Both the restaurant and bar areas at Timbrell’s Yard are light, bright and buzzy. Food is freshly prepared and focuses on West Country produce; the menu is constantly changing to make use of the freshest ingredients, and to keep locals coming back for his novel delights.
Although the restaurant isn’t dog-friendly, the full menu is available in the bar or on the delightful terrace, and your dog can join you in both areas.
The main menu offers an excellent mix of meat, fish and vegetarian options, with admirable attention to detail on accompaniments, and enticing flavour combinations that really work. Tuck into a half grilled Castlemead chicken with lemon and thyme, with romesco sauce, cripsy polenta and slow-cooked corguettes, or opt for a more traditional steak from the grill – there’s flat iron, rump or ribeye to mull over, with a choice of two sauces. A daily fish (whatever is at its freshest) is almost always on offer, served with crispy thick cut chips and a homemade tartare sauce.
Desserts are seasonal, effortlessly tempting and feel wonderfully unique if you still have room. The strawberry & gooseberry pavlova with pistachios & lavender is a new take on a summer classic.
There are bowls available in the bar and on the terrace so fido can keep hydrated; if you can’t find one, the delightful bar staff will be more than happy to help – and will no doubt be on hand with a treat or two!
Breakfast is available to both residents of the 17 rooms, and for walk-ins. Grab a bench in the bar, or a stool in the sun, and enjoy some smokey beans on malted toast or a crisp dry-cured bacon ciabatta.
For lunch, lighter salad and sandwich options are available, as well as a handful of dishes from the a la carte menu. A late afternoon menu, with a similar offering to the lunch menu, fills the gap between the main serving times should you wish to graze on a snack mid-afternoon before dinner is served.
Dinner is served from 6pm daily. As the sun sets on the terrace on a warm summer’s evening, fido will happily nap under a terrace table while you extend your stay over a chilled glass of rose, selected from one of the many by-the-glass wines, thoughtfully inscribed on the chalk board to the left of the bar. Should you wish to explore further, there is an extensive wine list, with all bottles under £55. Cocktails focus on the classics, supported by a good gin selection behind the bar.
No bookings are taken in the bar or terrace, so head on down and grab a dog-friendly spot with your pup.
There are 17 rooms, all dog-friendly, available at Timbrell’s Yard should you wish to stay a little longer.
Bradford on Avon is beautifully British – an English country town to write home about. A stroll across the river will take you to the main part of this picturesque town; if it’s relaxation you’re after, grab a shady bench alongside the water and watch the world go by with fido at your feet, or if you’re in the mood for adventure, it’s time to hit the shops!
Be prepared to get a little lost as you wander the enchanting streets, but you can’t go far as you peer in to the charming coffee shops and blissful boutiques. Be sure to take a wander through quaint Weaver’s Walk, and stop off for a visit at brand spanking new pet shop, Doghouse (opening on 1st July 2017); the Doghouse cafe will be a treat for you, and also offers doggy ice cream and ‘pup cakes’ for four-legged friends. The town streets are relatively narrow and can get busy at certain times of the day, so be sure to keep an extra close eye on your pup.
When it’s time for walkies, look no further than Barton Farm Country Park, accessible from the river walk in front of the hotel. There is a gate at the bottom of the car park; take a left, and head for the green fields. Stop off at the peaceful paddling area, before continuing on to Avoncliff. Reward yourselves with a drink at Cross Guns, before returning at a more leisurely pace along the river path; the round trip should take you around one hour.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: Timbrell’s Yard, 49 St. Margaret’s Street, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DE
Timbrell’s Yard is around 30 minutes south from the M4 and just over 30 minutes north of the A303. Your Sat Nav will easily guide you from the main roads. There is a small car pack next to the terrace, but if there isn’t space, there is a good-sized pay and display car park immediately adjacent to the hotel.
Bradford on Avon station is just two minutes from Timbrell’s Yard, making this an excellent option for a short day trip from nearby towns. Trains connect through Bath, Bristol and Warminster.
It was an absolute scorcher of a June day when we visited Timbrell’s Yard. Enjoying the temporary reprieve from the heat in the air-conditioned car, the Wiltshire countryside was glistening in the beautiful summer sun. Bradford on Avon, the home of Timbrell’s Yard, dates back to Roman times, and its picturesque architecture has an even greater sense of grandeur against a bright blue sky; the town itself is well worth a gander before or after your meal.
With a spacious pay and display car park adjacent to the hotel we had no problems finding a space. After a stroll through the riverfront terrace, Rigby was greeted with smiling faces and a welcoming pat.
With the heat of the day having taken its toll, some sustenance was in order; the full menu is available throughout at Timbrell’s Yard, and dogs are welcome in the bar or on the terrace. With any river breeze sorely absent on this particular day, we opted for the much cooler bar, and settled in to a tucked-away table with an ice cold Pimms, while Rigby gratefully drank some water from the bar’s doggy bowl! The menu changes regularly and will satisfy almost any craving for whichever meat, fish or cuisine takes your fancy. This is fine food, with an approachable flourish, that feels suitably different to the average Modern European menu.
While we perused the day’s delights, Rigby enjoyed a treat or two and plenty of fuss from the bar staff and the dog-free diners. Although sorely tempted by the chimichurri beef burger, and the roast rump of lamb with rocket and hazelnut pesto, the weather called for a slightly lighter dinner. We opted for the daily fish, simply grilled (today, a whole lemon sole) served with hand cut chips and tartare sauce, and a salad of grilled Cornish mackerel fillet, with panzanella, baby gem and salsa verde. The lemon sole was light and delicious, and the mackerel salad wonderfully flavoursome.
With our tummies well-filled, and the outside temperature finally a bit more human and dog-friendly, we set off for a post-dinner walk. On the advice of our new friends at the bar, we veered left along the canal and soon found ourselves at the beautifully green Barton Farm Country Park. A little birdie had told us there was a perfect pooch-friendly paddling spot a short walk away. After a brief stroll, Rigby was the first to spot it, and made a beeline for the water, joining several other friendly local dogs, all overjoyed at the opportunity to cool down over play. After a 45-minute splash session (which we couldn’t resist joining in either!), even Rigby needed a rest. We took a pause on the grass to dry off, and then headed back to Timbrell’s Yard on an important mission… dessert!
We grabbed a bench on the bustling terrace, a-buzz with the joyous hubbub of a British summer’s evening, where locals and residents on two and four paws were all gathered enjoying an evening drink. A naughty but nice rocky road sundae with toffee sauce, and a wonderfully tart elderflower panna cotta with berries and crumble were ordered, along with a chilled glass of rose from the bar’s blackboard.
For a relaxing and quintessentially English country town gastropub, filled with contemporary style and character, humans and hounds need look no further.
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