The Cotswolds offers a lot by way of British tradition. From rolling agricultural land to a wealth of farmer’s markets, it is an area of rural idyll in the heart of England. Within this scenic area sits a wide range of true country pubs awaiting your discovery. Whether looking for a well-pulled pint of stout, or a gastro pub serving the finest fresh wood-fired pizza, visit the Cotswolds for a contemporary take on the classic public house.

The Cider Tree at the Coach and Horses

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A recent refurbishment of this old coaching inn has brought it straight into the 21st century. Alive with pleasant conversation and the mouth-watering smell of freshly cooked fare, The Cider Tree is home to good food and great people. Transforming the classic fish ‘n’ chips, the menu offers a choice of beautifully battered, succulent cod and fish, all sustainably sourced. Perfect pies with all the trimmings and a gourmet burger menu make the Coach and Horses a pioneer of great British grub.

Café René

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Housed in a historic venue packed with intriguing antique features – including an original well – Café René is the heart and soul of Gloucester’s centre. The perfect place to eat, drink and be merry, the venue has a range of food menus and weekly events. The burger menu has earned recognition from The Rough Guide to England, whilst music enthusiasts travel far and wide for the annual Rhythm and Blues festival. Whether looking to dine or drink, Café René is a little gem awaiting your discovery.

The Wild Rabbit

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The Wild Rabbit sits in a scenic Cotswold village filled with the tranquil hum of twittering birds and cooing doves. Bringing a bit of character to Kingham, this gorgeous venue showcases the very best locally sourced produce. Having been awarded the prestigious title of Michelin Pub of the Year 2015, it is no surprise that the modern menu is full of quality organic game, the finest of wines from independent vineyards and local Hooky ale. Enjoy all this within tranquil dining spaces complete with huge wood-burning fireplaces and exposed Cotswold stone.

Tiger’s Eye at The Old Bell

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The Old Bell mixes old tradition with modern Asian cuisine. Few things perfectly complement one another as well as a cold crisp larger and the delicate heat of a creamy Thai curry. At the Tiger’s Eye restaurant, punters can enjoy dishes from an intriguing pan-Asian menu, all from the comfort of this popular pub in Gloucester. The juxtaposition of Jacobean architecture and Oriental furnishings makes for a memorable dining experience.

The Horse Guards

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Pairing haute cuisine with traditional pub fare in a succinct menu, The Horse Guards offers quality food that reflects the seasons. Though the exposed natural stone and country-style interiors point to a quintessential Cotswold pub, the menu features a range of modern British cuisine. Brokenborough village is the ideal place for a short wander, whilst Westonburt Arboretum is only a short drive away for fantastic walks around enchanted woodland.

The Porch House

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Whilst claiming to be one of England’s oldest inns, The Porch House is experiencing an exciting time that brings it right up to date. A kitchen showcasing the combined talent of Antony Ely and Alex Davenport-Jones serves only top-nosh in keeping with current food trends. Whilst the period features – expansive open fireplaces and thick wooden beamers – are highlighted by antique wall lamps, the clean and contemporary furnishings bring a stylish sophistication to interiors. Refreshing yet homely, The Porch House is a top destination in historical Stow-on-the-Wold.

Holly Nash

Holly Nash

Holly has a vague plan to follow in the footsteps of Matilda – eat Cheerios, live in libraries and make magic. She is happiest at a good pub quiz or whilst playing with clay. Fancy cocktails and silly food puns make her a little over-eggcited.

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