Great British boltholes: Inside an AA ‘pub of the year’ that’s the beating heart of an ancient village and wows with immaculate bedrooms and a hot tub in secluded grounds
- The Three Daggers in Wlitshire is owned by Chad Pike, a vice-chairman of a New York-based investment firm
- The pub features three bedrooms with ‘expensive finishes and a clever mix of modern and traditional’
- Each room has a well-designed bathroom, with Neal’s Yard products and fluffy robes
- Pike has also opened a restaurant on the site along with a microbrewery, farm shop, cafe, hot tub and sauna
Five pubs once served the lucky residents of Edington, a historic village tucked away just below Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. Today there is just one, but what a glorious place it is.
Opened as the Paulet Arms in 1750, there were fears it too had closed for good in 2009, but like a modern-day fairy tale, a rich American rode to the rescue.
Chad Pike, originally from Ohio and vice-chairman of a New York-based investment firm, already owned a nearby farm (and a swish ski chalet in Colorado).
Pet project: Dogs are allowed in the bar at the Three Daggers in Wiltshire. The pub was recently named the AA Pub of the Year for England
The pub dates back to 1750 and there were fears it had closed for good in 2009, but American Chad Pike came to the rescue and he has spent a decade sprucing the place up
After snapping up the empty pub, he and his team got busy, including renaming it The Three Daggers.
Over the past decade they have added three immaculate bedrooms with expensive finishes and a clever mix of modern and traditional.
There are exposed beams, neutral colours and the occasional sheepskin rug to make everywhere feel cosy.
Each room has a well-designed bathroom, with Neal’s Yard products and fluffy robes. The largest room, Coulston, has a clawfoot bath where you can soak after a long walk on Salisbury Plain.
There is a hot tub and sauna in a secluded spot next to the pub, installed by its owner
The Three Daggers’ modern British restaurant serves up a three-course menu for about £32
One of the pub’s three ‘immaculate’ bedrooms
Each room has use of a shared lounge and a pantry stocked with fresh bread, jam, teas, coffee, chessboards and Scrabble.
Pike has also opened a modern British restaurant and converted a six-bedroom cottage opposite the pub into a holiday home.
Oh yes, he’s also introduced a microbrewery, a farm shop and cafe. There’s even a hot tub and sauna in a secluded spot of the grounds.
While this may sound a bit OTT for an ancient English village, it works. There’s now a buzzing atmosphere and a new community hub for Edington.
During our visit, locals were in the bar watching a Six Nations rugby match. Farmers drank pints of Three Daggers ale, while families with dogs happily shared gossip and bottles of wine in cleverly designed wooden booths. All was banter and bonhomie.
It comes as little surprise to learn that The Three Daggers was recently named the AA Pub of the Year for England.
The USP: This is not just a pub, it’s the new heart of the village. You can peek at the ale vats through a window at the farm shop or pop into Edington Priory Church, where poet George Herbert was married.
The rooms: Only three in the inn, so every stay feels special.
The food: Juicy sardines with a pleasingly sharp fennel and spring onion salad, plus a tasty beetroot salad with candied walnuts sparked up my tastebuds nicely. The haunch of venison (shot by head chef James Graham) with celeriac, red cabbage and cassis sauce was perfectly cooked. Three courses cost from about £32.
B&B doubles start from £110 a night. For more information visit threedaggers.co.uk.
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