Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Nestled in the heart of the Woodford Valley, amidst riverside gardens, rolling countryside and the ancient sites of Heale House and Stonehenge, the Wheatsheaf is as loyal to its heritage as it is to its food. Unspoilt and charmingly traditional, the Wheatsheaf made us feel right at home as we settled in to sate a healthy appetite. After roaming the countryside, we felt it only right to begin with the garlic mushrooms on toast – a medley of mushrooms in a creamy garlic and white wine sauce atop toasted focaccia, it certainly left us warmed and satisfied.
At this Hall & Woodhouse establishment, you'll not only find their award-winning ales (such as Badger Fursty Ferret and Tanglefoot) propping up the bar, but also appearing throughout the menu, adding extra depth to many a hearty dish. My starter was followed by pressed confit duck, served with creamy mashed potato and a red wine gravy. I could taste the quality of the ingredients; and it offered a deep, delicious flavour that you only get with seasonal produce. Feeling suitably snug and tended to by the charming team, we decided to indulge in some of their famous mini-puds and were not disappointed. I'd recommend having all six, as each one is sublime, and it makes sharing a dessert much better - you get a bit of everything. The large garden is a great spot to enjoy sunny days in the fresh air, when the weather is kind. For the perfect meal to go with a perfect day out in Wiltshire, I'd certainly recommend the Wheatsheaf.