The Pear Tree Inn

Whitley, Wiltshire

There is a great sense of fun at this 17th-century village pub, now run as a bar-and-restaurant-with rooms by Jackie Cosens and Adrian Jenkins – she the life and soul front-of-house, he the chef. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There is a great sense of fun at this 17th-century village pub, now run as a bar-and-restaurant-with rooms by Jackie Cosens and Adrian Jenkins – she the life and soul front-of-house, he the chef. The ‘wonderful inn, set in secluded grounds’, enters the Guide this year at the urging of a reader. Named after pear varieties, the bedrooms are ‘comfortable and styled to reflect a modern take on a farmhouse’. Some have a wall of Cole & Son’s ‘Woods and Pears’ wallpaper or a frame from a Desperate Dan or Dennis the Menace comic strip. Dog-friendly annexe rooms have outdoor access via French doors. A family suite has a king-size bed, a ‘quirky snug’, two single beds on a mezzanine, and a private terrace. ‘Our daughter was enchanted by her own space.’ All rooms have fresh milk, home-made biscuits and Bramley toiletries. Produce from local farmers and growers, fish from British waters, and free-range, traceable meat appear in such dishes as River Fowey mussels; chargrilled dry-aged steak; and grilled cauliflower on white-bean mash with kale pesto and kibbled onions. Breakfast is ‘top-notch’. (Nicola Gray)

Hotel details

Address

Top Lane
Whitley
Melksham
Wiltshire
SN12 8QX
England

Telephone

01225 704966

Bedrooms

8. 4 in converted barn, 
1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar/snug, 2 dining rooms, garden (alfresco dining), in-room TV (terrestrial), parking, restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

in restaurants and bar.

Children

all ages welcomed (free cot, extra bed £15).

Dogs

in barn annexe bedrooms, bar and Garden Room restaurant (not Sun Room), £12.50 a night.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £95–£150, D,B&B £145–£200. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings refused Fri and Sat.