Cotswold Pubs & Restaurants
We are lucky to have an enormous number of great pubs and restaurants locally. Here are some of 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 they have now grown in to a group of six or seven sites, the Wheatsheaf remains brilliant. 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. Lady B. announced that she wanted it to be a “proper local” but straw-chewing yokels are fairly rare. Deservedly awarded a Michelin star in October 2016. 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.
Telephone: 01451 831700
Horse and Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill
A really great atmosphere with superb game and great fish. Good Pub Guide Pub of the Year in 2016 so bound to be busy. Part of the Cirrus Inns group since November 2016.
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. The Orr-Ewings have come close to perfection here. Prime Ministers and Presidents not always included. 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. The kitchen is closed on Sunday evenings and all day Monday. Telephone: 01451 822602
The Hare & Hounds, Foss Cross
A good standby just off the Fosse Way near Chedworth run by Gerry and Angela Ragosa, just a 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. 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 Ian Mackenzie is back and gradually regaining its former ambience and repute. Telephone: 01451 870555
Inn at Fossebridge
This 300 year old traditional coaching inn is set in a dramatic dip on the Fosse Way and has an enormous garden which is a great spot for dinner in the Summer. Telephone: 01285 720721
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. Telephone: 01451 820635