The White Horse Inn

Calne, Wiltshire

Feast on locally-raised pork by the log burner or at candlelit tables, walk it off in Wiltshire countryside, sleep deep in former stables


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Whitewashed walls echo the chalk horse that gave its name to this very handsome village inn. Inside all is as neat as a new pin. Lovingly polished parquet glows beneath scrubbed wooden tables, while padded bar stools and assorted chairs – some antique and carved – are well spaced around the reclaimed oak bar, a beautiful piece of recycling. Having been a grocer’s shop, a bakery and an inn during its long life the pub now focuses on what it does best: providing great food and drink to villagers and visitors. Eat by the sturdy wood-burner in the bar or in the elegant terracotta dining area with its beams and mullioned windows. Lunches are relaxed affairs of sandwiches and pub classics. Dinner lists pork and game from the pub’s own farm in season – and children are well looked after. In the old stable lie eight simple but comfortable rooms, with pine furniture and pretty fabrics. Many have views to paddocks, sheep and geese, all are blissfully peaceful at night. A super pub from start to finish – very friendly, too.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information


Dogs are welcome in the bar, but not in the bedrooms

Lunch from £9.95. Bar meals from £5.95. Dinner from £11.95. Sunday lunch from £10.95.


Nightly price
from £75
2 Singles
From £75
3 Family rooms for 4
From £110
3 Doubles
From £85



We were driving to our destination and The White Horse Inn happened to be on the way. We stopped for lunch, we were greeted by the friendly staff when we got in. The waitress who served us was very accommodating of our dietary restrictions (one vegan and one vegetarian) and recommended us plates in the menu. The food was delicious!! The PUB has a strong feeling of "locals meet locals".

Deb, Sawday's inspector

We made our way to Compton Bassett for early supper as we have a 10 month old baby. We were welcomed in to the pub, and given the choice of eating in the bar, restaurant or garden - there were no restrictions as a result of the baby. We opted for the bar but ate off the a la carte menu, all of which tasted delicious with locally sourced meat, and was presented beautifully. Locals came & went from the bar, giving it a lovely atmosphere, and waiting staff gave us plenty of time to enjoy our meal. When our baby unexpectedly woke, providing a high chair was no problem. Would definitely recommend!


We stayed for one night . Lovely welcome ,friendly staff. The pub feels warm and cosy good selection of beers and wine list. Rooms were excellent ,quite simple but very comfortable and many with patios to sit and look at sheep! Very comfortable bed and gorgeous toiletries. Dinner was great ,modern food and superbly cooked. We will return.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Eva Novakova

  • Avebury World Heritage Site - At the centre of a pre-historic complex in the Marlborough Downs stands Avebury, the largest stone circle in the world. This circle features one of the most impressive henges in Britain as well as remains of a stone avenue.
  • The White Horse Inn at Compton Bassett is named after the Cherhill White Horse, which is the second oldest of the Wiltshire horses. It is situated on the edge of Cherhill Down.
  • Stonehenge - One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England.
  • Lacock Village & Abbey - Lacock village is famous for its picturesque streets and historic buildings. Lacock Abbey was the setting for some scenes in several Harry Potter films.
  • The Historic City of Bath - We are only a short drive away from the city of Bath, a city so beautiful and special that it has been designated a World Heritage site. Bath offers fantastic shopping among some of the finest architecture in England.
  • Marlborough Market Town - The local bustling market town of Marlborough is a must see. Marlborough is the archetypical English market town and is home to many interesting shops. Catherine, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge attended school here.