Restaurants Near Lacock Village
Lacock is the archetypal quaint British village, with idyllic walking routes, serene rivers, and plenty of spectacular views.
While rambling about Lacock Village, take a break at one of our nearby restaurants for a mouth-wateringly delicious, locally-sourced classic pub meal and a pint from our impressive selection of award-winning Butcombe beers.
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Places to eat near Lacock Village
After a busy day exploring Lacock Village, pop into one of our nearby friendly restaurants to refuel with a locally-sourced, classic pub meal washed down with a refreshing pint of award-winning Butcombe beer or local cider.
The Methuen Arms
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. It is the perfect place to unwind after exploring the ancient village of Lacock.
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 Lacock Village!
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 Lacock Village.
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 Lacock Village.
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 Lacock Village.
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 at the nearby Lacock Village, 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 Quarryman’s 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 Lacock Village?
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 exploring Lacock Village.
A brief history of Lacock Village
Thought to have originated in the Saxon era, Lacock Village draws its name from the word ‘lacuc’ which means ‘little stream’, a description referring to the delightful brook that runs throughout the village.
The Middle Ages saw the village develop into a vibrant market town, thanks to a prosperous wool trade and its location on the main Bristol to London road, with its own mill and weekly market, as well as three farms, a brewery, plus a few pubs.
Since 1944, Lacock Village has been owned by the National Trust, who help maintain the village’s medieval buildings, most of which are rented out to families that have resided there for many generations.
What to see at Lacock Village
Largely untouched for over 200 years, a trip to Lacock can make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time! Take a slow wander through the village’s streets to discover its picturesque traditional stone cottages, the old workhouse, the medieval tithe barn, the old lock-up and the village church.
There are a handful of lovely village shops to pick up a souvenir, including quaint chocolate, soap and antique shops, as well as a working bakery and pottery.
A trip to Lacock wouldn’t be complete without visiting Lacock Abbey, a stunning 13th-century building, and previous filming location for the likes of Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice!
Lacock Village on screen
With its streets devoid of modern features like power cables, yellow lines and TV aerials, Lacock has become a go-to filming location for period dramas and films.
For a price, the village’s quadrangle of streets can be cleared of cars and converted into any era of choice, with local residents often standing in as extras!
Lacock Village and Harry Potter
Lacock has become a site of pilgrimage for Harry Potter fans across the world, after being used as a filming location for several of the franchise’s films. Must-see spots include:
- 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
Thanks to its largely untouched appearance, Lacock was chosen to star twice in the acclaimed period drama Downton Abbey!
In 2015, one of the village’s streets was morphed into a 1920s livestock market complete with sheep, pigs and a 1-tonne bull which was visited by the characters Lord and Lady Grantham.
In 2018, the production was back to film a major scene for the acclaimed Downton Abbey movie, which saw them take over one of Lacock’s streets with a spectacular royal parade, featuring many real-life Lacockians as the excitable crowd!
Lacock Village and Pride and Prejudice
Lacock was transformed into the village of Meryton for the BBC’s mini-series of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, standing in for the scenes that saw the Bennet sisters, particularly Kitty and Lydia, shop the latest fashions, fish for idle gossip, and seek the attentions of the officers!