• Kate Keating

Pubs you'll love

There’s nothing more fun than cooking on the campfire, but the Cotswolds is renowned for its fab food and fayre and we’re sure you’ll want to sample some on your hols. We’ve put together this short edit of some of our faves:

The Hare, Milton under Wychwood

With a welcome as warm as its generous fire, The Hare epitomises a great village pub. Friendly staff, delicious food and fair prices make it an absolute banker, with bookings essential for anything other than the tempting selection of bar snacks.A varied a la carte menu, serving dressed-up pub staples like steaks, burgers and pies, is offered every evening and lunchtime, alongside salad and sandwich options for those out for a quick midday bite and a fabulous fish board.

The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

Nestled in the fashionable Cotswold village of Kingham, The Wild Rabbit displays all of its ‘parent’ brand Daylesford’s hallmark discreet design, styling itself as a premium British pub. With fine and private dining options available, you can’t deny its exclusive feel, but the vibe is relaxed and welcoming, and you can’t beat a bite at the bar – where the pub’s warm, homely hospitality comes alive. Committed to local, organic, and artisan philosophies, everything at The Wild Rabbit tastes delicious and fresh. Pretty garden and a fab take away service.

The Sheep, Stow on the Wold

This funky pizza pub is a great option for a relaxed dining experience everyone will enjoy. Alongside their signature, wood-fired pizzas, the Sheep’s fail-safe menu also offers pasta, steaks, and burgers, with a dollop of friendly service on top. A great one for families.

The Swan, Ascott under Wychwood

New owners CountryCreatures have breathed new life, fresh design and fancy menus into this pretty village pub. The Swan is quite a looker: lavishly decked out in leather and lampshades, its dramatically decorated dining room is perfect for intimate dinners. For casual socialising, grab a table by the fire, or the ‘high top’ next to the bar. If you’re fortunate to find yourself in Ascott on a sunny day, the Swan has a secluded garden, with a few sheltered garden pods that are proving very popular during COVID! Sunday lunches are delicious – roasts of every kind, with trimmings and twists like toffee apple sauce and dripping Yorkshires. They have a really generous vegan selection and plenty of pasta or pizza with cookies and milk for the children.

The Chequers, Churchill

Infused with the passion of French gastronome-manager Vincent, The Chequers blends comfy country with classic cuisine, serving up a naturally warm welcome to villagers and visitors alike. Whether you fancy sophisticated cocktails sipped at the bar, a cosy pint by the fire (the pub has a a great selection of ales and ciders from nearby Hooky and Birdlip breweries, as well as popular brands like Doombar and Booby Beer) or something fresh in fruity in the secluded beer garden, you can find it here. The food is first-class. Locally-sourced ingredients and seasonal dishes. From fish and plant-based options, to pies, steaks and burgers, every dish is beautifully presented and deliciously tasty.

The Horse and Groom, Upper Oddington

This friendly village local deserves a big shout out for its community spirit. While many pubs have offered welcome take-away and barista bars during lockdown, The Horse and Groom has gone further, offering click and collect shopping as well as free school meals to help neighbours in need. In normal times, the characterful 15thcentury pub serves up lunches and light bites, dinner and a popular Sunday pie-night. Locally sourced and seasonal dishes are prepared with flare and respect. And I salute their commitment to on reducing waste. A pub so much heart, rightly at the heart of its community.

The Bull, Charlbury

Charlbury’s super chic The Bull Inn strives for a luxury-come-comfortable vibe that makes eating here effortless. Simple food is made sumptuous, and served-up in one of the most stylish settings you’ll find (be sure to check out the wallpaper in the ladies loos!). Hand picked produce from the best local suppliers make for delicious breakfasts, lunches, Sunday roasts and suppers, with pizza from the ‘shack’ bringing a laid-back dining feel.

The Feathered Nest, Nether Westcote

The tiny village of Nether Westcote is home to one the Cotswold’s finest foodie hangouts. Delicious dishes can be eaten in the lively bar - great fun on music nights - or more upmarket dining room. Or head outside to enjoy The Feathered Nest’s absolute USP: stunning, sweeping views of the Cotswolds Hills. A super pub, well worth a visit while you’re here.

The Boxing Hare, Swerford

It’s no wonder The Boxing Hare has become a popular over spill for Soho Farmhouse with its good selection of locally sourced dishes and great service. With a pretty pub garden and set on the edge of the beautiful Tews, one to add to the list!

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