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Taking a holiday in Stow on the Wold?
Here we highlight our thoughts about Best Pubs To Visit In Stow On The Wold:
Whether you’re taking a short break, simply passing through or on holiday in Stow on the Wold, you need to make time to stop and take in some of the great places in the town. Families, friends or a little table a’deux there is something for everyone.
In our opinion, (slightly biased it has to be said!) what makes a thriving Cotswolds’ town stand out is whether it has a substantial amount of good eating places and pubs for everyone and that these are buzzing – you can be sure that if the locals are gathering in them then that’s a pretty good benchmark for visiting tourists!
Stow on the Wold has a great mix of modern and traditional pubs, offering real ales, hearty English food or something a little more modern.
Here’s our guide to where you should be hanging your coats for a nibble or two:
The Porch House has recently undergone a renovation, where traditional features have been revived, revealing flagstone flooring and ancient timbers. There are two parts to this pub; a more formal restaurant and a cosy pub, complete with low ceiling and 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. Bish, bash, bosh, job done!
Fancy a good old, traditional pub The Queens Head, this is a proper local’s pub, full of atmosphere; the kind of pub you’d bring your dog in to watch the footie with. 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 friendly service offering two local ales and homemade specials, it’s not hard to see why this is a favourite haunt in the town, especially on Friday nights, but fear not it is NOT intimidating, quite the opposite!
On the corner of the Square is The Kings Arms, a 500 year-old coaching inn, and full of character, as you’d expect. A relaxed atmosphere awaits you, with ancient beams and open fires that would have also welcomed travelling tradesman of the past. The pub offers a daily specials board, which includes light bites and sandwiches from 12pm to 6pm as well as more hearty food, and don’t forget the popular Pie and Mash Night on every Wednesday.
Also on The Square is 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 in 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 and plenty of places within the building to dine, from the bar, restaurant, hotel, or even a large al fresco dining area.
Not actually on the Square but just nestling nearby is the grand old building, 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, a 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.
Finally, the perfect pub for foodies, with resident chef Nick Rowberry at the helm, this is a more modern pub that is a hot favourite with the locals. The food takes centre stage at The Bell with Nick sourcing local, seasonal and fresh ingredients to create daily specials boards, and a great 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.
So there you have it, our simple guide to the pubs of Stow. There are others, of course, and if you fancy getting a taxi (or someone drives but is stuck on the fizzy waters) you can pop to some of the surrounding villages all within 5 miles where you have a wealth of alternatives. It’s not that we’re bunch of old soaks in the Cotswolds, far from it, instead we’re blessed with a fine tradition of country pubs that really are worth making the effort to head into.