At the heart of Maiden Bradley, a quiet village in Wiltshire, you’ll find The Bradley Hare.
Born out of a collaboration of multidisciplinary minds, The Bradley Hare has put sleepy Wiltshire on the proverbial map. Frequented by locals and out-of-towners, this well-heeled pub with rooms promises visitors an escape from the freneticism of daily life and a chance to exhale.
The Packing Edit
A cosy-come-chic pub with rooms.
Easy on the eye bedroom interiors, designed by James Thurstan Waterworth, ex-European Design Director for Soho House, are rather seducing. With 12 rooms in all, seven of which are located in the main house, and a further five situated in the Coach House, each one is unique. If we were to choose favourites, we’d spotlight the Coach House Upper, complete with calming interiors, an XL freestanding bath, and a sinkable king-sized bed capped with a bedhead repurposed from rugs. Rooms located in the main house are more traditional in design, with Georgian wallpapers and a mishmash of 18th– and 19th-century antique furniture. Contemporary artwork adds a certain levity to sleeping quarters.
The Little Extras
A small mini bar is stocked with snacks including Two Farmers crisps, rhubarb and custard hard-boiled sweets from The Natural Candy Shop, and more. Tea and coffee making facilities are also available.
In the bathroom you’ll find Evolve toiletries – an organic beauty brand we’re utterly smitten with.
The Food + Drink
Serving pub classics with a contemporary twist, the menu – devised by Nye Smith – is compact and ever-changing. Choose to dine/drink in one of two spaces: one is a little smarter and intended for main meals, while the other space (which also houses the bar) is fuss-free and ultra laidback, kitted out with large patterned rugs, abstract art, and vintage Turkish kilims, and other playful touches.
Placing focus on fresh and seasonal ingredients, dishes are adapted according to availability from the kitchen’s local greengrocer, fishmonger, butcher, and game dealer. The culinary team also work closely with the Maiden Bradley Community allotment, growing a carefully selected mix of specialty vegetables, herbs, and botanicals for use in both the kitchen and bar. Menu highlights include: the hearty beef burger served with fries and slaw as well as the chicken, ham, leek, and tarragon pie. Pair with a local ale or a more adventurous pour. Bit of a sweet tooth? The panna cotta is just the ticket.
Breakfast is a simple affair. A well-worn wooden table serves as the continental breakfast bar, decorated with pastries, cereals, granola, yoghurt, fruits (both fresh and poached), cold meats and cheeses, and fresh juices. The bar is also well stocked with the latest broadsheets and their supplements, which are best consumed alongside your morning meal.
The To-Do List
The picturesque towns of Bruton, Frome, and Bath are all a short drive away. Our vote: venture to Bruton and soak up the creativity at Hauser and Wirth, before wondering at nearby King Alfred’s Tower.