Cotswold Life dining guide

PUBLISHED: 17:10 20 October 2010 | UPDATED: 14:11 12 September 2013

Cotswold Life dining guide

Cotswold Life dining guide

When it comes to fine eateries, we're spoilt for choice here in the Cotswolds. This autumn, why not take time off from the cooking duties and enjoy some of the best the wonderful Wolds have to offer...

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Bibury, Near Cirencester

Gloucestershire, GL7 5NT

Tel: 01285 740337


Winner of Cotswold Lifes Restaurant of the Year Award in 2007 and a finalist this year, Bibury Court prides itself on its relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. The hotel is housed in a breathtaking 18-bedroom Tudor mansion, with the dining room and brasserie both recently refurbished. Head chef Antony Ely creates menus that reflect his passion for local produce, incorporating the various regional flavours of every season; for example, his breast of Madgetts farm duck, with butternut squash, salsify, snail beignets, fondant potato and creamed cabbage is one of the dishes you just shouldnt miss. For a full dining experience, try the fabulous six-course tasting menu for 55 per person.


Dumbleton, Near Evesham,

Worcestershire, WR11 7TS

Tel: 01386 881240

With 19 acres of private gardens, woodland and lake, 19th-century Dumbleton Hall Hotel provides a stunning setting for a meal out. Refurbished in 2008, the relaxed Cedar Restaurant overlooked by two majestic Cedar of Lebanon trees offers a lunch-time la carte, available Monday to Saturday. Sunday lunch is a traditional three-course choice menu with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding as a permanent feature. The restaurant is also open seven nights a week for dinner, offering a fixed-price menu at 27.95 for three courses, including coffee, with the opportunity to purchase supplementary dishes from the la carte.


Over, Gloucester, GL2 8DB

Tel: 01452 332900


With menus filled with style and imagination and ingredients sourced from local produce, The Wharf House promises simply delicious food. Riverside views provide the perfect setting, making the restaurant just the place to unwind with a glass of wine. Furthermore, those dining here can not only bask in the sun out on the terrace in good weather, but also in the glow of knowing that their money is going to a good cause all profits made by The Wharf House go to the promotion and restoration of the Hereford and Gloucestershire Canal the perfect place for your Christmas Lunch or Dinner.


Easton Grey, Malmesbury,

Wiltshire, SN16 0RB

Tel: 01666 822888


Whatley Manor is one of those hotels that people will unfailingly pick for their Cotswold favourite. The gardens are so beautiful, you would pay to see them: as it is, theyre part of the package when you stay or dine at this outstanding venue. Head chef Martin Burge has been awarded two Michelin stars for his superb work in Whatley Manors The Dining Room, where he serves classical French cuisine with a contemporary touch, every Wednesday to Sunday, from 7 to 10pm. Hes equally devoted to the brassiere Le Mazot, with its charming Swiss chalet-style interior, serving a set lunch (from 17) alongside an la carte menu and dinner all week round in a warm and more informal setting.


Wheatsheaf Lane, Oaksey

Wiltshire, SN16 9TB

Tel: 01666 577348


With an array of awards under its belt, including two AA Rosettes for food, The Wheatsheaf at Oaksey has plenty of evidence to back up its fantastic reputation for innovative cuisine. In the kitchen, are father-and-son team Tony and Jack Robson-Burrell; while they pride themselves on the warm and friendly atmosphere, it is the exciting and imaginative British gastronomy that is their passion. A typical dish might be their slow roast middle white pork, accompanied by black pudding cake and smoked apple sauce, and a superb artisan cheeseboard is guaranteed with examples such as Bath Soft Cheese, Morbier and Exmoor Jersey Blue.


Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, GL6 OAE

Tel: 01453 833449


Bustling Nailsworth has a unique personality among Cotswold towns, and its fitting that one of its top restaurants, Egypt Mill, is unique too. This converted 16th-century corn mill, peacefully situated by the River Frome, offers a picturesque and original dining experience, with the quirky restaurant featuring two fully-functioning water wheels. The food also sets Egypt Mill apart, with a menu that is richly varied and accompanied by an impressive wine list. Comfort food might include Shirleys steak and kidney pudding or you could go for a lighter but equally delicious pan-seared sea bass with braised fennel. Look out for the Monday to Thursday special offer, until November 25: 5 for one course from the lunch menu.


Kemps Lane, Painswick

Gloucestershire, GL6 6YB

Tel: 01452 813688


With a focus on a luxurious and modern experience, Cotswolds88 Hotel breathes new life into its historic Painswick building. Contemporary cuisine and top quality ingredients make up the menu created by award winning chef, Lee Scott. Try the wonderfully eclectic dishes such as roasted monkfish tail with olive oil mashed potato & mussel Thai broth. Guests love the idiosyncratic charm of this boutique hotel, which is both quirky and vintage at the same time and that translates into the whole dining experience. Indulge in the ultimate afternoon tea and bask in the gorgeous Cotswold views from the terrace. The hotel is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and traditional Sunday roast.


Shipton Oliffe, Andoversford

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 4HT

Tel: 08444 119 081


Dating back to the 11th century and mentioned in the Domesday Book, the Inn at the Frogmill Hotel fuses its historic country feel with high quality contemporary style and at very affordable prices. With snug rooms warmed by open fires, timber beams and real ales, the Inn is the classic country pub, open for lunch and dinner every day, a traditional roast is served on Sundays. Enjoy succulent dishes such as pan-fried lambs liver on mashed potatoes with a bacon and onion sauce or a vegetarian choice warm goats cheese, spinach and tomato tart with a side salad.



Fosseway, Stow-on-the-Wold

Gloucestershire, GL54 1JX

Tel: 01451 830297

Located at the newly opened and refurbished Number Four at Stow, this stylish establishment has made an impact on the local scene and built up a regular following. Executive Chef Patron, Brian Cutler serves up a blend of classic English and continental dishes, with the emphasis on seasonality and flavour, utilising locally sourced produce where possible. Signature dishes include pressed Old Spot ham with piccalilli, slow cooked bowler steak; however, Cutlers classic Wiener schnitzel served with a warm potato salad is the customers favourite. A great value two-course lunch (14.50) is served weekdays (17.50 for three courses) and Cutlers is popular for traditional Sunday roasts. In air-conditioned comfort, service is attentive and friendly, with sisters Caroline and Patricia warmly welcoming guests to their hotel.


18-20 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham

Gloucestershire, GL50 2AE

Tel: 01242 700055


The Daffodil is a beautiful contemporary restaurant in the stunning surroundings of a former art-deco cinema dating from the roaring twenties. Located in The Suffolks, a few minutes walk from Cheltenhams trendy Montpellier, the restaurant retains all its art deco charm, with graceful high ceilings and sweeping staircases, effortlessly mixing elegance and sophistication with comfort and warmth. Theres a full la carte menu plus a special Dailiesmenu using finest seasonal produce from across the region. Guests can take advantage of the popular Daffo-Deal offering lunch for just 10 including a main course from the Dailies plus a glass of selected wine.


Market Street, Woodstock,

Oxfordshire, OX20 1SX

Tel: 01993 812291


Specialising in the finest contemporary English cuisine, the award-winning Feathers restaurant offers delicious creations made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Meals can be enjoyed al fresco out in the courtyard garden during warm weather or, for colder snaps, theres the intimate, antique-panelled restaurant with its warm and relaxed ambience. The menus are ever-changing, but a typical dish might be quail breast, leg and egg, Anna potatoes, with lightly-smoked corn puree or sea bass, line caught, with smoked bacon, fennel and saffron butter. If youre after a more informal meal, the bar is open all day, offering coffee, lunch, scrumptious cream teas and supper.


105 High Street, Burford

Oxfordshire, OX18 4RG

Tel: 01993 822220


Theres clearly something special about the Bull at Burford; despite only being open since June this year, it has already garnered recognition for its food, with two AA rosettes, an AA breakfast award and a visit from Prime Minister David Cameron. The listed building is one of the most historic in this most charming of market towns and provides the perfect setting to enjoy a luxurious meal. Dishes vary across the seasons with a range of succulent specialities such as the fillet of lamb, filled with basil and chicken mousse and wrapped in pancetta. All are created by head chef Paul Scott, who trained at Clivedon.


99 High Street, Burford

Oxfordshire, OX18 4QA

Tel: 01993 823151

A lovely 17th-century building, Burford House Hotel is a landmark on this market-town high street, where a small team of enthusiastic and friendly staff help to create a warm and caring atmosphere. Dinner is served from Thursday to Saturday, while lunch is available every day but Sunday, and all meals are prepared using the freshest organic ingredients, sourced as locally as possible. Indulging in toasted crumpets at breakfast or melt-in-the-mouth homemade scones and cakes for afternoon tea is also a must. Burford House Hotels elegant dining room, named Centre Stage, is almost as much a treat as its food, decorated with a colourful collection of original theatre posters and art works.


Bristol Road, Stonehouse

Gloucestershire, GL10 3RA

Tel: 01453 794950


There are few places more relaxing than Stonehouse Court. The facade is that of a classically elegant 17th century manor but step inside, and youll be greeted with comfort and laid-back charm. The six acres of grounds, overlooking the Stroud Water Canal and hugged by the hills of the Stroud Valley beyond, are the perfect place to stroll and chill out ideal preparation for a meal prepared by head chef Darren le Feuvre in Henrys restaurant. Here, you can sample European cuisine with Eastern influences with bistro-style lunch and dinner la carte; in fact, why not start with a relaxing cocktail out on the terrace!


Barnsley, Cirencester

Gloucestershire,GL7 5FF

Tel: 01285 740 421


Its a pub, yes. But the Village Pub is no ordinary example of its kind! Firstly, theres the gorgeous decor: newly refurbished, it makes the most of the buildings natural features; and then theres the food. The menu offers all the warm familiarity of traditional English pub food with creative dashes of a modern cuisine. Indeed, a glance at the dishes shows how much a part of the community this pub really is: Butts Farm beef in ale pie from just down the road, and Upton Smokery sea trout, are often on the menu. Head chef Dan Craythorne follows his passion for local produce to the letter, making use not only of nearby producers, but also Barnsley House vegetable garden just across the road.


Edge, Near Stroud

Gloucestershire, GL6 6ND

Tel: 01452 813576

No matter how good the dish, diners are sure to be distracted now and again by the equally lovely views for which the Edgemoor Inn is famous theres a terraced patio overlooking the picturesque Painswick Valley. Moreover, housed in a Cotswold stone building dating from the late 19th century, the inn is as pretty as its views. You can have your traditional fish and chips in this case haddock, gorgeously battered using local Old Spot ale or you can go for a more sophisticated marinated duck breast with soy, orange, & ginger served with fresh pineapple, bean sprouts & dressed leaves.


Colesbourne, Cheltenham

Gloucestershire, GL53 9NP

Tel: 01242 870376


Set in stunning Cotswold countryside, midway between Cheltenham and Cirencester, and dating back to 1827, the Colesbourne Inn has a wealth of history and beauty. Dine in the inns bar or charming restaurant, complete with a garden and terrace overlooking spectacular country views. Chef Chris Wade caters to the highest of standards, with ingredients sourced as locally as possible, providing both la carte and traditional inn menus. All dishes are homemade; delicious examples include pan-fried pork tenderloin on mustard mash with a white wine, honey and apricot sauce, while fine wines and real ales from the inns extensive drinks list provide the perfect accompaniment.


High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh

Gloucestershire, GL56 OLJ

Tel: 01608 650 501

Situated in the elegantly golden-stoned town of Moreton-in-Marsh, the 16th century Manor House Hotel was a finalist in last years Cotswold Life Hotel Restaurant of the Year awards, while its Mulberry Restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes for its superb food. Accompanied by a carefully selected wine list, the diverse cuisine is prepared using ingredients sourced from the surrounding countryside. Dishes combine skill and imagination, which is why youll find such as exciting combinations as breast of Gressingham duck, savoy cabbage, smoked bacon, borlotti beans with vanilla pomme pure, foie gras and Madera jus.


133 Fairview Road, Cheltenham

Gloucestershire, GL52 2EX

Tel: 01242 528449


Curry Corner is the oldest and most highly regarded Bangladeshi restaurant in the country, not only garnering praise from the likes of Rick Stein, but also the winner of Cotswold Life Restaurant of the Year in 2008, and a finalist on Gordon Ramsays The F Word Best Restaurant in Britain. Acclaimed father and daughter chef team Shamsul and Monrusha Krori have worked since 1977 to produce their unique menu, featuring dishes inspired by the tables of Indian Royalty, hearty village food and innovative modern cuisine. Fresh spices are flown in from Indian sub-continent, being fused with the highest quality local ingredients. Sir Richard Branson described it as amazing.


Near Chipping Campden

Gloucestershire, GL55 6NS

Tel: 01386 593555

Situated in 54 acres of grounds and surrounded by beautiful Cotswold countryside, Charingworths 14th-century Cotswold stone manor offers an historic and stunning location. Diners are assured of a superb meal at the AA-rosetted John Greville Restaurant, where the chefs do their utmost to ensure that their menus include the freshest Cotswold produce, changing seasonally to make the most of what the region has to offer. Sunday lunch (19.95) is a treasured tradition with both childrens and vegetarian alternatives available, while on weekdays you can enjoy a two-course lunch at 14.95 or three-course for 19.95.


Minchinhampton Common, Stroud

Gloucestershire GL6 9AQ

Tel: 01453 832047

Gorgeous Minchinhampton Common deserves an equally-gorgeous inn and it has it in the form of the Old Lodge, a 400-year-old former hunting lodge where Henry VIII once dallied. From the restaurant, you can look out onto the verdant common slopes with some of the rarest flora and fauna in the country and where, in summer months, cows roam free. While the views are typically English, the food is more eclectic: British cuisine with European influences, using ingredients sourced locally to create superb dishes such as marinated duck with a wild berry sauce. Indulge with impunity after all, some of the Cotswolds best walking country lies right beside you.


Montpellier Drive, Cheltenham

Gloucestershire, GL50 1TY

Tel: 01242 226 300


While it may be located in a beautiful old English mansion house on Cheltenhams Montpellier Drive, the Spice Lodge itself is an exciting taste of Eastern magic. Boasting a stylish and luxurious interior, the restaurant is divided into separate dining rooms and other areas, each with its own mood and style. Diners can pick from a choice of menus, including Thai, Indian and Du Jour, with dishes ranging from pure Asia, such as chicken tikka masala with a hint of tomatoes and fresh cream, to a mixture of cuisines for example, the fillet of beef with Bangladeshi potato cake, roasted garlic & red wine sauce.


Cockleford, Near Cowley

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NW

Tel: 01242 870 271


This award-winning inn has carried off Cotswold Lifes Country Pub of the Year title in the past, and was a finalist again this year no wonder it has such a fantastic reputation for food and atmosphere. Situated in the picturesque hamlet of Cockleford, diners can relax in surroundings boasting roaring log fires, beamed ceilings and stone-flagged floors. The food is freshly prepared each day by the Dragons dedicated chefs and complemented by a wide range of top-quality wines from Europe and around the world. The range of dishes is equally eclectic: try the pan-fried venison steak with a smoked bacon and wild mushroom sauce or maybe baked fillet of cod, topped with a herb & pine nut crust.


Unit 9, Coln Park

Andoversford, Gloucestershire, GL54 4HJ

Tel: 01242 820100


Whether its an anniversary, an elegant ball, your wedding day or simply a dinner party, R & R Catering can provide all that you need to create the perfect look for the occasion. R & R boasts the ultimate in stylish, tasteful, contemporary and traditional tableware whatever suits you best. With 30 years of experience at their fingertips, staff are able offer a complete service direct to your venue, including all the tableware, linen, furniture and accessories required, as well as ovens, cupboards, fryers and fridges for temporary catering. Equipment arrives sterilised and conveniently packaged and, when the partys over, R & R will come and wash everything up for you, no fuss involved!


High St, Moreton-in-Marsh

Gloucestershire, GL56 0BA

Tel: 01608 650731


Once a 17th century coaching inn, diners at the grade II listed White Hart Royal Hotel are following in the footsteps of the likes of King Charles I and you can still expected to be treated like royalty by the courteous, considerate staff. Enjoy your meal either al fresco at the Courtyard Restaurant or relax in the snug Bar with its stone-flagged floor and large fireplace. Indulgent cream teas are served every afternoon and the main menu is available every day from 11.30 am to 9.30pm, featuring contemporary English cuisine la carte or traditional pub classics, such as locally made sausages with mash, onion gravy and seasonal vegetables.


41 St Georges Road, Cheltenham

Gloucestershire, GL50 3DZ

Tel: 01242 23 88 11



Not only is Montys one of the most popular restaurants and bars in Cheltenham, renowned for high quality, consistently great food and excellent service, they also have a great reputation for private dining. They can accommodate up to 13 people in the brasserie, however, if you are looking for a much larger table, they can seat up to 32 people in either of their contemporary and stylish private dining rooms, offering the same award-winning food they are renowned for but in a more exclusive and tailored atmosphere, perfect for Christmas events.

Montys private dining lunchtime three-course set menu is 25 per person and the three-course set dinner menu is only 30 per person. Both menus include coffee, mini mince pies and crackers, and you can start and end your evening in the lounge or bar for champagne and cocktails.


99 High St, Burford, OX18 4QA

Tel: 01993 823151

Looking for a friendly restaurant that serves good fresh food? Then look no further than Burford House Hotels Centre Stage Restaurant. Head chef and business partner Stewart Dunkley, along with chef Zoe Amos, are building a strong culinary reputation using high quality fresh local seasonal produce, which is also organic wherever possible.

At lunchtime the restaurant serves a two- or three-course set menu (12.95 and 15.95 respectively) as well as a light la carte selection. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings diners can choose either a two-course dinner, starter and main or main and dessert or indulge in a three-course gourmet dinner (27.50 and 32.50 respectively).

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