‘The Cotswolds will always be home for me, as well as being my all-time favourite place’ – Adam Henson
To celebrate the release of Adam Henson’s book A Breed Apart: My Adventures with Britain’s Rare Breeds we’re looking at 7 stand out pubs in Henson’s home town The Cotswolds. Throughout the book he travels across the country visiting locations such as Dorset, Cambridge, Lincolnshire, the Scottish Highlands and many more, uncovering and recording the history of many of Britain’s ancient and rare animals breeds. Although visiting many different locations, his fondness for The Cotswolds-his childhood home and where he still lives in Bemborough farm, now Cotswold Farm Park-is apparent throughout the book. If Henson’s high opinion of The Cotswolds inspires you to visit or if it’s somewhere that you’ve always been meaning to travel to here are 7 remarkable pubs that we highly recommend.
THE BELL INN, SELSLEY
Located in the quaint village, a short walk to Stroud city centre, Gloucestershire this friendly pub set in a 16th century listed building offers views across the valley below. It is not surprising that it has been featured in the Good Food Guide as its pub classics featuring locally sourced food and seasonal game are reviewed highly by their customers. It features local ales and a wide selection of other drinks to choose from including 18 malt whiskies and 92 gins. They even offer gin related events in their dedicated tasting room. They are welcoming to both children, with a separate children’s menu available, and dogs as they have their own pub dog so is definitely one for the whole family to enjoy. With friendly staff welcoming to both regulars and visitors and fantastic service The Bell Inn is not one to be missed!
BUTCHERS ARMS, SHEEPSCOMBE
A traditional ‘free-house’ in the Sheepscombe valley in a beautiful building dating back to the 17th century with a garden terrace to enjoy the panoramic views of the valleys below. The Butchers Arms is a friendly pub with a lively atmosphere that still retains elements of the traditional village pub. It has been praised for being especially welcoming to families and children rather than just accommodating them. Its local real ales are praised as well as their large portions of hearty food made with locally sourced ingredients, including meat from nearby farms. Their fish and vegetarian specialities are also not to be ignored. Why not enjoy a walk in the Sheepscombe valleys-even bring the dog as they are welcome too- followed by a visit to this special pub.
THE CRAVEN ARMS, BROCKHAMPTON
A relaxed 16th century pub run by mother and son duo, Barbara and Sam Price, advertising a stylish but warm, cosy atmosphere and large garden with scenic views. It has a separate eating area off the bar where you can enjoy items of their menu that is full of variety. They pride themselves on being accommodating for dietary requirements with 4 out of their 9 “big plates” suitable for vegans. They also have a great selection on their drinks menu including local ales and farm cider. With both children and dogs welcome too there is no reason not to consider this pub if you’re planning to visit The Cotswolds.
THE VILLAGE PUB, BARNSLEY
If you’re planning a more relaxing, luxurious visit to the Cotswolds then The Village Pub in Barnsley, Cirencester might be the pub for you. A British Country pub with a contemporary feel is stocked with Cotswold craft ales and a wide selection of wines. It also offers six separate reasonably priced but impressive rooms where you can get £20 off the cost of a half day ticket to the Barnsley House Spa across the road, perfect for a relaxing getaway. After treating yourself to the nearby spa you can indulge in The Village Pub’s selection of good quality pub food with a twist, including meat sourced from Paddock Farm which is located just at the end of the road! Children and dogs are welcome both in the pub and to stay with the inclusive option of a child’s meal being a ½ portion of an adult meal on the main menu rather than a separate children’s menu with different options. If you want to relax and indulge in a scenic location then The Village Pub might be the one for you!
THE LAMB INN, BURFORD
A 500 year old inn located in the historic market town of Burford in Oxfordshire, radiating traditional charm and ambience. It is proud to serve Cotswold ales, 17 different wines available by the glass, 26 malt whiskies and so much more. Indoor and outdoor dining options are available with a separate garden perfect for visitors with dogs as well as a more relaxed dining option of eating at the bar. With a menu full of selection including pub classics and lunch option as well as separate brunch, children’s and afternoon tea menus there’s sure to be something available for everyone. Visitors have praised the friendly and attentive service of all staff members so a visit to The Lamb Inn is sure to be an experience to remember.
THE FEATHERED NEST COUNTRY INN, NETHER WESTCOTE
In the quiet, historic village of Nether Westcote in the heart of the Cotswolds you will find The Feathered Nest Country Inn, set in an old Malthouse building overlooking the Evenlode valleys. Although they serve traditional and local Cotswold ales as well as over 25 select wines this pub is not your traditional, Cotswolds pub. Their head chef, Kuba Winkowski, has just been named the Craft Guild National Chef of the year and this is not surprising as their menus are full of the highest quality modern British cooking. There are a number of different menus available to guests including a tasting and seasonal menu as well as separate vegetarian and children’s menus. Although on the higher price range visitors are known to have found the food to be “unforgettable” and well worth their price for the quality of the food offered. If you’re in search of a luxury Cotswolds experience then the The Feathered Nest Country Inn is the pub for you.
THE WHEATSHEAF INN, NORTHLEACH
If you’re in search for a traditional, Cotswolds country pub with a modern flair then The Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach, Cheltenham is the pub for you. This 17th century, small-town stone inn offers a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with contemporary interior and food options as well as local ales and cider. They aim to use local ingredients where possible across their multiple menus they have available to guests, including feast and canapé menus as well as separate Sunday and children’s menus. They have their own beer and cider garden, its own separate paradise perfect for guests with dogs. For a Cotswolds pub with a contemporary feel The Wheatsheaf Inn is definitely one to visit.
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