Restaurants Near Corsham
From peacocks to Poldark, Corsham Court to Cotswold stone, there are many reasons to visit the historic market town of Corsham in Wiltshire.
Once you’re finished for the day in Corsham, pop into one of our welcoming Wiltshire restaurants where you can re-fuel with a delicious, locally-sourced classic pub meal and discover our excellent range of award-winning Butcombe beers.
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Places To Eat Near Corsham
With a history dating back more than 1,000 years, there is plenty to learn about Corsham. Many of our Wiltshire restaurants are within close proximity to Corsham, offering the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal made from locally-sourced ingredients or a refreshing drink after exploring this ancient market town.
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 Corsham.
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 Corsham.
The Methuen Arms
A former nunnery-turned-coaching inn, The Methuen Arms gastropub is a cosy country pub and restaurant dripping with character. Based in Corsham, 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 Corsham, 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 in Corsham?
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 in Corsham.
History Of Corsham
With Royal Saxon origins, Corsham was historically a centre for agriculture, but like many of Wiltshire’s towns, it developed a thriving wool industry during medieval times.
Even after the decline of the wool trade, the town maintained its prosperity through the export of Bath stone (also known as oolitic limestone). Initially quarried for local use, the stone was discovered in droves during the digging of the nearby Box Tunnel for the Great Western Railway, meaning there was not only enough stone to sell to other English towns, but also an easy way of transporting it thanks to the newly-built railway line.
Corsham has links to the literary world as the inspiration for Charles Dickens’ novel The Pickwick Papers, with the novel’s name is thought to be borrowed from Moses Pickwick – a Corsham local who ran coaches between Bath and London.
What To See And Do In Corsham
Corsham’s must-see attractions include Corsham Court – a Grade I-listed country house with a famous art collection and beautiful landscaped gardens. Elsewhere, the town’s historic High Street is home to an array of interesting and independent shops, mostly built from Bath Stone.
Other interesting sights include the Flemish Weavers Cottages – a row of Grade II-listed, 17th century houses situated at the end of the High Street. They were built for a group of Flemish weavers that had fled from religious persecution in their homeland and became integral to the town’s weaving industry. Corsham’s vibrant hub of music, theatre and art – The Pound – also shouldn’t be missed.
Visitors should also keep an eye out for Corsham’s famous peacocks, which roam freely from their home at Corsham Court throughout the town’s cobbled streets!
Belonging to the Methuen family for eight generations, Corsham Court is one of England’s finest stately homes.
Upon buying Corsham Court in the mid-eighteenth-century, Paul Methuen began transforming the Elizabethan manor into a setting for his collection of Italian and Flemish paintings. He commissioned Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown to design a picture gallery, which still houses the famous Methuen/Sanford art collection to this day, and features Old Master works by Van Dyck, Carlo Dolci and Lippi.
Corsham Court is surrounded by stunning gardens and parkland, again designed by Capability Brown, as well as a 13-acre lake.
Corsham On The Big Screen
Corsham has provided the backdrop for a number of film and TV productions, including The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Larkrise to Candleford and The Remains of the Day.
Most famously, the town featured in the BBC hit drama Poldark starring Aidan Turner. The High Street was reimagined as an 18th century version of the busy Cornish town of Truro, with modern shop fronts and neat parking spaces replaced by dirt-covered roads, rickety carts and wandering horses!