15 of the best Cotswold pub lunches

After a brisk walk in the countryside, nothing beats a pint and a pub lunch, with SoGlos rounding up some of the best spots in the Cotswolds to enjoy a midday meal.

The Cotswolds is brimming with traditional pubs where you can enjoy a pint of real ale and a hearty lunch – providing perfect fuel if you’ve just spent the morning exploring the beautiful countryside on foot or by bike.

In this hot list sponsored by The Oak in Painswick, SoGlos rounds up 15 of the best Cotswold pub lunches, where you can tuck into everything from classic doorstop sandwiches with chips, and Ploughman’s platters to hearty pies, and light salads.

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1. The Oak

The Oak is a charming local pub in the Cotswold town of Painswick that’s ideal for enjoying laidback lunches. The dog-friendly pub serves its home-cooked lunch menu from 12pm to 2.30pm every day, with sample dishes including a sausage, stilton and sticky onion sandwich; crispy breaded crab cakes with sweet chilli sauce; and soup of the day with bread.

And, if you fancy something special to go with your pint of real ale or glass of wine, opt for The Oak Platter, which features a homemade scotch egg, glazed ham, strong cheddar, pickles, local chutney and Hobbs House bloomer.

2. The Plough Inn

Fine food and real ale aplenty await diners at The Plough Inn, a traditional country pub which dates back to the 16th century and has a rich horse racing heritage. Come lunchtime, hungry visitors can enjoy devouring everything from baguettes crammed with tasty fillings, to the homemade soup of the day.

Diners in need of a refuel before an afternoon of walking can enjoy the pie of the day with mash or chips; grilled gammon steak with pineapple, chips and peas; or homemade cottage pie topped with cheesy mash and served with veg.

3. The Falcon Inn

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Whether you fancy a midday snack or a full on feast, The Falcon Inn in Painswick caters to your needs. The pub’s lunch menu features everything from a cured meat platter with mixed olives, sundried tomato, artichokes and local bread, to steaks with grilled mushrooms, vine tomatoes, and chips.

The sandwiches are perfect for light lunches, while the starters span dishes such as poached pear, chorizo, lambs’ lettuce, walnuts and stilton; tempura cod cheeks with pickled vegetables, sticky sesame and soy sauce; and focaccia with tomato and chilli hummus dip with marinated olives.

4. The Maytime

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The Maytime is nestled in a beautiful setting in the Cotswold village of Asthall and offers a relaxing spot for drinking and dining, including a beautiful pub garden. With plenty of walks on its doorstop, The Maytime makes the ideal stopping-off point for lunch during a day’s rambling.

The menu includes a selection of sandwiches spanning rare roast beef, horseradish and rocket; and smoked salmon with crème fraîche, lemon and black pepper, while pub classics such as mash-topped pie; fish and chips; and home-baked honey and mustard ham with egg and chips, are also available.

5. The Hollow Bottom

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The Hollow Bottom in Guiting Power is the perfect lunchtime spot for Cotswold day-trippers. The country pub’s varied menu encompasses thin and crispy pizzas; sliders; and wraps filled with everything from coronation chicken, to sirloin steak with fried onions and mustard.

If you fancy a light lunch, opt for one of the sharing boards, with meat and vegetarian options available, while those craving something more substantial can go for one of the burgers or classic pubs dishes such as sausage and mash.

6. The Fuzzy Duck

Situated in a picturesque setting in the Cotswold village of Armscote lies The Fuzzy Duck, a family-run pub that offers a contemporary spin on the traditional pub experience. The welcoming bar area has a range of real ales on tap, along with an extensive wine list, while the bar menu features simple, flavoursome dishes.

Choose from The Fuzzy Duck Ploughman’s, along with snacks such as homemade pork scratching with caramelised apple sauce; scotch duck egg with red cabbage relish; and devilled deep-fried whitebait with lime mayonnaise. Team with hand cut chips, sweet potato fries, bread or local ale battered onion rings, and you have all the ingredients for a top notch lunch.

7. The Woolpack

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Famed for its association with author and poet Laurie Lee, The Woolpack is a charming local pub located in a picturesque setting in the Slad Valley near Stroud. The Woolpack, which has been a public house for more than 200 years, offers the perfect spot to enjoy a lunchtime pint and good local grub.

The pub’s menu changes daily but features a choice of starters such as mussels cooked in cider, cream and parsley, while diners can also expect to find hearty sandwiches alongside classic mains, including baked ham with eggs and chips.

8. The Ebrington Arms

The Ebrington Arms is an award-winning family-run pub nestled in a quaint setting near Chipping Campden. The pub has been heart of the local community since the 1640s, with owners Jim and Claire Alexander transforming it into a destination gastropub when they took over in 2007.

Diners can look forward to everything from beautifully executed pub classics, alongside seasonal dishes using local ingredients, such as Springfield farm chicken breast with leg meat pasty, turnips, wild mushrooms and wild garlic. And, with its real ales also on tap, you’re in for the perfect lunchtime treat.

9. The Lion Inn

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From bangers and mash to fish pie, expect a veritable feast when enjoying lunch at The Lion Inn, a charming pub located in the Cotswold town of Winchcombe. Choose to dine in the restaurant or cosy up in the snug during the winter months and escape to the garden in the summer.

The pub’s ever-changing menu uses locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients to produce innovative creations, with sample dishes including pan-fried smoked haddock with bubble and squeak cake, poached hen’s egg and chive buerre blanc; and duck ballotine with carrot purée, crispy shallots and jus roti.

10. The Kilkeney Inn

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Walkers, day trippers and locals can look forward to a lunchtime fill at The Kilkeney Inn, a country dining pub located in the Cotswold countryside near Andoversford. The kitchen of the family-run pub is headed up by owner Kev, a classically trained chef who has worked alongside Gordon Ramsay.

The Kilkeney’s ethos is to serve good hearty food, using as much seasonal and local produce as possible, with the lunch menu featuring a choice of sandwiches; soup of the day; fish cakes and chips; and steaks, alongside lighter dishes such as oak-smoked salmon with creamy lemon and thyme risotto.

11. The Churchill Arms

The Churchill Arms in Paxford brings a contemporary feel to the traditional 17th century pub that it’s housed in. The pub makes a lovely choice for lunch, with its kitchen focussed on serving clever twists on British classics.

Diners can enjoy starters such as Cornish crab, grapefruit curd and brown crab mayo or smoked salmon with crushed peas and pea shoots; while the main courses feature dishes such a honey roast duck with local pak choi and shallot purée, alongside pub favourites of pork t-bone with apple, sage and mash.

12. The Angel at Burford

The Angel at Burford serves up dishes that focus on simplicity and quality, with the 16th century coaching inn offering a delightful place to stop for lunch in the town that’s known as ‘The Gateway to the Cotswolds’

The pub’s bar menu features the likes of beer battered fish and chips; toad in the hole; and sandwiches; while its main menu selection includes roasted free-range chicken supreme with sweet potato rosti; and pan-fried calves liver with black pudding, winter greens and blackberries.

13. The Halfway House

Whether you’re a local or a Cotswold day tripper, you’ll definitely want to make a detour to include a lunch stop at The Halfway House in Kineton. The 17th century inn is located halfway between Temple Guiting and Guiting Power and offers a welcoming country pub atmosphere and homemade food.

From a trio of Sudeley Farm sausages with mash and red wine jus, to the pie of the week, diners can look forward to treating themselves to hearty pub classics made from local, seasonal ingredients. And for something different, try Lord Arkel’s Guilty Pleasure – triple cooked chips stacked in a flatbread dusted with salt and smoked paprika, served with a mug of soup.

14. The King's Arms

The King’s Arms is a traditional British pub situated in a pretty countryside setting near Badminton. Stop for lunch and choose from a selection of sandwiches on Hobbs House Bakery sourdough, with fillings including pastrami, mustard mayo and pickles; and cheese and onion marmalade.

Diners looking for a more filling midday meal can sample the pub’s set lunch offering, with the choice of two or three courses. Sample dishes span starters of rabbit terrine, pickled vegetables and crostini; mains of confit duck leg, braised lentil and red wine jus; and brownie and ice-cream for pud.

15. The Bell at Sapperton

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Expect a warm welcome at The Bell at Sapperton, a quintessential country pub nestled between Stroud and Cirencester. During the winter months the pub makes a cosy spot for warming up over lunch by the open fire, while come summer, the courtyard is perfect for alfresco dining.

Tuck into lunchtime pub staples such as beer battered haddock and chips; ham, egg and chips; proper homemade pies and mash; or go for one of the tasty sandwiches served with chips. The small plates menu is made for afternoon snacking, while there are also decadent puds if you’ve got a sweet tooth.

By Anna Marshall

© SoGlos
Friday 07 July 2017

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