Cotswold Pubs & Restaurants
We are very lucky to have an enormous number of great pubs and restaurants locally. Here are our favourites.
Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach
Sam and Georgie Pearman have created probably the best pub in the Cotswolds. In fact, it has become so popular that reservations are now practically always necessary. Luckily it’s only two miles away in Northleach. Although based on their success they have grown in to a group of six or seven sites, the Wheatsheaf remains brilliant. They’ve even got one of those websites with one long page that scrolls on down.
Open on Sunday evenings too. Telephone: 01451 860244
The Wild Rabbit, Kingham
This outpost of Carole Bamford’s Daylesford empire opened (in what used to be the unremarkable Tollgate) in 2013 as an avowedly and very successful take on the gastro-pub. Although Lady B. announced that she wanted it to be a “proper local” it really isn’t. There are no straw-chewing yokels at all, but it IS just very good. If you are not already a devotee, this pub could convert you to the virtues of “taupe”. Michelin Pub of the Year 2015 and, under Tim Allen’s leaderaship, a Michelin star has been awarded in October 2016 – deservedly so. Bar snacks only on Sunday evenings.
Telephone 01608: 658389
The Old Butchers, Stow-on-the-Wold
Peter and Louise Robinson returned to the Old Butcher from the Fox at Oddington in 2015 and the Old Butchers has gone from strength to strength ever since. Unusually locally, they do great fish and shellfish. Open on Sunday evenings. Telephone: 01451 831700
Horse and Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill
A really great atmosphere with superb game and great fish. Booking is essential and since they won the Good Pub Guide Pub of the Year 2016 bound to be even busier. However, recently sold to Alex Langlands Pearse and Mark Askew’s Cirrus Inns, so we can only hope they maintain standards. (They also won Pub Group of the Year, so should be safe.) The kitchen is closed on Sunday evenings. Telephone: 01386 700413
The King’s Head, Bledington
A classic Cotswold pub with a brasserie feel inside and traditional ducks on the village green outside. Archie and Nicola Orr-Ewing have come close to perfection here (and at the Swan Inn in Swanbrook.) Prime Ministers and Presidents not always included. Open on Sunday evenings too. Telephone: 01608 658365
Plough Inn, Cold Aston
Laura and Nick Avery refurbished and re-opened our “local” in 2013. It’s only a two-mile walk via Bang-Up Lane in Summer, or four miles by car round on the road in Winter. Food is good-average, but service is occasionally a bit hit-and-miss. The kitchen is closed on Sunday evenings and all day Monday. Telephone: 01451 822602
Seven Tuns, Chedworth
Liz Henty took over the Seven Tuns in 2015 and breathed new life and warmth in to this quintessential Cotswold country pub, but then suffered a terrible kitchen fire in May 2016. We hope that they have their brand-new kitchen installed by Christmas. Fingers crossed. The kitchen is closed on Sunday evenings and last food orders are at 8:30pm on other evenings. Telephone: 01285 720630
The Hare & Hounds, Foss Cross
A good standby just off the Fosse Way near Chedworth run by Gerry and Angela Ragosa, just a gentle 15 minute drive from the cottage. Open on Sunday evenings and last food orders relatively late at 9:30pm.
Telephone: 01285 720288
Sherborne Arms, Aldsworth
A very traditional village pub with a wholesome, traditional menu with particularly friendly service. The kitchen is closed on Sunday evenings and all day Monday. (Although there is a Film Night on the first Monday every month.) Telephone: 01451 844346
Black Horse, Naunton
A thriving local Donningtons pub with very good food and great service at surprisingly reasonable prices. Exceptionally dog friendly and a great stopping point for walkers, but no food on Sunday or Monday.
Telephone 01451 850565
Fox Inn, Lower Oddington
A busy, social pub with great simple food, and a solid feel. Firing on all cylinders now it’s back under Ian Mackenzie’s control, ir will probably now regain its former repute. Open on Sunday evenings, but last food orders at 8:30pm. Telephone: 01451 870555
Inn at Fossebridge
This 300 year old traditional coaching inn set in a dramatic dip on the Fosse Way. Open on Sunday evenings and last food orders relatively late at 9:30pm. Telephone: 01285 720721
Plough Inn, Ford
Loads of horsey atmosphere and great food at this traditional inn next door to Jackdaws Castle racing stables. Open on Sunday evenings with last food orders at 9:15pm. Telephone: 01386 584215
If you need to grab a bite in Bourton-on-the-Water we recommend The Croft at the Chester House Hotel or The Rose Tree.
Although The Croft is part of the Chester House Hotel, it is actually by the river and, as it’s bookable, it also provides the opportunity to enjoy Bourton without the crowds. Telephone: 01451 821132
The Rose Tree
The Rose Tree is also just by the river but often presents a better option than Bourton’s other eateries. Kitchen closed on Sunday evenings.
Telephone: 01451 820635