A 'picturesque' pub in Wiltshire has been named one of the best in the UK that has been saved from closure.

British pubs are in a sad decline, with at least one closing every day.

Recent figures reveal a failure rate of 80 a month across England and Wales so far in 2024.

But, thankfully, pubs are sometimes saved, including one in Wiltshire.

Crown & Anchor, Wiltshire

Set at the foot of the North Wessex Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the picturesque village of Ham, Wiltshire.

The Telegraph's review said: "Situated in a pretty Wiltshire village, on the edge of the North Wessex Downs AONB, this pub (crownandanchorham.co.uk) reopened five years ago after a stint as an Indian restaurant, having been done up by some well-heeled locals who fancied getting their village local back.

"It ticks all the boxes that a village pub should, with a cosy bar out front, a menu built around local, seasonal produce, and six individually furnished en-suite bedrooms, decked out with considerable taste and contemporary style.

"It’s a dog-friendly sort of place – which is just as well as it’s handy for any number of enticing country walks, all of which are detailed in a magnificent ring-bound book prepared by the owners. Bring your hiking boots."

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On their website, the Crown and Anchor said it has been recently refurbished: "Recently refurbished by two local families, the bar has been beautifully restored with oak panelling, flagstone flooring, and antiques sourced from local dealers.

"Whether eating in the bar, restaurant, private dining room or outside terrace we offer excellent seasonal food, extensive selection of local beers and wines.  

"For those staying we have 5 Double Ensuite rooms and 3 Bedroom stable individually decorated with antique desks, stylish lighting and pictures, with hypnos beds and linen, picked for maximum comfort."