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The 5 Best Pubs in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful areas of England, UK, and arguably Europe! It is blessed with wonderful scenery, famous architecture, and great people.

And there are plenty of great pubs in which to meet these great people!

So here’s our list of the top 5 pubs in the Cotswolds right now;

1. The Chequers Inn, Churchill

The Chequers in Churchill is one of the most popular pubs in the Cotswolds at the moment. With a reputation for great service and high quality food, it is gaining some brilliant reviews across the web and among the local residents. The Chequers Inn has a classic, rustic country feel, complete with stag heads, wood tables, and exposed stone walls. A good selection of locally & nationally produced real ales and ciders and an excellent wine list caters for all tastes. Children are welcome, and the atmosphere is warm and friendly - an ideal stop off for a Cotswold bike ride or scenic summer drive.

Website: The Chequers Inn Address: The Chequers Inn, Church Road, Churchill, Oxfordshire, OX7 6NJ Call: 01608 659393


2. The King’s Head Inn, Bledington

Bledington Pub

The King’s Head Inn, Bledington is a classically traditional 16th Century Inn. This pub has a good reputation, featuring in the Michelin Pub Guide, The Good Food Guide and are also on the front cover of The Good Pub Guide for 2012. The interior is full of character, having maintained many of the original historic features. The King’s Head stock three locally produced lagers, which are popular along with a continuously good variety of real ales and ciders. Wednesday night is Burger Night, with homemade burgers made from meat sourced at a local farm - the Roe Deer burger is a must-try!

Website: The King's Head Inn Address: The King’s Head Inn, The Green, Bledington, Oxfordshire, OX7 6XQ Call: 01608 658365


3. The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach

The Wheatsheaf Inn at Northleach is sister pub to The Chequers Inn at Churchill, and shares many of its fine qualities. The Wheatsheaf is another traditional Cotswolds pub, and is an historic watering hole for coachmen and highwaymen, and still provides a great stop off for travellers and tourists visiting the Cotswolds for their holidays. At the Wheatsheaf, they offer high quality dining combined with great beers and seasonal locally-sourced food. They keep their Twitter updated with the beers that they have on tap at any given time, and always have a fine wine list on offer.

Website: The Wheatsheaf Inn Address: The Wheatsheaf Inn, West End, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3EZ Call: 01451 860244


4. The Swan Inn, Swinbrook

Cotswold Pubs

The Swan Inn at Swinbrook is a hugely popular traditional English pub in the Cotswolds. Here, they stock local beers from the Cotswold Brewing Company, including the local favourite Hook Norton Best, and source their produce locally for their well-renowned and highly rated restaurant. This Inn is actually owned by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, and makes up part of the family estate. The traditional flagstone floor and oak tables provide traditional character, whilst the excellent menu provides both contemporary and classic dishes.

Website: The Swan Inn Address: The Swan Inn, Swinbrook, Nr. Burford, Oxon, OX18 4DY Call: 01993 823339


5. The Fox Inn, Lower Oddington

The Fox Inn

Last but not least, The Fox Inn at Lower Oddington is a beautiful Virginia-creeper-clad English pub in the heart of the Cotswolds. A superb beer garden means that visitors can enjoy the summer sun afternoons and a heated terraced area is perfect for evening al-fresco dining. Highly recommended for its pleasant family atmosphere, The Fox Inn is good value and popular with local residents and tourists.

Website: The Fox Inn Address: The Fox Inn, Lower Oddington, Gloucestershire, GL56 0UR Call: 01451 870555


If you’d like the perfect idyllic location to base yourself from when you visit the Cotswolds and these wonderful pubs & restaurants, take a look at our range of holiday cottages. At Manor Cottages, we pride ourselves in providing high quality holiday accommodation in the Cotswolds and across other picturesque rural areas of Britain.

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