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We recently took a look at some of our favourite pubs in the Cotswolds. In this post we take a closer look at what the Cotwolds has to offer in the Pub Department!
The Cotswolds has many wonderful pubs located in small villages tucked away in corners and on village greens. Some of the Cotswolds pubs have earned the right to be considered national treasures. If you look for a comfortable environment, conducive to sociability enjoyed amidst all the elements of terrific cuisine in keeping with the finest English pubs, the Costwolds have many spectacular hideaways.
For six years, the Kingham Plough has been serving quality beverages and outstanding cuisine to visitors and residents of Kingham, Oxfordshire. This is a dining pub replete with comfortably finished and tastefully decorated rooms. Chef-owner Emily Watkins, former sous-chef at Heston Blumenthal, and head chef Ben Dulley lead a team of experienced chafes that do traditional British cuisine with flair. The award winning breakfast and most menu items proudly use as many locally sourced products as possible. The Sunday Times’ AA Gill says; “The kitchen is a serious restaurant workplace. The bar menu is as fine as any I've seen…anyone thinking of opening a local pub restaurant should come here and see the gold standard.”
Ideally set on the tranquil village green with a picturesque brook lazily crawling through town and numerous ducks paddling away, the Kings Head Inn is renowned for is ambiance, intimate setting and easy-going comfort. The Inn, located on The Green at Bledington, Oxfordshire, is privately owned and has been in operation continuously since the 16th century. Over the past 12 years, pub owners Archie and Nicola Orr-Ewing have meticulously restored the structure and interior of this charming building. Open fires and unequaled views characterise the intimate rooms of the pub. Relaxing beverages and unforgettable delights form the kitchen are the perfect setting for this 12-bedroom inn.
The Sunday Times reports; “The classic English country pub that one always hopes to find but seldom does.”
Two acres of gardens, vegetable patches, apple trees and sprawling lawns surround this one-of-a-kind traditional pub. The vegetables are used in the pub and across the street at the Rectory Hotel. The tasty, traditional, healthy menu compliments a private setting and a bar filled with life and social intercourse. All are immediately welcome at The Street, Crudwell, Wiltshire, address.
Dog-friendly, the Bell of Sapperton is a walker’s delight. Bowls for thirsty pooches and a tether for your horse set the unique atmosphere of the Sapperton near Cirencester, Gloucestshire. This Bell marks the center of this historic village just 4 miles from Cirencester near Pinsbury Park, one of England’s most spectacular palatial homes.
The menu is local and most foods are locally sourced. Cask ales, fine wines and great food are the standards at this lovely pub. Enjoy homemade breads and special brews of numerous coffees.
Suites feature wireless Internet. Some of the rooms are in the oldest part of the building and feature grand four-poster beds. The Cotswold Water Park and the Thames Path National Trail make for a thoroughly enjoyable outdoor experience. Throw in polo at Cirencester Park and the Gold Cup Race Meeting in Cheltenham and let the good times roll.
Located in Lower Oddington, this is one pub that is generally regarded as one of the most difficult to leave in all of England. Ambiance oozes through every pore of the structure and service is personal and attentive. Lamb kidneys with chive sauce are sure to please and a host of homemade breads and locally sourced goods typify the local ambiance. The roast beef and Yorkshire pudding is about as good as it gets. The flagstone floors and creeper clad building date back to the 11th century. Locals and tourists agree this is a special place and a very special experience.
Reviewer Harden’s describes the Fox Inn as, “A pub restaurant that puts many restaurants to shame. This classic Cotswold boozer (with garden), in a sleepy village, is highly rated for its confidently realised traditional fare, which includes some truly excellent puddings.”
The Paxford Arms sits quietly in the village of Paxford. The 300-year old ashlar stone exterior is just an indication of the tradition that reeks through this pub experience. This is old world charm at its best from the views to the level of comfort to the beverage and cuisine. Set overlooking the majestic countryside, the Paxford is five minutes from the historical and crafts market town of Chipping Camden and is the preferred watering hole for visitors.
The traditional appearance and ambiance are complimented by modern, London and continental influences. 75 percent of all ingredients are locally sourced. Farmers and fisherman make daily deliveries to The Paxford Arms.
The menu changes daily but the homemade breads are always ready. Bar snacks include an antipasti bar and such delicacies as mini scotch eggs.
During the winter, “Steak Night” offers four prime cuts. The shooting season brings “Game Night.” These evenings are truly a celebration of local met and game Make your reservations early.
Reals Cask Ales are on tap. Hook Norton is the local brewery and Wye Valley also sends over their successful brews. Guinness, local ciders and other premium lagers are in long supply. The wine list can accommodate any budget.
Oxfordshire boasts yet another outstanding 17th century pub in Southrop aptly called the Swan. Southrop is the classic English village in the heart of the Leach Valley. A well-appointed restaurant and a separate bar with open fireplaces, a skittle alley and a private room for intimate meetings for gatherings offer amazing accommodations. Overnight guest are welcome at the beautifully appointed cottages at Southrop Manor Estates. Walking dogs are liked at the bar.
There is a lot of history in the Cotswolds. A good part of that history can be recounted at anyone of these pubs and at dozens of others. The pub industry in the UK is a troubled sector of the economy but in The Cotswolds, the grand old pubs are standing tall and upholding one of England’s grandest traditions.