Few pubs in Wiltshire combine the past with the present quite as well as The Tollgate Inn.

The pub is located on Ham Green in Holt just outside of Trowbridge and dates back as far as the 1700s.

With reminders of its history throughout the pub, the watering hole does not forget where it came from.

Yet under new landlord, Simon Lloyd-Williams, the pub has begun to dabble in the present and support local community causes.

Swindon Advertiser: The pub sponsor local football team Holt FC.The pub sponsor local football team Holt FC. (Image: The Tollgate Inn)

This includes becoming the shirt sponsor for local football team Holt FC, helping bring the club back from the brink.

“It is very cool to be on the shirt and we have only just started that in the last couple of months,” said Simon.

“The club has been dormant for a few years and we were asked to support them and we leapt at the chance.

“I go to every game as a fan and it is a nice thing to do in the village.”

Simon is proud of the pub’s history too, ensuring that reminders of the village’s past are kept inside for punters to enjoy.

Swindon Advertiser: The Wiltshire pub dates back to the 1700s.The Wiltshire pub dates back to the 1700s. (Image: The Tollgate Inn)

“[The pub] dates from the 1700s as a coaching inn and I believe it was actually a toll which is where it gets its name from,” he said.

“We have open fireplaces and although we have no specific ancient features we have maintained the inside in a way it should be.

“We have some old maps of Holt and how the pub used to look.”

The 35-year-old landlord, who is originally from the Cotswolds, has been at the pub for two years and is loving the experience so far.

“This is my first pub but I have always been a chef and in catering but this is the first time I am going it alone,” said Simon.

Swindon Advertiser: The Tollgate Inn's menu includes several pub classics.The Tollgate Inn's menu includes several pub classics. (Image: The Tollgate Inn)

“It has been a really good first year, unusual as nothing quite prepares you for having your own place but it has been really good fun.”

The watering hole serves a variety of tipples which Simon sources both locally and regionally along with the ingredients for the pub’s meals.

“We try and get as many local ales as we can with several from Bath and Bristol as well as a small Malmesbury brewery called Mighty Monk,” he said.

“It is really important to support people locally and create a family environment to work in and treat people how you wish to be treated.

“We also use Meat at The Shambles butchers in Bradford-On-Avon to get the majority of our meat.”