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What’s in a name? Well, judging by the names of these 12 fantastic pubs in the Cotswolds, we know one thing for sure: a name doesn’t quite reveal all the wonderful characteristics within, but it may tell us a little something about the spirit and the sense of humour.

These pubs in and around the Cotswolds have names inherited from mythological and domesticated creatures to royal entitlements and everyday objects the common denominator a super sense of fun, warmth, character and abundance of delicious food and tasty beers. Welcome to the Cotswolds indeed!


The Smoking Dog

You won’t find any pooches with Marlboros in their mouths, but this classic Cotswold stone high street pub adds a flare of modern taste to its traditional dishes. Located in the heart of Malmesbury, the warm atmosphere, scrumptious lunch and dinner menus, and selection of ales is sure to leave you wanting another “drag”.

The Smoking Dog, 62 High Street, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9AT.


The Rattlebone Inn

If you find yourself in the picturesque village of Sherston on a Monday evening, head over to this pub for “The Legendary Rattlebone Quiz & Burger Night” – £7.95 gourmet burgers! While you are drinking a pint or burying yourself in country bistro cuisine, keep an eye out for the pub’s resident ghost – Saxon warrior John Rattlebones!

The Rattlebone Inn, Church Street, Sherston, Wiltshire, SN16 0LR.


The Cat and Custard Pot


Comfort off the beaten track in Shipton Moyne, this pub is all about local tradition. With ties to an abundance of English history, this pub serves classic pub favourites, including a la carte dishes, lighter plates, and the famous Cat Special Burger.

The Cat & Custard, The Street, Shipton Moyne, GL8 8PN.


The Pig and Fiddle


Everyone in Bath knows The Pig – young and old have had at least one summer evening enjoying its six hand pulled local ales and ciders. Tuesday nights the pub comes alive with live music sessions, and their heated garden adds an extra fun experience to go along with all the fun you will have with other who went to town.

The Pig & Fiddle, 2 Saracen Street, Bath, BA1 5BR.


The Jolly Huntsman

Located in the peaceful village of Kingston St. Michael, this pub dates back to the 18th century and one of the original brewing wells is still in existence. The freehouse pub, also a Bed and Breakfast, is all about home-cooking and using fresh and, where possible, local ingredients.. even their desserts are made from scratch, now that is jolly!

The Jolly Huntsman, 80 Kington St Michael, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6JB.


The Trout Inn

More than just your fast and grab pub, this family-owned establishment boasts a range of ales, ciders and wines, and freshly prepped meals that are guaranteed to please your taste buds. It also hosts weddings, receptions, and varied events (even camping) at their riverside location in Lechlade.

The Trout Inn, St John’s Bridge, Faringdon Road, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3HA.


The Beehive


What happens when you bring the country to the city? Located in Montpellier, Cheltenham, this pub serves local pies, a variety of ales and ciders, mouth-watering main dishes with a modern twist, and a secret room with a wine wall.

The Beehive, 1-3 Montpellier Villas, Cheltenham, GL50 2XE.


Queen Matilda Tavern

A free house fit for a queen – a royal establishment indeed. It’s all about “real ales, real fires, and real food” at this tavern. Quality ingredients and drinks to quench your thirst are top of mind. Quiz nights on the last Thursday of every month and a live folk/jazz music session at least one Saturday every month.

Queen Matilda Tavern, 1 Star Lane, Avening, Gloucestershire, GL8 8NT.


Ye Olde Reine Deer Inn

It all started with a cake, and soon this inn was full of history including its famous Globe Room which has seen many visitors. Full of character, full of a variety of flavours in savoury and sweet, and is home to some of the best ales, lagers, wines and ciders, located in Oxfordshire. It is not to be missed on your travels. Ye Olde Reine Deer Inn, 47 Parsons St, Banbury, Oxfordshire.


The Salamander


Bath’s city centre is known for its small and special pubs, including The Salamander. If you want to enjoy a traditional pie or bar snack and a pint, you want to visit here. A casual, short menu that gives customers plenty of time to chat and, of course, drink some ale.

The Salamander, 3 John Street, Bath BA1 2JL.


The Mermaid

Serving the best home made food in Burford, this restaurant and pub is no myth. Enjoy an intimate candlelit experience upstairs or let loose with regular entertainment events in the pub. The Mermaid even caters to dietary needs including gluten free options.

The Mermaid, 78 High Street, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4QF.


The Hop Pole


Good food, good company. Located in the heart of Bath, this pub is a local favourite among the locals and even has a secret courtyard garden. Even though in the city, the cosy atmosphere is why The Hop Pole is called “a country pub in the heart of the city.”

The Hop Pole, 7 Albion Buildings, Upper Bristol Road, Bath BA1 3AR.