Sign of the Angel Pub with rooms in Lacock, Wiltshire

Prices from:
£90 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Historic building in NT village
  • Rescued from closure by local family
  • Timbers & beams abound
  • Crackling fires in all dining rooms
  • Modern cooking using local produce
  • Cosy, period furnished bedrooms
  • Secluded streamside garden

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Overview

Sign of the Angel Lacock, Wiltshire , SN15 2LB

THE PERSONAL TOUCH

The Sign of the Angel Inn is nestled in timeless Lacock, to many the perfect English village, with its twisting streets, packed with attractive buildings from the 15th to 18th centuries, possessing all the character and atmosphere of medieval England. Architectural gems of note within this National Trust owned village include the timbered-framed Sign of the Angel on Church Street, a 15th-century wool merchant’s house and former coaching inn. It retains the impressive original doorway and medieval layout, oozing historic charm with heavy beams, creaking floors, huge stone fireplaces, heavy oak furniture and ancient latch doors. In a sorry state, having been closed for a year, young Tom and Jack Nicholas (the family also own Whitley Golf Club) and chef/partner Jonathan Furby took on the lease and the challenge to restore and breathe new life into the building in October 2014. Push open the vast oak door to find logs glowing in grates, flickering candles on old dining tables, cords rugs on stone floors and heritage hues on freshly plastered walls throughout the three dining rooms. With three traditional pubs in the village and several tearooms to serve the hordes of tourists that descend on Lacock, now famous as a location for film and television, the brothers rightly decided to offer a more refined dining experience at the Sign of the Angel, operating the inn more as a restaurant with rooms rather than a pub. However, the atmosphere is relaxed and informal, there’s a great seasonal lunch menu, and five cosy beamed rooms upstairs.

MUDDY PAWS

Dogs are welcome in one of the dining rooms at lunch and dinner and allowed overnight in all the bedrooms at an extra charge of £15.

STICKY FINGERS

Children are allowed in the bar and dining rooms and both children’s menu and smaller portions are offered. The two larger superior rooms can accommodate a cot but these are not supplied.

ALFRESCO

The secluded streamside garden to the rear of the inn provides a peaceful haven away from this busy tourist village and is perfect for lazy summer lunches and afternoon teas away from the hordes. The paddock across the footbridge will be developed in 2016 to provide further seating and a kitchen garden.

What’s the Damage?
5 doubles: £120-£140 (single £90-£110)

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • One of the dining rooms can be closed off to provide a private dining space
  • Alfresco dining in secluded rear garden
  • Disabled access to dining rooms; not bedrooms
  • Village car park a short walk away
Sleep

Sign of the Angel Lacock, Wiltshire , SN15 2LB

DO NOT DISTURB

Watch your head as you venture up the narrow and steep winding staircase to reach to first floor bedrooms. Wall timbers, wonky floors and head-cracking beams abound as befits a building of this age and little has changed over the centuries, with each bedroom oozing period character and charm. Tom scoured auctions and antique shops to furnish each room with period pieces, so expect fat lamps on oak chest of drawers or rustic painted bedside tables, upholstered easy chairs, original fireplaces (not used), traditional paintings and prints, and super comfortable beds topped with quality linen and down and wool blankets. Detail touches include carefully chosen cushions, pottery mugs, jugs of fresh flowers, books and magazines, and quirky wooden hooks on original latch doors and wall timbers. Modern tiled bathrooms have been imaginatively squeezed in as planning allows. The gorgeous panelled residents lounge has been beautifully refurbished, with rugs on wooden floors, deep sofas and smart upholstered chair and a stone fireplace, and offers space to relax over afternoon tea or evening drinks.

CREATURE COMFORTS

Duck & down feather pillows and duvets; homemade cookies; mineral water; locally made toiletries

GADGETS

Roberts radio; free wi-fi; NO televisions

WHAT’S FOR BREAKFAST?

From the breakfast table by the fire: fresh squeezed orange juice, Dorset cereals, fresh fruit salad; fruit compote; homemade jam & marmalade. Or order local honey porridge, smoked salmon and scrambled egg, bacon ciabatta sandwich, or the full English.

What’s the Damage?
5 doubles: £120-£140 (single £90-£110)

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • One of the dining rooms can be closed off to provide a private dining space
  • Alfresco dining in secluded rear garden
  • Disabled access to dining rooms; not bedrooms
  • Village car park a short walk away
Eat & Drink

Sign of the Angel Lacock, Wiltshire , SN15 2LB

MASTERING THE MENU

Having plied the stoves at his own pub (The Linnet at Great Hinton), where he won several chef competitions, head chef Jonathan Furby helped Tom and Jack re-launch the Sign of the Angel creating the interesting and varied menus and sourcing quality ingredients from his network of top local suppliers and artisan producers. Jonathan’s imaginative cooking skills sets the inn apart from the tourist trail eateries in the village, appealing to more discerning visitors who wish linger longer over lunch and dinner. At lunch, Jonathan offers a great value set lunch menu (2 courses £18; 3 courses £21) – follow beetroot risotto with local goat’s cheese, with braised blade of beef with horseradish mash and Stilton sauce, and baked chocolate and pistachio tart. Alternatively, tuck into upmarket sandwiches and ciabattas and pub classics with a twist. The short, well-balanced evening menu evolves with the seasons, the choice enhanced by daily specials at each course.

ON THE DINNER MENU

Pressed duck & medlar terrine, plum salad
Poached king prawns, lobster jelly, heritage tomato dressing
Lamb rump, butternut squash, haricot beans, tomato and mint casserole
Turbot, clam & crab broth, spinach dumplings
Chocolate & brandy mousse, brandy snap, orange jelly
Orange & croissant butter pudding, creme anglaise, orange jelly, vanilla ice cream

SEASONAL LUNCH MENU

Salt beef sourdough sandwich, confit onions, horseradish cream, skinny fries
Smoked salmon, creme fraïche, lemon and chive tagliatelle
Batted ‘catch of the day’, triple cooked chips, peas, tartare creme fraïche
‘Angel pie’, creamed mash, seasonal vegetables

SUNDAY ROASTS

(2 courses £20; 3 courses £23)
Loin of beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables & gravy
Loin of pork, cider battered apple, roast potatoes, crackling, seasonal vegetable & gravy
Pan-roasted bass, samphire, lemon risotto, cockles, sorrel

TIME TO EAT

Breakfast: 8am – 9.30am (from 8.30am Saturday & Sunday)
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.15pm
Afternoon tea: 3pm – 5pm

Dinner: 6pm – 9pm

LOCAL, LOCAL, LOCAL

Lamb – Walter Rose Butchers, Devizes (www.walterroseandson.co.uk) from Wiltshire and Somerset farms
Beef – Stokes Marsh Farm, Coulson, Wiltshire
Pork – Downland Produce, Lackham, Wiltshire (www.downlandproduce.co.uk)
Poultry – Woolley Park Farm, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire (www.woolleyparkfarm.co.uk)
Game – shoots in the Bath area and supplied through Ruby & White
Butchers, Clifton, Bristol (www.rubyandwhite.com)

Fruit & vegetables – from West Country farms via Lovejoys Wholesale, Melksham, Wiltshire (www.lovejoyswholesale.com)

BEHIND THE BAR

Jack Nicholas’s bar lies at the heart of the building and, although small with just a couple of stools, fitting in with the informal restaurant with rooms ethos of the inn, Jack carefully selects artisan drinks brands, including a bottled real ale of the week, perhaps Bath Gem, several boutique gins and whiskies, and a short, interesting lists of wines.

TIME AT THE BAR

10am – 11pm; Sunday 12 noon – 3.30pm; closed Monday

What’s the Damage?
5 doubles: £120-£140 (single £90-£110)

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • One of the dining rooms can be closed off to provide a private dining space
  • Alfresco dining in secluded rear garden
  • Disabled access to dining rooms; not bedrooms
  • Village car park a short walk away
Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - Sign of the Angel

2

Lowden Garden Centre, Farm Shop and Cafe, Shaw SN12 8EZ

Named as one of the top five garden restaurants in the UK by the Financial Times and winner of several awards, this nursery and farm shop supplies much of the vegetables for the kitchen at the Methuen Arms and it has its own butchery, which holds regular workshops and classes.

3

Neston Farm Shop & Kitchen, Atworth, Shaw SN12 8HP

If you love the stylish and very unique tables and chairs that adorn the bar and dining rooms at the Royal Oak, then visit Matthew Burts showroom in nearby Hindon. Here a small creative team of talented designers and makers create freestanding and fitted furniture from individual pieces to room sets or an entire house full.

4

Walter Rose Butchers, Devizes SN10 1LD

This long established family-run butchers prides itself on using traditional skills passed down through the generations and it now supplies Michelin star chefs. Its award-winning meat, sourced mainly from the local countryside, includes beef from the Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cross breeds.

5

Bath Farmers Market, Green Park BA1 1JB

Established in 1997, this was one of the very first farmers' markets to be set up in the UK and it's still going strong every Saturday. Close to the city centre and railway station, it features dozens of local producers selling a range of products, from meat and vegetables to cakes and preserves.

7

The George, 67 Woolley Street, Bradford on Avon BA15 1AQ

Spruced up and re-opened in July 2015 by chef Alexander Venables and partner Alison Ward-Baptiste, formerly at the Tollgate at Holt, the new-look George offers pub classics, imaginative specials, excellent Sunday lunches, all prepared from local seasonal produce, and local ales in the informal bar. Super terrace and garden.

9

Grumpy Badger, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1JS

This friendly little delicatessen and cafe in The Shambles area of Bradford-on-Avon is a firm favourite with the locals drawn by the promise of great coffee and cakes, free wi-fi and a well-priced lunch menu.

10

Hartley Farm Shop & Cafe, Winsley BA15 2JB

The Bowles family has been farming the area for five generations dating back to the late parts of the nineteenth century. The farm shop has been open since 2008 and it sells predominantly produce from the farm including beef, pork, fruit, vegetables, honey and free-range eggs. Excellent coffee and cream teas are served in the on-site cafe.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - Sign of the Angel

Activities

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Bath Races, Lansdown, Bath BA1 9BU

Situated on Lansdown Hill, just to the north of this glorious Georgian city, Bath Racecourse is a thoroughbred venue dating back over 200 years. Enjoy a day out and a flutter amid picturesque Somerset countryside.

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Castle Combe Circuit, Castle Combe SN14 7EY

If you own a performance car and want to drive it as the designers intended, then book a track day at Castle Combe Circuit, near Chippenham. If you are new to track driving, a team of friendly instructors will guide you through the steps.

12

Swindon & Cricklade Railway, Blunsdon St Andrew SN25 2DA

This is the perfect destination if you enjoy nostalgic train journeys from a bygone era. Based at Blunsdon St Andrew, near Swindon, this very popular visitor attraction operates at weekends and on special days. Arrangements can be made for private parties.

13

Bath City Farm, Kelston View, Bath BA2 1NW

This family-friendly 37-acre farm site offers plenty to see and do. There's a farm shop, nature trails and a host of animal residents to meet, including Shetland ponies, Dexter cattle and six popular pygmy goats.

14

Bath Boating Station, Forester Road, Bath BA2 6QE

At this Victorian boating station at Bathwick in Bath, you can enjoy a family jaunt on the water in a variety of vessels - skiffs, canoes and punts among them. Keep an eye out for kingfishers, herons and otters. It's a memorable day out for all ages.

Shopping

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Ex-Libris Books, The Shambles, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1JS

If you love browsing in bookshops, then make a point of visiting Ex-LIbris in The Shambles, right at the heart of Bradford-on-Avon. Out-of-print books are sourced and the stock includes 4,000 second-hand books as well as a range of cards and book tokens.

17

Quintessentially English, 11 West Street, Lacock SN15 2LH

Full of gift ideas, both traditional and contemporary, from its own handmade artisan soaps to design-led gifts and quirky vintage accessories, Quintessentially English in Lacock is just the place to find ideal presents for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.

18

Lorfords, 30 Long Street, Tetbury GL8 8AQ

Situated in picturesque Tetbury on the edge of the Cotswolds, Lorfords is the place to go for decorative European antiques from the 18th century through to the 20th century. Discerning private buyers, antique dealers and interior designers are key to the business's established clientele.

21

Tithe Barn Workshops, Pound Lane, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1LF

Near the splendid medieval Tithe Barn in Bradford on Avon's Barton Farm Country Park, you can browse amid a range of arts, crafts and antiques. It's the kind of place where it's easy to lose track of time. There's also the added bonus of a traditional tearoom on site.

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Tillions, The Shambles, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1JS

Occupying three floors in Bradford-on-Avon's The Shambles, Tillons offers an extensive selection of china, glass, cutlery and cookware from leading manufacturers, including Bath Aqua Glass and Portmeirion.

Places to visit

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Avebury SN8 1RF

Acknowledged by historians as one of Europe's most important Neolithic sites, Avebury is one of numerous ancient landmarks found within the Wessex region. It's fascinating to stroll among these brooding standing stones, which make up one of the largest remaining henge monuments.

5

Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury GL8 8QS

Just over three miles to the south of Tetbury lies Westonbirt, one of the largest collections of trees and shrubs in the world. It's one of the best-known visitor attractions in the Cotswolds.

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Great Chalfield Manor and Garden, Great Chalfield SN12 8NH

Located just outside Melksham, this moated medieval manor has oriel windows and rooftops adorned with striking statues of soldiers, griffins and monkeys. Aside from the house, there are colourful gardens, a spring-fed fishpond and a gatehouse.

7

Bowood House and Gardens, Calne SN11 9PQ

Bowood House lies within easy reach of Corsham, Chippenham and Calne. As well as the house, which includes collections of heirlooms, porcelain and paintings, there are pretty terraced gardens and a lake. Expect, too, a gift shop, garden centre, licensed restaurant and tea room.

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Lacock SN15 2LG

This picturesque Saxon village has changed little since the Middle Ages. Preserved by the National Trust, Lacock's stone cottages and narrow streets are regularly visited by film and television crews and looking round, you can understand why. Harry Potter and Cranford have been filmed here, among many familiar productions and adaptations. While in the village, take a look at Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot Museum of photography.

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Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough SN8 3DW

Designed by Boulton and Watt, the two beam engines, one dating from 1812, operate a huge cast-iron beam and were originally used to pump water up the canal. Restored in recent years and powered by steam, they can occasionally be seen working - an impressive spectacle. Crofton stands by the Kennet and Avon Canal, near Great Bedwyn.

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Castle Combe, Chippenham SN14 7HN

Voted the prettiest village in England in 1962 and occupying a snug spot amid trees and hidden valleys, it's not surprising that Castle Combe is one of the region's most popular attractions. At one time the village was an important weaving community dotted with fulling mills. Expect handsome houses, chocolate-box cottages, several inns and a tearoom.

Walking

Lacock is not just about handsome buildings and centuries of history. Starting in the village, you can sample a choice of fine circular walks of varying grades and distances. Not far away is Corsham where you can take a stroll in Corsham Park, enjoying its peaceful atmosphere and lake views. Also close by are the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Cotswolds, great for country walks. For something a bit different, try Bath, the ideal city for walking. One of its most popular trails is the Bath Skyline Walk, a six-mile loop through glorious neighbouring countryside.

Cycling

Around the villages of Lacock and Whitley, there’s a network of winding lanes and hidden tracks – perfect for cycling. To the north lie the Cotswolds and away to the east are the breezy expanses of the Marlborough Downs. The countryside around the nearby village of Box is also great for cycling – a superb mix of level terrain and dramatic landscape characterised by rolling fields, drystone walls and breathtaking views.

Events

March is the month for the annual Bath Literature Festival, the end of May is the date for the four-day Chippenham
Folk Festival, while June is when you’ll find the Corsham Walking Festival, offering a good selection of local trails to fascinating sites and ancient landmarks. The same month sees the town’s Pound Arts Summer Festival. Bradford-on-Avon stages talks, film shows and a comedy club during the year and in September the town hosts a popular annual walking festival.

Getting there

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Lacock is signposted off A350 between Chippenham and Melksham.

Address:

, Lacock, Wiltshire , SN15 2LB

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