This 18th century pub promises atmosphere by the bucketload, with exposed brick, gnarled wood ceiling beams, original fireplaces and multiple cosy candlelit corners where guests can eat and drink in peace.
Contemporary comforts meet olde-worlde atmosphere in this handsome inn in Blunsdon, which offers a cosy wood-beamed, old-style interior complete with original wooden beams and an assortment of tucked-away nooks and crannies.
Though the building itself dates back to the 18th century, a tasteful 2010 refurbishment saw the Cold Harbour smartened up, while still retaining the classic feel of a country pub. It is a popular dine-out spot for local families celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and other events, but also attracts guests from further afield, many of whom stay at the Premier Inn property next door. During warmer weather, the Cold Harbour’s outdoor seating area, which is prettily decorated with flower-filled window boxes, attracts al fresco diners.Read more...
The Cold Harbour enjoys an enviable location in the verdant county of Wiltshire. The pub sits just outside the attractive market town of Swindon, which features a pedestrianised shop-filled centre that is ripe for exploring as well as a lively arts programme anchored by the Wyvern Theatre and Arts Centre.
Nature too abounds in this region. To the north lies the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a patchwork of rolling pastures and beech forest, punctuated by those classic Cotswolds stone villages and chocolate-box cottages. South of the Cold Harbour sits the North Wessex Downs AONB, a tranquil swath encompassing ancient woodland, open downland and weaving chalk streams.
Even closer to The Cold Harbour lies another smaller, less well-known but a no less enjoyable place for a stroll: Seven Fields Nature Reserve. The reserve has been in existence since 1989, when a group of nature-loving locals came together and adopted the land for community conservation. Today the reserve, which features wildflower-strewn meadows, ancient woodland and hedgerows is a popular spot for dog walkers and ramblers alike. Strollers who take their dog for an amble here can also bring their furry friend along to Cold Harbour afterwards, where they are welcome in the outside area provided they are kept on a lead.
The Cold Harbour welcomes a lot of families through its doors, and guests who have children in tow will find lots to entertain them in the surrounding area. With so much wide open space, family walks are a good option, but if the British weather isn’t playing ball, there are alternatives. Make the five-minute drive from the pub to Jungle Mania, an indoor soft play area often used for children’s birthday parties. If the weather is being more cooperative, families can head for Roves Farm in Swindon instead, which is less than 15 minutes from the pub by car. Here, children can meet and feed all kinds of cuddly creatures including donkeys and alpacas, take a tractor ride around the farm, try their hand at den-building and get creative with crafts, as well as observing animal races and tackling some obstacles in the adventure treehouse play area. A heated indoor play barn, complete with swings, slides, tunnels, sandpits, pedal tractors and a ball pit, usually proves to be a hit among younger kids, particularly in winter.
Swindon Greyhound Stadium, located on the opposite side of the A419 to the pub, is another good spot for a night out. With so much to do in the area around Cold Harbour, guests are often tempted to make a weekend of it. If you fancy doing the same, book in for a room in the Premier Inn next door and enjoy pub classics for dinner in The Cold Harbour.Show less...