The Milk Churn Opens!

The Milk Churn Public House

July 16th 2014 saw Hall & Woodhouse open a brand new Pub in Melksham, Wiltshire. They bought the land in 2013, and have developed the business from foundation to finish.

The Milk Churn, Melksham opened on 16th July to rave reviews with one guest describing it as ‘the best pub in Wiltshire’.  The public house, which sits of the edge of the market town of Melksham, has been built completely from scratch following an investment of more than £2.4 million.

The building has been designed with the area’s farming heritage in mind, replicating the farm, barns that would have once been prevalent in the area.  Inside you will find some modern touches like the steel bar which sit alongside more traditional, characterful features such as the oak beamed ceiling, timber joists and flagstone floors giving the building the look and feel of a traditional country pub.

The public house is split into several sections; the spacious bar serves a full range of Badger Ales, a fine selection of wines and lagers from around the world.  The bar flows seamlessly into either a comfortable lounge to relax in or a homely dining area serving a menu full of fresh, unpretentious, seasonal dishes prepared by a team of talented chefs.

Wherever family brewer Hall & Woodhouse opens a new public house, in town centres or rural locations, it immediately sets to work to become part of that community.  Even before The Milk Churn opened its doors  there was lots of interest and support from the local community, a local resident, Jeanette Nash even named the pub, she commented:

“I chose ‘The Milk Churn’ because it is believed that the ‘melk’ part of the name Melksham came from the old English word for milk spelled ‘meolc’, and the second part ‘ham’ was the old English word for village. It’s known that the town had roots in dairy farming, so this is probably how the name Melksham came about.  Also, as the location for the new public house is amongst fields and open countryside I didn’t want to see it be given a silly name which seems to be quite fashionable these days. We’re all very much looking forward to it opening.”

We look forward becoming central in the Melksham community, and giving back to people who have helped to make our launch such a success, Mark Newbrook (General Manager) had this to say about the opening of this brand new public house:

“I moved to Melksham from Taunton, and moving to a smaller town meant that making a great impression on the local town was absolutely essential to our success at The Milk Churn.

We are very happy to know that we are welcome here, and that is reflected in the number of guests we host day after day. Many evenings we are at full capacity, and that must certainly count for something!

With that said, it is our goal to give each guest through the door an experience that will have them coming back, time and time again. We aim to make people’s day, whether that is through being flexible with our menu to accommodate dietary needs, to serving the perfect pint of Badger beer.

By engaging with the community, we have the chance to give back to the guests who support our business. Our nominated charity is Macmillan Cancer Support, and we contribute to fundraising through our summer puddings, and collection boxes. As well as our fundraising for Macmillan, we are looking to support other local charities in the immediate area, through donations for raffles and other ways we can help. We have only just begun our relationship with Melksham and the surrounding area, but we are all excited see what the future will bring.”