Pubs Near Lacock Village
Lacock is a classic British village, with easy walking paths, babbling brooks, and plenty of instantly-recognisable sights from popular TV shows and films.
While film-spotting in Lacock Village, take a break at one of our local pubs for a pint of award-winning Butcombe beer and a classic pub meal, made from locally-grown ingredients.
Pubs and inns near Lacock Village
After a day exploring the historic village of Lacock, take a break at one of our nearby pubs and enjoy a locally-sourced classic pub meal washed down with an award-winning pint of Butcombe beer or refreshing local cider.
The Methuen Arms
The Methuen Arms in Corsham is a cosy country pub dripping with history. A former nunnery-turned-coaching inn, the pub has retained many of its original features, from beautiful stone fireplaces to exposed stone walls and big beams, whilst outside has been converted into a spacious beer garden, perfect for the warmer months. With great food at its heart, the pub restaurant serves up an ever-changing menu of seasonal food for guests to tuck into, each dish perfectly accompanied by the excellent selection of beers and ales on offer.
The Horse & Groom
Found in the pretty village of Charlton, The Horse & Groom is a Grade II-listed pub packed with character. Having recently undergone a full refurbishment, the pub features a stunning new dining room, which serves up a delicious food menu focused around seasonality and exciting takes on traditional pub classics, and with a tree-sheltered lawn and surrounding paddock, the pub has plenty of room for al fresco drinking and dining.
The Quarryman’s Arms
The Quarryman’s Arms in Box Hill is a family-friendly country pub, boasting incredible views of the Box Valley. The Quarryman’s restaurant offers a selection of exciting takes on traditional pub classics, alongside award-winning pies, sausage rolls and the best Sunday roast in the area, whereas behind the bar is an excellent selection of ales, craft beers, local ciders and wines to sample. Guests can also take advantage of the pub’s newly-covered and heated beer garden, which is ideal for al fresco drinking and dining all year round.
The King’s Arms
Positioned in picturesque Melksham, The King’s Arms is a traditional pub dating back to the 18th century. With a passion for great food and drink, guests can expect a superb selection of award-winning Butcombe beers and ales to choose from, alongside a delicious seasonal food menu crafted from the finest, locally-sourced ingredients.
The White Hart
Based in the village of Wroughton, The White Hart is a gorgeous, thatched pub boasting bags of character. Inside, the pub features charming, traditional interiors, whereas outside you’ll find a spacious beer garden, perfect for enjoying the pub’s tasty seasonal dishes and award-winning beers and ales al fresco style.
The Smoking Dog
The Smoking Dog is a charming, 18th-century pub on the High Street in the pretty Cotswold town of Malmesbury. With a delectable menu of seasonal dishes, an excellent range of ales and craft beers, and a widespread reputation for its warm atmosphere, The Smoking Dog is a popular pub amongst locals and one-off visitors alike.
A former 18th-century farmhouse, the Wiltshire Yeoman in Trowbridge is a family-friendly pub with bags of character. On the menu, it’s all about tasty, home-cooked food, whereas behind the bar you’ll find a cracking selection of local ales to enjoy. There’s also a sun-trap beer garden, perfect for al fresco drinking and dining during the summer months.
A brief history of Lacock Village
Formed by the Saxons, Lacock Village is named after the word ‘lacuc’ which translates as ‘little stream’, a description referring to the babbling brook that snakes its way through the village.
During the Middle Ages, the village grew into a bustling town, thanks to a thriving wool industry, and its position on the main Bristol to London road, at one point having its own mill and weekly market, along with three farms, a brewery, and a handful of pubs.
Lacock Village is now owned by the National Trust, who work to preserve the village’s medieval buildings, many of which are rented out as private homes to families that have lived there for several generations.
What to see at Lacock Village
Virtually untouched for over 200 years, Lacock Village has an abundance of fascinating medieval buildings to discover. With its charming traditional stone cottages, the old workhouse, the medieval tithe barn, the old lock-up and the village church, it’s easy to feel like you’ve travelled back in time when visiting!
Lacock also boasts a lovely shopping scene, with its selection of quaint antique, chocolate and soap shops, as well as a bakery and pottery.
No visit to Lacock would be complete without seeing Lacock Abbey, a magnificent 13th-century building, and former filming location for the likes of Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice!
Lacock Village on screen
Completely free of power cables, yellow lines and TV aerials, Lacock is a popular filming location for films and period dramas.
For a fee, the Lacock’s residents can clear its quadrangle of streets of cars, ready for the village to be transformed into the production’s era of choice, with many locals often standing in as extras when needed!
Lacock Village and Harry Potter
The most iconic production to have passed through Lacock over the years has to be Harry Potter, with the village providing a magical backdrop for several of the franchise’s films. Potterheads looking to retrace the steps of their favourite characters should visit:
- Harry Potter’s parents’ house (found at the end of Church Street), glimpsed briefly during the flashback scene in the Philosopher’s Stone when Hagrid is explaining to Harry how his parents were killed
- Horace Slughorn’s hideaway (found along Cantax Hill), seen at the start of the Half-Blood Prince when Dumbledore whisks Harry away to Budleigh Babberton to convince the professor to return to Hogwarts
- Budleigh Babberton – just after Dumbledore and Harry have successfully convinced Slughorn to come back to Hogwarts in the Half-Blood Prince, they stroll down the streets of Budleigh Babberton (aka Church Street), and apparate at the end of one road (the intersection between Church Street and Cantax Hill).
Lacock Village and Downton Abbey
Lacock’s perfectly preserved appearance saw it picked as a filming location for popular period drama Downton Abbey.
In 2015, the village’s streets were magicked into a bustling market scene, complete with sheep, pigs and a 1-tonne bull, which was visited by the characters Lord and Lady Grantham.
In 2018, the crew were back to film a major scene for the highly-anticipated Downton Abbey movie, which involved a spectacular royal procession down one of Lacock’s picturesque streets, with real-life Lacock residents standing in to form the excitable crowd!
Lacock Village and Pride and Prejudice
Lacock stood in as the village of Meryton for the 1995 BBC series of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, providing the backdrop for the scenes that saw the Bennet sisters, in particular, Lydia and Kitty, seek out the latest gossip, shop for bonnets and attempt to attract the attention of the officers!