A charming pub with milk bottles and churns for lights, and a bookcase by the bar is a hidden gem on the edge of a Wiltshire town.

The Milk Churn on the A350 in Melksham is a relatively new pub having been founded in the town in 2014.

Despite being a new build, the pub manages to create a classic and homely feel for its customers, synonymous with older watering holes.

Aaron Pettersen has been the pub’s general manager since January and is proud of the atmosphere the location has managed to create.

Swindon Advertiser: The Milk Churn is celebrating its tenth anniversary next year.The Milk Churn is celebrating its tenth anniversary next year. (Image: The Milk Churn)

“It is more of a classic pub rather than a branded one even though we are run by Hall & Woodhouse Brewery,” he said.

“It is nice because it is still built like an old pub with that classic vibe of a country pub so you wouldn’t know that it has been here less than ten years.

“Our theme is to be the country pub and restaurant and the wooden beams really add to that.”

Along with several wooden beams, visitors are also greeted by lights made from disused milk churns and bottles which connect to the location’s past.

Swindon Advertiser: The bookcase at The Milk Churn.The bookcase at The Milk Churn. (Image: The Milk Churn)

“We are built on an old dairy farm hence the name and the lights over the bar and decorations are made out of old milk churns,” explained Aaron.

“It is a local home for residents to come across and enjoy a meal or drink with their family and friends.

“The history of the Melksham area is more important here than the history of a pub.”

The pub also has a vast bookcase located close to the bar area which has proved popular with the locals.

Swindon Advertiser: The outside area at The Milk Churn.The outside area at The Milk Churn. (Image: The Milk Churn)

“In the bar seating area, there is a library with a variety of books and people can come to have a drink and read a book,” said Aaron.

“A fair few people come and use the books and some people even ask to buy the books and we donate the money to Wiltshire Air Ambulance."

The 33-year-old frequented in the pub for several years at his local before linking up with the team.

“I live just over a mile away so I used to come with my wife for dinner here for three or four years before I worked here,” said Aaron.

“It is a very industrial area so we were one of the first pubs around here so we were able to offer something new to residents.”