There’s nothing quite like curling up by a warm, cosy fire with a local ale in a quintessential, countryside pub. Lucky for Beachspoke holiday makers, the Cotswolds has them in abundance making it difficult to chose which one to head to, depending on your want. In the wake of the recent Good Pub Guide 2018 listings, we have narrowed down our top five places to head for the best Ploughmans and Pint of Bitter local to our Cotswolds properties Yarrow and Stable Cottage.
The Wild Rabbit, Kingham
This is not the pub to head to if you’re after traditional pub fare. Lady Bamford has perfected the art of farmhouse chic with Daylesford Organic, her Bamford line of fashion and beauty products making the earthy and organic, deluxe and desirable. Now she has turned her attention to making over this 18th-century pub, which has a log-fired pub and a good restaurant. Perfect for Londoners and city types who are after less of a rustic experience in pursuit of true countryside chic.
The Plough, Kingham
Owned by the one and only Emily Watkins and her husband and business partner Miles Lampson, the Kingham Plough in Oxfordshire has become one of the UK’s best known and admired gastropubs. Watkins is fast becoming a tv chef regular with surprise appearances on BBC2’s Great British Menu but this is clearly not distracting her and the team at The Plough from placing a firm emphasis on local produce being sourced in and around Chipping Norton with the abundant native ingredients delivered daily and transformed into spectacular dishes. Standout dishes include venison wellington with autumn squash and braised red cabbage (£22) and homemade ice creams (three scoops) made with dairy Guernsey milk and are not to be missed if you have a sweet tooth!
The Falkland Arms, Great Tew
Located in the Village of Great Tew, The Falkland Arms is a beautiful 16th Century building which is still run as a traditional, local pub. Located in quite close proximity to the infamous Soho- Farmhouse, this stunning local pub is worth a visit wherever you’re headed. The flagstone floors, oak beams, collection of hanging beer tankards and inglenook fireplace are cosy in winter and the beautiful gardens are enjoyed on sunny days throughout the year. The pub are famed for our selection of beers, whiskies and country wines. If you’re a tourist, best to sit in a corner and watch your very own episode of the Archers playout before your eyes, this is a real locals pub and is all the better for it.
The Kings Head Inn, Bledington
Recently named the No 1. Pub in the UK by the Good Pub Guide 2018, The Kings Head equidistant from both Beachspoke’s Yarrow Cottage in Churchill and Stable Cottage in Salford. This historic inn has retained its character and charm by not bending to the knee of gastro-pub, shiny interiors. This pub is a destination for foodies with a well thought-out, seasonal menu that truly makes the most of the incredible ingredients on its doorstep. This month sees Crisp courgette & flower stuffed with mascarpone, red pepper marmalade, Corn fed chicken breast, frissee lettuce, golden girolles, crispy shallots, parmentier potatoes, tarragon dressing or simply opt for the firm favourite of Archie’s uncle’s locally reared beef – a speciality at the King’s Head Inn. True publican’s, fear not. If food is the last thing you crave in a pub, the relaxed atmosphere is also the perfect place to put your feet up by the fire and enjoy a paper and a pint.
The Chequers Pub, Churchill
It comes as no real surprise that The Chequers Pub in Churchill tops the list of as our favourite pub in the Cotswolds. Right opposite Beachspoke’s Yarrow Cottage in the quintessential Cotswold village of Churchill, this Lucky Onion owned pub is within rolling distance of the property. Lucky really when you consider that happy hour commences from 5:00 – 7:00pm, Sunday to Thursdays at £2.50 a pint on selected ales and £10.00 for a bottle of house wine. The food is also outstanding – pub grub at its best. Be sure to try the kiev or roll up for steak night on Sundays from 6:00pm to get your proper countryside fill.
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