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Seven of the Best Pubs in Stow-on-the-Wold

A trip to the picturesque market town of Stow-on-the-Wold wouldn’t be complete without soaking up the atmosphere of one of its pubs – whether it be for a quick pint or a delicious meal. Here are seven of the best pubs to try when paying a visit.

The Kings Arms

the kings arms

The Kings Arms blends cosiness with contemporary décor and some quirky unusual touches to create a fun and friendly ambience. Dinner events take place weekly, such as Fish and Fizz Friday and Proper Pie ‘n’ a Pint Night on a Wednesday. The sort of dishes you can expect to feast on include; Local Venison Sausages & Buttered Mash to a lighter Crisp Granny Smith Apple, Baby Beet and Pecan Salad.

The Queen’s Head

Located right in the heart of Stow-on-the Wold, The Queen’s Head very much has the feel of an old traditional pub, having served locals and tourists for over 400 years. The perfect place for a pint of ale after a long walk, accompanied with some home-made, reasonably priced pub food. Tuck in to homemade faggots and Pies, or sophisticated fish options from the à la carte menu.

The Bell at Stow

the bell at stow

Enter into the Bell and you will be greeted with cosy beamed ceilings, log fires and flagstone floors. It accommodates those looking for a quick pint of ale, or a cup of coffee to those wanting to savour a three course supper in the Dining Room. The specials board showcases seasonal produce using quality ingredients. On a Sunday evening enjoy the sound of the live piano or acoustic sets being played in the background.

The Golden Ball

Located a mile outside of Stow-on-the-Wold, this 17th Century pub forms part of the Donnington Brewery. The pub has a friendly atmosphere, with Dominoes nights and Sky TV showing all the major sports events. It prides itself on its daily-changing menu with traditional Sunday roasts served using home-produced, prize winning Charolais Beef.

The Old Stocks Inn

the old stocks

The Old Stocks Inn combines 17th Century charm with a contemporary finish, which makes for a modern feel with an air of sophistication. Artisan coffees, cocktails and hand-crafted ales can all be enjoyed here. Food is available with sharing plates and more substantial Cotswold classic dishes on offer. Weather permitting, the private walled garden is an idyllic spot to sip a cocktail or enjoy a cool pint in the sunshine.

The Porch Inn

Said to be “England’s Oldest Inn” dating back to 947, this Grade II listed Inn has quintessential English charm mixed with a modern rustic feel, with low ceilings, exposed beams and reclaimed furniture pieces. The pub serves craft ale alongside carefully selected wines and spirits. A lunch menu is available with lighter main ‘Board’ options and sandwiches to appetising evening meals such as Cotswold Lamb Rump, or Whole Lemon Sole with Samphire.

The Talbot

This family friendly pub has recently undergone new management and is already proving a popular. The pub serves a wide selection of real ales, many of which are sourced from the Wadworth Brewery – with full bodied options dark ales to light and refreshing golden ales. Sip your ale alongside a Talbot Burger, or ‘Brixham’ Fish and Chunky Chips.

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