Grade I-listed building founded in the 13th century and home to the oldest working clock in England today!
Castle Combe’s beautiful honey-coloured cottages, which once housed the village’s talented wool weavers, are a must-see; head to the bridge that crosses over Water Lane to see them from Castle Combe’s iconic viewpoint!
Once you’ve finished exploring Castle Combe up close, take a lovely country walk in the surrounding hills to appreciate it from afar. Head to the top of The Street to access a woodland footpath which will take you on a beautiful 5-mile circular route.
Castle Combe on screen
With a firm ban imposed by the National Trust on modern features such as satellite dishes and external wires being attached to its medieval houses, Castle Combe has changed very little over the past few centuries.
As a result, the village is a go-to location for film crews searching for authentic backdrops, with films such as Stardust, The Wolf Man and War Horse all shot there.
Castle Combe Race Circuit
Another huge draw to the area is the Castle Combe Race Circuit, a 3km long track that lies surrounding the perimeter of an old World War II airfield.
Built shortly after Silverstone in the 1950s, it’s one of the longest-running and best-known circuits in the country, and has attracted star names like Stirling Moss and John Surtees!