Looking for places to eat in Tisbury? Want to know where to find the best country pubs near Salisbury? Our editor Laura Rowe shares her insider tips for the best restaurants in Tisbury, along with where to find the best farm shops, local pubs and cafés for tea and cake.
Pythouse Kitchen Garden
You might come to furtively nibble at the tayberry bushes and kiwis (really!) in this 18th-century walled garden in Tisbury, but you’ll stay at Pythouse Kitchen Garden for the fat flakes of salmon, smoked over a pit-fire, served with salty, ember-baked potatoes and just-picked garden salads.
The Beckford Arms
Vie with locals for a table at The Beckford Arms, then indulge in the seasonal pub menu. Try elegant pan-fried sea bass with artichoke purée, samphire and fennel, and finish with grown-up shakes spiked with spiced rum and salted caramel ice cream.
Punctuate all the rambling and wild swimming that is a must round these parts by loading up at Tisbury Deli. Pick up West Country-made Costa Rican milk chocolate studded with Maldon sea salt, fresh fruit smoothies and Stonehenge beers made using local spring water.
The Beckford Bottle Shop
With a 300-strong collection of wines from around the world (including its own Languedoc rosé), as well as craft ale and cider, The Beckford Bottle Shop is a must-visit for picnic provisions. Or, ask for a bottle to be opened and settle down with a glass on the shop’s huge red Chesterfield.
Whether you’re shopping for a haul for home, or have gone self-catering, head to The Fishmongers in Tisbury town centre for mackerel (check out our guide to curing mackerel here) from Cornish day boats, one of in-house cook Ruth’s fishy ready meals, and pretty tins of Ortiz sardines. There’s a cracking butcher across the road, too.
Down a bumpy track neary Tisbury, with bantams and mallards as the welcoming committee, Clementine’s Shop serves flapjacks and tea overlooking a 19th-century courtyard. Stock up on gifts and kitchen kit (china, linen, tableware) while you’re there.
Marte Marie Forsberg
Norwegian cookbook author and photographer Marte Marie Forsberg runs food and lifestyle retreats from her idyllic Tisbury cottage kitchen. Live the dream and book to bake and photograph Scandinavian kransekake (a traditional multi-layered celebration cake), or enjoy a private residential workshop.
Church Farm Dairy
When in the countryside why not buy milk straight from the farm (via a vending machine). Head to Church Farm Dairy and fill glass bottles to the brim with fresh (less than 24 hours old), non homogenised milk, seven days a week.
Places to stay near Tisbury
The Compasses Inn
The Compasses Inn looks like a traditional boozer but within it are Scandi-chic bedrooms, with warm chocolate cookies delivered as you unpack. Save room for pillowy soft gnocchi, in a broad bean, mint and parmesan sauce, eaten with a view over the lush surrounding hillsides. Doubles at The Compasses Inn start from £110, b&b
- Gnocchi with pesto and peas
- Spinach and ricotta gnocchi
- Baked crab gnocchi
- Gnocchi alla romana
- Squash and amaretti gnocchi
The Craftsman’s Cottage
If it’s sensory overload you’re after, book a stay at The Craftsman’s Cottage. Expect to be welcomed with a hamper stuffed with award-winning artisanal food and drink, while the kitchen sports tableware from Another Country. While you’re there, book on to a pottery course.
More info: visitwiltshire.co.uk.
Our editor Laura Rowe lived and worked in the West Country for a decade. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @lauraroweeats.