Haunch of Venison

Pub Details

1 Minster Street
(01722) 411313
Opening Times
11 - midnight
12 - 8

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Haunch of Venison, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1TB – The Good Pub Guide

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Ancient pub oozing history, with tiny beamed rooms, unique fittings and a famous mummified hand
Both the tiny downstairs rooms here have a great deal of character and atmosphere and date from 1320, when the place was used by craftsmen working on the spire of Salisbury Cathedral. There are massive beams in the white ceiling, stout oak benches built into timbered walls, black and white floor tiles and an open fire. A tiny snug (popular with locals, but historically said to be where the ladies drank) opens off the entrance lobby. Courage Best, Hop Back GFB and Summer Lightning, Ringwood Fortyniner and Salisbury English Ale on handpump from a unique pewter bar counter - there's also a rare set of antique taps for gravity-fed spirits and liqueurs, 60 malt whiskies and a dozen wines by the glass; background music and board games. Halfway up the stairs is a panelled room they call the House of Lords, which has a small-paned window looking down to the main bar - and a splendid fireplace that dates from the building's early years; behind glass in a small wall slit is the smoke-preserved mummified hand of an 18th-c card sharp still clutching his cards.

Good Pub Guide Food

Bar food includes lunchtime sandwiches, ham hock terrine with piccalilli, creamy garlic wild mushrooms on toast, ham and free-range eggs, smoked haddock and salmon fishcakes, venison burger with pickles and chips, chicken in lemon thyme butter with dauphinoise potatoes, pork belly with cider and mustard sauce, and puddings.

Bar food times: 12 - 2.30, 5 - 9.30; all day weekends


Good Pub Information

Children allowed in: Childrens Indoors Rest
Dogs allowed in: Dogs Bar


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Rating: 3/5 (294 votes cast)

Reader Comments

Don´t waste your time; we wasted ours today. We had a booking at 14.00 pm, and we arrived earlier, at 13.30. We order quickly, drinks and food for four. Drinks came right away but one hour later we were still waiting for the food. We asked whether there was any problem, and we were told that our food was getting plated. After ten more minutes we decided to pay the drinks and leave the pub.

We had a post dinner drink in this pub which is amazing inside do explore when you go in - the old rooms are amazing with their panelled walls, beams and furniture. We were in the 'hand' room with a blazing fire to keep us warm. The round was quite cheap compared to other places and it would have been easy to stay there until we got thrown out! Food looked interesting and not over expensive.

Looked great outside, lower bar rooms great too. Made the mistake of choosing the 2 course Sunday lunch. Portions were unbelievably small. This pub is set up to appeal to tourists - unfortunately any tourists will get the wrong idea about traditional British Sunday roasts. Go for an interesting drink, don't go if you are hungry. Very disappointing.

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