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Lunch at The Beckford Arms

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food and drink


Compton McRae

Visit this shop and cafe to celebrate everything that is good about food.
Whether it is to buy a gift, enjoy a delicious lunch in the cafe with friends or indulge in a freshly sliced charcuterie platter with a glass of wine. 

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01747 448 750


semley village stores

A community shop situated in the centre of the village stocking all the essentials and some of life’s little luxuries – as well as fresh tea, coffee, cold drinks and snacks. It makes a huge effort  to support great local food and drink producers.

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01747 830 832


the beckford arms

This is a traditional yet stylish country inn  just under 9 minutes by car from Semley. The pub has an oak stool lined bar that is stocked with local ales, a restaurant serving unpretentious, seasonal food and a sun-filled terrace with a wood-fired pizza oven for the summer months.

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01747 870 385 


benett arms

This is a traditional 17th century pub with straightforward pub food (steak, pies, fish & chips burgers, sandwiches etc) and very well kept beers. There is outside seating on the Common as well as a boule pitch.

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01747 830 221



3 minutes by car from Semley. A magical 18th century walled garden; it serves coffees and teas as well as seasonal dishes based on its own produce. Booking is advisable and essential for the evenings.

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01747 870 444


the grosvenor arms

The Grosvenor Arms in Hindon is a an old coaching inn. Steeped in history & bang in the middle of the English countryside just 10 minutes by car from Semley, with rooms and a pizza shed.

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01747 820 696

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The tithe barn at Messums in Tisbury 

places to visit

worth a look


messums wiltshire

10 minutes drive from Semley is the Grade 1 Listed thatched Tithe Barn at Place Farm, Tisbury, the largest tithe barn in England.  The barn, which is a scheduled Ancient Monument, is now a stunning multi-purpose gallery and arts centre run by Messums Wiltshire.

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01747 445 042


old wardour castle

Discover Wiltshire’s fairytale castle.

It was famously used in the filming of 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves', as the ancestral home of Robin.

Today, surrounded by landscaped grounds and age-old trees, Old Wardour is a tranquil location for picnics and perfect for little adventurers to explore. 5 minute drive

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gold hill shaftesbury

Made famous by Hovis, Gold Hill was the setting for the much loved 1973 TV advert that featured the bread delivery boy pushing his bike up the steep ancient cobbled hill.

Surrounded by the Dorset countryside, in the heart of Shaftesbury, Gold Hill looks down from the steep incline to the town below, offering a panoramic view of the town and runs beside the Grade I listed walls of Shaftesbury Abbey which date back to the 1360s. 



A breathtaking 18th century landscape garden with lakeside walks, grottoes and classical temples is only the beginning.

You can also visit Stourhead House, a Palladian mansion with a fantastic regency library and beautiful art collection.

Then why not climb the 205 steps to the top of King Alfred's Tower for vistas over Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

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hauser & wirth, bruton

A pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre, which acts as a destination for experiencing art and architecture through new and innovative exhibitions of contemporary art. A landscaped garden, designed for the gallery by renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf, includes a 1.5 acre perennial meadow. 25 minute drive from Semley

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01749 814 060



This must-see monument is a powerful testament to human ingenuity, imagination and creativity, and a visit offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Experience the unforgettable atmosphere of the Stone Circle and follow in the footsteps of the prehistoric people who lived here 4,000 years ago.

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