The Bath Arms at Longleat - Wiltshire
It’s not often that we will choose to jump in the car and head out of town midweek for dinner. Living as centrally as we do, it’s all too easy to wander into Bath of an evening and grab a bite to eat, especially when we have such a fantastic restaurant and café scene right on our doorstep! But it's fun to switch things up a bit sometimes, isn't it? So when Scott and I were recently invited to dine at The Bath Arms at Longleat, we were excited to take to the road and venture over to our neighbouring county of Wiltshire. Well, after all, it's not every day you can say you have spent an evening dining next door to sleeping lions!
The Bath Arms is a charming 18th century country inn which sits in the quaint village of Horningsham in Wiltshire. Located on the outskirts of Longleat Estate, within easy reach of Warminster and Frome, and just 20 miles from Bath, this cosy pub is definitely one to keep on your radar. And you want to know why? Well firstly, let's come in from the cold because it is frightfully chilly out there!
Arriving just a little before 7:30pm last Thursday evening, we were taken straight over to our table by a friendly waitress. Presented with the dinner menu, at first glance, we both agreed that there were a great choice of seasonal dishes to choose from, all of which appeared fairly reasonably priced too.
To wash down our three course feast, we opted for a bottle of still water and a soft drink for the designated driver (thanks Scott!)
Plus a chilled glass of Château De Campuget, Syrah Grenache Rosé (£4.75 for 175ml).
At this time of year, nothing beats a heartwarming soup. There's something very hygge about the simple pleasure of sinking your spoon into autumnal flavours and taking a really pleasing mouthful! Guaranteed to warm you up and make you feel cosy right away. So there was no stopping me from ordering this inviting ‘Soup of the Day’ (£4.50)...
Scott opted for the ‘Free Range Poached Duck Egg, Samphire Florentine, Parmesan Crisp and Truffle Beurre Blanc’ (£6.25). A cacophony of delicious tastes (anything coated in decadent truffle is always a good idea!)
For our mains, I chose the thoroughly well executed 'Local Venison Parmesan Crust, Butternut Squash, Kale, Truffle Mash and Wild Mushrooms Pan Jus' (£19.50). A harmonious balance of seasonal flavours that were beautifully cooked.
A perfect plateful of crimson venison which was sweet and tender. Its crispy, crunchy, caramelised coating of parmesan was truly sumptuous! Scooping up that rich sticky jus with the creamy truffle mash and veggies was lick-the-plate good. Don't worry, I definitely didn't though!
Scott was delighted with his choice of 'Wiltshire Pork Duo (Loin and Cheek), Parmesan Polenta Cake, Roast Apple Puree and Sage Jus' (£15.95).
A worthy crowd pleaser...
The textures were spot on; just cooked sweet carrots and tender stem broccoli, succulent pork loin and a generous wedge of gooey polenta cake.
Almost full to the brim, we could only manage one pudding to share! 'Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tart with Honeycomb and a Black Coconut Ice-Cream' (£6.50). What a treat it was, except for the black coconut ice-cream. I couldn't detect the taste of coconut, and it's dark, bold appearance was a bit unusual on the eye, so I wasn't sold on this unfortunately.
But, an imaginative, moreish salted caramel and chocolate tart nevertheless, and we enjoyed sharing it together. I will add that the portion size would have been too large just for me. So my tip would be to share a dessert if you kickstarted with a starter and a main.
There is certainly plenty to like about The Bath Arms at Longleat. We were impressed by the service and the love and care to source ingredients locally.
A telltale sign of a good pub is when it's almost bulging at the seams. So on this basis, we can safely say The Bath Arms is one to recommend to family and friends. For more details, you can visit the website here.
For this review, I was kindly invited by Wired Media Ltd and The Bath Arms - Many thanks for your generous hospitality.