An impressive 22 Gloucestershire eateries are featured in The Good Food Guide 2015, published in September 2014.
Listed below in no particular order, from cosy village inns to elegant fine dining restaurants, see which top county restaurants and pubs have been selected for inclusion in the bestselling guide.
Adding to its long list of accolades, Cheltenham’s two Michelin star restaurant was named as the ninth best UK restaurant in the guide, with chef David Everitt-Matthias’s restaurant described as ‘a culinary big-hitter’.
A new entry in this year’s Good Food Guide guide is Cheltenham’s No. 131, which is applauded for its ‘cool styling and big hearted cooking’.
Another Cheltenham favourite thanks to its Anglo-American grub, the guide describes The Tavern as a former boozer ‘where chilli dogs can be washed down with pints of British ale’.
Fine seafood and a friendly atmosphere saw Purslane in Cheltenham described as ‘the perfect neighbourhood restaurant.’
This independent pub near Chipping Campden, which is described as a ‘classy Cotswold pub with rooms’, prides itself on quality food and brilliant beer – including its own Yubby bitter.
Winchcombe is represented by a trio of restaurants in the Good Food Guide, including Marcus Ashenford’s intimate, Michelin starred restaurant, which is praised for its ‘romantic vibes, warm heart and thoughtful, highly cohesive modern cooking.’
Another Winchcombe eatery, the charming and relaxed Lion Inn is described as ‘an authentic pub that’s a cut above’, with interesting ales and a well-priced menu.
Back in The Good Food Guide for its 21st consecutive year, Winchcombe’s Wesley House’s ‘repertoire of straightforward, enjoyable modern dishes’ comes recommended.
A popular ‘hidden gem’ for Gloucestershire’s foodies, Jesse’s in Cirencester is described in The Good Food Guide as a ‘folksy bistro with big ideas’. Don’t miss the set menu or all-British cheeseboard.
Cirencester’s ‘deliciously trendy deli’, Made by Bob, doesn’t take bookings, but is more than worth hunting out. Expect a menu brimming with simple brasserie food, a busy open kitchen, and a counter piled high with cakes.
Barnsley House’s restaurant, aptly-named after Rosemary Verey’s kitchen garden, serves a vibrant selection of fresh, seasonal food often picked from its famous grounds. ‘Salads, pastas and risottos figure prominently,’ or ‘how about Venetian rice pudding’ for dessert?
Top British food and a fine selection of real ales combine at The Village Pub in Barnsley, near Cirencester, which ‘successfully creates an illusion of genteel boozy Englishness with its rustic-chic surrounds, real fires, real timbers and real ales.’
Seafood is the speciality of this secluded restaurant housed in a former Georgian farmhouse, ‘tucked away on a road leading to nowhere’ on the banks of the Severn. The shellfish tasting menu sounds superb.
Owned by the same family since the 1970s – and with the same chef behind the stove for almost 20 years – Corse Lawn House Hotel, near Tewkesbury, is praised for its ‘harmonious takes on local ingredients’ and unmissable sticky toffee pudding.
Described as a little gem which ‘is the personification of a small rustic pub: friendly, gratifyingly comfortable, full of warmth (thanks to two wood burners) and honest intent.’ Expect quality ingredients, exceptional cooking and a friendly atmosphere at The Butchers Arms, near Tewkesbury.
‘You’ll feel instantly at ease in this Cotswold stone village inn-with-rooms,’ The Good Food Guide says about The Fox Inn in Lower Oddington. Taken over by new owners in 2013, the longstanding reputation of the gastropub continues unabated, with its modern British-Mediterranean menu.
Mark@street on Nailsworth’s Market Street is described as a small restaurant ‘doing things properly’. Serving ambitious, seasonal fare, the tasting menu of five ‘mystery’ courses sounds particularly tempting.
Regularly featured in foodie guide books with great reason, the hilltop Horse and Groom in Bourton-on-the-Hill ‘takes local sourcing seriously and the seasonal menus often change during service’. As well as fantastic views, expect a lively atmosphere and innovative dishes.
Northleach’s Wheatsheaf Inn is celebrated as ‘a well-bred place that glows with confidence’. As well as log fires, real ales on tap and a ‘serious’ wine list, the menu features informal classics cooked with flair.
The Butchers Arms, near Stroud, mixes ‘bags of rustic appeal with local beers’, but the star of the show is the food: combining French bistro dishes with upbeat British classics.
Lords of the Manor hotel’s acclaimed restaurant draws gastronomes from across the UK to the Cotswold village of Upper Slaughter, offering an elegant setting for equally elegant British cuisine from head chef Richard Edwards. The wine list is also described as ‘a masterpiece’.
The Seagrave Arms in Weston Subedge, near Chipping Campden, is a ‘heart-warming country inn’, and a ‘delightful setting for some distinctly superior cooking’. The short-choice menu comes with seasonal specialities, with many ingredients sourced locally.
The Good Food Guide 2015 is out now, available directly from amazon.co.uk.
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