Monday 19 October 2020

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 an afternoon meal.

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

SoGlos rounds up 15 of the best Cotswold pub lunches, where you can tuck into everything from classic doorstop sandwiches, Ploughman’s platters or light salad.

About the sponsor – The Porch House

Said to be one of England’s oldest inns, The Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold dates back to the 10th Century, and as well as the pub, there’s also a stylish restaurant and luxury hotel rooms. It’s dog friendly too.

Situated in the centre of the picturesque market town, it has bags of quintessential Cotswold charm – including a log fire. The food offering is refreshingly modern, full of local Cotswold produce. While the bar has an impressive collection of gins.

For more information or to book a table, visit

1. Pub lunches at The Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold

The Porch House in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold is a prime example of how to blend Cotswold heritage with contemporary styling – with dining available in the restaurant, bar, lounge or garden, as well as private dining options too.

The Porch House’s modern menus include mains such as Asian crispy duck salad, roasted butternut squash and goat’s cheese risotto, ale battered haddock; and wild mushroom and tarragon dumplings.

2. Pub lunches at The Plough Inn in Ford

Fine food and real ale aplenty await diners at The Plough Inn in Ford, near Temple Guiting, 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. With pie of the day with mash or chips or homemade cottage pie topped with cheesy mash and served with veg for heartier appetites.

3. Pub lunches at The Pheasant Inn in Toddington

The Pheasant Inn is a friendly Cotswolds village pub, near Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Toddington railway station, perfect for a lunchtime pitstop.

The cosy inn offers country-style dining in its restaurant or beer garden, with traditional homemade food and a cold refreshing ale on tap.

4. Pub lunches at The Maytime Inn in Asthall

The Maytime Inn is nestled in a beautiful setting in the Cotswold village of Asthall, near Burford, and offers a relaxing spot for drinking and dining, as well as a beautiful pub garden.

With plenty of walks on its doorstop, The Maytime Inn makes the ideal stopping-off point for a pub lunch during a day’s rambling. With a menu including sandwiches, wild boar burgers and pan-fried hake.

5. Pub lunches at The Fuzzy Duck in Armscote

Situated in a picturesque setting, The Fuzzy Duck is a family-run pub that offers a contemporary spin on the traditional Cotswold pub experience.

As well as real ales on tap, and extensive wine list and simple bar menu, The Fuzzy Duck’s à la carte menu offers more substantial restaurant fare such as pan roasted pork chops and blade of beef pie.

6. Pub lunches at The Ebrington Arms in Chipping Campden

The Ebrington Arms is family-run pub in the heart of the local community since the 1640s, with beer from its own Yubberton Brewery.

Now a popular Cotswold gastropub, diners can tuck into exceptionally-cooked classic dishes such as pork belly with red cabbage and walnut mash or short horn steak with chestnut mushroom ketchup.

7. Pub lunches at The Lion Inn in Winchcombe

From truffle mac and cheese and Hereford burger with smoked cheddar to beer-battered haddock and chips, expect a quality pub lunch at The Lion Inn, a charming pub located in Winchcombe.

If it’s nippy outside, head to The Lion Inn’s restaurant or cosy snug, with a nice pub garden in the summer.

10. Pub lunches at The Kilkeney Inn in Andoversford

Walkers, day trippers and locals can look forward to a lunchtime fill at the family-run The Kilkeney Inn, near Andoversford.

The Kilkeney’s lunch menu features rolls or wraps; soup of the day; alongside more substantial options like steak and chips; slow cooked Gloucester old spot pork belly with apple and prune stuffing; and slow roast venison and cranberry pie.

11. Pub lunches at The Churchill Arms in Paxford

The Churchill Arms in Paxford brings a contemporary feel to its traditional 17th century pub, with its kitchen focussed on serving clever twists on British classics.

Diners can enjoy starters such as smoked haddock soufflé or Cornish crab on toast, while the main courses include Burford chicken breast with herb gnocchi, or classic beef pie and mash.

12. Pub lunches at 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 nice place to stop for lunch in the town known as ‘The Gateway to the Cotswolds’.

The pub’s menu features the likes of beer battered fish and chips with minted mushy peas; Kelmscott pork steak with apple chutney; and crispy parma ham wrapped chicken breast.

13. Pub lunches at The Halfway House in Kineton

Whether you’re a local or a Cotswold day tripper, make a detour to include a lunch stop at The Halfway House in Kineton – halfway between Temple Guiting and Guiting Power.

As well as a welcoming country pub atmosphere, expect a menu featuring Ploughman’s, slow-braised beef and sherry pie; and a tasty selection of sandwiches.

14. Pub lunches at The King's Arms in Didmarton

The King’s Arms is a traditional British pub situated in a pretty countryside setting near Badminton – with a charming garden and wood-fired pizza oven during summer months.

Choose from local, seasonal dishes like venison with fondant potatoes, and whole gilthead bream with clams and new potatoes, alongside pub favourites like honey and mustard roast ham with egg and chips.

15. Pub lunches at The Bell at Sapperton

The Bell at Sapperton is a quintessential Cotswolds country pub nestled between Stroud and Cirencester. With cosy spots by an open fire in the winter, and pretty courtyard garden during the summer.

Tuck into lunchtime pub staples such as proper homemade pies and mash at The Bell, there’s a small plates menu made for afternoon sharing, and some decadent puds if you’ve got a sweet tooth.

For more information or to book a table at The Porch House, visit

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