Timbrell’s Yard is everything a fresh-air-and-flop break should be, with a storybook riverside perch, farm-to-table food and oak-beamed rooms dressed in feather-grey weaves and bold-patterned prints. Scandi-style sheepskins sit on wicker furniture and patchwork tiles add contemporary punch, yet the character of this 18th-century listed building is sensitively preserved in exposed stonework and leaded arch windows. At the bar, guests and locals sup craft ales and West Country ciders by the fireplace, while outside the Avon swirls lazily towards nearby Bath.
Head chef Luke Gibson and menu mastermind Tom Blake – formerly of River Cottage – have scoured the West Country to bring the best of the local area to the Timbrell’s Yard tables. Dry-aged beef from Bristol, port-to-plate fish from Bridport and fresh Cornish crab are a few of the perennial favourites. The most local of all are the bread, biscuits and cakes, baked in-house daily.
This is a proper bar, the kind you’d settle down in even if your fluffed-up pillow wasn’t an ever-so-slightly-tipsy totter away. There’s a lot to take in (literally): craft spirits, local ales, a curated wine list, and of course a range of West Country ciders. The Cornish Martini is the pick of the cocktails, shaken up from Tarquin’s gin, dry vermouth from Hampshire, and a twist of rhubarb.
At the hotel
Terrace, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, digital radio, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Bramley bath products.
The best views over the river are through the head-to-toe windows of a Mezzanine room. In the main building, room 106 (a Large Double) is a second-floor hideaway with antique artefacts, larch-panelled walls and a window-side freestanding tub.
A tome or two – those window seats are made for a good curl-up. Jane Austen lived in these parts, and she’s got a decent back catalogue.
The common areas are wheelchair accessible, but unfortunately the rooms are not. Guests wishing to dine at the hotel are strongly recommended to book a table, as the restaurant is popular with guests and locals alike.
Pets are welcome with prior arrangement; a flat fee of £10 applies. Dogs are treated to a box of goodies on arrival, and bowls and blankets are available on request. See more pet-friendly hotels in Wiltshire.
All ages welcome; children are classed as up to 12 years of age. Extra baby cots (free) and beds (£20 a night, includes breakfast) can be added to Large Double and Mezzanine Double rooms.
Starts at £85pp and you get some beauty products thrown in!