People don’t think of Wilton as a place to dine out in. Wilton is a short cut to avoid the A303, or the town which is the last stop before Salisbury. Think again! Park the car and wander round, you will be surprised to see how many alternative places there are to eat in Wilton.
If you have your dog in tow you will be welcomed in Monty and Mabel’s on North Street, where you can sit in the clean and light garden room and eat delicious open sandwiches (Valley News recommends courgette strips, with mint and feta on sourdough) or freshly made cakes. They specialise in loose leaf Bluebird of Brighton Teas served in IngenuiTEA pots. If it is a hot day there are even iced treats for your dog!
On the square is Coffee Darling, where you are welcomed in by Lindsay and Russell. The café has recently been redecorated and looks fresh and clean, cosy leather sofas in the sitting room with books to read, and a lovely courtyard garden in the back with pots of fresh flowers. There is a fridge full of delicious cakes, with a wide choice for those who are gluten free.
Also on the Square is Café Blend, a local café where you can start the day off with a good traditional fry up with all the trimmings and a generous mug of coffee or tea. They offer a good range of other choices, pannini’s, soups and the locals rave about their salads, “the crispiest salad I have ever had” one customer commented.
If you are in a rush then there is Reeve the Baker for a take-away on East Street. Few people walk out of Reeves without one of their infamous cheese straws but there is also a range of delicious warm food including sausage rolls, pasties, savoury croissant. For something more substantial there are mouth-watering toasted sandwiches made from their award winning five seeded sourdough bread.
If you have more time to relax with friends then you can’t do better than The Greyhound, a 17th Century Coaching Inn. With comfortable surroundings and atmosphere you have a wonderful choice of meals, all a treat to eat as they are too complicated to cook at home. One of Valley News’ favourites is King prawn & clam linguine, in a creamy white wine and tarragon sauce, finished with fresh roquette and shaved parmesan. There is a wide choice of wines to choose from to accompany your meal.
If you take a short stroll out of Wilton there is The Pembroke Arms, a beautiful 18th Century ex Coaching Inn opposite Wilton House. This has a slightly more formal atmosphere with a stylish high ceilinged sitting room where you can relax with an aperitif. Sit in the wonderful garden overlooking the coach house and choose from a menu consisting of traditional English food or if you are feeling adventurous there are meals with a Middle Eastern twist.
Wilton is synonymous with Wilton carpets so it is a must to visit the Shopping centre to see the historic courtyard. When the sun is shining sit outside Cobbs, Market Café, looking over the green where they used to roll out the carpets for quality checking. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so start your day off with a delicious sausage butty, a traditional butcher’s sausage on an ultimate bread bun, or have a bowl of healthy porridge and jam.
After a long day’s work and all the restaurants and cafes are closed don’t panic, Wilton now has its very own kebab shop which is open until 11pm every night. You can walk up the road or stop off on your way home to pick up a kebab. They have a wide choice of Doner and Shish Kebabs. The meat is very tasty with generous amounts of salad to please those with a health conscience.
So next time you are driving through Wilton stop and try out the different flavours of Wilton. You will be surprised.