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Crown & Anchor, Ham, Wiltshire
At the heart of the idyllic Wiltshire village of Ham, that was once home to the Bloomsbury Group, the Crown & Anchor is a pub with rooms owned by a couple of local residents. The wood-panelled bar has plenty of character and every knick knack and framed picture tells a story. On a cold day, a seat beneath the old timber beams and in front of the fire is the place to be. The pub and adjacent cottage house eight comfortable and confidently-styled rooms, and the restaurant serves gastropub fare. The inn appeals to couples looking for a romantic country break in a traditional inn, as much as it does to families and walkers wanting to explore the AONB.
We loved the well-documented small- and medium-length walks available from the pub, through farmland and nearby villages. Bring suitable footwear and expect mud!
The inn is located in the middle of the North Wessex Downs. Downton Abbey fans will love that Highclere Castle is 25 minutes by car.
By car: over 1 hour from Bristol, 1 hour 45 minutes from London and 3 hours 30 minutes from Manchester. Free parking on-site.
By train: London Paddington to Hungerford takes under an hour. It's a 10-minute taxi ride to the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits walkers keen to explore the AONB, couples seeking a romantic country bolthole and families. We loved the smart, historic feel of the reclaimed wood-panelled room and the comfortable but stylishly-dressed bedrooms.
Service & Facilities
You can arrive here without knowing anything about the area, park up easily and set off on a hike within a matter of minutes.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Wansdyke Room has a high ceiling and beautiful old beams that meet above a king size bed. There are also three Cottage Rooms - two doubles and a twin - that sit just across the village green from the pub and are perfect for big families or groups.
Vale, Manor, Wansdyke, Doves, Prosperous, Cottage
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, desk, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We loved the appreciation and commitment to fresh, local produce shown by the kitchen. We recommend the pan fried salmon, with lemon gnocchi and tiger prawns.
Crown & Anchor: contemporary British cuisine, locally-sourced ingredients. Dishes include venison burger, pan-fried halibut and rib eye steak. Open Wed-Sat, 12-11pm and Sun, 12-4pm.