The Catherine Wheel

Picturesque village pub just outside Bath

Mention ‘Bobbykins’ in the bar of The Catherine Wheel and the regulars will know exactly what you’re talking about. And it’s precisely because this is a real locals’ pub with community spirit that it provides such a taste of English country life.

You’ll find it in the village of Marshfield just outside of Bath – a perfect period drama setting with golden stone Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian buildings which jostle cheek by jowl along the High Street. Of course the setting makes the pub a magnet for visitors too and you’ll often find walkers by the wood burner who’ve done the extra miles to enjoy a hearty lunch and pint of Cotswold Spring’s Stunner.

The food’s a big draw for everyone, and the Wheel offers traditional homecooked pub food such as steak and kidney pie and lasagne and chips, alongside contemporary dishes such as Moroccan lamb stew with rocket, apricot and tomato couscous, and antipasti of cured meats, olives and homemade breads.

The common denominator is quality and everything is made on site – from gnocchi, to cheesecake, to pastry. Sit in the bar or dining room with their large period windows, stripped wooden tables and Farrow and Ball painted walls and you might be lunching at any time in the pub’s 350-year-old history.

Bobbykins loved it too – ask the regulars to tell you about the Christmas story involving a glamorous blonde, an astonished wife and a pint in the lap. It’s better than an episode of The Archers.

Sample menu

Starter

Duck and port pâté with chutney and toast, £5.50

Main

Moroccan lamb stew with rocket, apricot and tomato couscous, £13.50

Pud

Crème brulée with shortbread, £5

Insider’s tips

The Catherine Wheel is close to the historic maritime port of Bristol and the elegant Georgian city of Bath. Why not book a session at Bath’s Thermae Spa and experience the thermal spas, just as the Celts and Romans did over 2000 years ago?

Restaurant nearby

Olive Tree restaurant at the Queensberry Hotel in Bath

The Olive Tree is set within the popular Queensberry Hotel in Bath, a beautifully quirky, and quirkily beautiful, townhouse hotel

The High Street, Marshfield, Wiltshire, SN14 8LR

01225 892220

Opening hours

Open every day 12pm-11pm. Monday to Friday lunch 12pm-2pm. Saturday and Sunday lunch 12pm-3pm. Monday to Thursday dinner 6.30pm-9pm. Friday and Saturday dinner 6.30pm-9.30pm. Sunday dinner 6pm-8.30pm

Chef: Chris Hicks

Owner: Roo Allison

Bedroom rate from: £60

Bedrooms: 3

  • Kids welcome
  • Dogs welcome
  • Wifi
  • Disabled access (limited)
  • Parking available
  • Private dining available
  • Gluten free options
  • Beer garden
  • Wedding venue
  • Exclusive use

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