The art of cask ales - Our changing selection of cask-conditioned ales features the finest from Britain's regional breweries alongside regular favourites. Each one is made using water, hops, malt and yeast - pure and simple. And each cask is carefully stored, rested, vented and served to make sure you get a proper pint, served in tip-top condition. Pop in and see what's brewing this week.
Our Sample Wine List - Less of a wine list, more of a wish list - our collection brings together the best of both old and new worlds. You'll find great value bottles, as well as prized sparkling wines for special occasions.
A drink for every occasion - Fancy something different? We also serve a variety of ciders and spirits. As for our non-alcoholic options, choose from a selection of imaginative soft drinks and pressed fruit juices, for adults as well as younger diners. Or if you feel like something nice and hot, we serve freshly brewed coffee all day.
The Flying Monk
Elmers is a 3.8% pale bitter, brewed with Maris Otter malt, hopped with East Kent Goldings and Nelson Sauvignon, and produced by the local Flying Abbot Brewery. A lot of love has gone into Elmers and it has been going down a storm.
Why the name?
Elmers is named after Malmesbury’s legendary Flying Monk. In 1125 AD, Elmer, after observing the Jackdaws soaring on the breeze around the Abbey towers, thought man might be able to defy gravity.
Elmer constructed wings and launched himself from the top of Malmesbury Abbey. Elmer managed a flight of about 200 yards. However his adventure came to a sudden halt when he crash landed, breaking both his legs, in what is now Malmesbury High Street. However, Elmer was not daunted by this setback, remarking that the cause of his crash was that "he had forgotten to provide himself with a tail."
Elmer made some modifications, but before Elmer could repeat his daring leap, the Abbot placed an embargo on any further flights, so Elmer never flew again.