18 places to dine with a view in Gloucestershire

Discover where to enjoy fantastic food and a beautiful backdrop, with SoGlos's pick of 18 places to dine with a view in Gloucestershire.

Charming countryside? Flowing rivers? Rolling hills? Gloucestershire boasts plenty of breath-taking views – and what better way to soak up the sights, than with delicious food and a drink in hand?

Ranging from fine dining feasts and hearty pub grub to classic café treats and laidback alfresco lunches, SoGlos has curated 18 places to dine in Gloucestershire with incredible views.

About the sponsor – The Carpenters Arms

Located in Westrip in Stroud, The Carpenters Arms is an old-world cottage pub with beautiful far-reaching views. It was launched by new owners in November 2019 and after transforming into a village shop during the first lockdown, it has recently reopened with a new menu.

For more information, visit thecarpentersarmswestrip.co.uk.

1. The Carpenters Arms in Stroud

With simply beautiful views of the Cotswold countryside, The Carpenters Arms is a welcome stop for walkers where they can sit back and relax in the venue’s ‘garden with a view.’ It’s also a perfect spot to watch the sunset on summer evenings.

And for those who have worked up an appetite while they’ve been out exploring, the new menu offers plenty to choose from – with a selection of mains including king prawn and chorizo linguine; fish and chips; golden cheesy bean and beetroot pie; as well as a variety of burgers and ciabattas on offer. There’s also a dedicated menu for little ones, as well as a range of beautiful cakes, scones and brownies from The Lavender Bakehouse.

2. The Maytime Inn in Asthall

Located deep in the Cotswold countryside in the village of Asthall, The Maytime Inn near Burford is worth the trip just beyond the county border for its stunning views across the sweeping countryside from the award-winning pub garden.

The independent Cotswold inn is perfect for foodie get-togethers with family and friends, serving some fantastic local dishes in its pub and award-winning garden – and there’s even a massive garden chair for an impulsive photo op too!

3. The Scenic Supper near Moreton-in-Marsh

Tucked away in the beautiful pastures of Todenham Manor Farm, near Moreton-in-Marsh, The Scenic Supper offers a unique and novel kind of dining experience in its sustainably built glasshouses with beautiful Cotswold views. Soak in the amazing surroundings while you dine on a The Scenic Supper’s signature five-course menu which changes monthly.

4. Bourtanical in Bourton-on-the-Water

One of the most Instagrammable venues, Bourtanical opened in May 2021 and is located on the riverside in Bourton-on-the-Water. Offering delicious food and a stunning interior, it is sure to be a must-visit for both foodies and Instagrammers alike.

5. Egypt Mill in Nailsworth

Sit back and bask in the sunshine in Egypt Mill’s expansive waterside seating area with beautiful views. Housed inside a 16th century mill, guests can admire some of the venue’s original features, including its working water wheel, while they enjoy Egypt Mill’s signature grazing boards and tasty pizzas.

6. The Royal Oak in Gretton

A village pub in Gretton, The Royal Oak remains a favourite for its views across the rolling Cotswold countryside, with the Vale of Evesham and Malvern hills in the distance.

With its stylish conservatory and beer garden providing an ideal spot for taking in the sights, diners can also expect classic pub dishes and select ales, while the children’s play area is good for keeping little ones entertained.

7. The Black Horse in Amberley

A country pub located on the edge of Minchinhampton Common, The Black Horse in Amberley boasts enviable views, reaching across the Cotswold countryside and surrounding valleys.

With a beautiful beer garden for optimum gazing, the pub also has a conservatory for rainy days, as well as a menu of traditional pub dishes.

8. The Edgemoor Inn in Painswick

Overlooking the pretty Painswick Valley and located in the quiet village of Edge, The Edgemoor Inn is known for its panoramic views across the countryside.

Diners can tuck into traditional, home-cooked food made from local produce, as well as soaking up the views.

9. The Mount Inn in Stanton

Situated just beyond the Gloucestershire border in the village of Stanton, The Mount Inn’s roaming views reach across the Vale of Evesham and the Malvern hills.

As well as an incredible backdrop for diners, its traditional, quality cuisine complete the pleasant setting – with a seasonal menu spanning British favourites.

10. The Vine Tree in Randwick

A country pub situated in the village of Randwick, The Vine Tree remains popular with locals, ramblers and diners alike, with its tiered beer garden offering splendid views across the five valleys, taking in Rodborough, Stroud, and Selsley common.

As well as the views, The Vine Tree’s home-cooked food, great ales and welcoming atmosphere make for an enjoyable Cotswold pub experience.

11. The Old Mill at Lower Slaughter

For quaint country charm and riverside views head to The Old Mill in Lower Slaughter, with the small café offering a slice of tranquillity and delightful sights for as far as the eye can see.

Settle down on the riverside terrace and select from the menu of traditional tearoom favourites. The Old Mill at Lower Slaughter is due to reopen in September 2020.

12. The Boathouse in Tewkesbury

Offering beautiful riverside views, The Boathouse in Tewkesbury is perfect for relaxing and watching the world – and boats – go by.

Situated just off Tewkesbury’s High Street, the cosy eatery has large windows looking out onto the river, in addition to a spacious terrace.

13. The Butchers Arms in Sheepscombe

A homely village pub nestled in the picturesque Sheepscombe Valley, The Butchers Arms offers more than just delicious dining, with the surrounding panoramic scenery providing a stunning backdrop.

Its garden terrace is in an ideal position for appreciating the views, with a classic menu serving up the best of British cuisine, alongside cask-conditioned ales.

14. The Feathered Nest in Nether Westcote

An award-winning inn located just beyond the border in the chocolate box village of Nether Westcote, The Feathered Nest is a country pub renowned for its splendid views.

As well as glorious views over the Evenlode Valley countryside, the Feathered Nest’s modern British menu champions local producers.

15. The Lock Keepers in Gloucester

The Lock Keepers offers a lovely riverside location in Gloucester, boasting views across the Over Canal Basin and a peaceful environment away from the busy city.

With access to gentle waterside walks, visitors can work up an appetite before sitting down to relaxed dining from a restaurant menu of contemporary British cuisine.

16. The Trout Inn in Lechlade

A traditional English pub in the pretty Cotswold town of Lechlade, The Trout Inn boasts an idyllic riverside garden which overlooks the tranquil Thames.

Remaining true to tradition, the inn cooks up premium British fayre to order, with a varied selection of dishes and seasonal specials.

17. The Woolpack Inn in Slad

Made famous for its association with Laurie Lee, The Woolpack Inn offers a scenic setting for dining and drinking, with its breath-taking views across Slad Valley.

Aside from its location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the community pub also has a welcoming atmosphere, some delicious dishes and refreshing real ales on offer.

18. The Bell at Selsley

Offering an idyllic setting in a pretty village, The Bell at Selsley is a traditional Cotswold inn which benefits from brilliant views of the surrounding Stroud valleys.

Its terrace offers a perfect spot for soaking up the sights, with a classic yet contemporary menu and a varied drinks list on offer too.

For more information, visit thecarpentersarmswestrip.co.uk.

By Maddy Richards

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Wednesday 18 August 2021

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