A visitor's guide to Chipping Campden
PUBLISHED: 17:02 03 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:47 03 May 2016
Whether it's warm hospitality, luxurious spa days or just a pint in a traditional pub, you will find all this and more in our guide to Chipping Campden
The small market town of Chipping Campden has been called the jewel in the crown of the Cotswolds and it isn’t hard to see why. With the signature yellow brick, hundreds of years of history in every house and stunning attractions such as the Church of St James, Cotswolds Almshouses, and more, there is something for everyone in this charming town.
Rest your head at…
With its limestone exterior, Cotswold House may look traditional from the outside, but once you have walked through its grand doorway you will find a contemporary hotel and spa with all the modern amenities for a luxurious and pampered break. Each bedroom is uniquely and tastefully decorated with views over the hotel’s pretty gardens or the honey-coloured streets of Chipping Campden. And there are plenty of ways to unwind, from the tranquil Cotswold House spa, to delicious cream tea in the hotel dining room.
The Kings Hotel’s eclectic and chic interior coupled with its award-winning dining experience makes it a popular destination for Chipping Campden’s visitors – whether that is to eat or stay. Each room has been individually decorated with a luxurious ensuite and lavish toiletries and the downstairs dining room has exposed beams and a cosy open fireplace, creating a charming atmosphere. The hotel has two AA Rosettes, so expect elevated gourmet delights that will leave you satisfied before retreating to your comfortable suite.
Get your foodie fix at…
Michael’s Mediterranean Restaurant can be found in a stunning 18th century building located in the heart of the town. With an abundance of delicious Greek cuisine on the menu, this restaurant brings a slice of modern Mediterranean culture to the Cotswolds.
If you’re looking for something a little lighter to recharge the batteries before exploring Chipping Campden some more, a trip to Badger’s Hall Tea Room should do just the trick. On the menu you’ll find light lunches, tasty cakes or a full cream tea if you’re feeling slightly more indulgent.
A dining experience at The Chef’s Dozen will leave you feeling contented and you’ll be making a difference to the local economy too. The ever changing, seasonal menu is full to the brim with tasty delights either caught or sourced in the surrounding countryside and from trusted local companies – so you know you’re in safe hands.
Local watering holes…
The Eight Bells has been a landmark pub for the thirsty Cotswold wanderer since the 14th century and it is steeped in Chipping Campden history. Enjoy real local ale or a glass of wine in this quintessential pub with befitting period features including wooden beams, stone walls and a cosy atmosphere.
The bar in The Volunteer Inn is a favourite place to congregate for locals and passing visitors alike. The welcoming and cosy interior of the pub entices you with roaring open fires in the winter and a picturesque beer garden in the warmer months. The peaceful Cotswold surroundings are sure to keep you relaxed whilst you sip on your favourite beverage.
Entertain the family at…
The stunning National Trust gardens at Hidcote Manor are one of the most well known gardens in the UK and it’s not hard to see why. Meticulously designed, the gardens were originally made by Lawrence Johnston and are the perfect way to spend an afternoon amongst carefully crafted topiaries, ponds, fountains, flora and fauna.
Brought to life in 1920, Kiftsgate Court Gardens are truly a feast for the eyes thanks to the nurturing green-fingered hands of three generations of women: Heather Muir, Diany Binny and Anne Chambers. With each generation adding their own unique touch to the gardens, it has become a place for many to relax and enjoy.
The muted yellow stone of the Cotswolds is prevalent throughout Chipping Campden and with so many beautiful streets to explore, there’s no need to write an itinerary. You’ll be lost in the beauty and grandeur of the limestone buildings, each one bursting with stories of days gone by. You can spot the sundials hidden in the rooftops, see the almshouses, once accommodation for the poor, but now the height of countryside luxury living, or revel in the history of the old silk mill.