Places To Eat Near Avebury
After a busy day exploring everything Avebury has to offer, you will not be far from many of our nearby Wiltshire restaurants. Whether you are looking for the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal or a refreshing drink to quench your thirst, our local Wiltshire restaurants offer mouthwatering menus for food and drinks.
The Bear Inn
Right on the edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll find The Bear Inn. Enjoy modern twists on pub classics in a historic pub with traditional features, rustic furnishings, a pleasant beer garden and a roaring open fire. Locals’ favourites on the restaurant menu include Baked Camembert, Butcombe Original beer-battered fish and chips, and, of course, Cirencester’s finest Sunday roast. Perfect for birthdays, events and meetings – or after a trip to Avebury!
From steamed mussels steeped in cider to Butcombe Original beer-battered fish and chips, you’ll find something you love at The Crown restaurant. Fancy something sweet? Try the decadent warm chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream, or a New York-style cheesecake with maple-roasted figs and blackberry sorbet. The perfect pick-me-up after a day exploring Avebury.
The Horse & Groom
The Horse & Groom restaurant is a charming, Grade II-listed gastropub set in the village of Charlton. Having recently undergone a full refurbishment, the pub boasts a brand-new dining room that serves stunning seasonal dishes and modern takes on pub classics. With a tree-sheltered lawn and surrounding paddock outside, it provides a perfect space for al fresco drinking and dining after a trip to Avebury.
The King’s Arms
Steeped in history, The King’s Arms restaurant is a cracking 18th-century pub located in the historic market town of Melksham. Serving delicious seasonal dishes, the gastropub is renowned for its great food, alongside its excellent offering of beers, ales and wines – the perfect place to unwind after a tiring day in Avebury.
The Methuen Arms
A former nunnery-turned-coaching inn, The Methuen Arms gastropub is a cosy country pub and restaurant dripping with character. Based a short drive from Avebury, foodies flock here from far and wide to taste the pub restaurant’s modern, seasonal dishes, crafted by a team of talented chefs who are dedicated to sourcing the finest local ingredients, and making everything on-site from scratch where possible.
The Northey Arms
The Northey Arms is a stunning pub and inn steeped in history, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We’re passionate about great food and drink, with an all-day food offer focused on seasonal, locally sourced produce and hearty pub classics. After spending the day in nearby Avebury, you’ll find plenty of award-winning Butcombe beer and cider and a wide range of wine and cocktails behind the bar to quench your thirst.
The Quarrymans Arms
Boasting incredible views across the Box Valley, the family-friendly Quarryman’s Arms gastropub in Box Hill has great food at its heart. The country pub and restaurant is renowned for its award-winning pies, sausage rolls and delicious Sunday roast – why not stop by to sample them after your day at Avebury?
The White Hart
Located in the heart of picturesque Wroughton, The White Hart inn is a beautiful thatched pub with spades of character. Passionate about great food, the pub’s restaurant is focused on local produce, seasonal ingredients and modern takes on pub classics. Behind the bar, it’s all about award-winning Butcombe beer – the perfect refreshing pint after a day at Avebury.
A Brief History Of Avebury
The stone circle at Avebury was constructed and adapted over many centuries, with it widely accepted that work began around 3000BC.
The purpose of the Avebury monument (and many other neolithic sites such as Stonehenge) is often the subject of debate, though many experts agree that it is likely that they were created as areas for ceremonies or rituals.
In the periods that followed, Avebury was targeted on multiple occasions. In the early 14th century, many of the stones were toppled by locals who believed that they were linked to the devil. By the 19th century, most of the stones had been removed – either due to the religious beliefs already stated, or had been broken down and used as building materials for nearby projects.
The Avebury Stone Circles
Avebury is a henge monument, with a diameter measuring almost 350 metres. The henge is not perfectly circular and the height fluctuates, indicating that it was excavated simultaneously in different sectors.
Outer Stone Circle
The Outer Stone Circle has a diameter of 330 metres and originally consisted of approximately 30 standing stones. It is the largest stone circle in the world.
Inner Stone Circles
Two additional stone circles are situated towards the middle of the Avebury monument. Although considerably smaller than the Outer Stone Circle, they are both substantial. The Northern Inner Stone Circle has a diameter of 98 metres, while the Southern Inner Stone Circle boasts a diameter of 108 metres.
There are two avenues at Avebury. The West Kennet Avenue, much of which still remains, begins at the southeastern entrance to the henge. The Beckhampton Avenue has only traces remaining, and begins at the henge’s western entrance.
Part of the Avebury World Heritage Site, Silbury Hill is a chalk mound that dates back to approximately 2500BC. It is estimated that more than 500,000kg of chalk and soil was used to create it, making it the largest artificial mound in Europe.
Despite dominating the immediate landscape and attracting visitors in their droves, no-one knows why Silbury Hill was ever built.
West Kennet Long Barrow
West Kennet Long Barrow is a neolithic tomb which makes up part of the Avebury World Heritage Site.
Although it is in excess of 5,000 years old, estimates suggest that it was only used as burial space for somewhere between 20-50 years.
The remains of more than 30 human skeletons have been excavated from the site, with experts using cutting-edge technology to determine that they all died in a relatively short period of time, and may have even died at the same time.
Avebury Manor House
As the name suggests, Avebury Manor House is a manor house that dates from the 16th century and is Grade I listed.
Situated less than 500 metres from Avebury Stone Circle, the manor house has been occupied by many famous names throughout the years.
Having been restored by Alexander Keiller in the 1930s, the manor house faced destruction in the 1950s during a time when scores of manor houses throughout the country were being demolished and rebuilt by their owners.
Fortunately, Avebury Manor House survived, and after changing hands several times in the subsequent decades, came under National Trust ownership in 1991.
Avebury Manor Garden
Adjoined to Avebury Manor House is the Avebury Manor Garden.
The garden has been designed to appear as a series of “rooms”. In alphabetical order, they are: Church Garden, East Garden, Half Moon Garden, Kitchen Garden, Lions Walk, Monks Garden, Orchard, South Lawn and Topiary Garden.
As the seasons change, so do the gardens, so if you can visit on more than one occasion throughout the year, you will be greeted by an ever-changing selection of annual plants.
Although Avebury is undoubtedly well-known for its stone circles, the village itself is a sight to behold.
In addition to Avebury Manor House, this delightful Wiltshire villages boasts two additional Grade I listed buildings.
St James’ Church and The Great Barn are both fine architectural examples from their respective eras, while Beckhampton House, West Kennett House and the Waggon & Horses pub have received a host of accolades between them, including being described as “picturesque” by Historic England.
Avebury On Screen
The stone circles of Avebury and the village have appeared on TV on multiple occasions.
During the 1970s, they were featured in Lucifer Rising, Children of the Stones and an episode of A Ghost Story for Christmas.
The stone circles were also featured in a movie from 1998 called “Still Crazy”, while in 2002 both the stone circles and the local village pub appeared in an episode of “Most Haunted”.