The Somerford Arms, a cosy village pub specialising in local produce to create delicious traditional food with a contemporary twist for lunch and dinner. As a Free House, choose from a selection of real ales, a variety of wines, soft drinks or fresh coffee.
In March 2018 Kate Moss and Jim Hedges took over the helm. Kate brings her experience to the front of house while Jim and his son Will bring their skills as talented chefs to the kitchen. Following his initial training with the Roux brothers at Le Gavroche, over the last 25 years Jim has established a number of businesses to great acclaim. Most recently over ten years he built a successful business at The Biddestone Arms where his menus received impressive reviews and he received awards for his speciality pies at the British Pie Awards.
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 by Sue Robson. 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. When Paul moved on to a new opportunity, former residents of Little Somerford and owners of Fay’s bistro in Calne, Fay & Tony Stallan, took over the pub, successfully introducing a wonderful breakfast and afternoon tea menu to the extensive lunch and dinner options.
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