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Wiltshire hostelry named UK Pub of the Year

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Three DaggersThree DaggersA country pub in West Wiltshire has been named the AA's Pub of the Year.

The AA Hospitality Awards inspectors said the Three Daggers in Edington had 'plenty to offer locals and destination diners' and it praised the pub's 'interesting menus'.

"Bare tables, mismatched wooden chairs, exposed brick and heritage colours add to the informal country pub feel, as does the seasonal modern cooking," found the judges.

"Stylishly appointed to offer luxurious standards of quality and comfort throughout, The Three Daggers combines traditional hospitality with contemporary furnishings and decor.

"The interesting menus might include Downland’s black pudding Scotch egg, braised haricot beans and tomato sauce; lamb and rosemary pie; and dry-aged 28-day steaks from Stokes Marsh Farm."

The pub opened as the Paulet Arms in 1750 by Harry Paulet, the Lord of Edington Manor. Locals called it the Three Daggers after the family's coat of arms, and it relaunched under that named in 2010 after being taken over by American property developer Chad Pike.

In the past decade, the business has expanded to include a restaurant, accommodation, a microbrewery, farm shop, and spa.

The award was presented this week at Grosvenor House in London.