The Beckford Arms

Tisbury, Wiltshire

The bar was 'buzzing with convivial chatter’ when readers arrived at this Georgian dining pub-with-rooms on the edge of the rolling parkland of the Fonthill Estate. More

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The bar was ‘buzzing with convivial chatter’ when readers arrived at this Georgian dining pub-with-rooms on the edge of rolling parkland on the Fonthill Estate. It was here that Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton set the template for a handful of similarly fun, laid-back, brilliant boozers (see The Talbot Inn, Mells; The Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St George; and The Bath Arms, Horningsham). These are very ‘people’ places, with valued, motivated staff. ‘James, the manager, is seemingly everywhere, sorting problems calmly and effortlessly.’ Bedrooms have a stripped-back stylishness, home-made treats, Bramley toiletries, a restful palette. Some have an in-room freestanding bath. Attic rooms will sleep a family while self-catering lodges are a walk away, on the estate. The food is a mix of pub classics (a ploughman’s perhaps, or cider-battered fish and chips), and dishes such as roasted venison loin, black pudding croquette, celeriac purée, cavolo nero, blackberries. Wash it down with a glass of their own Beckford Phoenix. In winter, log fires burn, in summer there are alfresco pizzas and barbecues. A ‘relaxed breakfast’ brings eggs from very happy hens. (Tessa Stuart)

Hotel details


Fonthill Gifford


01747 870385


10. 2 in lodges on the Fonthill Estate.


all year except 25 Dec.


sitting room (sometimes Sunday classic-movie nights), bar, restaurant, private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), function facilities, 1-acre garden, parking.

Background music

in public areas all day.


all ages welcomed, travel cot £10, over-3s £25, family room, no children under 8 in lodges.


allowed in 1 bedroom by arrangement (£10) and public areas.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £105, family room from £135 (lodges £195). À la carte £40. 1-night bookings usually refused at weekends (but check).

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Comments about The Beckford Arms

A lovely old Georgian inn. Our room was bright and light. We loved the artwork, the atmosphere, the surroundings, the excellent staff, the good housekeeping, and the comfortable bed......and of course the superb dinner: choice is plentiful and cooking is top class, with local quality local ingredients and suppliers. Excellent service from an enthusiastic team. . - Pat and Jeremy Temple - May 2019

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