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Food in the Cotswolds can be defined by the rich variety of local produce. Ranging from local meats such as Cotswold lamb, grass-fed Hereford beef and Gloucestershire Old Spot pork to fish from Donnington and Bibury trout farms. And with local cheese producers, boutique wineries and breweries making their mark on the region, theres no better place for a gastropub meal than the Cotswolds. At any time of year, going for a walk in the countryside followed by a hearty meal in a cosy pub is one of the best things to do in the Cotswolds! Here are 7 great gastropubs that you need to check out.
1. The Kingham Plough
This award-winning pub in Chipping Norton is known for its freshly cooked and authentic British cuisine. The restaurants success has been down to the kitchen’s dedication to sourcing the finest local ingredients, and there are countless accolades to show for it. Run by Great British Menu veteran judge Emily Watkins, The Kingham Plough is a top choice for foodies.
2. The Potting Shed Pub
Located in Crudwell, this beautiful pub was once the regular romantic spot for Prince William and Kate, and their many romantic dinners together during their dating years. If you love good old British food with a creative twist, make sure you book a table. The menu features classic dishes executed with elegance, such as Twice Cooked Haddock & Cheddar Soufflé and Smoked Duck Terrine with Whipped Livers.
3. The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak is located in Tetbury and features six beautiful en-suite rooms for guests who wish to stay over. The pub serves food all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a classic Sunday Roast at weekends. You can expect real ales, organic ingredients, vegan and vegetarian options, and everything from mains to small plates to fill your boots with. Some of the desserts are to die for too, including their Chocolate & Avocado Pot and their Boozy Berry Cherry Bakewell Tart.
4. The Horse and Groom
If youre looking for a romantic setting filled with old world charm, head to The Horse and Groom in Upper Oddington, easily reached from Stow on the Wold. This 16th Century, Grade II Listed pub is beautiful inside and out. Featuring exposed stone walls, wooden beams and roaring fires. It really is a charming little spot and there is B&B accommodation too. The menu is inspired by local life and is created using quality locally sourced produce.
5. The Fuzzy Duck
A local favourite, The Fuzzy Duck in Armscote features a number of different menus to tantalise your taste buds. Including a simple yet sumptuous bar menu, an inspiring seasonal menu, and a set menu perfect for groups or private functions.
6. The Wild Rabbit
Another top gastropub located in the Kingham area of Chipping Norton, The Wild Rabbit really is as exciting as it sounds. They use the best seasonal ingredients to create traditional food with a contemporary twist. From the choice of meats to the vegetables, everything you taste is locally sourced so diners can get the complete Cotswold food experience.
7. The Kings Head Inn
A beautiful Cotswold pub with an idyllic village setting, located in Bledington. The Kings Head Inn is the ideal place to relax and for gastronomy fans, the food will not disappoint. Beef is sourced locally from a family farm in Fifield, the fish is delivered fresh daily, and smoked food is from Upton Smokery in Burford.
If youre thinking of planning a trip to the Cotswolds, be sure to stay in one of our charming cottages to get the most from your time here. If youre wondering what else there is to do in the Cotswolds, you can have a look at some other ideas here.