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The Crown & Anchor – pub with rooms, rescued!

The Crown & Anchor in the picturesque village of Ham, Wiltshire, re-opened its doors in autumn 2019.

Closed since 2016 the pub has been rescued from property development by two village families anxious that their community should retain this vital asset. Extensive renovations now provide a cosy and welcoming bar, friendly restaurant, outdoor terrace and eight comfortable bedrooms. Serving freshly prepared seasonal British food, an extensive selection of local beers and a selection of good wines.

The new management team is led by Ben Milroy, formerly of the award winning Three Tuns in Great Bedwyn and Head Chef Phil Bayliss. Phil, who was formerly a Head Chef for the River Cottage and Marco Pierre White, has created a menu to showcase the abundant local British produce available in the area. With an emphasis on provenance and quality, Phil’s modern adaptations of simple classics make exquisite dishes. Think ‘Crispy Fish, Hand Cut Chips, Pea Purée with ‘Chip Shop’ Curry Sauce’ and ‘Braised Ox Cheek, Beetroot, Celeriac and Pomme Purée’ alongside daily changing specials.  The pudding menu provides a perfect end to your meal including treats such ‘Chilled Lemon Soufflé, Lemon Curd’ and ‘Vegan Rich Chocolate Torte, Cashew Cream’

A Free House, The Crown & Anchor offers its own local Ham 1840 Bitter alongside an extensive range of real ales including those from West Berkshire Brewery. In addition, the wine list consists of a variety of great wines all fairly priced and for those feeling a little more frisky, a classic collection of house made cocktails are also available.

Patrons will feel very welcome in the Crown & Anchor’s homely and stylish surrounding.  Dating back to 1840, the Inn’s new interior has been designed by Clemy Sheffield who has overseen every aspect of the refurbishment including the use of oak panelling sourced from a house which was once owned by Beatrice Potter, as well as hand-picking all the artwork and local memorabilia.  Whilst the restaurant seats 50, a private dining area has been designed to cater for more intimate gatherings and can seat up to 26 people or 80 standing. And when the sun comes out, a spacious garden terrace provides a welcome retreat to while away those long sunny summer afternoons.

The five en-suite double bedrooms all have their own individual decoration where colour, pattern and sympathetic lighting create five very welcoming and comfortable places to stay. Three subsequent rooms are located in the cottage opposite, comprising one double and one twin, as well as a master bedroom which is complete with its own bathroom and sitting room, ideal for families.  Paramount to any stay at The Crown & Anchor is comfort, best reflected in the luxurious Hypnos beds in every room. In the bathroom guests will find 100 Acre Apothecary products, made locally in the Cotswolds from the very best, natural botanicals and essential oil.

Situated midway between Newbury and Marlborough, just one and a half hours from London, the Crown & Anchor is the ideal place to put your feet up and enjoy the quiet of local village life. Set in the North Wessex Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the village of Ham is ideal for exploring the local area, visiting Pewsey Vale, Avebury, Stonehenge, nearby Salisbury or Highclere Castle, or having a flutter at Newbury Races.  

With country walks right from the door, a cycle route running past and three long distance walking routes nearby, the Crown & Anchor Inn is the perfect stop for dog walkers, cyclists, ramblers or those just seeking an idyllic setting in which to enjoy a drink, a meal or a night.  The team at Crown & Anchor at Ham look forward to welcoming you – and of course your dog!

“Phil and I are delighted to be re-opening the Crown & Anchor Inn in Ham. It has been restored to its former glory, so that it is once again the heart of the community. Our focus is on seasonal and local produce, as well as using the best of British ingredients. Whether joining us for coffee, lunch, tea, dinner or just a drink, or even spending the night, we hope to make people feel at home.” Ben Milroy, GM

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