White Hart, Ford
The White Hart is a huge coaching inn comprising several old buildings, in the tiny hamlet of Ford, not far from Chippenham. The pub part is the first building you come to from the road and that's the bit that's of interest to us, the other two bits are the restaurant and accommodation. The interior's no surprise, low ceiling, wooden beams, a huge fireplace with 1553 carved on it, with a log-burning stove providing additional heat in winter within it. The bar has three hand pumps offering Pedigree (it's a Marton's pub), Bellringer and Brakspear's (on our visit) and was pretty decent. However, service, is a bit hit and miss, it's friendly enough, when you get attention, but we couldn't help but notice the empty plates left on other tables - and it wasn't particularly busy, just a handful of locals and a couple of walkers. The White Hart is a welcome stop on a walk around these parts - just remember to leave your muddy boots in the porch, but we can't help but feel it doesn't try too hard to keep the punters coming in. There'll always be enough visitors to this part of the Cotswolds, to keep business ticking over very nicely.
Ford, Ford, Ford, Wiltshire, SN14 8RP
01249 782 213
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