The Methuen Arms

historic frolics meet tasteful contemporary chic in fine style

historic frolics meet tasteful contemporary chic in fine style

Historic frolics meet tasteful contemporary chic in fine style at the super-pretty Methuen Arms, where a characterful collection of cosy nooks and crannies or space for all in the elegantly inviting dining rooms are supplemented by a magical alfresco courtyard complete with fairy lights, heaters and sheepskin-lined seats. Gorgeous? You got it! And if you want to turn the MA experience into a staycation, 19 recently-refurbished rooms are each uniquely boutique enough to offer both loved-up couples and families with their four-legged friends in tow alike a very warm welcome, let alone a dreamy sleep. Meanwhile, on the all-important food front…

The Methuen kitchen has recently welcomed a brand new chef to the hob – and Kevin Chandler seems to be right at home already. A keen advocate of locally sourced, seasonal, sustainable ingredients, Kevin makes pretty much everything on his menu from ingredients that are all pretty much all on his very pretty doorstep – and those menus waltz effortlessly from upmarket classic gastropub fare (gourmet scotch eggs; fabulous fish and chips; impeccably sourced steaks; et al) to classy, chef-driven but wholly accessible inspirations.

Superstars of the current menu include Kevin’s beautifully-presented take on Brixham crab on toast (which comes with an absolutely divine tempura oyster) followed by mains of meaty monkfish tail in a semolina crumb served with silky little globules of proper gnocchi, braised fennel and rainbow chard, and supremely succulent loin of pork served with the all-too-infrequently encountered supporting cast of Pan Haggerty and brawn cake. Portions are generous enough to negate the necessity for sides, but should you – like us – feel a bit “too much is not enough” when you visit (which you must, and soon), the sautéed garlic’n’parsley greens are garlicky enough to keep the most ardent vampire at bay; in a word, lush.

Kevin’s dinnertime delights offer supreme confidence in the fact that even his lunchtime sandwiches (including Salt Beef Brisket and – yes! a fish finger buttie) will be distinctly upper crust treats too, and as for the puddings: if you don’t plump for the Sticky Toffee Pudding made with Medjool dates and served with both rum caramel and clotted cream or the Chocolate Brownie/almond and sea salt ice cream/chocolate and caramel mousse combination, you’re seriously missing out. But whatever your preferred pudding persuasion (or otherwise), you seriously mustn’t miss out on the Methuen Arms – it’s honestly, properly marvellous.

Facilities

  • wheelchair access Wheelchair access
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  • Wifi Free wifi available
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  • Dog friendly Dog friendly
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  • Gluten free Gluten free options
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  • Baby changing Baby changing facilities

Telephone number
01249 717060

The Methuen Arms

2 High St, Corsham SN13 0HB, UK

Opening hours
BAR OPENING TIMES Mon-Sat: 09:00-21:30; Sun: 12:00-20:00
KITCHEN Mon-Sun: 12:00-20:00

Getting here

Around 20 minutes drive from Bath city centre