Sunday 25 August 2019

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, 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.

1. The Maytime Inn

The Maytime Inn 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 chive cream cheese, while pub classics such as pie; fish and chips; and home-baked honey and mustard ham with egg and chips, are also available.

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 Pheasant Inn, Toddington

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This friendly village pub is the perfect lunchtime retreat if you’ve travelled on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. The inn offers country-style dining in its restaurant or beer garden.

Located just a few minutes’ walk from the Toddington rail station; stop here for some traditional homemade food and a cold refreshing ale.

4. 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 tapas-style dishes, along with ciabattas filled with everything from chicken and avocado with mango mayonnaise, to sirloin steak with caramelised red onion chutney.

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.

5. 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 nibbles, snacks and sandwiches.

If you are after something more substantial, The Fuzzy Duck’s à la carte menu offers everything from slow roast lamb shoulder with dauphinoise potatoes to shin of beef pie, along with deliciously decadent desserts.

6. 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 Coombe Farm venison with red cabbage, parsnip and pearl barley. And, with real ales also on tap, including beers from its own Yubberton Brewery, you’re in for the perfect lunchtime treat.

7. 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, including a Hereford brisket burger with bacon jam, charred onion mayonnaise and triple-cooked chips. There are also sandwiches and tasty bar snacks to choose from.

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 artichoke soup with tarragon oil, and forest mushrooms on toast, while the main courses feature dishes such as Burford duck breast with girolles and local pak choi, along with chicken and mushroom pie.

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 menu features the likes of beer battered fish and chips with minted mushy peas; honey glazed bacon chop with skin-on fries; The Angel fish pie; wild mushroom risotto, along with a range of sandwiches served with homemade slaw.

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.

Sample dishes include Ploughman’s, slow-braised beef and sherry pie; griddled buttermilk chicken; burgers, and seafood risotto, while there are also tasty sandwiches to enjoy along with a portion of chips.

14. The King's Arms

The King’s Arms is a traditional British pub situated in a pretty countryside setting near Badminton. Choose from two or three courses from the set lunch menu, with sample dishes spanning starters of Serano ham and celeriac remoulade; mains of honey and mustard roast ham with egg and chips; and sticky toffee pudding with ice cream for dessert.

The pub also has a wood-fired pizza oven in its garden that serves delicious pizzas from Friday to Sunday during the summer months. The charming garden is a delightful spot for alfresco lunchtime dining and enjoying a pint or two in the sunshine.

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 in 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.

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