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Carters Rest, Wroughton

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cracking good pub, Kev and Caroline are superb but are moving on in July 2012 so hope this place doesn't change and the new comers can maintain the quality about 8 quality ales on tap at all times, well looked after and a good range too. Doombar is on all the time and the others change regularly.
Well worth a visit!
GarmischP - 20 Mar 2012 10:47
Top pub.
Best around.
Best beer choice for miles.
Beer,beer and more beer.
No food thankfully.
Wow factor 10 out of 10
inkywebber - 26 Feb 2011 10:26
First visit here c/o friends who live locally. They said it was good and we were not disappointed. Good choice of ales with a very helpful what's on blackboard which included a colour description of the ales like dark, ruby, light etc, which with all the funny names for beers these days is most usefull. Excellent place.
Steamer1 - 15 Feb 2011 11:06
Like Hoppy Al I also spent a very pleasant two hours in here on my first visit. Excellent range of about 9 ales, a mixture of local brewed, Plain Ales, Ramsbury and Hop Back, and some not so local, Dark Star, Sharps. Friendly and welcoming its a must if you're in the area. Will definitely be back.
defrakev - 5 Jan 2011 17:23
realy enjoyed my 2 hours spent in this pub,great selection of beers,the dark star espresso stout and american pale ale were stunning. will return when in the area.
hoppyal - 4 Jan 2011 16:27
The Shangrilla for real ale drinkers. The choice of 10/11 ales and their quality is amazing - you can even by it in 1/3rds of a pint to make sure you get to taste them all.

The quiet but pleasant ambience could be improved with some background music however - and some thought to offering a wider choice of bar nibbles (other than Walkers crisps) would enhance the experience of supping their delicious 1st class ales.

Definately worth a vist (or two).
scotia001 - 17 Sep 2010 14:45
Had a few perfect pints of amarillo in here last night, two bar , very friendly pub. They had about eight real Ales and a cider on. The beer list is changing regularly. They do not do food other than crisps and alike.
Henners - 18 Aug 2010 19:06
The perfect pub, great beers, reasonable prices and warm welcome. Only downside is the darts team can get a little noisy at times. If you only go to one pub - make it this one!
harcours - 10 Aug 2010 10:40
What a little gem! 10 real ales plus some cracking ciders - perfect for the area with no other place like it. Kevin & Caroline take great pride in each pint (or half!) they pour, and you can't blame them with the supberb quality of products they provide. I have never had a bad experience to date, keep up the tremendous work guys :)
Fluffy_thong69 - 25 Jun 2010 13:38
Top notch pub.
Great beer selection, almost a beer festival every day!
Well worth a diversion off M4 to visit.

inkywebber - 6 Jun 2010 14:02
Visited the pub a few weeks ago (first time since Archrs used to own it years ago), great beer, good atmosphere, a true locals pub but friendly with it. The Check Inn's loss is clearly their gain! Can't see the Check lasting much longer.
Hodge1 - 19 May 2010 10:58
Tip top on my recent visit. Had a poor beer experience though I've UPPED my rating as a result. I'd had both beers from the Idle brewery which were fine,but I then moved on to one from Millstone. It had a little flavour but no aftertaste and indeed was very flat. I pointed this out to the landlord,who had a half and came up with the same conclusion and swiftly removed the pumpclip and put another beer(Wickwar Station Porter!) on. 10/10 mate.

Aside from that the pub was spotless,there was a cider festival on,with three thirds in dinky little holders available. The natives were friendly. A must visit and obviously prospering in the demise of the Check Inn down under the motorway.
an_ecunemical_matter - 29 Aug 2009 09:17
Fantastic little find of a pub. 10 real ales on plus a couple of ciders, all that we tried in excellent condition. Very much a local's pub but friendly rather than exclusive.
Spodgey - 14 Jun 2009 17:30
My new adopted local - apart from living on the opposite side of Swindon. There's something very special about this place, the people are friendly both in front of and behind the bar. The beer range and quality is without match in the region and it's far too easy to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the place and while away hours getting gradually sozzled.

The majority of pubs in Swindon could learn a lot from this place.
lovejoy - 29 May 2009 14:40
I confess to not having set foot in the place until last weekend, and so can't comment on whether there's been any improvements of late, but it certainly was something of a shock to find 8, well-selected and seemingly well-kept cask ales on, in a pub that - forgive my stereotyping - looked like it was more the domain of the working man and cheap lager. Clearly there must be a clientele here who appreciate the licensee's efforts - or at least I hope there is.
Actually this is a classic Victorian town pub often seen in a city, not a small town of Wroughton's size, and one which mercifully has preserved its traditional 2-bar layout. I found the welcome to be pleasant, and despite feeling somewhat overdressed in a jacket and waistcoat, I didn't feel I was being given the evil eye by the more down-to-earth locals!
Well worth stopping off to find if you like a solid traditional boozer and fine ales.
TWG - 9 Oct 2008 16:19
Agree with the previous reviewer. Much improved. Always a minimum of 8 real ales available, all in excellent condition. Locals tend to congregate in the "Tap Room" while in the larger "Lounge" regulars and strangers alike receive a friendly welcome.
This is a beer lovers pub where you can have an excellent pint and conversation.
Live music is on at certain weekends.

The best pub in the area in my opinion!
Steve45 - 13 May 2008 23:21
A good selection of ale was available on my recent visit. 2 from South Hams brewery and Cotswold Spring were the choices. Friendlier welcome than previous visits. Fine choice of Whiskies. Enough of a range of crisps to satisfy any dose of the munchies.

Reminds me of how the Glue Pot used to be when it was going well for Mike and Bec before Hopback became meanies.

Keep up the good work folks.
an_ecunemical_matter - 12 May 2008 21:19
A bit out of the way for me as I live in East Swindon.
Though I've visited a few times and found it very friendly. Open fires in the winter. Good beer at very reasonable prices.
Fassla - 3 Mar 2008 10:44
Just moved into Wroughton, I have tried all the Pubs and The Carters is certainly the best drinking Pub. Very much a locals Pub in the Winter with walking and cycling visitors in the Summer. Its great to have a busy active Pub close by.
roganddi - 3 Feb 2008 19:33
Excellent beer. Can be a bit cliquey, but the welcome is friendly enough.
Steve45 - 2 Dec 2007 15:55
Pleasant,plenty well kept ale,a bit of a hike from the Check Inn. Nothing i could fault on my visit,just a bit sterile when I was there.
an_ecunemical_matter - 20 Oct 2007 09:49
Pleasant,plenty well kept ale,a bit of a hike from the Check Inn. Nothing i could fault on my visit,just a bit sterile when I was there.
an_ecunemical_matter - 20 Oct 2007 09:48
Pleasant,plenty well kept ale,a bit of a hike from the Check Inn. Nothing i could fault on my visit,just a bit sterile when I was there.
an_ecunemical_matter - 20 Oct 2007 09:48
Good locals pub, serves 9 real ales, great atmosphere, occasionally has live bands, rugby and football matches on TV
Caroline - 14 Feb 2004 13:17

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