The Somerford Arms, a cosy village pub serving delicious traditional food with a contemporary twist. Treat yourself to lunch, dinner or a leisurely breakfast at the end of the week. As a Free House, choose from a selection of real ales, a variety of wines and soft drinks or combine one of the distinctive Illy coffee options with delicious cakes or pastries for morning coffee or afternoon tea.
From 15 July 2017, the pub has been under new management, Fay & Tony Stallan. Former residents of Little Somerford, they bring with them a wealth of knowledge and delicious food, having successfully established and run Fay’s Bistro in Calne for the last four years. Although she spent many years in Corporate Marketing, Fay had a passion for good food and cooking delicious meals for friends, so she followed her dream to create her bistro and is now delighted be joined by most of the former staff at The Somerford Arms to deliver her exciting new menu created from fresh, high quality locally sourced produce.
History of The Somerford Arms
There has been a pub on this site for well over 100 years and although it is now a free house it spent several years tied to a Brewery. Initially, it was known as the Three Crowns however the name was changed in the 1960s to The Little Somerford Arms (the old sign is on display in the pub). It was sold in the mid-1990s and reopened as “Simply Oz” with Australian themed food. Early in the new millennium the pub was renamed “The Saladin” (after the balloon flown by local MP, Walter Powell) and was remodeled and run as a more traditional pub and restaurant for the following decade. The pub was then closed for a couple of years until five local people bought the property and, following renovation, reopened as The Somerford Arms on 1 September 2012, with Emma Burton and Paul Holmes at the helm.
The Facebook site for The Somerford Arms has an album of vintage photographs taken in the 1930s and 1960s, by courtesy of Trevor House, whose family held the tenancy before, during and after the Second World War.