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The Sally Pussey Inn, Wootton Bassett

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Robert Goves & Harriet Hall


Swindon Road,
Wootton Bassett,


(01793) 852430

You have to admit that old Sally Pussey looks like she was a stern landlady. Her picture on the sign outside and on the wall inside certainly indicate that she was a formidable local personality.

Her real name was Sarah Purse and the name that has survived is a colloquial rendition of it.

The Purse family kept the pub from at least 1841 until 1885 and it was then known as The Wheatsheaf and formed part of the Bolingbroke estate which also included Lydiard House. Its address is Wickfield, though the now greatly expanded town of Wootton Bassett has crept almost up to the Sally Pussey's doorstep and the pub stands close to the busy main road from Swindon.

- 1/2 a mile from Junct. 16, M4
- Open from 9.30am - 11pm Monday to Saturday, and from 12pm - 10pm on Sunday
- Food served all day 11am - 10pm
- Sunday Carvery served until 8.30pm
- Choice of Roast Beef, Roast Gammon & Turkey with a selection of veg
- Modern, contemporary surroundings
- Conference/meeting room

Arkell's bought the pub in 1906, but it wasn't until the 1970s that it was renamed in honour of its former keeper.

Extended in 1974 and completely refurbished in 2004, the pub today has a distinctly contemporary feel with a particular emphasis on serving good quality pub food.

Diners can choose between excellent value bar meals or descend the few steps down to the excellent restaurant/carvery which is often busy and especially on Sunday lunchtimes, when booking is essential.

Corporate facilities also include a new conference/meeting room available for hire.
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