A grand total of 20 Gloucestershire pubs serving exceptional food have been selected to feature in the brand new Michelin Guide to Eating Out in Pubs 2014.
This year’s guide recommends more than 570 pubs in the UK, including 70 new national entries, and while the Michelin Pub of the Year 2014 was awarded to The Greyhound on the Test in Stockbridge, Gloucestershire establishments are well represented in this latest edition of the popular guide.
SoGlos takes a look into what’s on offer at the recommended Gloucestershire pubs, with a selection of sample dishes to build the appetite and give diners a taste of things to come before making a visit.
The Michelin Guide to Eating Out in Pubs 2014, published on Friday 1 November 2013, is available from amazon.co.uk.
The Village Pub takes pride of place in the postcard-pretty Cotswolds village of Barnsley. Despite being a traditional country pub, the food served is a high standard of modern British fare, complimented by local real ales and an extensive wine list.
Sample dishes include: quail and black pudding scotch eggs; chargrilled calves liver with champ, bacon and watercress; and traditional strawberries and cream for dessert.
For more information see The Village Pub.
The Horse and Groom in Bourton-on-the-Hill is a lively pub housed in a listed Georgian building, enjoying fantastic views over the surrounding countryside from its hilltop setting. The pub has established an excellent reputation for innovative European dishes from a daily changing blackboard menu.
Sample dishes include: curried parsnip soup with coriander yoghurt; smoked speck ham with celeriac remoulade, rocket, parmesan and balsamic vinegar; as well as banana, pecan and butterscotch Eton mess.
For more information see The Horse and Groom.
Just a stone’s throw away from the world-famous Cheltenham Racecourse, the 16th century Royal Oak in Prestbury serves up a great selection of well kept real ales, fine wines and high quality food in its snug bar and dining room, which boast roaring log fires during the colder months.
Sample dishes include: duck liver, Cognac and thyme pate with toasted brioche and fruit chutney; Braised Ox Cheek in red wine with stock pot fat croutons and creamed horseradish drizzle; plus a daily changing selection of homemade desserts to finish.
For more information see The Royal Oak.
Built in the 14th century, the Eight Bells Inn offers visitors a beautiful beamed bar serving traditional ales and ciders on tap, candlelit all year round. Diners can tuck into a selection of international dishes in The Eight Bells’ dining room and main bar.
Sample dishes include: potted duck confit with toasted Campagrain bread, hoisin sauce, cucumber and spring onions; home-roasted honey glazed ham with a fried duck egg, hand-cut chips, homemade ratatouille and Tewkesbury mustard; and banana and walnut sponge with lavendar custard for afters.
For more information see Eight Bells Inn.
Drawing visitors from near and far, The Green Dragon Inn is a popular 17th century inn complete with log fires and real ales, renowned for serving remarkably good pub grub. Hunt out the quirky wooden mice hidden around the pub.
Sample dishes include: ham hock and horseradish terrine with homemade piccalilli and crusty bread; fillet of haddock in a Hook Norton beer batter with fries, mushy peas and homemade tartare sauce; and a changing blackboard selection of desserts.
For more information see The Green Dragon Inn.
The Ebrington Arms is an unspoilt 17th century inn offering good food, a traditional English country pub atmosphere and real ales on tap, including its own-brewed Yubby Bitter.
Sample dishes include: chicken liver and foie gras parfait with toasted brioche and plum chutney; 8oz Cotswold sirloin steak with triple cooked potato wedges and bone marrow butter; and pear and apple strudel with caramel sauce and brown bread ice cream for dessert.
For more information see The Ebrington Arms.
A cool and contemporary interior combined with traditional Cotswold features provides a stylish backdrop for savouring The Royal Oak’s selection of ales, fine wines and seasonal pub food, with its conservatory boasting views across the Vale of Evesham and the Malvern Hills by day, and by night offering a candelabra-lit and cosy atmosphere. Plus, keep and eye out for the steam railway running past the bottom of the garden.
Sample dishes include: Thai spiced crispy duck salad with oriental vegetables and sweet chilli dip; Cornish monkfish with new potato, purple sprouting, parma ham, lemon, parsley and a chilli dressing; followed by a selection of artisan cheeses served traditionally with celery, grapes and chutney.
For more information see The Royal Oak.
The Fox Inn in Lower Oddington, near Stow-on-the-Wold, is well-known for its excellent quality food, with a modern selection of daily specials as well as classic favourites on the well-priced menu.
Sample dishes include: Hinchwick wood pigeon schnitzel with a quail egg and capers; grilled loin of roe deer with a shoulder cottage pie; and white peach sorbet with iced Prosecco.
For more information see The Fox Inn.
Dining at The Slaughters Inn is all about being comfortable, relaxed and unstuffy, offering the perfect place to enjoy a pie and a pint by the fireside during winter, or a vibrant salad on the terrace in summer. Nestled on the banks of the river Eye, this charming 17th century Cotswold stone bar and restaurant, in the heart of Lower Slaughter, draws in foodies from miles around with its ever-changing seasonal and local menu.
Sample dishes include: salad of candy beetroot with pink fir potatoes and creamed goats cheese; roast Cotswold chicken with carrot puree, ratte potatoes and chasseur sauce; and vanilla baked Alaska with warm mandarin brandy.
For more information see The Slaughters Inn.
Set in the picturesque village of Nether Westcote, on the Gloucestershire-Oxfordshire border, The Feathered Nest is a former malthouse that’s been thoughtfully refurbished to offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere for drinker, diners and those bedding down for the night. Highly acclaimed for its modern British and seasonal fare, expect to find plenty of local produce on the menu.
Sample dishes include: loin and agnolotti of hare with truffle, trompettes, salsify, sprout leaves and game consommé; grouse with celeriac pudding, cabbage, bacon, chicory, damson jam and blackberry sauce; and apple and blackberry pie soufflé with clotted cream ice-cream.
For more information see The Feathered Nest.
A jewel in the Cotswold town of Northleach’s crown, The Wheatsheaf Inn has become a popular haunt for foodies since opening in 2008, thanks to its modern approach to quality British pub grub and cosmopolitan selection.
Sample dishes include: Jerusalem artichoke soup with almond cream; Loch Duart salmon with roast beets, lentils and horseradish; followed by rhubarb and custard with a hazelnut granola.
For more information see The Wheatsheaf Inn.
Situated in Paxford, near Chipping Campden, The Churchill Arms’ is a popular destination for Gloucestershire gastronomes and walkers alike – thanks to its position at the start of the Diamond Way and its frequently updated blackboard specials.
Sample dishes include: steamed Cornish mussels with chorizo, white wine, garlic and a crusty petit pain; open ravioli of butternut squash and ricotta cheese with pistachio creamed peas and pak choi; and mango and passion fruit panna cotta for dessert.
For more information see The Churchill Arms.
In case the name doesn’t give it away, The Gloucester Old Spot country pub, on the outskirts of Cheltenham, specialises in rare breed pork, but also serves a good selection of real ales, ciders perries and wines. The pub’s dining room is a relaxed and rustic space in which to enjoy food and drinks with friends and family during the week, whilst on weekends the pub shifts up a gear and the buzzing atmosphere means it’s highly advisable to book.
Sample dishes include: seared scallops with crispy Old Spot pig’s cheek, chorizo, sweetcorn puree and salsa verde; blueberry glazed Old Spot belly pork and loin with pak choi, soy, ginger and sesame seed dressing; and homemade desserts such as dark chocolate brownie and brioche bread and butter pudding.
For more information see The Gloucester Old Spot.
The Bell in the Cotswold village of Sapperton is a stylish and contemporary pub whose owners have placed an obvious emphasis on food. Both the quality and value for money menu make the drive to Sapperton well worth it.
Sample dishes include: devilled kidneys on toasted sourdough; slow roast duck leg with cassoulet and spinach; as well as walnut and chocolate brownie with marmalade and marscapone.
For more information see The Bell at Sapperton.
The pretty ivy-covered Swan in Southrop has certainly earned its entry into the annual Michelin Guide to Eating Out in Pubs – with an enviable reputation that spans far beyond the county borders for its excellent-quality European cuisine.
Sample dishes include: seared carpaccio of beef fillet with agretti, nasturtium, Parmesan and truffle oil; local partridge with rosti potato, roasted shallots, pancetta, girolles and red wine; and rice pudding with blackberry compote for dessert.
For more information see The Swan at Southrop.
Behind the ivy-clad facade of The Bell at Stow lies a charming and stylish interior with the warmest of welcomes for both locals and visiting gastronomes alike. Cask conditioned ales, wines and fizz are all available by the glass, but the star of The Bell is its food, with seasonal produce from local suppliers featuring heavily on the menu, plus a daily specials board bulging with fresh fish and seafood.
Sample dishes include: box-baked Camembert with onion bread soldiers and apple chutney; sea bream fillet with curried coconut lentils, Bombay crab cake and a cucumber, lime and mint yoghurt; and dessert of Jaffa cake sundae.
For more information see The Bell at Stow.
The Gumstool Inn in Tetbury is Calcot Manor hotel’s traditional gastropub, which serves modern European dishes in hearty portions and with an imaginative flair. The Gumstool Inn is a popular destination with food-lovers as much as real ale connoisseurs, with places near the log fire at a premium on cold evenings.
Sample dishes include: fig and butternut squash salad with roasted red onions and honey yoghurt dressing; Calcot organic Black Angus beef burger with bacon jam, mature cheddar and Calcot chips; and roasted cod with garlic and parsley mash, spinach, brown shrimp and tomato.
For more information see The Gumstool Inn.
The Trouble House in Tetbury’s unpretentious menu of modern food are the main draw, but the inn’s exposed beams and log fires don’t hinder the popularity either, giving a warm atmosphere and satisfied appetites aplenty.
Sample dishes include: Fowey mussel and smoked haddock chowder with aioli and croutons; venison medallions au poivre with parsnip puree and black cabbage; and iced praline parfait with dark chocolate mousse.
For more information see The Trouble House.
As well as an excellent selection of seasonal British food, The Seagrave Arms in Weston Subedge, near Chipping Campden, pulls in real ale enthusiasts thanks to its supply from local breweries, not to mention its choice of local ciders and Gloucestershire wine.
Sample dishes include: pan seared breast of local woodpigeon with puy lentils and blackberry dressing; duo of Gloucester Old Spot pork, including smoked belly and braised shoulder; followed by a roasted pear, almond and oat crumble with vanilla custard.
For more information see The Seagrave Arms.
The Lion Inn in Winchombe started life as a coaching inn during the 15th century, but has since been given a new lease of life and transformed into a foodie destination with an informal, cosy atmosphere. As well as a wide selection of guest ales and beers, visitors can expect to find a menu brimming with seasonal ingredients from the best suppliers around.
Sample dishes include: chorizo and truffle arancini with panko coated duck egg and spinach and chorizo sauce; slow cooked lamb shoulder with gratin dauphinoise, braised red cabbage and parsnip puree; and lime posset with shortbread to finish.
For more information see The Lion Inn.
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