it is located in the quaint village of Maiden Bradley in southwest Wiltshire, Bradley Hare is a quintessential English pub with a striking interior. Located on the grounds of the Duchy of Somerset estate, formerly The Somerset Arms, the pub has been taken over by James Thurstan Waterworth, the former European design director of Soho House – thus giving rise to the style – and business F&B employee Andrew Kelly. It opened last summer and has received rave reviews among locals and expats ever since.
A two-hour drive from London or a two-hour train ride from Paddington, give or take. Warminster, which is the nearest station, is about a 15 minute taxi ride away. Bruton and Frome are roughly the same distance – food and art enthusiasts should head to the Frome independent market on the first Sunday of every month.
Stepping inside The Bradley Hare for the first time, you’ll be immediately captivated by the deep comfort of the country pub – there’s nothing quite like it, right? – flickering wood-burning stoves, guests’ dogs on the loose (the room is puppy-friendly, though you’ll never know that from the undamaged finish), and delicious local ales and ales flow on the faucet. Original wooden floors, bay windows with shutters, green and shaded walls and an eclectic mix of mismatched antique chairs, tables and beautifully upholstered lamps, give it a warm feel. cozy but smart for small house.
After a long hike in the hills of Wiltshire, The Snug is the perfect spot to curl up in a game cabinet and recharge over burgers and beer on a rainy afternoon, while the private garden is spacious. Large in the back is an idyllic space for the sweltering summer. pints and a bite to eat. There’s a cozy bell tent for al fresco dining when the weather is nicer.
Each of the 12 rooms has its own distinctive style and furniture. They are split between the main house, where there are seven – think the darker, sadder color of F&B paint in some and the traditional Hamilton Weston patterned walls in others – while in the coach house. trainer, which has five more rooms, slightly larger suites with large freestanding bathtubs and a more minimalistic space.
We stayed in the Coach House Upper, complete with sturdy 18th-century mahogany furniture, neutral color furnishings, a signature blue woven headboard and beautifully tiled bathrooms. with a huge shower that feels very Soho House. Luxurious beds are made with fine Egyptian cotton linens, while organic beauty brand Evolve offers amenities, all handcrafted in Hertfordshire.
Food and drink
Find out why you’re really here, the food (and the wine). The team at The Bradley Hare pride themselves on a zero-waste philosophy and the seasonal menu, led by Chef Nye Smith, changes weekly. Example starters include grilled clams, first persimmon and salsa verde or mackerel, pickled rhubarb and horseradish, followed by duck breast with peas, bacon and romain lettuce or pork belly with peas kale, baked apple and mustard. Stay for the Sunday barbecue, the shared chicken is delicious and the potato dauphinoise is the best I’ve ever had.
When we stayed in April, the bistro only served continental breakfast – but to be honest, there is no “unique” on the continent. We’ve cut cinammony’s delicious poached pears cut through thick freshly whipped local yogurt and layers of Wiltshire ham that melts in your mouth and a heap of creamy Somerset cheese on brown sourdough bread while mashed. Think about the Sunday papers. Breakfast purists will be pleased to know The Bradley Hare now offers a cooked option as well, although I personally would stick to the former option if you plan on enjoying the extensive menu of the pub on weekends (as we did). It set us up perfectly for a day hike in the hills.
Couples are looking for an escape from traditional England with all its decorations. Delicious food, wine, friendly service and stunning views.
Rooms from £150/night, including breakfast on weekends