A303, Junction Berwick St James; 1 minute
Tues–Sat Noon–3pm, 6pm–11pm
Sun Noon–3pm, 7pm–10.30pm
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
A crackling fire, cascading hanging baskets and cosy nooks: The Boot is the sort of charismatic pub where help-yourself roasties are left on the bar on a Sunday afternoon. It’s housed in a 17th-century, ivy-dressed building in the handsome village of Berwick St James, itself the kind of village where home-grown veg and honesty boxes stand by front walls.
Travellers, many fresh from visits to Stonehenge up the road, rub shoulders with ale-drinking locals and day-tripping families. Children fly out into the lawned beer garden where there are picnic benches for al fresco dining and plenty of space for spontaneous games.
Lunches of stilton hummus, platters of home-smoked meats or gin-cured salmon are followed by tasty dinners of rabbit leg casserole, lamb chops and potato salad with Cornish lemon sole and cockles. Save space for one of Giles’s lip-smacking desserts, perhaps rhubarb fool with pink peppercorn shortbread or chocolate ale cake.