Take a break from a hectic journey along the A40 and spend some time exploring the charming Cotswold market...
The Bell at Stow – Photo by: geograph.org.uk
Stow on the Wold has been described as a quintessential Cotswolds town, complete with a thriving community and a rich and historical landscape. Stow is renowned for its diverse and colourful pubs, which are full of colourful local characters and offer a wide variety of food and drink to visitors and local patrons alike. So if you love the sight and sound of a crackling log fire, murmurs of friendly banter at the bar, and the smell of delicious pub grub cooking, make sure you check out our Stow pub guide.
http://www.kingsarmsstow.co.uk/Located right in the corner of the Market Square, the Kings Arms has been a central part of this town’s history for the last 500 years. Formerly a coaching inn, the pub has retained many of its original features, including wooden beams and open fires, which all add to the cosy atmosphere of this friendly inn. The inn even has royal connections as Charles I stayed here during the Battle of Naseby in 1645, but today the owners insist that all their customers are treated like royalty. You may even find a TV crew at the pub as it is frequently used for television productions, the most recent being an adaptation for the BBC of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Mayor of Casterbridge’. The Kings Arms is a traditional pub that serves English food alongside old ales and wines.
http://thewhitehartstow.com/A more contemporary styled pub now, in the form of the White Hart. Formerly a coaching inn from the 14th century, this hotel features two hidden Tudor priest holes upstairs with some of the building dating back to the 12th century. Despite the ‘boutique’ moniker, this pub boasts two cosy bars with log fires, an atmospheric restaurant, and stylish guest rooms. The White Hart offers great pub food during the day, and fine dining in the evening. You could also spot the hotel’s resident ghost, who tends to make an appearance just after closing time as a vertical band of light in the bar!
http://www.thebellatstow.com/The Bell at Stow is probably what you would describe as the ideal Cotswolds pub, with its wooden beams on the ceiling, flagstone floors, and of course, the obligatory log fires, all hidden behind the ivy-clad exterior. The Bell is a lively pub and a favourite with the locals, with ever-changing events and the great food, which draws in the punters on a regular basis. Their Champagne Happy Hour at 5pm on a Friday is now legendary with the locals at Stow, and Sunday nights always feature a live musical performance.
http://thetalbot.net/A relaxed and friendly atmosphere is promised when you enter this establishment. Situated right in the middle of the Market Square, this is one laid-back pub where you can pop in for a quick coffee, stop by for a spot of lunch, or linger for dinner. The pub features old traditional furniture, which adds to its appeal, and original paintings hang on every wall. And with the staff under the threat of death to be friendly, you can be sure you’ll always get a warm welcome at The Talbot.
http://www.birchhotels.co.uk/Another original coaching inn here at the Unicorn, complete with an old world charm and cosy feel, this is one pub where it is ideal to just take stock and relax. Built in the 17th century, the Unicorn is a one minute walk from the centre of Stow, and is a real delight to see in the summer, when the golden stonewalls contrast with the blooming flower baskets. The interior is designed in a contemporary style, and mixes Jacobean furniture with modern fabrics and wooden beams.
http://www.porch-house.co.uk/If your idea of a perfect pub features a wood burner, original flagstones and low wooden beams, then pay a visit to The Porch House. Situated on Digbeth Street, this is a small and cosy bar that is attached to the old hotel, and the owners have a great reputation of welcoming families with children and dogs. The bar has a good wine list and serves up a fine malt whisky alongside the more traditional ales.
http://www.coachandhorsesganborough.co.uk/Here is another pub here that features wooden beams and flagstones with a roaring log fire to warm you up. With a bright and fresh interior, the pub is a favourite with walkers, and features a pub menu with locally sourced ingredients at great prices. There’s even a resident dog, a black Labrador called Pennell to welcome you, as you sit in the high backed chairs on the wooden floor. Children are more than welcome here and there is a new play area for them to amuse themselves, and a skittle alley for the adults.
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