The Methuen Arms - Corsham
Have you lost count on how many picnics you have had so far this summer? I think I have! This incredible weather we are experiencing is made for picnicking in the park or in a garden. But, just before you consider ladening up your hamper with all those summer-time treats and rolling up picnic blankets ready for your next picnic adventure, I want to steal you for a moment, if I can! I am taking us, at lightning speed, to The Methuen Arms in Corsham, just eight miles outside of Bath...
The historic market town of Corsham is something of a hidden gem in Wiltshire. It's surrounded by beautiful countryside and is home to an eclectic mix of independent shops, free-roaming peacocks (you can spot them along the High Street!) and a number of historic buildings. There is the 17th Century Almshouse and Schoolroom and Corsham Court, which is open to visitors. The latter is a privately owned Elizabethan mansion. Most noted for its significant fine art collection, the Picture Gallery at Corsham Court houses paintings by Masters such as; Van Dyck, Fra Filippo Lippi and Joshua Reynolds. Nestled amongst gorgeous gardens and leafy parkland designed by Capability Brown in the 1760's, Corsham Court is a great destination to visit if you are in the area. Located beside the stately house and grounds of Corsham Court, resides The Methuen Arms. An award winning Great British inn that Scott and I visited one recent weekend...
We stopped by for a sun soaked lunch in their delightful restaurant garden. Its boarders were bursting at the seams with a blossoming array of flowers and happy honey bees...
We checked in advance, as we always do, that they were dog-friendly. We don't like to venture very far without our pup in tow, so we were pleased to discover Winnie could join us too.
We decided to take our seats in a shaded spot beneath a parasol.
On the menu? A 'Picnic Lunch Hamper for 2' (£25.00) which beats any homemade picnic I've ever put together!
A wicker hamper arrived to our table, generously filled with everything we could possibly desire!
We lunched on homemade scotch egg, pork pie and pressed ham hock, a slab of barbers vintage cheddar, pickles, chutney, focaccia, a fresh salad, carrots, radishes and celery from the kitchen garden.
What a spread!
Full to the rafters, we slowly made our way back to the car, but not before having a quick sneak peek inside...
We spotted another al fresco dining area, and discovered that The Methuen Arms has 14 rooms, so you could make a night of it and enjoy a supper and breakfast the following morning too!
We couldn't quite reach the bottom of our picnic hamper, so we opted to take the rest home with us.
By the look on Winnie's face, I don't think she wanted to leave! Here she is, looking longingly back at the restaurant garden.
I'd definitely recommend stopping by for their feast of a picnic! Go on an empty stomach and grab a seat outside if you can. As long as it's not too hot, invite your pooch (if you are a pawrent that is) to join you. The Methuen Arms appears to be very accommodating when it comes to our furry friends!
For more information regarding their food, drinks and accommodation, head on over here.