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.
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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.
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The Bell Inn, Langford
Since Giles Coren’s rave review of the The Bell Inn under new ownership, you won’t see an empty seat in this glorious country pub. The cosy, old building is ideal for lunch and dinner alike and the menu is all about simple food done well. It’s is the sort of fare you know has been cooked with love and not flung in a microwave. So book a table with friends and fill your bellies with pizzas to pub classics.
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5 Alls, Filkins
This celebrity hangout can call the likes of Kate Moss and David Cameron regulars. Nestled in the pretty village of Filkins, the old inn’s large bar area gets buzzing at the weekend, whilst its roomy elegant seating area is ideal for drink by the log fire. Pub grub is on offer in the bar, whereas in the dining room, guests feast on sophisticated classics under chandeliers. All-in-all this is a delightful albeit glamorous gastropub that guarantees a good time.
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The Hare, Milton-Under-Wychwood
This derelict pub lay dormant for five years before aunt-niece duo Sue and Rachel Hawkins brought it back to life in 2016. What was once a damp and dreary building, is now a welcoming dining pub with a fabulous bar and a private dining room. Food at The Hare is all about seasonal produce from local suppliers and there are daily specials boards with fresh fish and seafood brought from Cornwall. Sounds good? Then you’ll equally love the ‘Champagne Happy Hour’ every Friday.
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.
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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.
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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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