Whether you are having a day out, or weekend away, the Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful places to visit here in the UK. In fact, it is a favoured bolthole for many Brits, wishing for a taste of the quintessential chocolate box villages, ancient woodlands, and country houses.
If you are travelling into the English countryside, wanting to experience everything truly British, then you cannot afford to miss the good ‘ole English pub. Pub culture is an integral part of British life and in rural landscapes it is very much the centre of local evenings. The pub is a great place to socialise with the community, to relax and of course to unwind.
In alphabetical order, here are our top 5 pubs in the Cotswolds… enjoy!
We recommend the steak freshly cooked in Josper ovens. The smell is divine!
4.The Village Pub, Barnsley – Sunday lunch is what countryside pubs are made for and The Village Pub,
set on Barnsley Manor grounds is no exception. The traditional Sunday choice has to be roast beef, with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings, roast
potatoes, homemade gravy, and seasonal vegetables.
Just 50 minutes away from Oxford and near Cirencester, this traditional English pub has a beautifully peaceful vibe, creating a cosy dining experience
for you and your guests.
5. The Wild Rabbit, Kingham – The Wild Rabbit is set in Chipping Norton, in the Cotswolds, just 45 minutes by car from Oxford. This stunning 18th century hotel plays host to ‘The Dining Room’ a beautiful restaurant serving highly accomplished dishes with ingredients from Daylesford, a local organic farm. Nathan Eades heads up the kitchen, where his love of locally sourced seasonal ingredients puts a twist of traditionally English flavour into the restaurant’s menu.
We recommend trying the Wotton Estate venison served with savoy cabbage, chicory, celeriac, and pomegranate.
Typically, here in the UK, pub food and drink are served with service included, but specifically where a pub has become more of a restaurant, then tipping is usually optional. In this case we would recommend checking your bill to see if service is included and if not, reverting to a restaurant tipping etiquette of around 10-15%. Of course, if you feel you have had exceptional food and service, or you dined as a large group and service was included in your bill, you are entirely within your rights to tip staff appropriately.