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The Wheatsheaf
Feast loves a gastro pub and The Wheatsheaf is top of the game in terms of gastro; exceptional food from Ramsay- trained head chef Eddy Rains and Barton family-run pub; a welcoming 15th century building, rustic, bright, and open. The table is laid in terms of environment and quality, so to the menu – choose from daily specials, the Market Menu or the à la carte. An even share of  sh and meat really well positioned price-wise – starters from £8 and mains up to £25, and a three-course Market Meal at just under £20.
Chef is happy to mix and match from any of the menus and we did exactly that! The Brixam scallops and River Ex mussel thermidor were full of sea notes, seared precisely and smooth. The wild mushroom and Barkham Blue cheese lasagne with crisp sage was an absolute treat and bowl-presented with a creative twist. The Ashcombe Estate partridge and duck terrine with Cumberland chutney was generous in portion size and game  avours. Mains of Wiltshire venison, Creedy Carver duck breast, wood pigeon, and local rabbit all illustrate the very real rural in uence on The Wheatsheaf.
The wine cellars play a big part in The Wheatsheaf lifestyle and re ect Ian Barton’s passion for European wines. He feels the quality wines of the New World are prohibitively
expensive and he also has a carbon conscience – why import from so far a eld? Hear hear! So it is the best of Europe that you will  nd by the bottle and glass.
The blackcurrant cheesecake and blackcurrant meringue was constructed, creative, colourful, and a pleasure to all of our party! Other desserts showcase the orchard and a good selection of British cheeses.
This is the sort of pub where one would feel at home even when travelling alone – the two delightful host spaniels are good company and obviously menu connoisseurs!
Make a break of your Wheatsheaf excursion, book into one of the delightful Mr and Mrs Smith recommended double rooms and settle in for a day or more of  ne gastro indulgence – absolute heaven! 01225 833504
Combe Hay, BA2 7EG.

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