6 great gastropubs in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 15:20 11 October 2019 | UPDATED: 15:20 11 October 2019

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We’re fortunate to have plenty of fantastic pubs on our doorstep in the Cotswolds, with some serving an exciting menu of home cooked, locally sourced fare alongside a great range of ales and carefully selected wines. We’ve gathered six gastropubs in the region every foodie needs to visit

The Wychwood Inn

High Street, Shipton-under-Wychwood, OX7 6BA

Telephone: 01993 831185

Facebook: @wychwoodinn

Twitter: @WychwoodInn

The award-winning Wychwood Inn is a stylish and inviting place to enjoy a range of mouth-watering, high quality, seasonal dishes at reasonable prices. Talented Head Chef Joe McCarthy and his team use the finest seasonal ingredients, many of which are sourced locally, to create an interesting and varied menu. Traditional yet contemporary British classics have an unexpected and delicious twist to them; with a selection of vegan dishes which appeal to all diners and desserts which you simply cannot decline, the Wychwood Inn is worth visiting.

Close to many of the Cotswold tourist attractions and easily accessible from the A40, guests can stay over in one of five luxuriously appointed rooms. With a cosy snug area, bar and restaurant, there is also a large garden, ideal for dining al fresco. Both children and dogs are welcome too, so it is a perfect venue for the whole family.

The Wychwood Inn, Shipton-under-WychwoodThe Wychwood Inn, Shipton-under-Wychwood

The Plough Inn

Chapel Lane, Cold Aston, Cheltenham, GL54 3BN

Telephone: 01451 822602

Facebook: @ThePloughInnColdAston

Instagram: @coldastonplough

Nestled in the small Cotswold village of Cold Aston between Cheltenham and Bourton-on-the-Water is The Plough Inn, a true country pub. A firm favourite with the locals and run by locals, The Plough Inn offers a warm welcome, real ales, craft beers, cracking wines and delicious home cooked, freshly prepared food. With its old Cotswold flagstones, original beams and a roaring fire you can lose yourself in the history of this Grade II listed 17th century Inn whilst relaxing and creating a base to explore the North Cotswolds and beyond.

At the Plough Inn, the love affair starts in the kitchen. The team are proud to support local farmers and have an ever-changing, seasonal menu always using the freshest and best ingredients they can get their hands on. Their ethos is to use the most local and seasonal produce to deliver exceptional food on the plate; aiming to do classic pub food exceptionally as well as interesting premium dishes.

The Plough Inn, Cold AstonThe Plough Inn, Cold Aston

The Seven Tuns

Queen Street, Chedworth, Cheltenham, GL54 4AE

Telephone: 01285 720630

Facebook: @seventuns

Twitter: @7tunschedworth

Tom Conway, of Nobu and Criterion on Piccadilly fame, and Simon Willson-White, formally of The Ivy and The Ritz, have together converted this charming 17th century Cotswold pub into a mecca for fine dining, wholesome pub grub and an impressive selection of international wines.

Tom's passion for sustainability and sourcing seasonal produce sees him working with local suppliers with a genuine 'field to fork' ethic. Coupled with an extensive wine and spirit list the aim is to bring a little bit of London to the heart of the Cotswolds.

Food and wine pairings are championed by Simon and play a key part in the pub's ethos with tastings scheduled throughout the year.

The Seven Tuns is brimming with character and a firm favourite with the locals and connoisseurs of the gastro pub scene.

As a dog-friendly pub it's also on the radar for most ramblers and horse-riding fans.

Reputed to be the friendliest pub in the Cotswolds, this award-winning pub opened its' doors after a major revamp in October 2018.

The Seven Tuns, Chedworth (c) Ferla Paolo PhotographyThe Seven Tuns, Chedworth (c) Ferla Paolo Photography

The Porch House

1 Digbeth Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1BN

Telephone: 01451 870048

Facebook: @theporchhouse

Instagram: @porch_house

This stylish, multi-award winning boutique Inn with a restaurant and 13 rooms is located in the centre of the historic and picturesque Cotswold market town of Stow-on-the-Wold (the highest point in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds) and is the oldest inn in England with parts of the building dating back to 947AD.

It also adds excellent food and service to its perfect setting! The Porch House offers very good, traditional British pub cuisine with sophisticated twists. Expect a regularly changing, seasonal menu showcasing flavourful, rustic British dishes made using the best locally-sourced ingredients, which during the summer, can also be enjoyed in The Porch House's pretty courtyard garden. The lunch menu offers sandwiches and ploughman's, along with burgers and moules mariniere, and the dinner menu includes fillet and sirloin steak as well as market fish and vegetarian options such as risotto. Sunday lunch roasts here are popular locally. Breakfast, served in the pub section, is a buffet of yoghurt, cereals and pastries with cooked dishes such as eggs Benedict to order.

The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold (c) Nick OsborneThe Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold (c) Nick Osborne

The Inn at Welland

Hook Bank, Drake Street, Welland, Malvern, WR13 6LN

Telephone: 01684 592317

Facebook: @theinnatwelland

Instagram: @theinnatwelland

This family run business is now firmly established as a destination dining country inn. The Inn at Welland have created a relaxed and friendly ambience in an eclectic interior with quality fabrics, comfortable furnishings and an attention to detail throughout the operation. Their ethos is simple, to deliver great quality classic food, sourcing fresh products locally. The same attention is applied to drinks, carefully selected value for money wines from around the world, organic juices, local real ales and ciders and fabulous Nespresso coffee.

When the weather is warm enjoy lazy lunches or evening suppers in the terraced gardens and for that special occasion dine in private in the library themed room for up to twelve people. All the food is prepared from fresh local produce and made from 'scratch', by a team of six talented chefs all sharing the Inn at Welland's vision and passion for quality food. Their philosophy is simple: - 'attention to detail, value for money, aimed at the style conscious with discerning appetites'.

The Inn at WellandThe Inn at Welland

The Maytime Inn

Asthall Manor, Asthall, Burford, OX18 4HW

Telephone: 01993 822068

Facebook: @TheMaytimeInn

Twitter: @MaytimeInn

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, AsthallThe Maytime Inn, Asthall

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