Horse Guards

Brokenborough, Wiltshire

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Horse Guards, Brokenborough, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 0HZ

(01666) 822302


Signed from Malmesbury on Tetbury road

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Well run 18th-c village dining pub with fresh modern décor, beams and some bare stone walls in cosy bar, large two-way woodburner, lower plainer back part mainly for eating, good home-made food using local ingredients including seasonal game, well kept Uley and a guest, interesting wines from shortish list, welcoming owners and friendly staff; children and dogs allowed, two comfortable bedrooms, closed Mon lunchtime

Licensee Information

Arthur and Janette Grün

What the licensee says

An early C17 country pub of Cotswold stone construction in the tiny village of Brokenborough, The Rose and Crown is the quintessential rural oasis in an ever manic world. On the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire border The Rose and Crown offers the tranquility and atmosphere expected of a Cotswold pub but is close to Malmesbury and Tetbury as well as main road communications links in the South Cotswolds. Originally a farm worker's home by 1830 it was already a pub known as The Crown and had become The Rose and Crown by 1840. It became a Free House after Whitbread sold the pub privately in the late C20. Owners Arthur and Janette Grun bought the pub in 2004 and set about a quiet revolution to return the pub to its roots as a country pub embodying all the qualities so sadly lacking in more and more pubs these days - welcoming hosts, warm hospitality, excellent local real ales, imaginative a la carte and pub classic menus and a varied wine list offering quality as well as value. Pursuing a policy of local sourcing unrestricted to just food, The Rose and Crown only stocks real ales from local breweries which only distribute locally. Such real ales don't come any better in the South Cotswolds than from Uley Ales. Uley Bitter and the stronger, darker Old Spot are permanent fixtures demonstrating to locals and visitors alike a true taste of the Cotswolds. The emphasis on quality is further underlined with Budvar and Becks IV lagers, Stowford Press cider and Guinness also available on tap. Despite a lack of local vineyards the local theme is continued in the wine list with the use of independent Talking Wines from Cirencester as supplier. With a minimum of 9 wines available by the glass, there is something for everybody with a thirst. However it must be said that the owners are justly proud of the pub's roots and the quality and taste of the real ales are the benchmark for the pub.The menu covers a range of food from classic pub dishes to a la carte specialities. All dishes are home cooked and the ingredients sourced from suppliers within 30 miles of the pub. Special mention must be made of the organic pork products from rare Berkshire breed pigs from a farm in Brokenborough itself - proof definite of the local sourcing policy in use. The same organic pork is used as one of the mouth watering roasts available every Sunday lunch. Head chef Paul Carpenter has raised the bar constantly since taking over the position and the quality, consistency and imagination which goes into his dishes has earned both him and the pub an envious reputation locally. During Autumn 2007, Arthur and Janette oversaw the total refurbishment of the front bar areas and have planning approval to replace the entire rear of the pub with a 2 storey construction which will provide 5 double guest bedrooms, a function room, a coffee lounge as well as anew restaurant and kitchen. The transformation of the pub is intended to only enhance its reputation as a warm, welcoming pub with excellent food and drink. The refurbished bar offers Cotswold stone walls, real oak flooring and a giant, double wood burning stove to ensure diners and drinkers alike can relax in comfort and warmth regardless of how cold outside. The emphasis is very much on convivial informality with the owners sensitive to The Rose and Crown being first and foremost a pub in which customers can relax and enjoy themselves whether dining or drinking or both. There is nothing pretentious nor affected about the owners or the atmosphere. Over the last 4 years, the owners have built up a loyal local customer base and, true to its countryside roots, hosts the local pheasant shoot (Plenty of game on the menu in season!) and is a regular venue for Beaufort Hunt meets. The local Rotary Club regard the pub as home and regular events involving the village are also held in the pub. On a larger scale the pub is increasingly gaining popularity as a wedding reception venue, with the large south and west facing garden offering an ideal summer al fresco environment or, alternatively, an ideal situation for a marquee. Whilst the recent refurbishment work is testament to the owners' commitment to providing a country pub of the highest quality, the work has only just begun but rest assured what will emerge will still carry the quality and value in all that is on offer that has become the hallmark of Arthur and Janette's tenure.


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Previous Reviews

A warm ambiance of a traditional beer serving pub nestled in the cotswolds but within easy distance of main transport routes. The food is excellent, traditional English fare with hearty locally caught game birds and an abundance of organic local produce on the menu. The pork belly is to die for as is the pidgeon starter. The landlord has a broad background and takes and active interest in his clients, a pub where you can take the family, romance the mistress or stand at the bar and laugh with the locals and always be welcome on your return. The beer is excellent as you'd expect.

What a lovely country pub! A warm welcome with a wood burning fire! After a cold winter walk with the dog, we sat down to a beef Sunday roast with the best Yorkshire pudding I have had in a long time! Proper bitter from a local brewery and proper cider on tap - what more could you ask for? Plenty of room in the restaurant area for families or smaller, more intimate areas for couples. Definately worth the walk...some beautiful countryside around and plenty of parking if you can't face walking!

Good beer, good food, good company, good landlord and lady, good location, good value... what more can I say!!??! We will be returning on a regular basis!

My friends and I eat here on Saturday night we had a wide range of high quality local food to choose from and it was all served pomptly with a smile. The wine choice was really good and although early the atmosphere was really upbeat. good ciders and beers. We will visit more often all round quality and value a credit to the area

What makes a good pub is the landlord and landlady, and Arthur & Jeanette are very welcoming & totally professional. So the fact that you will enjoy really good, and value for money, meals, and excellent beer & a good range of wines, will not be a surprise! An excellent, genuine pub, well worth visiting.

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