After a long career at Soho House, Chippy Day craved a better life in the country so bought the George and Dragon in Rowde in 2004. A 14th Century building, with many original features, it was the perfect place to create a relaxed pub with great service and understated touches.
‘Rowde is a lovely village - ever since we opened we’ve been welcomed and supported by the locals. Our leafy walled garden is a great venue for summer bbqs and bonfire nights and we often hold quiz nights or wine and cheese evenings.’
Seafood is their specialty with daily deliveries from Cornwall. Signature dishes include Cornish lobster with garlic butter and oysters, but there’s plenty on the a la carte menu - their cheese soufflé being particularly popular. The bar is well stocked with an ever changing selection of local craft beers, and their bespoke catering service means they can hold parties or weddings at the pub or come to you.
Their 3 bedrooms are especially welcoming – rustic luxury with higgledy piggledly floors, exposed oak beams and modern comforts, with breakfast served in the pub in front of the old fireplace.
Dogs are welcome for a drink or to stay and Caen Hill Locks is in walking distance. Hot water bottles hang off a door for punters to take to keep warm outside, while B&B guests can choose from a selection of DVDs. This place is a gem.
Wiltshire has become my home, it’s a very special place in England. The rolling hills, the canal and Roundway Hill are great for walking my 2 dogs, Roxy and Molley. It has easy access to London and Bath for theatre and shopping and if I ever miss the bustle of big town (which is rare the longer I’m living here) I can be in Bath in 30 minutes. Devizes, a real market town, is my local and regular for brilliant shops and cafes, with beautiful architecture – I know it’s a cliché, but people here are genuinely friendly and welcoming.
Talking a walk around the village of Lacock takes you back in time, if you didn’t bump into a tourist you could feel you have been transported back. There is a lovely café called King John’s Lodge, which is a must on a sunny day, sit outside and have afternoon tea in their quaint garden. There are cute shops set inside the old buildings, so great for browsing. The Abbey is set in beautiful grounds, it’s a National Trust property so if you are member, more reason to visit.
This is a 2 mile walk around 26 canal locks, all cascading down the hill so they are an impressive sight. At the top lock is a cute café which is a welcome stop, fab ice-creams, cakes and tea, just what’s needed to keep going half way around.
Love going here for full English with a nice cup of tea, overlooking the fields and hills beyond. It sets me up for the day. It’s a working farm, so you’ll see all the animals, including alpacas. They have great outside area too. The café is airy and full of light so even on a rainy day, it feels cosy and warm.