The Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn - Marlborough
Visit Wiltshire recently got in touch to see if I would like to spend a day in the landlocked county of Wiltshire, to include a review of a local pub. Any excuse to get behind my camera and set to work documenting a delicious feast, and I'll happily be there! So off to the Three Tuns Freehouse Scott and I ventured last Saturday lunch time. Driving through broken sunshine and showers, we reached the quaint village of Great Bedwyn, just over an hour after setting off from Bath. Situated in east Wiltshire, and just 10 minutes from the historic market towns of Marlborough and Hungerford, the Three Tuns Freehouse proved to be the perfect place to pitch-up for the afternoon.
After being blown and buffeted about by the wind on our short walk over to this cosy village pub from the car, we gladly ventured into the warmth. I immediately breathed a quiet sigh of relief when I saw that our reserved table was located directly beside a window. From my own experience, the best possible place in a restaurant for a food blogger to dine is by a window, or, ideally outdoors (weather and restaurant space permitting!) Having natural light makes such a difference to the photos, although ideally you wouldn't want sun beaming down directly on your table. Natural, diffused light is what you want to look out for, and fortunately, that's what I got here!
As we perused the menu and waited for our order of lattes, we were treated to an antipasto platter...
A salty spread of various cold meats, warm fluffy focaccia bread, pickled gherkins and cucumber, slaw, and a rich olive oil and balsamic dip.
Homemade focaccia dunked in olive oil and sticky balsamic vinegar? Ah yes, that'll help beat those rainy day blues!
Swiftly followed by our lattes (£3 each), which did just the trick at warming us up.
Almost all of the food served is freshly prepared in-house by Chef Proprietor James Wilsey and his small team of chefs. From breads to hand-cut chips, ice-creams and homemade accompaniments, the menu changes daily and features local, seasonal produce too. I discovered here that Tom Parker Bowles described James and Ashley Wilsey's pub as; "three steps to foodie heaven". Let's take a look for ourselves then, shall we?
Scott soon eyed up the 'Stornoway Black Pudding Scotch Egg, Celeriac, Pear Salad and Crackling' (£7)...
The golden egg yolk oozed out onto the plate just as Scott hoped and the scotch egg was beautifully made. Thinly sliced pears, celeriac and salad leaves tossed together with a helping of crunchy crackling accompanied the main event. Gets my vote!
I chose the 'Beetroot, Tenderstem, Orange, Goats Cheese Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts' (£6.50)
Sometimes salads can be a bit of a let down on restaurant menus, but this salad was anything but bland and boring. All of the ingredients were thoughtfully considered. The tenderstem broccoli still had that crunchy bite I'd hoped they would, the orange segments added a zingy sweetness, the goats cheese gave the dish that creamy decadence, and the toasted hazelnuts added an extra delicious bite to each mouthful.
The portion sizes were very generous though, and my salad could easily have filled me up as a main. So I perhaps would have rethought having a starter and a main if I'd have known.
Onto the mains and here we have 'Chanterelle, Kale and Roasted Garlic Ragu, Parmesan and Sourdough Crumbs' (£9 as a starter / £15 as a main).
Nothing but tasty ingredients here!
If you love a good burger, edge in a bit closer. Sorry it can't be yours, but it could be with a trip to the Three Tuns Freehouse ;)
'TT Cheese and Bacon Burger, Gherkin, Tomato, Red Onion and Hand Cut Chips' (£14)
Now I am teasing you, I'm sorry!
With our waistlines now positively groaning from all that consumption of food, we very nearly turned down dessert. But then our eyes rested on the 'Dark Chocolate Mousse, Honeycomb and Caramel Sauce' (£6.50) and how could we resist?
Fortunately, it wasn't a huge portion, just the perfect amount for us to share. So we did just that.
Rich chocolate mousse sitting on a bed of crushed Oreo's, homemade honeycomb and a silky caramel sauce...Yum.
Just before we headed back out towards the car, I thought I'd take my camera briefly around the pub to give you a quick whistle stop tour...
A great, social setting to pile in with family or friends for an afternoon warming up by the log burner. Sounds good, doesn't it?
The next time you are in east Wiltshire, I would definitely recommend a visit to the Three Tuns Freehouse. I am told that the pub is located right on the tow path for the Kennet & Avon Canal which is ideal if you fancy working up an appetite before lunch or dinner there. And I think you'll need to! Please take a look at their website for details on how to get there and to take a look at their food and drinks menu (note that their food menu changes daily though!).
I have created a short video below featuring the dishes we tried on the menu, let me know what you think in the comments box below! :)
Many thanks to Visit Wiltshire and the Three Tuns Freehouse for inviting me in to review the menu!