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“Wonderful food, friendly service, but extremely quiet”

The Peterborough Arms
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The Peterborough Arms
Ranked #24 of 31 Chippenham B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 17, 2013

My wife & I were staying in the CL site up the road, and visited this village pub for drinks one night and food another night.
The proprietors were very friendly and we chatted to them a fair amount. Their dog was gorgeous and very friendly, although he does sometimes bark a welcome when people enter the pub; didn't bother us at all but some folks may be cautious (the owners are actively training him not to bark).
A lovely log fire was warming the pub on the cold January evenings we visited, and due to the excessive rainfall the road was flooding (as had the cellar earlier in the month apparently).
The pub was very quiet - I suspect the poor weather was keeping many away.
The food we ate on our second visit was truly superb! My wife enjoyed a lovely steak, and I had a rolled Asian spiced pork which was fantastic. The attention to detail and mix of flavours was sublime.
If we return to the campsite up the way we will definitely re-visit the Peterborough Arms for food. I just hope the locals & passers by give this place a chance and stop in for a visit.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

really nice friendly b&b. Owner were very nice and welcoming. The bedrooms although huge and airy were in need of some renovation as they are a little run down and the carpet needed hoovering . Overall for a night away it was great.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

We were warmly welcomed and shown to a spacious room on the first floor, which was well furnished. The fronts of the drawers on both bedside cabinets came off in our hands.
The curtain rails on some of windows weren't firmly fixed to the wall, and the bottom of one of windows was dropping off and held about 5mm too low, with a couple of metal brackets, so there was a gap below the glass.
TV had an excellent picture.
The food was OK, but not as good as others have rated it. Again the decor was a bit tired.
Outside, the play area was over grown, and grass was growing up elsewhere round the grounds.

The pub is near a filled-in canal and the lock is empty, so don't assume you are by an active canal

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

This pub is a little out of the way but well worth finding. I chose it because it had good reviews and it lived up to what I hoped for. The hosts were very welcoming and helpful. In fact I felt I was treated more like one of the family. Bramble (their field spaniel) that the hosts rescued after he was abandoned is equally friendly and welcoming and sits near the bar. Some people are put off staying in a pub because they think it might be noisy. This is not the case here, most of the clientele seem to be regulars (local cricket club, etc) or local residents. In any case this is what would be called a traditional pub with, thankfully (for me), no huge t.v. screen or loud music. I stayed two nights and had dinner each night. Very nice food, somewhere between good gastro pub and fine dining. The pub stocks a range of real ales too. Breakfast was good and very substantial. In fact on the second morning I had to ask for a smaller version. The accommodation I had was spacious set out in a self contained arrangement whereby my door opened into a hallway and corridor with the large bedroom and separate bathroom opening out from it. All in all, this is a very homely pub, totally unpretentious and where I felt totally at ease very quickly.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

We came for an overnight stay to meet friends and wished we could stay much longer! We were made to feel extremely welcome. The rooms were really spacious and spotless. Beer very good, food was fantastic. We had a 3 course meal from a great menu and the vegetarian in the group was spoilt for choice for a change! [If you are vegetarian my top tip would be to have the nutroast - best I have ever had.] Everything was so fresh and homemade - just wish we were locals, we would be in there every night!! Breakfast in the morning was generous and delicious. Come here if you can.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We stayed for one night on route from London to Cardiff and were given a wonderfully warm welcome from the barlady who showed us to our room (the Kingfisher), which was huge! It was beautifully decorated, under the eaves although with plenty of headroom, and had a leather sofa and TV - which would be great if you were staying for longer. The food in the evening was fantastic - Trevor's a really good cook and sources quality ingredients. We particularly recommend the pate as a starter, and his homecooked ribs. We had a lovely evening with real ale and friendly locals. Breakfast the next day was equally high quality, and the coffee delicious.

Contrary to the review below, the landlords have changed their plans, and are now staying for the foreseeable future. They are the perfect hosts - getting the balance just right between providing attentive service and also leaving you in peace. The Peterborough Arms makes a great stop off from the M4 or would be a friendly place to stay and explore the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. We would thoroughly recommend it as a place to stay

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

We were looking for a crash pad for a week whilst house hunting in the Chippenham area and came across The Peterborough Arms on the internet. What a find !!
The couple who own and run the pub are fantastic as was the girl serving behind the bar and the locals who were more than happy to have a chat over a pint in the evening. We were advised when booking that the room (we booked the 'Family' room) is a little tired but for us it was brilliant. Apparently all of the guest rooms are being renovated over time so this one will also have a lick of paint. It was very spacious with more than enough room for a large double and two singles. Not to mention two additional seating areas and the en-suite. We had all the space we needed and more......Next FOOD....even if you don't stay at the P Arms, please drop in for a bite to eat. The food is fantastic and cooked fresh on the premesis, we were really surprised by the quality and diversity of the menu with no request being too much trouble - even at 7:30 am when we were having breakfast. My youngest daughter still raves about her 'extra sausage'
All in all, great pub, great room, great food, very welcoming staff and a great pint of real beer. When our house move to Wiltshire finally goes through I'll be popping back to the P Arms for a pint or two and a very decent meal.
Oh .... I nearly forgot the pub dog...Bramble....give him a pat (just don't feed him!!!)

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Fathammer
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Additional Information about The Peterborough Arms

Address: Dauntsey Lock, Chippenham, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Chippenham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Chippenham
Price Range: $81 - $109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Peterborough Arms 3*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Peterborough Arms Country Inn & Restaurant is a Wadworth public house operated by tenants Linda and Trevor Money. Formerly a professional couple, Linda and Trevor have successfully operated both public and private businesses. Their passion for affordable high quality is the main asset of the Peterborough and this is underpinned by the excellent real ales, wines and beautiful food on offer. Friendly, unassuming and consistent are words that describe the Peterborough experience and atmosphere and all are welcome - families and well behaved dogs. ... more   less 
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The Peterborough Arms Chippenham, Wiltshire

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