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“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” So wrote George Bernard Shaw and hear, hear is what we say at Manor Cottages!
We all like to indulge from time to time and food is a wonderful way of bringing family and friends and loved ones together, especially at holiday time.
Writing a blog about food in the Cotswolds however is a bit like trying to stuff a whole cake into a sandwich bag! There are just so many brilliant places to mention. Delightful tea shops and cafes abound, many award winning chefs are now well-established in the Cotswolds and a host of food festivals bring the foodies together throughout the year.
From a self-catering point of view, the region is spoilt for choice, with top class producers of a whole range of delicious foods dotted around in our historic towns and villages. Offering an enormous selection of traditional ingredients and fresh produce, these specialists make the Cotswolds the place to go for a foodie break. Here are just a handful of ideas to get you thinking (and your mouth watering)….
Donnington Trout Farm in Upper Swell near Stow-on-the-Wold breeds trout in their crystal-clear Cotswold spring waters, using feeds from sustainable non-GM sources. Fresh trout of all sizes are prepared to order plus they offer a range of delicious traditionally smoked products. Visit to see and even feed the trout or buy from the on-site farm shop.
LoveMyCow produces free range, grass fed, Hereford X beef on the family farm just outside Bourton-on-the-Water. As well as all mainstay joints they make award-winning burgers and have recently added meatballs to the menu too. Full details of all the cuts may be found on their website where you can also ‘book your beef’.
Tucked away in the traditional market streets of Stow-on-the-Wold you will find Maby’s Delicatessen. Choose from a host of specially selected delicacies, including a wide range of cheeses, freshly prepared lunch items, freezers full of chef-prepared meals to let you off a meal or two and a daily selection of goodies. Alongside freshly prepared items, you’ll find a gourmet selection of store cupboard products plus a variety of bread delivered daily from a French bakery.
Upton Smokery specialises in smoking meat, game and fish of the highest quality and by traditional methods – smoked food at its best. Visit their shop at Upton Downs Farm, near Burford, where you will also find other outstanding and complementary products.
The multi award-winning Soil Association certified Organic Farm Shop & Café just outside Cirencester is all about local fresh organic food and drink. Stock up on the essentials or take your time and enjoy coffee and cake in the cafe, walk the farm trail, check out the eco household, skincare and textiles area and buy some farm ingredients to cook supper in your holiday home: www.theorganicfarmshop.co.uk
Woefuldane Organic Dairy produces an impressive range of delicacies including multi-award winning unpasteurised cheeses, milk, cream, butter and yogurt – all made from their own Dairy Shorthorn milk. The Dairy shop in Minchinhampton also stocks a small range of complementary goods – chutneys, fresh local bread, local beers, draught cider and Winstone’s ice cream made using Woefuldane milk. Cheese making courses are also available at the farm if you want to take things a step further!
For a wide selection of self-catering properties and to book your foodie holiday, visit www.manorcottages.co.uk or speak to one of our helpful team members on 01993 824252.