Tradition and style run through the mortar that keeps the bricks of the Beckford Arms in Gifford.
Just a twenty minute drive away from Stonehenge and Salisbury, it’s worth the visit to witness the classic pub environment that comes alongside the seasonal menus.
From whole suckling pigs to the pub’s own hams with piccalilli, dishes ooze with tradition.
If you’re not looking for a pork pie and a pint, though, there are plenty of more refined dishes on offer.
The menu changes daily, but expect food such as pigeon with bacon, black pudding, roasted quince and hazelnut vinaigrette; seared mackerel with pickled cucumber, dill mayonnaise, capers and shallots; and river Exe mussels with shallots, white wine and cream, to start.
For a meat-free main, dishes can include spelt risotto with New Forest wild mushrooms, egg yolk and Berkswell hazelnut and balsamic vinaigrette.
Something a little meatier? Try the salt beef, roasted roots, Bromham greens, mash, gherkin and roasted juices. Previous meaty dishes include red wine braised ox cheek with mash, root vegetables and bone marrow fritters. There are also a plethora of sides to choose from, which come for just an extra £3.50 each.
Dessert is also well-thought out and beyond the standard sticky toffee pudding you might expect. They have included, white chocolate cheesecake with blackberries and honeycomb; meringues with hazelnut and chocolate cream, caramel and toasted nuts; and dark chocolate fondant with caramelized pistachios and cinnamon ice cream.
Just as important as food to this gastropub is, the drinks offer is also well-thought out and there’s a healthy and interesting range of local ales, as well as quality lagers and wines.
Perhaps you want something a little more cosmopolitan to compliment the pub’s unique style, then there’s also a selection of cocktails, including the Beckford Belini, made with locally-produced peach liqueur and the Beckford Bloody Mary, which is made using horseradish grown in the pub’s garden.