The attractive market town of Cirencester is the largest town in the Cotswold District. It is the home of the Royal Agricultural University, the oldest agricultural college in the English-speaking world, founded in 1840. Cirencester was known to be an important early Roman area, when it was called Corinium, and the town's Corinium Museum is well known for its extensive Roman collection.
Cirencester contains a wide range of shops, leisure facilities and tourist attractions, including the Church of St. John the Baptist, renowned for its Perpendicular porch, fan vaults and merchants’ tombs, and Cirencester House, the seat of Earl Bathurst and the site of one of the finest landscape gardens in England, laid out by the first Earl Bathurst after 1714.
Food & Drink
As the largest town in the Cotswolds, Cirencester has numerous places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit all tastes and budgets. The list below is a small sample of the range of options available:
- Made By Bob (www.foodmadebybob.com): It has been said by many, that when they go to Made By Bob, they forget they are in Cirencester. It feels just like London – it has that buzz. But it's not just the atmosphere, the menu is also unlike anything else being served locally: bresaola with pecorino, watercress, almonds and sherry vinegar; roast rump of lamb with crushed potatoes, roast tomato, field mushrooms and salsa verde; braised cuttlefish and chorizo with chick peas, pimento and saffron; white peach bavarois with caramelised almonds. Simple stuff, done brilliantly well;
- Jesse's Bistro (www.jessesbistro.co.uk): Jesse's serves fresh food cooked brilliantly with style, imagination and flair. Read the mouthwatering menu, then call or email to book a table - you won't regret it! The meat is supplied by Jesse Smith butchers and the fresh fish and seafood, delivered daily from Cornwall, is also available to buy from the fish counter for you to cook at home;
- Le Beaujolais (www.restaurantlebeaujolais.co.uk): As its name implies, Le Beaujolais is iconically French. It is very Edith Piaf; sometimes accordionists with a French genre perform, reflecting the amazing cafes and eateries found in the back streets of Paris;
- Thai Emerald (www.thaiemeraldrestaurant.co.uk): The Thai Emerald recreates the warm and friendly atmosphere of Thailand, with enthusiastic thai staff dressed in thai silk, who are always delighted to provide a personal, courteous service in the true tradition of thai culture. Most importantly, the success is testimony to the exquisite presentation of the food, which is meticulously prepared using traditional ingredients and only the freshest produce.
Cirencester also contains a number of delicatessens, small food shops and supermarkets.