This is Simon Heptinstall in a kitchen a long way from South Wraxall pretending to be a chef
The Longs Arms, South Wraxall
What’s it like? This historic stone gastro pub stands at the crossroads in centre of quiet hamlet in west Wiltshire. Inside you'll find flagstones, a woodburner and horsebrasses.
What’s special about the food? The Good Pub Guide gave this refurbished inn a special food award recently, to join awards from Wadsworth Brewery and TripAdvisor. They are trying very hard with their food. The kitchen staff smoke their own salmon, bake bread, butcher meat, make salami, ham and black pudding, grow leaves and herbs on site but the quails’ eggs travel… from just across the road in South Wraxall.
Any local suppliers? Meat comes from Church Farm in neighbouring Broughton Gifford, fruit/veg from Lovejoys in Melksham, dairy produce from Ivy House Farm near Frome.
Any other reasons to visit? There's a pretty garden, a ready supply of dog biscuits… and legend says that South Wraxhall was the first place that tobacco was smoked in England.
Price for three-course dinner without drinks around £30
Food writer Simon Heptinstall opens a huge crate of wine, drinks it all, then designs this website
Pretty garden at the back - pity about those uncomfortable 'picnic' tables
• Simon Heptinstall has written about food and reviewed restaurants for many websites and publications, including The Mail on Sunday, The Times, BMW Magazine, 1001 Restaurants, The RAC Magazine, Wiltshire Life, The Telegraph, BBC Countryfile, Bath Advertiser, travelintelligence.com, the Clifton Digest, Lexus Magazine, the Bristol Journal, Taste Britain (book), thetraveleditor.com, Peugeot Rapport, Bake magazine, Journeys magazine, With Kids, Weston Mercury and BBC Top Gear magazine.
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