Handsome stone building in large, riverside grounds with character bars, a thoughtful choice of food and drinks and friendly welcome; pretty bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Unsurprisingly, our readers are warmly enthusiastic about this 17th-c former coaching inn nestled in a pretty hamlet, with its good choice of food and drinks, elegant furnishings and lovely gardens. You'll find welcoming licensees at the helm and a cheerful mix of both locals and visitors. Stone arches divide the two original beamed bar rooms, which have both a woodburning stove and a log fire, stripped stone walls hung with copper implements and all sorts of nice old chairs, settles and cushioned wall and window seats around pale wooden tables on polished flagstones or bare boards. Butcombe Gold and Original, North Cotswold Windrush, Wadworths 6X and a beer named for the pub on handpump and 11 wines by the glass; background music and board games. The four acres of gardens include lawns running down to the River Coln, a large lake and plenty of picnic-sets under parasols. The seven bedrooms (named after Cotswolds towns and villages) are individually furnished in a country style with modern bathrooms ' and breakfasts are highly rated. As well as a two-mile circular stroll from the grounds you can walk up the glorious River Coln valley. Chedworth Roman Villa (National Trust) is not far away.
The good pub guide food review
Good, enjoyable food includes breakfasts for non-residents (8.30-10am) and afternoon teas (3-5.30pm), plus sandwiches, country pâte with house chutney, pan-fried king prawns and chorizo, wild mushroom and basil tagliatelle with mascarpone cream sauce, hot chicken thigh curry with poppadums, chargrilled steak sandwich, sea bass with creamy white wine and parsley sauce, 10oz rib-eye steak with coleslaw and chips, and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream, and apple and blackberry crumble with custard.