It doesn’t get more charming than this. The Wheatsheaf Combe Hay is tucked away in surrounding Bath countryside, a mere hop, skip and a jump from the Mulberry outlet (perhaps don’t tell the wife this if you’re hoping for a weekend that doesn’t break the bank). Roaring open log fires, pub dogs Margaux, Gloria and Brie and charming bedrooms all make The Wheatsheaf a very special hideaway indeed. This former farmhouse dates back to 1576 – it was turned into a pub in the 18th century – so this is no ‘off the shelf’ gastropub but very much the real deal.
Known for their exceptionally good food, patrons come from miles around for a Sunday lunch here; local produce is celebrated throughout from Wye Valley asparagus to rabbit and red wine risotto, Wiltshire lamb to Weymouth lobster. So it’s no wonder that the full English that greets you if you stay the night is bordering on perfection but they’ve already impressed with the welcoming “Tuck Box” which kits you out with fresh coffee and other local treats.
Within easy reach of Bath for a spot of shopping or a trip to Gainsborough Bath Spa for a pamper, The Wheatsheaf is one of our top tips for a quintessential weekend away, reminding us that sometimes we can find all we need on our doorstep.