Malmesbury Pub Walk

The Three Crowns in Brinkworth to The Horse Guards in Brokenborough

Starting in Brinkworth on the southeastern edge of the Cotswold the walk enjoys the contrast between beautiful open countryside as well as taking in the historic, vibrant and charming Wiltshire market town of Malmesbury. The Walk takes you up the traditional high street that has a number of reasonable drinking holes to explore and If you have time, and fancy some culture take the short detour to Malmesbury Abbey, a rare survival of the dissolution of the monasteries, apparently!

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At Glance
THE FIRST PUB OF THE DAY IS THE THREE CROWNS WHICH HAS A GREAT REPUTATION FOR GOOD FOOD IN THE AREA. THIS IS WHY WE HAVE CHOSEN IT AS THE STARTING POINT FOR THIS PUB WALK. PLAN IT ON A SATURDAY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE THREE CROWNS ‘EGGCELLENT’ BREAKFAST CLUB AND ENJOY THEIR MENU THAT INCLUDES A CLASSIC FRY UP ALONG WITH EGGS BENEDICT, ROYAL OR FLORENTINE. THE PERFECT START TO A COTSWOLD BEER ADVENTURE!

Distance

13 miles

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Time [approx]

6 Hours

Pub Count

6

CBA Grade

Middleweight

Total Ascent

627 ft

Start Point

Brinkworth

Highlights
The Itinerary

Please note the timings below for the walk from Brinkworth to Brokenborough are suggestions only, times will vary depending on your walking, eating and drinking speed

The Three Crowns – Brinkworth [10:00 – 10:45]

The Village of Brinkworth (the longest in England) is located between Wootton Bassett and Malmesbury and easily accessible from Swindon via a 15-minute taxi ride. The Three Crowns has stood for over two Centuries and is a thriving ‘foody’ pub. Their Breakfast club is popular so book ahead and get your day off to a great start.

 

The Volunteer Inn – Great Somerford [12:00 – 12:30]

The Volunteer Inn, sits at the centre of the Great Somerford community, recently taken over by Arkells Brewery in Swindon. This pub is ‘functional’ rather than a prize winner for its aesthetics but when we were last there we got a warm welcome and a well-kept beer. A good Cotswold Beers Adventures quick drop in.

Somerford Arms (13:15 – 13:45) – Little Somerford

The Somerford Arms is cosy village pub and as a Free House has a great selection of real ales on offer. For those feeling peckish (really!..after that breakfast!?) the food here has an excellent reputation. Jim who presides over the kitchen, trained with the Roux brothers at Le Gavroche and has previously received awards for his speciality pies at the British Pie Awards. Not sampled but admired from a distance was his Wiltshire steak & ale pie with shortcrust pastry

The Rose & Crown – Lea (14:30 – 15:00)

The Rose and Crown have been serving locals and travellers for over 100 years. Built as a pub in 1891 it still retains a fair amount of character. Another Arkell’s pub so you can expect to see the likes of 3B’s & Wiltshire Gold on tap as well as over 20 premium gins on offer

The Smoking Dog – Malmesbury (16:00 – )

On arriving in Malmesbury head towards the high street and the first Pub you come to is The Smoking Dog. A good local town pub owned by Butcombe the Bristol-based Brewery. If the sun’s out enjoy their enclosed garden at the rear of the building.

The Old Bell Hotel – Malmesbury ( – 17:30)

Heading north up the high street you’ll find the beautiful Grade 1 listed Old Bell Hotel. Claiming to be England’s oldest hotel, it sits next to a 12th Century Malmesbury Abbey. Restored to the height of elegance, glamour and English charm this is the perfect spot to enjoy a pre-dinner G & T or more beer depending on your persuasion. Keep an eye on your timings here as the Horse Guards doesn’t open until 18:30. You’ll need to leave the Old Bell at around 17:30 to make opening time.

The Horse Guards – Brokenborough(18:30) NB opens at 18:30

Picture a classic English pub, situated on the edge of a village green, as you enter there is the subtle smell of wood smoke and you hear the sound of laughter and chat from a group of locals at the bar. You’ve just imagined the Horse Guards Inn. After achieving this beer adventure you want a fitting end to the day. This pub certainly delivers. All their real ales come from local Gloucestershire or Wiltshire breweries and food is also sauced locally. The menu exercises dignified restraint with a combination of pub classics and gastropub offerings. The pub also has 2 rooms.

The Logistics:

GETTING HERE

Local taxis from Chippenham are available but may need booking in advance if you arriving late/early

Email: Chippenham@V-Cars.com
Phone: 01249 65 65 65
Taxis for pick up from the Vine Tree will need booking in advance

Email: Malmesbury Taxis
Phone:01666 823366

ORGANISED BEER ADVENTURE:
If you’re in a large party, organising a stag or corporate event or simply want local insight we can help to ensure you have a fantastic weekend or day out in the Cotswolds – Let us help you create your own true Cotswold Beer Adventure. Please contact us with your enquiry.

STAYING:

This is a selection of accommodation in the area. They are convenient for this particular pub walk and we like them! Those listed provided a range to suit most pockets but if you don’t find what you’re looking for have a look at the map below to find the best deals on accommodation in the area in the area.

  • The Horse Guards – Brokenborough
  • The Old Bell – Malmesbury
  • The Old Vicarage – Crudwell
  • Somerford House Bed & Breakfast – Merchants Farm

Logistics
Getting Here:
The closest train station to the start of the walk is Swindon a 15 minutes taxi ride. Returning from Brokenborough you will need to book a taxi in advance.

Stay:
This is a selection of accommodation in the area. They are convenient for the Malmesbury pub walk, and we like them! Those listed provide a range to suit most pockets but if you don’t find what you’re looking for just use the booking.com search

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You can navigate our pub walks using the .gpx files provided. They can be viewed on most smartphones using an appropriate ‘app’. We use OS Maps, It’s accurate, easy to use and available for both Apple and Android devices

Download the pub walk .gpx file of the route by clicking on the link from your smartphone. If you have OS maps installed just follow the onscreen instructions (or import the route into your own app) and you’re ready to go!

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