Outside Chance

Pub Details

71 High Street
(01672) 512352
Opening Times
12 - 11
12 - 3, 5.30 - 11 weekdays

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Outside Chance, Manton, Wiltshire, SN8 4HW – The Good Pub Guide

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Popular dining pub, civilised and traditional, nicely reworked with sporting theme; interesting modern food
There are plenty of walks and things to see and do around this rather civilised village pub, so it's helpful that they're open all day. The three small linked rooms have flagstones or bare boards, hops on beams, and mainly plain pub furnishings such as chapel chairs and a long-cushioned pew; one room has a more cosseted feel, with panelling and a comfortable banquette. The décor celebrates unlikely horse-racing winners Caughoo, Foinavon, Mr Spooner's Only Dreams (a 100-1 winner at Leicester in 2007), or the odd-gaited little Seabiscuit who cheered many thousands of americans with his dogged pursuit of victory during the Depression. There's a splendid log fire in the big main fireplace and maybe fresh flowers and candlelight; background music and board games. Wadworths IPA and 6X and a guest such as St George & the Dragon on handpump, 13 good wines by the glass, nicely served coffees; neatly dressed young staff. A suntrap side terrace has contemporary tables with metal frames and granite-tops, while the good-sized garden has sturdy rustic tables and benches under ash trees; they have private access to the local playing fields and children's play area.

Good Pub Guide Food

Interesting food includes ham terrine with red onion jam, smoked haddock fishcake with chowder, butternut squash, chive and pecorino risotto, a pie of the week, beer-battered fish with triple-cooked chips, pork chops with black pudding mash and apple purée, gressingham duck breast with shitake mushrooms and thyme and banana shallot, and puddings such as vanilla pannacotta with berries and warm chocolate brownie.

Bar food times: 12 - 2.30 (3 Sat) , 6 - 9; 12 - 3.30, 7 - 9 Sun


Good Pub Information

Dogs allowed in: Dogs Anywhere


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Rating: 3/5 (198 votes cast)

Reader Comments

A stroke of luck took us here and we really landed on our feet. Good beer, lovely coffee and by far the best devilled kidneys on toast I've ever had - a big pile of them in a lovely sauce. It's well worth a visit.

This is a charming country pub in a quiet village location just outside Marlborough. The decor is excellent having been tastefully upgraded. The menu offers a choice of dishes of a good standard, there is terrace outside with comfortable seating and also a garden area with the more traditional wooden tables. I often take my 88 year old mother (who lives in Marlborough) there for lunch.

We were astonished that this pub offered no vegetarian meals and that there were no specials on the dining board which resulted in a very basic pub dining range on the menu. Certainly this was not one to write home about.

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