Lovely mellow-toned interior, lots to look at and tasty food and drink; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
On a pretty village green, nestled beneath the Cotswold escarpment, lies this handsome 400-year-old golden-stone inn. The beamed and flagstoned rooms contain a pleasing mix of furniture from pews and rustic stools to leather dining chairs around all sorts of tables, rugs on bare boards, shelves of books, candles and a log fire in a big inglenook. There's Timothy Taylors Landlord and a beer from Purity on handpump with a changing guest (perhaps North Cotswold or Wye Valley), three real ciders, 19 wines by the glass (including dessert wines) and a fair choice of whiskies and brandies; background music and board games. In warm weather, the big back garden is delightful, with picnic-sets under parasols, a colourful herbaceous border and an outdoor play area. The eight bedrooms, all different, are well equipped and comfortable (one is downstairs) and the breakfasts highly regarded. There are good walks on the nearby hills.
The good pub guide food review
As well as breakfast, pleasing food (with special dietary requirements catered for) includes sandwiches, sharing boards, spiced lamb kofta kebab with pitta and tzatziki, butternut squash, chickpea and courgette tagine, a fish of the day, chicken breast with puy lentils, beech mushrooms and curly kale, beef sirloin with chips and peppercorn sauce, ale-battered haddock and chips, and puddings such as chocolate and mint pannacotta and baked vanilla cheesecake with raspberry sorbet.
The Howard Arms is a glorious Cotswold pub, restaurant and bed & breakfast. Peacefully overlooking the old chestnut tree on the green, it lies in the heart of the idyllic village of Ilmington. Inside, the fire crackles and the bar bustles with locals and visitors drinking from our carefully chosen selection of ales, beers and wine. Our award-winning chef has created a menu of top-quality pub favourites alongside imaginative starters, mains and irresistible puddings. There are 8 spoiling bedrooms, full of comfort and character with a hearty breakfast included in the price. The atmosphere is warm and easy-going, and the staff are renowned for their friendliness and efficiency.
Built during Shakespeare’s time, if the bard were still around, you would find him with the locals in the Howard Arms.