Cotswold food and drink you need to try at least once
PUBLISHED: 11:41 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:10 10 October 2017
Proudly boasting a host of talented chefs, local producers and brewers, the Cotswolds is a firm fixture on the nation’s foodie map. Don those stretchy trousers - we pick the food and drink you need to try in the region
2in1 Pie, Weighbridge Inn
A renowned favourite with Minchinhampton locals and visitors alike, the Weighbridge Inn’s 2in1 pie is bound to sate the appetite of any pastry enthusiast. The secret recipe was crafted 40 years ago and diners can choose from an array of fillings alongside cauliflower cheese, all encased in shortcrust pastry.
While away an hour or two at Bibury Trout Farm, catching fish or soaking in the village’s beauty, where thousands of trout glide through the crystal waters. Make sure to pick up freshly-caught, smoked trout before leaving or enjoy a trio of trout at the farm’s café.
Cacklebean Eggs, Cackleberry Farm
The chickens residing at Cackleberry Farm, sitting in glorious countryside outside of Stow-on-the-Wold, are some of the happiest around. And their eggs, rich in flavour and texture, are some of the tastiest too.
A hamper of foodie treats, Broadway Deli
Nestled in the picture-perfect Cotswold village, Broadway Deli is home to shelves stocked with fresh local produce, succulent meats and jars of tasty jams, chutneys and condiments. Why not order a hamper of foodie treats where you’ll have the opportunity to sample the tasty produce on offer?
Cerney Ash, Cerney Cheese
Worthy winner of the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2017 Cheese of the Year, the Cerney Ash, is a well-established, gorgeous soft goat cheese which melts in the mouth. A cheese to impress; it’ll be the first to disappear from the cheese board.
Cotswold Cream Liqueur, Cotswolds Distillery
Carefully crafting crisp, delicious dry gin and smooth single malt whisky every day, you’re in safe hands when it comes to enjoying a drink courtesy of the Cotswold Distillery. The Cotswold Cream Liqueur is particularly special; the combination of single malt and fresh Irish cream over ice is the perfect evening tipple.
Very Pleasant Peasants English, Tewkesbury Mustard
Continuing a tradition that dates back before the 16th century, Samantha Ramsey and Robin Ritchie are on a mission to keep Tewkesbury Mustard true to its roots. With a variety of mustards to suit each taste, the Very Pleasant Peasants English is a traditional concoction that sits beautifully alongside a delectable slice of beef.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for Winstones Ice Cream! With over 100 years of ice cream making experience, and selling their award-winning ice creams and sorbets to more than 100,000 customers per year, tried and tested traditional flavours, and a few quirkier ones, are the name of the game here from indulgent chocolate fudge brownie and tasty spiced plum.
Indian cuisine, Curry Corner
Only a short walk from Cheltenham’s town centre, Curry Corner is home to Shamsul and Monrusha, two award-winning chefs (including Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2016 Chef of the Year) who love serving their guests unpretentious Indian dishes made of the highest quality. The restaurant reached the final of Gordon Ramsey’s television show ‘The F Word’ in 2009 so arrive with high expectations and you shan’t be disappointed.
The Ebrington Arms near Chipping Campden and The Killingworth Castle in Wootton are two charming country pubs in the Cotswolds that serve pints of delicious Yubby beer. Whether you opt for the Yawnie, Goldie or the Yubby best bitter itself, you can be assured of an easy-drinking, smooth session ale.
Single Gloucester, Charles Martell & Son Ltd
Well-known for the world-famous Stinking Bishop cheese, Charles Martell & Son also boast plenty more delicious cheeses in their repertoire. The firm, yet smooth, texture of the Single Gloucester makes it a firm favourite to top a cracker or enjoy in a ploughmans.
You know you’re in for a treat when it comes to a Simpsons chippy tea – they were voted the UK’s number one fish and chip takeaway in 2016. They have opened a new store in Stroud too so even more people can enjoy their mouth-watering battered cod and golden chips.
Greek style yoghurt, Cotteswold Dairy
‘Dairy Product of the Year’ in the Great British Food Awards 2017, Cotteswold Dairy’s Greek Style Yoghurt, made from fresh Jersey cream, is a wonderfully indulgent way to kick-start a morning. Add to a bowl of granola and fresh fruit – yum!
Bacchus, Woodchester Valley Vineyard
Winning silver at the 2017 UK Wine Awards, Woodchester Valley Vineyard’s Bacchus is a refreshingly crisp white wine with fruity notes present in every sip. A glass of this wine will transport the discerning drinker far away from a rainy day, and beautifully complements a chicken or fish dish.
Delicate finger sandwiches, moreish scones with clotted cream and jam and delicious slices of homemade cake are what you can expect from Mrs D’s Vintage Afternoon Teas. And they’ll even deliver to your front door – read about their delivery service here!
Whether enjoyed as part of your fried breakfast or alongside creamy mash and gravy, Gloucestershire Old Spot sausages are a tasty treat. Pick up a pack from Gloucester Sausage Company where the meat is blended with a mixture of herbs and apple.
Legless Cow, Hillside Brewery
Bottoms up; well it could indeed be the case if you sink too many bottles of Hillside Brewery’s Legless Cow! This best bitter was inspired by the nation’s finest traditions of beer making and thus the Legless Cow has resulted in a rich, cameral and almost nutty tasting bitter that slides down the throat.
A Sourdough Loaf, Hobbs House Bakery
There’s nothing quite like the scent of freshly-baked bread filling the room. The aroma of the Hobbs House Bakery sourdough loaf is no exception and is enough to make anyone’s mouth water.
Freshly caught salmon, Severn & Wye Smokery
Whether smoked on a bagel with cream cheese or accompanied by new potatoes and a salad, the delicious taste of salmon is always something we look forward to. For tasty, freshly caught seafood, especially the salmon caught in the nearby River Severn and River Wye, look no further than the Severn & Wye Smokery.
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