Restaurants Near Lacock Abbey
There’s so much to see in Lacock Village, no shortage of rambling countryside walks along babbling brooks and through the quaint village, but a trip to Lacock Village would be incomplete without seeing the spectacular Lacock Abbey.
During your visit to Lacock Abbey, be sure to stop by one of our nearby restaurants for a delicious, locally-sourced classic pub meal and a pint of our award-winning Butcombe beer.
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Places to eat near Lacock Abbey
Offering delicious, locally-sourced meals and award-winning Butcombe beers and ales on tap, our range of restaurants near Lacock Abbey are the ideal places for a bite to eat after a busy day exploring the attraction.
The Methuen Arms
Similar to the nearby Lacock Abbey, The Methuen Arms in Corsham started out as a nunnery, before becoming a brewery and coaching inn in 1608. Foodies will love the pub restaurant’s seasonal menus, lovingly crafted with the finest, locally-sourced ingredients (including many from their own kitchen garden), as well as the delicious list of accompanying beers, ciders and wines.
The Horse & Groom
The Horse & Groom is a grade II-listed pub and restaurant located in the village of Charlton. Having recently undergone a full refurbishment, the inn boasts a gorgeous new rear dining room, plus a tree-sheltered lawn and surrounding paddock, perfect for al fresco drinking and dining in the summer months. Serving up a delicious menu of exciting takes on classic pub favourites, the pub’s restaurant has something to tickle all taste buds.
The Quarryman’s Arms
The Quarryman’s Arms in Box Hill is a family-friendly pub and restaurant with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. With food at its heart, diners can expect exciting takes on traditional pub favourites, as well as award-winning pies, sausages rolls and the best Sunday roast in the area, all accompanied by a fantastic selection of ales, craft beers, local ciders and fine wines.
The King’s Arms
The King’s Arms is a gorgeous, 18th-century pub and restaurant located in the lovely market town of Melksham. With a reputation for great food, the restaurant’s menu focuses around locally-sourced produce, seasonal ingredients and traditional pub classics, perfect for washing down with a pint of one of the many refreshing Butcombe beers on offer.
The White Hart
The White Hart in Wroughton is a picture-perfect thatched pub and restaurant offering bags of character. With a passion for great good and drink, the pub restaurant serves up delicious, seasonal dishes packed with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, perfect for enjoying within the pub’s charming interiors or large beer gardens, as well as a cracking selection of award-winning Butcombe beer.
The Smoking Dog
A classic Cotswold stone pub and restaurant located in beautiful Malmesbury, The Smoking Dog has developed a widespread reputation for its warm atmosphere and top-notch real ale offering. With a passion for great food, the pub restaurant boasts an ever-changing menu of modernised takes on traditional pub classics, each dish crafted with the finest, seasonal ingredients.
Located in Trowbridge, the Wiltshire Yeoman is an 18th-century pub and restaurant serving a delicious menu of fresh, home-cooked food. The pub’s huge beer garden is the perfect spot for al fresco drinking and dining during the summer, but as the nights turn colder, the pub’s indoor restaurant offers a cosy space for tucking into a warming meal whilst sampling the wide selection of local ales on offer.
A brief history of Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey is dripping with history, first starting out as an abbey and nunnery in the early 13th century, before the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII in the mid-16th century saw it sold off and converted into a family home.
The building continued life as a private residence, eventually becoming the home of William Henry Fox Talbot during the 19th century, who gifted the Abbey its name as the ‘birthplace of modern photography’ after he captured the first photographic negative in the building’s South Gallery in 1835.
The Abbey remained in the Talbot family until 1944 when it was given to the National Trust, who continue to maintain the Grade I-listed building to this day.
What to See At Lacock Abbey
Thanks to its previous incarnations as a monastery and country home, Lacock Abbey showcases a variety of architectural styles. Visitors can wander through the building’s medieval cloisters, and spot the unusual octagonal tower and Gothic-inspired entrance arch and Great Hall added by later private residents.
Former owner Wiliam Henry Fox Talbot’s amazing contributions to photography are celebrated in a museum found on the Abbey’s ground floor, whilst the gallery above hosts special photography exhibitions all year round.
As well as the building itself, the Abbey’s stunning wooded grounds are a must-see, and those with time to spare can venture into the surrounding village of Lacock to see its charming cottages, medieval buildings and an array of interesting local shops.
Lacock Abbey on screen
From Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice to Downton Abbey, the beautiful Lacock Abbey has stood in as the backdrop for a number of television and film productions over the years.
Lacock Abbey and Harry Potter
Lacock Abbey is a site of pilgrimage for Harry Potter fans across the world, after featuring in three of the franchise’s films. Notable filming locations include:
- The Abbey’s cloisters, which served as Hogwarts’ corridors in both the Philosophers Stone and the Chamber of Secrets
- The Warming Room, used as Professor Quirrel’s Defense Against the Dark Arts Classroom in the Philosopher’s Stone
- The Sacristy Room, which features as Professor Snape’s Potions Classroom in the Philosopher’s Stone
- The Chapter House, where Harry discovers the Mirror of Erised in the Philosopher’s Stone, and also doubled up as the study hall in the Chamber of Secrets where Harry listens in on his fellow students discussing whether he’s the heir of Slytherin!
Lacock Abbey and Pride and Prejudice
In the BBC’s mini-series adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel, Lacock Abbey’s interiors provided the backdrop for Pemberley, the grand country estate owned by Mr Darcy, whilst also standing in as Cambridge University for the scenes that depicted Mr Darcy’s time there.
Lacock and Downton Abbey
Whilst no scenes of the award-winning period drama were filmed at the Abbey, the surrounding village of Lacock has played host to the production twice!
In 2015, the picturesque Church Street provided the perfect period setting for a 1920s livestock market filled with sheep, pigs and a long-horned bull, which was visited by Lord and Lady Grantham.
In 2018, the production returned to the village to film a major scene depicting a royal procession for the much-anticipated Downton Abbey film, with real-life Lacock villagers standing in to form the excitable crowd!