Lots of them.: Great pubs, so avoid the chains!
There are so many great pubs, proper pubs, in Salisbury so don't waste your hard-earned in the big name chains. Don't be fooled by the olde-worlde look on the outside, the riverside settings, ivy and pretty lights. The food will be cheap but bland, the beer will be cheap too, hence it will be populated by morons most of the time. Stick to Brewery pubs - The Coach and Horses, Winchester Street. Great food, always a great pint. Alchemy at The Chough, The Market Square. Looks great after the re-furb, comfy sofas, loads of character. The Haunch of Venison, Poultry Cross. Rupert the Chef has a gift from God himself. Ask for the restaurant upstairs. The Cloisters, Catherine Street. Don't go in there in that shiny, new Manchester United shirt you just bought. This place is strictly Rugby and Cricket only and they will sling you out! The Wig and Quill, New Street, next to the Courts. Just for the beer garden, really, local cider too. The Ale House, Crane Street. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Live music Thursdays, I think, plus all the sport on big-screen. Get there early for the football, it fills up sharpish.
As a rule, if the place has a (Licenced House) Manager instead of a Bar Manager working for a Landlord then run away. I promise you won't have to go far before you find an honest, real, proper pub. For food, places with specials boards are a good rule of thumb. Shows a little thought, n'est pas?
P.S. If you walk into a pub and it looks like a bad day in Beirut, shoddy, unwelcoming, DON'T feel you owe them a quick pint cos it would be rude not to - go find a better place. Life's too short!
New Inn: Have a beer in the walled garden of The New Inn
We asked a girl in a local shop which restaurant she would recommend in Salisbury. She strongly advised us to try The New Inn. Since we are also fond of locally brewed beer we were positively surprised to find the range of beers the restaurant could offer on tap.
We managed to find our way to the walled garden behind the restaurant where we
Favorite Dish: We tried the recommendation of the day - a nicely prepared steak, recently harvested potatoes, and a salad. The portions were large and were accompanied by Fursty Ferret and old Badger, two beers from a Dorset brewery.
The Cloisters: A pub with a typical english feel.
One of the things I wanted to do in England was experience one of those typical oak panelled pubs. You know the kind. Dark and quirky with lots of exposed beams and a fireplace.
Well here I was on the first day of the tour and I found just the one. Built in the 1750's and the interior was just lovely. The place was so dark it took a little care getting around. But it really was a delightful experience.
Favorite Dish: I had a baked potatoe with trimmings. It was very nice and cost about 3.50 pound. A bargain!
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Bakers Oven: Nice sandwitches
Bakers Oven is in the Maltings. It’s a nice place to get big tuna sandwiches & large cups of tea. The crockery is all orange china, not the kind I would choose but I don’t think they are fussy. There’s inside & outside seating. The outside seating is of metal chairs with wobbly tables, no one sits out side when it’s raining. Inside you can take away food or order at the counter, there’s a range of cakes & buns on offer, the sandwich’s are in a fridge behind you on entering. Music softly plays, it’s usually Spire FM. There is a rest room at the back & this café can be accessed by the disabled or pushchairs. Avoid coming on a Tuesday 7 Saturday as this is market day, & can get very busy.
Favorite Dish: The cappuccino buns are nice, although they can be a bit crummy. At Christmas they have lovely mince pies & cakes. There’s also chicken sandwiches & baguettes, you should try the cooked meals on offer.
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The Haunch of Venison: A very handy place
The Haunch of Venison in Queen St has seen a lot of history over the years, it was a brothel in the 13th Century, & houses a genuine hand which was sliced off a cheating gambler by a butcher while playing cards. The Bee-Gee?s have stayed there, & one of them witnessed something very strange indeed. There is a woman who haunts the building, she lost her baby & she is buried in St Thomas?s churchyard at the back, she is detected always by the smell of fresh earth. On entering the building there is a pong of old wood, there?s also an open fireplace & restaurant upstairs.
Favorite Dish: See the menu.
Bishops Mill: Nightclub, or pub for louts?
Bishops Mill overlooks the River Avon & was once a Malt Mill here built on the site of a much older building. There has been a lot of renovations, this picture was taken during the day but at night it's always illuminated by different coloured light?s. There is DG music here Saturday night?s, but it can get a bit crowded with teenagers who are rude to one another. I?m afraid the staff aren?t very considerate; if you order food here it takes the rest of the evening for it to turn up. There is outdoor seating which is popular during the summer with wooden benches to sit at, though your not allowed picnics etc.
Favorite Dish: Just see the menu there if you go.
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The Grey Fisher Restaurant: Big dinners, cool atmosphere
The Grey Fisher in Salisbury is one of a series of restaurants owned by the Hungry Horse Company. They can be found in Salisbury in Ayleswade Road nr Harnham Road just up from The Rose & Crown hotel, there's a small car park at the front & a much larger one at the back. Inside this pub are things to do with the race course in Salisbury, it's thought to be the oldest one in the area. There's a bar & plenty of seats, there's seating outside as well. You can order a meal at The Grey Fisher, & their big! The menu is varied with a roast on Sundays & the smallest dessert for £1.25. There is the chance to watch Sky Sports or take part in darts; there are also two rest rooms & a place for disabled visitors.
Favorite Dish: The Sunday roasts are a must; they come with pork, vegetables, apple sauce, yorkshire Pudding, sage & Onion stuffing, or Cranberry covered in gravy. The price is generally £6.49, although they have some deals on. Tuesdays they also have special offers with a dessert included in the price. There is a kids Sunday lunch for £2.99
When you have a meal, customers get their cutlery & sauces off a small dresser which is just by the bar. You can ask staff to fetch it for you. Feels a bit like being at home in here.
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The Dragon: All you can eat for under £5
In Fisherton Street in Salisbury is a Chinese restaurant at no 19. Here all through the week from 12.30 until 2pm you can eat as much as you want for £5. The foods so fresh that you can still see it swimming in the tank! The restaurant used to be a modal shop called ‘Futchers’ which had stood along Fisherton Street for well over 100 years. The used to sell practical jokes & have a photography studio, Mr Futcher retired & the restaurant took over.
Favorite Dish: Inside the restaurant you can choose your food at a buffet trolley then take it to the tables. The menu ranges from Chicken fried rice or noodles, mixed vegetable, soup for starters, Sweet & sour pork chops in a sauce, dessert is usually ice-cream. The sweet & sour sauce seems to have a mind of its own & runs everywhere, there’s a ladle to scoop it up with. Drinks are sold separately. It’s so popular that the queue can reach out the door & down the road. On entering there’s a fish tank with carp in cruising about, I said the food was fresh. Inside Chinese music is played softly through speakers; I hope your starving when you visit here
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Haunch of Venison: Haunch of Venison
This building was constructed in the 1300's as a church house. It has a unique pewter bar and antique taps for gravity-fed spirits and liquors. Has two ghosts as well! The bar has a little snug in the front and up some stairs is another small room to the left which you can carry your drink to.
The restaurant area is upstairs in a couple of different rooms. We sat in the window area with a lovely view of the Poultry Cross over the street. Really enjoyed the atmosphere of this place, you can just feel the history in the air.
Favorite Dish: Venison sausage with parsnip mash and spinach, this was absolutely fabulous! My friend had the Venison Platter with different venison products to try and she really enjoyed that as well.
You can also have bar meals downstairs.
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Market Inn: Time for a Pint!
Nice pub with a great location on the market square. The pub has entrances from both the square and the street behind. Fairly large inside with lots of seating. We only went in for a drink so have no idea what the food's like.
Old timbered & Worldly
The Cloisters in Ivy Street is one of the most popular pubs in Salisbury, it has a thatched roof & window boxes in the summer. There is a restaurant here with a good menu; the roasts on Sundays cost about £6.75, but there is a choice of other meals. There is only one bar & open fireplaces, meals are ordered at a separate bar. There is a large choice of drinks with Wiltshire beer being one of the names, bands practice here sometimes in the room & there are discos held here on special occasions.
Favorite Dish: I like the desserts (doesn't anybody?), apple pie & cream is really yummy, so is ice cream Sundea.
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Bishops Mill: A summer delight
A hcarming returant and bar, it has recently been renovated. In the evening it is transformed into a nightclub. The building was originally a former flour mill over looking the River Avon, on a much older building. There is indoor and outdoor seating.
Favorite Dish: Salad because its juicy and cruncy.
The Haunch Of Venison: Don't miss the mummified hand on display
This is one place not to miss, ever! Dating from 1320 as a chop house for workers of the Cathedral, this building was also the local brothal for Salisbury & is steeped in history; also has a ghost or two. Inside there is an original fireplace and flooring. There is a bar downstairs and the resturant is upstairs. Don't miss the mummified hand on show in a glass box. It belonged to a traveller who was caught cheating at cards, so a butcher chopped it off in a temper. it was discovered during renovations during the 19th Century in the wall, still holding three playing cards.
The grey Fisher pub and resturant: For all you hungry horses out there!
Another resturant in Harnham this pub has 120 seats & also an outdoor dining area. The menue (including a children's) is superb with special offers on every Tuesday, including the towns smallest chocolate dessert for just 49p! You can also watch Sky Sports and play dart's (there is a team on Wednesday), the drinks list is very varied including tea & coffee.
Open on Monday - Saturday 12noon - 10pm. Sunday 12noon - 9.30pm, Patio Area, Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilet, No Smoking Area, Children Welcome (until 9pm - seated at all times), Offer Children's Activity Sheets, Car Parking - 120 spaces, Disabled Car Parking - 2 spaces, Coaches Welcome (by appointment).
Favorite Dish: Sunday Roast Chicken - £5.99.
Well cooked and juicy with lots of taste, you don't get any more British then this. I won't tell you what else you get with this, because you'll have to come & visit to find out.
Black Forest dessert - £2.69
They say if u go down to the woods, you'll be in for a big surprise. This yummy pud is brought to your table alongside ice cream & other delights.
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Rose and Crown: The Rose and Crown
The Rose and Crown is set in the quiet village of Harnham, overlooking the River Avon there is a range of pub & resturant food, althrough the pub side is a little cheaper. The menue is varied from fries to Oysters, what ever you like to eat. There is an outdoor seating area next to the river overlooking sweeping fields, this 13th century hotel is a favourite with locals, as well as visitors.
There are log fires and black timbered beams, & is well worth a visit.
Favorite Dish: Special offers are usually advertised on the black board ranging from sunday roasts to every dessert you can think of.
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