Wiltshire’s only city is where medieval majesty meets contemporary cool, with access to culture, countryside and excellent schools. Part of our Top 250 Places to Live series.
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You won’t go hungry here – there’s an abundance of intimate, quirky and independent eateries. For Sunday roasts and cool beach hut-style booths in the courtyard, head to the Old Ale and Coffee House. The Haunch of Venison is one of Wiltshire’s oldest pubs, established in the 14th Century and said to be haunted and on the other end of the spectrum is Bar Botanic, ideal for cocktails and dancing. We’re big fans of Caboose too, the 1920’s-inspired bar, tearoom and B&B.
Mexican cocktail bar and restaurant, Tinga, with its bright South American styling including a giant painting of Frida Kahlo and small plates menu, is perfect for girly catch ups. Nole Pizza are the cool kids on the block, now with four places to eat and enjoy their sourdough bases – on the Market square, in Wilton and two in nearby villages – while Wilding is the ultimate place for wine and dine. Don’t miss Brown Street’s alfresco streetfood court too.
For coffee, you’re spoilt for choice. On Fisherton Street pop into Culture Coffee for greek-influenced flavours or visit the scrumptious Fisherton Mill Cafe in the same building as a (Muddy) award-winning gallery. The Yard also has a shop and exhibition space too. For co-working, log in to your emails at Sonder Coffee with its exposed brickwork walls and artisan roasts and for outdoorsy- coffee stops, check out The Wood Bar outlets in Victoria Park and Churchill Gardens as well as their London Road pitstop at Parkwood Health & Fitness.
There are some inspirational indie treasures tucked away if you know where to look. Independent womenswear boutique OsoBoutique on the High Street is packed full of top quality finds while a little further along, Casa Fina stocks an elegantly curated range of vintage china and antiques and independent gifts and homewares. Dinghams Cookshop is worth a snoop too and Splash of Colour in Fisherton Street will deliver you flat whites while the kids get creative with pottery.
There’s always children’s activities on at the Salisbury Museum during holidays and half-terms, and the permanent galleries are pretty interesting.
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