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Top 5 Places to Lunch in the Cotswolds

Our guide on the best places to stop for lunch in the Cotswolds, from rustic country pubs to quirky countryside cafés.

These local foodie hotspots thrive on the richly varied produce of the region: local lamb; Gloucestershire Old Spot pork; seasonal fruit and veg, from asparagus to plums; double and single Gloucester cheese; fish from Donnington and Bibury trout farms – and much more.

Read our recommendations here:

1. The Kings Head Inn – Bledington

Located just a stone’s throw away from The Bledington Barn, The Kings Head in is set on the village green of the quiet countryside village of Bledington. The pub serves good honest brasserie-style dishes based on seasonal ingredients and presented with flair, the likes of pan-fried Cornish hake, butternut squash risotto, and steaks from Todenham Manor farm nearby.

The Green, Bledington, Chipping Norton OX7 6XQ

30 second walk from The Bledington Barn

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2. The Chequers – Churchill

In the picture perfect village of Churchill, The Chequers is everything a traditional pub should be with its pretty Cotswold stone exterior and a muddy Land Rover outside. Except, step inside this pub and you’ll find something much more intriguing. A heady mix of the old and new. Expect modern cocktails to sit alongside local ales, and a menu that is packed with seasonally inspired dishes. Enjoy rustic dishes in the restaurant using the very best British ingredients in some well-loved classics like our Twice Baked Cheddar Soufflé, Bobby Battered Market Fish and our unmissable steaks cooked to perfection.

Church Road, Churchill, Oxfordshire, OX7 6NJ

2 minute walk from Yarrow Cottage

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3. The Bell Inn – Langford

A pub near Burford, focussing on good simple pub food with a straightforward wine list, spirits and beer selection. There is a cosy bar area with lots of seating to have a quiet drink, a separate restaurant with open fire and a view of the pizza oven, also a large beer garden overlooking the open countryside.

Langford, Nr. Burford. GL7 3LF

20 minute drive to Yarrow Cottage, The Firs & Ivy Cottage

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4. The Straw Kitchen at Whichford Pottery – Whichford

The Straw Kitchen is a converted old barn at the bottom of The Whichford Pottery with a lively, relaxed and generous atmosphere. They serve up scrumptious brunches and lunches, steaming teas and coffees, mountains of homemade cakes and the best bacon sarni for miles around!

Whichford, Nr. Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 5PG

7 minute drive from Ivy Cottage

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5. The Plough – Kingham

Unpretentious local food by an ex-Fat Duck chef who knows her onions. The Kingham Plough regularly features in the top 100 restaurants in the National Restaurant Awards and the Top 50 Gastropubs and have won the Oxfordshire Dining Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide for the third year. As a family-run pub, the Kingham Plough is both child-friendly and dog-friendly, maintaining a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere that is comfortable, welcoming and inclusive. It is everything that an exceptional Cotswolds dining pub with rooms should be

The Green, Kingham, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6YD

2 minute walk from The Firs

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