We visited the Duke Hotel to see if it might be suitable for a lunch-time get-together with friends in the summer.
What we found was a very comfortable, small (5 room), hotel with a first-class, reasonably-priced, restaurant. The starters were excellent - and more than ample! (My wife had the warm chicken and bacon salad and I had the garlic mushrooms.) And our mains, the sea bass and the lamb chump - particularly the lamb chump - were exceptional! And finally - almost too full to move - we shared a sticky toffee pudding that ranks among the best we've ever had! The wine list featured a selection of very good Old and New World wines at very reasonable prices - with three reds and three whites available by the glass. Rose and champagne were also available.
Breakfast ranged from a very light option to a full English Breakfast - and excellent coffee. The only down side was a lack of fresh fruit.
We'll be back - both for our summer get-together and to spend another night or two.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family run B&B with a friendly bar and restaurant area serving home cooked food. Situated in the delightful Wiltshire village of Hilmarton, with views of the rolling countryside and St Laurence Church. Ideally located for both business travel and tourism alike. Just off the M4 motorway, approx 20 minutes from Swindon & 30 minutes from the Roman city of Bath. Wiltshire has the most ancient historical sites in Europe, and an abundance of walks, bridal ways and trails around the North Wessex Downs. A beautiful place to visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Duke Hotel Calne, Wiltshire, UK