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Stow-on-the-wold pubs

Indulge in these charming pubs in Stow-on-the-Wold, where history and exceptional brews blend seamlessly. Unwind in characterful countryside inns and immerse yourself in the Cotswold scenery. 

Stow on the Wold has a great mix of both modern and traditional pubs, offering real ales, hearty English food and fantastic dining atmosphere.

Whether you’re taking a short break or simply passing through, a trip to one of the many great pubs in the town is a must. Families, friends or a little table a’ deux – there is something for everyone.

Read on to discover the best pubs in Stow-on-the-Wold…

1. The Porch House

1 Digbeth St, Stow-on-the-Wold

beer, nuts and peanuts on table in pub

First on our list of must-visit pubs is The Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold. This charming pub has recently undergone a renovation, where traditional features have been revived, revealing flagstone flooring and ancient timbers.

The Porch House is the oldest pub in Stow-on-the-Wold, so you can savour your favourite tipple and immerse yourself in rich history. In fact, this pub is certified as the oldest inn in England, dating to 947 AD.

There are two parts to this pub; a more formal restaurant and a cosy pub, complete with low ceilings and a roaring fire in the winter. As for the food, expect non-pretentious, big, filling portions in the pub, with more adventurous offerings in the restaurant.

Contact: 01451 870048

Opening times: Mon-Thurs, 8am- 10:30pm, Fri-Sun, 8am- 9pm

Dog-friendly: Yes

2. Queens Head

Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold

Friends drinking beer

If you ask the locals for a good old traditional pub they’ll be sure to recommend The Queens Head. It’s so popular that if you want a meal at the weekend you’re best off reserving a table, as the locals tend to book them out.

With a friendly service offering two local ales and homemade specials, it’s not hard to see why this is a favourite haunt in the town.

Contact: 01451 830563

Opening times: Mon-Sat, 12pm-11pm, Sun, 12pm-9pm

Dog-friendly: Yes

3. The Kings Arms

Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold

country pub in Stow-on-the-Wold

The Kings Arms in Stow-on-the-Wold is located on the corner of the Square and is a 500 year-old coaching inn brimming with character. A relaxed atmosphere awaits you, with ancient beams and open fires that would have also welcomed travelling tradesman of the past.

This dog-friendly pub in Stow-on-the-Wold, offers a daily specials board, which includes light bites and sandwiches from 12pm to 6pm. Also, you can enjoy hearty food, such as Pie and Mash Night every Wednesday.

Contact: 01451 830364

Opening times: Mon-Sun, 12pm-11pm

Dog-friendly: Yes

4. The White Hart

The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold

Wine being poured into glass

Furthermore, The Square is also home to The White Hart, a much more modern dining space but with an interesting history. Parts of the building date back to the 12th century and it was also used as a coaching inn during the 14th century.

There are even two Tudor priest hiding holes upstairs. As for the food, expect locally sourced, seasonal and fresh meal choices throughout the day. You will also find plenty of places within the building to dine, from either the bar, restaurant, hotel, or even a large al fresco dining area.

Contact: 01451 830674

Opening times: Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5.30pm

Dog-friendly: Yes (dogs are allowed in the bar but not the restaurant)

5. The Stow Lodge Hotel

The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold

Cotswolds malt whisky

After a day of exploring the Stow-on-the-Wold shops, relax with your favourite tipple in The Stow Lodge Hotel. This grand old building, is set in its own expansive and beautifully tended gardens.

The bar in the hotel is open to non-residents and is typical of what you would imagine an old timbered drinking place to be, hundreds of years ago. With its whitewashed walls, dark wooden furniture and flagstone floor, this traditional bar is happy to serve you anything from a couple of pints to a full three-course meal.

Contact: 01451 830485

Opening times: Mon-Sun, 7:30am- 10:30pm

Dog-friendly: No

6. The Bell at Stow

Park St, Stow-on-the-Wold


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If you’re a foodie, look no further than The Bell at Stow. With resident chef Nick Rowberry at the helm, this is a modern pub that is a hot favourite with the locals. The food takes centre stage, sourcing only seasonal and fresh ingredients to create daily specials boards, and an incredibly popular menu.

This pub is at the heart of the community at Stow, and features the well-attended Champagne Happy Hour at 5pm on Fridays and showcases live music at the weekend.

Contact: 01451 870916

Opening times: Mon-Sun, 8am-11pm

Dog-friendly: Yes

7) The Old Stocks Inn

The Square, Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold

Artisan coffee

Situated in the Market Square, The Old Stocks Inn is a quaint 17th century coaching inn. If you’re looking for a bright and airy setting, this is the place for you.

Serving fresh artisan coffee for a quick fix in the morning, this pub in Stow-on-the-Wold is idyllic after a Cotswold walk. If you need to refuel, browse the mouth-watering menus; here you will find a wide selection of British cuisine.

If you’re looking for more places serving hot drinks, why not try 17 of The Best Places for Afternoon Tea in The Cotswolds?

Contact: 01451 830666

Dog-friendly: Yes

8) Horse & Groom Village Inn 

Although this pub isn’t technically in Stow-on-the-Wold, it’s worth being on our list of the best pubs. The Horse & Groom Village Inn is a 16th century pub situated in the village of Upper Oddington.

This county pub near Stow-on-the-Wold is a fantastic place to savour cask ales in a rural setting. Bring along your furry friend and unwind on the outdoor terrace, surrounded by tall trees. And if your stomach starts to rumble, why not enjoy some alfresco dining?

Scan the menu, which offers a delicious mix seafood and steak, served with sides. On Sundays, you can enjoy a full-crusted pie or a hearty roast dinner.

Contact: 1451 830584

Opening times: Mon-Tues, 12pm-11pm, Wed- 3pm-10pm, Fri-Sat, 12pm-11pm, Sun-12pm-9pm

Dog-friendly: Yes

So there you have it, our simple guide to the pubs of Stow-on-the-Wold. There are others, of course, and if you fancy getting a taxi you can easily pop to some of the surrounding villages.

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