Bell on the Common

Wiltshire - Broughton Gifford

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

The Common
Broughton Gifford
SN12 8LX

Tel: (01225) 782309

Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

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Of most interest here is the Copper Lounge Bar, accessed from the left-hand entrance and named for the curved copper-topped counter, with front covered in copper panels, a copper hood above the fireplace and copper-topped tables, all from around 1959. Behind is a modern restaurant. The public bar to the right also dates mostly from 1959, having been two rooms before that; another copper hood adorns the old fireplace. A separate pool room has full-height wall panelling and bare wall benches. The bowling green at the back is owned by Wadworths brewery and leased to the bowling club.

Old stone built village pub with three rooms. Of most interest here is the small Copper Lounge Bar which is accessed from the entrance on the left with a quarry tiled porch. It is so named as in c.1959 the curved bar counter front was covered in copper panels (apart from a strip of carpet at the base), copper top added, copper hood added to the old stone fireplace (which has a glazed brick interior) and all the tables have copper tops. Unusually the handpumps are on the bar back, which was replaced in c.2005 and ply panels were also added to the walls then. A doorway leads to the modern Restaurant at the rear which has a stone fireplace.

From the right hand door a red and black diamond quarry tiled floor passage with dado panelling painted cream goes front to back. Opened-up off the passage to the right is the pool room with full height tongue 'n' groove walls with bare wall benches but has lost its fireplace. Archway to the left into the Public Bar which was two rooms in the past - there are signs of a fireplace on the left but has been like this since at least the 1950s. The room has a large old stone fireplace with copper hood, the bar front dates from c.1959, old bare wood bench seating, but the bar back was replaced in c.2005.

Sash windows along the front still have wooden box shutters. At the rear is a bowling green owned by Wadworths and leased to the bowling club and also a Scout Hut.

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