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Salisbury by the Cathedral, and the Avebury area of Wiltshire?

Returning chowhound looking for good meals in Salisbury and Avebury/ Marlborough area. I will be on my own without transport close to the cathedral on a Sunday-- maybe a pub for lunch and a bistro for dinner? I like strong, authentic flavours, and unfussy service.

The next couple of days a friend and I will be based in Avebury (with a car) and would love to try out some interesting little restaurants, pubs and cafes as we explore. Any ideas? I will write reviews of anything interesting I find.

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  1. Red Lion in Pewsey is pretty good. Also if I remember rightly George and Dragon in Devizes is quite nice too. Was last at both about a year ago.

    If you head down Devizes way, make sure you stop by the Caen Hill Locks, amazing sight to see. And of course check out some of the white horses. Lovely part of the world!

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      1. re: curioussheridan

        The Red Lion is very good - two (married) chefs left their jobs at Per Se to set up a food pub in England. Its still a pub but with really good locally sourced food. It also has a Michelin star.

        1. re: PhilD

          Do you know if they do lunch? Wasn't obvious on the website

          1. re: curioussheridan

            In the latest news section of their website it mentions lunch: http://www.redlionfreehouse.com/pages...

            I have only been there at lunchtime and it was good - the garden is nieces as well. Very peaceful.

            "The Red Lion" is a common name so make certain you get the right one.

            1. re: PhilD

              Hi Phil!
              Place looks fab.
              My bad, only been to the Red Lion Pub in Avebury.

      2. re: deansa

        Deansa-- thanks to you we saw two of the white horses. Yes, a lovely part of this beautiful country.

      3. Love the Red Lion Pub in Avebury.
        One of the most haunted places I've ever been to.
        Stonehenge and Salisbury are close and would love a country house in Wiltshire..

        1. Many thanks for all your advice! The Red Lion Freehouse in East Chisenbury (by Pewsey) was charming, with a good 2 course lunch for £16, as well as a la carte. Pea soup with little diamonds of courgette and tomato, and sprinkled with little croutons was rich and refreshing, with a good stock base. Good bread too. A berry fruit salad with wine dipped sponge cake cubes and marcona almonds was given a great finish with a scoop of basil ice cream.

          The Geoge and Dragon just outside Devizes was also Michelin and Chowhound recommended, with Cornish fish a speciality. I had roasted monkfish with a creamy sauce dotted with zingy green peppercorns, on lovely mashed potatoes, and a side of garlicky Provencale veg. Ice creams were good but not great, At £25 without drinks I thought it a little overpriced, but was happy to be there.

          the only mistake I made was to eat at the Cathedral Hotel in Salisbury where I was staying-- these people do not even know how to cook an egg!

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          1. re: curioussheridan

            Good to hear they worked out and were good.