A pub in the Cotswolds is always an experience that takes the best parts of traditional and contemporary hospitality and brings them together with Gloucestershire’s own particular brand of magic. Here, the Good Hotel Guide shares six of the most stylish and beautiful pubs with rooms in the Cotswolds…
The Swan, Bibury
A 17th century inn, The Swan is an enchanting escape on the banks of the River Coln. Elegantly decorated, it invites you to wake to views of rambling hills and grassy fields. Meanwhile, inside you can sink into cosy armchairs in front of log fires. Antler chandeliers are all part of the theme, while the restaurant brings a chic and contemporary approach to pub-style hospitality.
The Feathered Nest, Chipping Norton
A converted malthouse, The Feathered Nest is a celebrated, award-winning restaurant-with-rooms with all the cosiness of a traditional pub, but all the style of a contemporary restaurant. Food is at the heart of what they do with three AA Rosettes and five AA Stars, all overseen by Head chef, Kuba Winkowski.
The Royal Oak, Tetbury
A lively community pub, The Royal Oak has been at the heart of the local community since 1781 complete with six cosy rooms to stay in. A sympathetically restored Grade II listed Cotswold pub, it’s peppered with characterful details such as an Art Deco piano, a vintage jukebox, upcycled furnishings and cosy booths. Chic and stylish, it’s dog friendly and combines traditional favourites on the menu with contemporary vegan options as well.
The Lamb Inn, Burford
On a quiet street by the River Windrush, The Lamb Inn has been welcoming guests since the 1750s. In the historic market town of Burford, this 15th century Cotswold inn is all armchairs to sink into, books and papers to read, board games to be played and good food to be eaten. In addition to spectacular food in the restaurant as well, there’s always a homemade flapjack or two, while luxury details such as Molton Brown products, stylish fabrics and antique furnishings characterise the 17 rooms.
The Sign of the Angel, Lacock
In a chocolate box village, famous as the set for many a film, The Sign of the Angel is an exquisitely stylish coaching inn dating back to the 15th century. With two AA Rosettes for its celebrated menu, the building’s original features have been beautifully offset by tasteful colours and fabrics, and you can work up an appetite with a stroll around the National Trust surroundings.
The Horse and Groom, Moreton-in-Marsh
With all the key elements of a true Cotswolds country pub, The Horse and Groom brings traditional pub style in the restaurant complete with classic British fare, and tasteful, individually-styled bedrooms upstairs. Dogs are welcome, they are well stocked with real ales and wines and there’s always a log fire blazing in the winter months to make you feel well and truly at home.