Crown, Alvediston

Alvediston
Wiltshire
SP5 5JY
01722 780203

The Crown is a charming old thatched pub in the tiny village of Alvediston in the Chalke Valley. It was once two 17th century semi-detached farmworkers cottages and the entrance porches for each can be seen in the photo.

It became a pub in the 1850s when the licence was transferred from the Bentinck Arms on the ox drove above the village. The ox drove is an ancient track up on the downs and at one time was presumably busy enough with drovers to support a pub.

The Crown has had an eventful recent past with restorations after two fires and a three year period when it closed. But it’s now open again and things are looking up. It has a lovely old interior with exposed beams and an inglenook fireplace. Meals are served lunchtime and evening, along with local beers and the pub now has three letting bedrooms. A recent addition is a shop in one of the rooms selling “vintage items, curios and collectables”.

The pub is closed on Mondays and on Tuesdays in winter.

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