The death knell had sounded for Great Bedwyn’s village pub when James and Ashley Wilsey saved it from closure. After years of cooking in London and USA James was keen to have his own pub; and a long 3 year hunt brought them to The Three Tuns.
6 months after closing, the doors re-opened in September 2012. “We put our heart and soul into giving it new life and respecting its heritage as a village pub. It’s important it feels like home and has high quality food while being affordable.” Customers have responded well to the relaxed atmosphere and food is homemade and full of flavour.
The menu and wine list are deliberately tight with an emphasis on local sourcing. There’s an a la carte for more sophisticated dishes and a bar menu – the sea bream with Mexican twist is an explosion of flavours, you can always get a good burger and their pulled pork with jalapeno coleslaw is pretty spectacular.
And with their eldest being born a month after opening it’s child-friendly, with a kids menu, and they always welcome furry friends. There are BBQs and Jazz in the garden in summer and plenty more in the pipeline.
What we love most about Wiltshire is the fresh air and sense of space.
James and Ashley Wilsey
We are very lucky to be on the edge of the Savernake Forest, which is stunning in all seasons. Throughout the warmer months, it brims with the most fantastic displays of wildflowers, while on colder days the crisp leaves and snowfall can be very atmospheric. There are an inexhaustible number of paths to explore; one of our favourites is down by St Katharine’s, where there is a gem of a church set in amongst the trees and fields. Sometimes you can hear the church bells ringing as you wander along the forest paths.
Almost every weekend throughout the summer there are a myriad of church, school and village fetes occurring across the county. They provide instant entertainment for the little ones, with bouncy castles, face painting, games and sweet treats. Throw in a glass of Pimms for the adults and your afternoon’s entertainment is all taken care of! Our village fete in Great Bedwyn is particularly lovely and has a great community spirit.
The Kennet and Avon canal runs through the bottom of Great Bedwyn and adds a really interesting dynamic to the life of the village. A number of people live permanently on the barges that are moored here while others are just passing through on holiday. There is a little path that follows the canal along which is one of our favourite places to spend time with the kids, watching the locks in action, seeing the ducks and wildlife and swimming in the adjacent river.