In 1986 John Gilbert decided to strike out on his own, so sold his house in London and bought a traditional street-corner pub in Salisbury from Ushers of Trowbridge. The Wyndham Arms suited John’s needs perfectly, with a large cellar and yard for a microbrewery, two cosy bars, accommodation and a private room for events.
John adopted the carved cornerstone above the front door, the laughing face of Dionysus (Greek god of wine, winemaking and general good times!) as the logo for his new venture, the Hop Back Brewery (us!).
From the beginning, the quality of the beer and the ambiance of our first pub proved a hit with local drinkers and The Wyndham Arms has appeared in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide every year since.