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Cotswold pubs and restaurants that champion local produce

PUBLISHED: 11:20 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 26 September 2018

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We’re fortunate to have fantastic pubs and restaurants on our doorstep in the Cotswolds, with many serving delicious dishes as well a great round of drinks. Here are six which champion local produce, and seasonal ingredients, to create mouthwatering menus


16 Rodney Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1JJ

01242 321639

Twitter: @eatatpurslane

Facebook: @purslanerestaurant

Although Purslane specialises in sustainably-sourced British seafood, chef patron Gareth Fulford combines this with a plethora of local produce to create a real treat for the taste buds.

Staples such as milk are sourced from Cotteswold Dairy and eggs from Cackleberry Farm in Stow-on-the-Wold. The restaurant’s fruit and vegetables come from Evesham, truffles from Wiltshire (when in season) and cheese from Cirencester and Gloucester.

“Being in the heart of the Cotswolds means we’re in the wonderful position of being able to source beautiful seasonal produce right on our doorstep to pair with the amazing variety of seafood found around our coasts,” says chef patron Gareth Fulford. “Why would anyone buy asparagus from Peru or flour from France when it’s available at fantastic quality just a few miles away?”

Purslane, CheltenhamPurslane, Cheltenham

The Highway Inn

117 High Street, Burford, OX18 4RG

01993 823661

Twitter: @HighwayInnHotel

Facebook: @highwayburford

The Highway Inn has been at the heart of the Cotswold town of Burford for over 500 years. The team are passionate about great food and service. They offer the best food representing our area; a great combination of simple pub fare and some more refined dishes. The menu reflects the seasonality of our produce.

As winter draws in you will find some seasonal favourites such as local game and some comforting homemade puddings. The meat is free range and comes from local farms, with pork from Kelmscott, eggs from Mayfield Farm, local Cotswold cheese and beef from Aubrey Allen.

Their passion for using local, artisan suppliers extends to the drinks they offer. On tap you’ll find ales from Hook Norton Brewery with the majority of ciders and lagers being supplied by Cotswold Brewing Co, all made within a 15 mile radius.

No matter how long you stay, you will be made most welcome.

The Highway Inn, Burford (c) James FrenchThe Highway Inn, Burford (c) James French

Kilcot Inn

Ross Road, Newent, GL18 1NA

01989 720707

Twitter: @kilcot

Instagram: kilcot

The Kilcot Inn is an award-winning, independent family pub with food at the heart of its offering. All food is locally sourced - pork and lamb is from Plump Hill Farm which is seven miles away and their chef has even visited the animals. They use wild boar from the Forest of Dean and handmade bread rolls are from a community bakery in Longhope. The chefs use the pub’s raised beds to grow salad leaves and vegetables. Fruit juice is from apples grown around the corner and the cider is also from a local family business. They also have a separate vegetarian menu with vegan options always available.

The Kilcot Inn is a proud eco-pub and they have an on-site reed bed water recycling system which purifies waste water.

They are home to the Newent Beekeepers and are delighted to stock Kilcot Honey.

Kilcot Inn, NewentKilcot Inn, Newent

The Oxford Arms

Troy Lane, Kirtlington, OX5 3HA

01869 350208

Instagram: @bryn_jones_at_the_oxford_arms

Facebook: @oxford.arms.kirtlington

The Oxford Arms is an award-winning 19th century dining pub in Oxfordshire run by chef patron Bryn Jones since 2003.

They serve good, honest food with a minimum of fuss. The menu changes seasonably with daily specials. 85% of the ingredients used are local produce (some of them are even from their own organic kitchen garden and Kirtlington village itself), a further 12% are from rest of the UK and 3% are from other European countries.

Their real log fire will keep you warm in winter and beautiful garden patio will keep you cool during hot summer days.

You will be looked after from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.

The Oxford Arms, KirtlingtonThe Oxford Arms, Kirtlington

The Wharf House

Horseshoe Drive, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8DB

01452 332900

Twitter: @TheWharfHouse

Facebook: @TheWharfHouse

The Wharf House advocates simplicity and experimentation, with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. They’re committed to cutting down on their food miles and endeavour to make the most of their great local produce wherever possible. Some of the fantastic regional suppliers that they use are Bentley’s Castle Fruit Farm, Three Choirs Vineyards, Kitchen Garden Foods, Bottle Green Drinks Co. and Severn Cider to name but a few.

Their current menu is an interpretation of traditional French cuisine with a modern twist, letting the flavours take centre stage and do the talking. The potato wrapped Gloucestershire loin of pork comes on high recommendation!

The Wharf House is a lovely restaurant offering accommodation, river side views, afternoon tea and al fresco dining and they hope to welcome you soon for a fantastic dining experience.

The Wharf House, Highnam (c) Jonathon Watkins : PhotoGlow Photography LtdThe Wharf House, Highnam (c) Jonathon Watkins : PhotoGlow Photography Ltd

The Maytime Inn

Asthall Manor, Asthall, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW

01993 822068

Twitter: @MaytimeInn

Facebook: @TheMaytimeInn

Since the 17th century, The Maytime Inn has welcomed guests with hospitality and comfort, a tradition, which continues today as their guests enjoy their intimate setting in the Cotswolds.

The Maytime Inn seamlessly blends historic elegance with luxurious amenities. Boasting six individually decorated bedrooms, The Maytime is the perfect place to enjoy an indulgent break in one of England’s most beautiful locations.

Their restaurant is popular with both guests and locals. Diners of all ages can enjoy their seasonally changing menu, which offers everything from a la carte dishes to pub classics and lunchtime sandwiches. Their food is sourced locally and made fresh in-house by their award-winning chefs.

They offer over 100 different gins, fine wines by the glass, real ale, craft beers on draught and in bottles as well as locally sourced soft drinks. The perfect spot to enjoy al fresco dining, live music, conversation and good company.

The Maytime Inn, Asthall (c) Fisher StudiosThe Maytime Inn, Asthall (c) Fisher Studios


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