Timbrell’s Yard Pub with rooms in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Prices from:
£85 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Beautifully revamped riverside inn
  • Cool, contemporary interior
  • Passion for local producers
  • Good modern food served all day
  • Stylish bedrooms; best have river views

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Complimentary Bramley Bath Product to take home with you

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Overview

Timbrell’s Yard Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DE

The personal touch

Rob & Camille Greacen’s cool little pub company expanded to three in March 2015 following the completion of a mind-boggling, two-year refurbishment (and expansion) of this stunning riverside property, Timbrell’s Yard in the heart of Bradford-on-Avon. They have lovingly transformed the Grade II listed building, formerly a run-down boozer, into a very stylish inn. Interior designer Ali Gutteridge has successfully combined the building’s traditional features with a contemporary design and the place is full of quirky detail touches that give the place a real wow factor. Think, exposed painted metal supports and RSJs in the bar, a nod to the town’s industrial past, a modern airy dining room with a mezzanine overlooking the open kitchen, and decorative patchwork tiles on stairways and in the bathrooms, to name but a few.

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcomed in the bar and all of the bedrooms (£10 per stay).

Sticky fingers

Children are welcomed at any time of the day and they have their own menu, which includes organic beef burger, fish fillet, steak, and sausages, all served with chips and salad, plus many of the main dishes are offered in smaller portions. Staying overnight, then there’s a cot (free) and z-beds (£20 a night) available.

Alfresco

Arrive early to bag a table on the front terrace overlooking the River Avon and church.

What’s on?

The Club Room adjacent to the restaurant overlooks the river and is perfect for private parties and functions.

What’s the Damage?

17 doubles £85 – £195

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking: limited free parking at inn; two pay & display car parks adjacent
  • dinner allowance for the inclusive dinner rate is £27.50 per person, or £55 per couple
Sleep

Timbrell’s Yard Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DE

Do not disturb

Upstairs there are 17 individually designed bedrooms, each filled with quirky design touches that will make you smile. Six rooms are located on two floors above the original inn, so expect a wealth of original features, including sagging ceiling beams (painted white), deep window seats with views of the river and church, and whitewashed stone walls. The two largest rooms here have claw-foot baths in the room. Four stylish mezzanine rooms, with bed and shower rooms on the upper floor, are housed in the conversion of an old gym set beside the river and all have a contemporary Scandinavian feel. Set on one level, Room 205 is the pick of the gym rooms – the big bed enjoys heavenly views of the church spire. Throughout the rooms you’ll find a pleasing mix of painted furniture, antique desks, shades of white and dusty greys, splashes of bold colours, unusual metal lamps, the odd French antique bed (Room 103), rooms with stylish statement wallpapers, and beautifully tiled bathrooms with vast walk-in showers.

Creature comforts

Merino wool cushions and throws; Bramley bathroom products; bathrobes; fresh Mozzo coffee & home-made biscuits; lifestyle & local magazines.

Gadgets

Smart TVs; Pure radios; free wi-fi.

What’s for Breakfast?

Breakfast smoothies; Yoghurt & granola; Bertinet pastries; grilled Cornish kipper; Trealy Farm ham, egg & toast; full English breakfast – Old Spot pork sausage, free-range eggs, Trealy Farm black pudding, home-made baked beans.

What’s the Damage?

17 doubles £85 – £195

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking: limited free parking at inn; two pay & display car parks adjacent
  • dinner allowance for the inclusive dinner rate is £27.50 per person, or £55 per couple
Eat & Drink

Timbrell’s Yard Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DE

Mastering the menu

Fresh, simply prepared food is delivered from the spanking new and very impressive open kitchen, the menu evolving throughout the day from breakfast (open to non-residents) at 7am to dinner ending at 9.45pm, with bar snacks, sandwiches, small plates and salads served throughout the day, along with tea and cake during the afternoon. Former River Cottage chef Tom Blake, who is the Draco Pub Group executive chef, oversees the kitchen, developing menus with head chef and ex-Gary Rhodes chef, Ricky Ford. Only the best West Country produce is used, with local suppliers showcased on boards around the restaurant walls, and the all-encompassing menu offers a good range of dishes (& prices) to appeal to all tastes and appetites, from interesting tapas-style bar snacks to enjoy with a pint, to healthy salad options (lightly spiced chicken, quinoa, chicory), and smaller dishes for those popping in for a light bite – the Dorset crab on toast is a real winner. Main courses combine classics with more innovative modern dishes. Menus change on a daily basis and you can eat by the fire in the bar, or in the airy dining room overlooking the kitchen, river and church.

On the menu

Dorset crab on toast, lemon, fennel & rocket salad
Twice-baked smoked Pollack& Blue Vinney cheese soufflé
Roast hake, grilled leeks, crispy Trealy coppa
Braised beef shin & kidney pudding, mash, greens
Herb-crusted rump of lamb, chargrilled spring onions, fregola, radishes, crème fraiche
Ty Ruby Red beef burger, Westcombe cheddar, truffle mayonnaise, chips
Chocolate & salt caramel tart, Ivy House cream, honeycomb
Custard tart, stem ginger ice cream

Sunday Roasts

Roast beef sirloin, red wine gravy, Yorkshire pudding
Downland Farm pork loin, pulled shoulder, fennel & sea salt crackling
Roast chicken breast, chorizo stuffing
Whole roasted bream, wild garlic butter

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 11am (non-residents from 9am)
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm (until 5pm Sunday)
Afternoon: 3pm – 6pm for cakes & bar snacks
Dinner: 6pm – 9.45pm

Local, local, local

Cakes, pastries & bread – Bertinet Bakery (www.bertinetbakery.com)
Yoghurts – Brown Cow Organics, Pilton (www.browncoworganics.co.uk)
Seasonal vegetables – Stills Farm, Bromham (www.pagetsproduce.co.uk)
Fish – Cove South West, Poole
Gloucester Old Spot pork – Downland Farm, Melksham (www.downlandproduce.co.uk) & Jim Baker Butchers, Wedmore
Beer – Bath Ales (www.bathales.com); Cheddar Ales (www.cheddarales.co.uk); Box Steam Brewery (www.boxsteambrewery.com)
Cider – Orchard Pig (www.orchardpig.co.uk); Norcotts (www.nortcottscider.co.uk)
Spirits – Bath Gin (www.thebathgincompany.co.uk)

Behind the bar

Sourcing from quality local producers extends to an impressive drinks list. Timbrell’s Yard is very much a place to come to drink as well as to eat and stay, the heavy oak front door opens into the cool and contemporary bar space and the expansive tiled-fronted bar counter draws you in for a refreshing cool drink. Look to the chalkboard above the bar for a quick overview of what’s on offer, perhaps top-notch ales and craft beers like Box Steam Piston Broke, Bath Gem, Freedom Organic Ale, and Meantime London Stout. Cider drinkers will not be disappointed, the choice including Sandford Orchards Devon Mist and the very local Honey’s Midford Cider. In addition, there’s a short global list of wines selected from artisan producers, with 18 offered by the glass, vodka and gin from boutique brands like Chase, Sipsmith, Grey Goose, and including Bath Gin, and a good range of juices and mixers from small, local producers such as Frobishers, Orchard Pig, Luscombe Organics, and Fentimans.

Bar snacks

(all £3.75)
Venison chipolatas, mushroom ketchup
Mackerel ceviche, mustard crème fraiche
Chorizo sausage rolls, fennel seeds, apple slaw

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?

17 doubles £85 – £195

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking: limited free parking at inn; two pay & display car parks adjacent
  • dinner allowance for the inclusive dinner rate is £27.50 per person, or £55 per couple
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 - Timbrell’s Yard

2

The Bertinet Kitchen, 12 St Andrew's Terrace, Bath BA1 2QR

Owned and run by French chef and baker, Richard Bertinet, The Bertinet Kitchen opened in September 2005 in the centre of Bath and offers a range of bakery courses for amateurs and professionals alike. The Bertinet Bakery also has three shops and cafes in Bath selling the bread and pastries, which also appear on the menu at Timbrell's Yard.

3

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.

5

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 - Timbrell’s Yard

Activities

3

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.

4

Thermae Bath Spa, Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street, Bath BA1 1SJ

Surrounded by Bath's fine architecture, book a two-hour, four-hour or full-day spa sessions, which includes access to an open-air rooftop pool with spectacular views of the city, the Minerva bath, which has grand columns and gentle lighting, and the steam rooms, each of which is infused with an aromatic essence. It's a unique experience, blending the best of the historic Spa with contemporary design.

5

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.

6

Boat Hire, Devizes SN10 2AZ

If you enjoy cruising Britain's historic inland waterways at a gentle pace, then you'll want to head for Devizes Marina where you can hire a 30-ft boat for a day and enjoy a lock-free trip on the picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal.

Shopping

13

The Mulberry Factory Shop, Shepton Mallet BA4 5NF

A wide selection of Mulberry accessories and limited edition samples can be found housed in a former school building in rural Somerset. Here you'll find perfect examples of clothes, fabrics and Mulberry's famous leather bags.

14

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.

15

The Corridor, Bath BA1 5AP

The Corridor in Bath is one of the world's oldest shopping arcades, opening on 12th October 1825. Take a stroll here and you'll discover a great mix of independent retailers.

16

Timber-Treasures, Abbey Green, Bath BA1 1NW

If you are planning a little retail therapy in Bath, make a point of visiting Timber-Treasures at Abbey Green. Frequently used as a film set and close to the Roman Baths Museum, the setting has changed little since Jane Austen came here in the 1800s. Timber-Treasures specialises in handmade wooden gifts, many of which are designed by the owner, and also stocks a range of garden and kitchenware.

17

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

7

Stonehenge SP4 7DE

This World Heritage Site is at least 5,000 years old and is the most famous prehistoric monument in Britain, perhaps. No one knows its exact purpose or how the smaller bluestones were brought here from Pembrokeshire. From every angle Stonehenge looks stunning but especially from a distance when the ancient stones blend into the timeless downland setting.

8

Longleat, Warminster BA12 7NW

Standing in extensive parkland near Frome and Warminster, Longleat House is a perfect example of Elizabethan architecture. The house includes many fine paintings and artefacts, and possibly the most valuable private library in the world. Longleat is also renowned for its safari park.

9

East Somerset Railway, Cranmore BA4 4QP

Discover the great days of steam travel on a visit to the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore, near Shepton Mallet. The line runs for 2½ miles and the railway company hosts regular events throughout the year.

10

Old Theatre Royal & Masonic Museum, 12 Old Orchard Street, Bath BA1 1JU

One of Bath’s architectural gems, this fascinating building has a unique history dating back over 260 years. It was originally a theatre, then a Catholic chapel where Bishops were ordained, then home to one of England’s oldest provincial Masonic lodges. A one-hour guided tour explains everything.

11

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.

12

The Jane Austen Centre, 40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT

This is where you can discover the world of Jane Austen, one of our most celebrated novelists, and study exhibits that illustrate her life in Bath. Situated in the heart of the city, the Jane Austen Centre also includes an award-winning Regency tea room and a gift shop.

19

Bath Abbey, Bath BA1 1LT

Pilgrims have been coming to Bath Abbey for centuries and happily the tradition continues today with over 400,000 annual visitors making their way to this ancient place of worship. Inside, our frantic world seems to pause for a moment as the Abbey’s magnificent architecture vies for your attention. Look at the exquisite East End window and you’ll see that it contains 56 scenes in the life of Jesus Christ.

Walking

www.bradfordonavon.co.uk
www.walkinginwiltshire.org.uk
www.visitwiltshire.co.uk
www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
www.visitbath.co.uk
Bradford on Avon lies at the heart of some great walking country and in many cases you don’t even have to take the car to reach the start of the route. For example, from the town centre you can follow the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath towards Bath, making for handsome Avoncliff Aqueduct, where there’s a handy tea room. Bath is the ideal city for walking; one of its most popular trails is the Bath Skyline Walk, a six-mile loop through glorious neighbouring countryside. Elsewhere, there are lovely walks to the south of Bath and Bradford on Avon and in the southern half of the Cotswolds not far to the north.

Cycling

www.cycle-route.com
www.sustrans.org.uk
www.twotunnels.org.uk
Cycling is a fantastic way to discover Bradford on Avon and Bath. Starting just outside the city is the Colliers Way, a 23-mile cycle trail taking you south into the countryside around Radstock and Frome. A recent addition to the list of routes is the Two Tunnels Greenway, which allows you to discover the former railway tunnels in the south of Bath (the new route links up with the National Cycle Network).

Events

www.bradfordonavon.co.uk
If walking is your passion, you’ll probably want to visit Bradford on Avon in September when the town hosts its very popular annual walking festival. Visit the Bradford on Avon website and you’ll find there are also talks, film shows and a comedy club taking place throughout the year. Talking of comedy, March is when Bath stages its highly successful Comedy Festival, while in July it’s the Bath Guitar Festival, an annual event that has been running for over 20 years. The Royal Bath and West Show is one of the region’s biggest fixtures and runs for four days during May.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Timbrell’s Yard is located beside the River Avon in the town centre, adjacent to St Margaret’s Street car park, which is signed off Silver Street just south of the river.

By Train: Bradford on Avon railway station (London Waterloo to Bristol line) is just a short walk from the inn.

Address:

49 St. Margaret's Street,, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DE

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