The Northey Arms
Bath Road, Box, Corsham, SN13 8AE
Once a hotel backing onto Box train station, The Northey Arms was lovingly transformed by actress Maisie Gay back in the 1930s. Rumour has it that guests in the early days could even find Noël Coward pulling pints behind the bar. The contemporary interior is light and airy, whilst still paying homage to the historical grandiosity of the building. Comfy sofas sit alongside bright leaded windows, while candlelit tables perfectly complement the period fireplaces. Outside there’s an extensive beer garden, with plenty of seating under the shade of centuries-old trees – perfect for whiling away a sunny afternoon. Guests with little ones will also appreciate the play area, complete with climbing frame and swings. There’s also a large car park for the convenience of guests. For those wishing to stay there are ten beautiful en-suite bedrooms and with such friendly staff you’ll never want to leave. If you're popping in for a drink there’s a wealth of options. Treat yourself to an elegant cocktail, order from the hand-picked wine list, or take advantage of the excellent selection of real ale, including a speciality pale ale courtesy of the local Great Western Brewing Company. It’s also worth knowing about the weekly Tuesday steak night and Thursday’s burger and pint special. We visited one evening, and the sumptuous à la carte menu lived up to our every expectation. We opted to start with the homemade bread du jour – a superb olive focaccia that brought back pleasant memories of focaccia I’d sampled in Sicily. To follow, I plumped for battered prawns with spicy Marie Rose sauce – lighter than air with the perfect crunch. My companion selected juicy seared scallops with a delicately spiced caulifl ower purée. Choosing a main wasn’t easy with so many mouth-watering options. We eventually settled on succulent and perfectly spiced Cumberland pork tenderloin and a rich coconut and spinach dahl. Every dish was as delicious as it was beautifully presented, and the experience was a treat for the senses. We finished with two indulgent puddings – a heavenly hazelnut sponge and a warm dark chocolate brownie – both presenting compelling and flavoursome reasons for a return visit.