Sally Pussey's Inn
, Wootton Bassett ,
Manager: Michael Randall and Norah Thomas
Telephone: 01793 852430
E mail: sallypusseys
Mon - Sat: 9.30am till 11.00pm Sun: 11.45 midday till 10.00pm
Mon - Sat: 9.30am till 9.45pm Sun: 11.45 midday till 8.30pm
Large party on Sunday, it is always advisable to book in the restaurant on Sunday as the walk in area can be very busy.
History of Sally Pussey
Sarah Purse was the licensee of The Wheat Sheaf Inn on the Wootton Bassett to Swindon road until she passed away in 1885 and was laid to rest in Lydiard Tregoze Churchyard.
During her reign it is said that she possessed extraordinary powers as a faith healer or both men and beast.
She became somewhat of a living legend because of this and, although a mere 5’1” high, had an awesome reputation among her regulars who included some of the burly men building the Great Western Railway line.
Rumour has it that on more than one occasion she physically ‘put them out’ with not a hint of resistance.
Like all good legendary figures Sarah had a name of her own. By various rolls of the Wiltshire tongue she first became Sarah Puss, then Sah Puss and finally Sally Pussey – or Aunt Sally as she became better known.
Around 1971 it was decided to revive the legend of aunt Sally and re-name the Wheat sheaf the Sally Pussey’s Inn.