The Northey Arms
If you’re looking for a quaint countryside retreat, look no further than The Northey Arms. Ensconced amid the rolling hills of Wiltshire, it is the quintessential British pub, where visitors are invited to relax away from the hubbub of modern life.
Inside, the pub has undergone extensive renovation, transforming the venue into a charming hideaway. There is an open fire to warm visitors on cold evenings, a large garden space for sunny days, complete with a children’s play area, and a light and spacious dining area for patrons in search of a delicious feast.
The menu changes often, in line with the ingredients available. Head chef Chris Alderson, works closely with local suppliers to ensure that only the highest-quality produce is used at The Northey Arms, resulting in dishes that are impressive enough to have gained the attention of the AA and The Michelin Guide.
We were keen to sample the pub’s offering on our visit, and browsed the menu in the bar area while enjoying the house white. Once seated in the restaurant, our first course promptly arrived. I had the caramelised shallot and goat’s cheese tart paired with an apple, grape and celery salad, while my companion enjoyed the crayfish and avocado salad accompanied by a crab croquette, which was recommended by the waiter. Both proved excellent choices, and were beautifully presented as well as delicious. Our tastebuds awakened, we moved on to the main event. For me, this comprised pan-fried calf’s liver and bacon, artfully placed alongside honey-roasted carrots, spinach and Dauphinoise potatoes. Each component brought a new colour and texture to the dish, and the result was scrumptious. My friend seemed equally taken with her moules marinières, and even joked about drinking from the bowl to savour every drop of the creamy sauce. Although rather full from the first two courses, the temptation of the dessert menu proved too much and we shared the iced strawberry timbale. It was the perfect ending to a faultless meal, and we will undoubtedly return to sample more of the menu – and perhaps next time forgo the drive home and make use of The Northey Arms’ ten bedrooms, rated five stars by the AA.