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Haunch of Venison, Salisbury

1 Minster Street
Phone: 01722411313
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Gill Smith left this review about Haunch of Venison

A quick visit here found real ales from Hop Back, GFB and Summer Lightning, plus Exmoor Fox which we chose and was fine. Very busy pub which seemed popular with locals giving a friendly vibe. Would have loved the time to explore the rooms in this old inventory pub but so many places to go to in a short time.

On 12th May 2019 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Haunch of Venison

An old and attractive looking pub in the heart of Salisbury, it’s equally attractive internally and consists of a couple of quite small rooms, along with an upstairs restaurant area, although we did not investigate this.

The main bar at the front of the pub is quite small with only room for about four tables. The walls and fully wood panelled making it reminiscent perhaps of an old hotel drawing room, and there was also an attractive beamed ceiling and black and white chequered tiling on the floor. Top the right was an even tinier snug, which although accessed from the pub porchway rather than the main bar, also had access to the bar counter. A large fireplace off to the left had wood carvings built in to the mantle which was an attractive feature and contained what looked to be a wood burning stove was off to the left, although the fact that it had an engineer’s notice on it declaring it unsafe and not to be used perhaps indicated that it was just a gas replica. Padded bench seating was around much of the perimeter, and the beer engines were unusually free standing behind the bar counter, rather than affixed to it. There were also some old whisky and brandy barrels up above the bar, and a good selection of whisky behind it. A second room up a few steps at the rear was equally compact and looked equally cosy.

Beers on tap were GFB and Summer Lightning from Hop Back, Courage Best and Exmoor Fox. Cider choice was disappointing though with just Symonds Founders Reserve, which rather marred what would otherwise have been a truly excellent pub.

On 28th December 2018 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Haunch of Venison

Exquisite traditional pub and on the CAMRA national inventory of historic pub interiors.It's a very old building and at the entrance to the right is a seperate etched glass door to the tiny HorseBox,formerly a Ladies Snug when only blokes were allowed into the main body of the pub.There is bench seating,room for one table and bar access.
The rest of the tap room is covered in wood panelling,there is a welcome log burner while the bar is unusual,with spirit taps on a raised arch,with more along one wall possibly for wine although not used as such these days.4 handpumps are also attached to the side cabinets rather than on the bar.
Up some steps there is a charming back lounge,again with it's own fire and the mummified hand of a card cheat locked behind a grill to the original bread oven.That sort of summary justice would certainly stop premiership footballers diving these days !
On the first floor there is a restaurant and the food options are drawn from a bar menu available downstairs and an a la carte menu in the restaurant ,although these dishes can be enjoyed downstairs.Slightly expensive but well cooked.However the bar rooms retain a pub atmosphere,despite some muzak playing at modest volume.
On my trip the ale selection was regulars Hop Back Summer Lightening and GFB and Courage Best (why?) with a guest Exmoor Fox.My first Summer Lightening was fine despite being end of barrel but the second pint from the new barrel hadn't been given enough time to settle and condition which was a shame.
If in Salisbury you must pop in here,it may attract tourists but there is so much charm and history ,terrific when quiet .

On 17th December 2018 - rating: 8
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Salisbury, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Dean, 8.24 miles, 2 hr 39 min walk (show)
Grateley, 11.43 miles, 3 hr 40 min walk (show)
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15th Jun 2020, 22:05
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 12 May 2019 by Gill Smith
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 May 2019 by Gill Smith
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 21 November 2009 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 November 2009 by hondo .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 12 May 2019 by Gill Smith
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