“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea,”...
This Autumn will provide a wealth of colour and stunning natural beauty to witness in one of the most visually impressive areas in the UK – perfect for those long afternoon walks and relaxing cycle rides. But when the weather is getting colder – and a bit wetter – it’s more important than ever to take those necessary rests for refuel and rehydration. The Cotswolds area offers a wealth of amazing coffee shops and bakeries that provide great scrummy cakes, pastries, tea & coffee, often produced from local ingredients.
Here, we list some of the best in the area…
Burford is said to be “The Gateway of the Cotswolds”, and what better way to start off your journey through one of the most stunning areas of the UK than with coffee & cake at Maison Blanc, one of the town’s most popular venues. The Burford branch operates with a seasonal menu, offering handmade patisserie with fresh pastries and cakes. They also run a number of shops across the South-East, including one in nearby Oxford.
Address: 136 – 142 High Street, Burford, Oxon, OX18 4QU
This extremely popular bakery and coffee shop is a small family run business that specialises in traditional artisan methods. They make artisan & sour dough breads, croissants, pastries, scones, cookies, shortbreads, and much more! This shop is ideal for both breakfast and for afternoon tea, and they take pride in the quality of their coffee as well as their baked goods. A whopping 90% of people recommend Bakery on the Water on TripAdvisor.
Address: 1 Sherbourne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY
The Old Mill Coffee House in Chipping Norton is a well-known coffee house and bistro in the heart of The Cotswolds. Their significant menu offers a variety of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and their hot drink selection is unrivaled. Choose from every kind of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate that you could desire, including Gingerbread Latte and Chai Tea – and much more.
Address: 7 West Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5LH
The team at The New England Coffee House are primarily considered as coffee specialists. According to their website, it is their aim to “fly the flag” for small independent coffee houses in the UK. Remarkably, this coffee house actually commit to roasting their own beans onsite, in small batches, every day. Their experience allows them to understand the precise identity of each kind of bean and how best to treat it to get the very best taste for customers. Well worth a visit!
Address: New England Coffee House, 1 Digbeth Street, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire. GL54 1BN
Taylors are famous in the Oxfordshire area for their quality breakfasts and lunches, and also their delicious teas and coffees. With their base primarily across a number of locations within Oxford City, all of the Taylors coffee shops have gained a strong reputation for consistency in the quality of both food and drink. Their sandwiches are their speciality, and washed down with one of their tasty coffees, Taylors really is the place to stop when visiting central Oxford.
Address: Taylors, 58 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AS
When you visit the Cotswolds, why not share your experience in a traditional self-catering cottage. For our range of cottages in the area, take a look through our online catalogue.