Saturday 25 January 2020

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.

Home to acres of charming countryside, flowing rivers, and rolling hills, Gloucestershire boasts plenty of viewing hot spots – and what better way to soak up the sights than with delicious food and a drink in hand?

Ranging from three-course feasts and hearty pub grub, to classic café treats and laidback lunches, SoGlos has found 18 places to dine in Gloucestershire which all offer incredible views.

About the sponsor – The Maytime Inn

Nestled in a stunning rural setting near Burford, The Maytime Inn is a Cotswold country pub offering classic British dining and comfortable accommodation in the small Oxfordshire village of Asthall.

The restaurant’s award-winning chef uses the finest local produce to offer a range of pub favourites, while the à la carte menu features a selection of seasonal starters, mains and desserts. But this hidden gem is truly a gin lover’s paradise, boasting more than 140 types of gin on its menu that’s dedicated to juniper!

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1. The Maytime Inn

Buried deep in the Cotswold countryside, in the quaint chocolate box village of Asthall, The Maytime Inn near Burford is worth the trip just beyond the border, with stunning views across the countryside and an award-winning pub garden.

Offering style, peace, and country charm in abundance, the independent inn promises a pleasant experience, with its quality fayre and incredible selection of gins, and other spirits.

The gorgeous venue is perfect for light bites, meals, and casual drinks, with those stunning garden views – and there’s even a massive garden chair for an impulsive photo.

2. Thistledown Café at Thistledown Farm

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Located at nature hot spot Thistledown Farm, Thistledown Café near Stroud offers a spectacular setting for casual dining, with visitors sure to be delighted by its fantastic food and breathtaking views, in equal measure.

Nestled among acres of picture-perfect Cotswold scenery, the café offers indoor and outdoor seating, with diners able to sample its seasonal produce and speciality pizzas, cooked to perfection in the wood-fired clay oven, before exploring the surrounding field and soaking up the sights.

3. The Royal Oak

A village pub in Gretton, The Royal Oak remains a firm favourite for its stunning 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 the perfect areas for taking in the sights year-round, visitors can also expect classic pub dishes and carefully selected ales, while the children’s play area is perfect for keeping little ones entertained.

4. The Black Horse

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A historic 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, while the enticing menu of traditional pub grub and tasty tipples offers something to tempt diners of all ages.

5. The Edgemoor Inn

Overlooking the pretty Painswick Valley and located in the quiet Edge village, The Edgemoor Inn is known for its panoramic views across the countryside, which provide a wonderful sight to enjoy alongside quality food and drink.

Promising a traditional experience, visitors can sit down to home-cooked food and enjoy a quintessential Cotswold visit, with the locally-produced dishes providing a taste of the area, and the views completing the experience.

6. The Mount Inn

Situated just beyond the Gloucestershire border in the quaint village of Stanton, The Mount Inn’s roaming views reach across the Vale of Evesham and the Malvern hills, providing an incredible backdrop for diners that make the trip more than worth it.

Meanwhile its traditional interiors and quality cuisine complete the pleasant setting, with a seasonal menu spanning British favourites, in addition to a range of real ales.

7. The Horse and Groom

A hidden gem situated in Bourton-on-the-Hill, The Horse and Groom offers a hillside location close to Moreton-in-Marsh, with impressive views reaching across the surrounding greenery.

With a pleasant beer garden perched in prime viewing position, guests can expect a welcoming atmosphere, with award-winning cuisine and an array of real ales, quality wines, and plenty more tipples to choose from.

8. The Old Mill

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

Guests can settle down on the riverside terrace, selecting from a menu of traditional tearoom favourites, spanning hot and cold drinks, home-cooked sweet treats, and simple but delicious dishes.

9. The Boathouse

Offering beautiful riverside views, The Boathouse in Tewkesbury is perfect for relaxing and watching the world – and boats – go by, whether sitting down to an indulgent three-course meal or post work drink.

Situated just off Tewkesbury’s high street, the cosy eatery has large windows looking out onto the river, in addition to a spacious terrace, making it a perfect viewpoint whatever the weather.

10. The Butchers Arms

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 for visits.

With its garden terrace in ideal position for appreciating the views, the traditional pub also boasts cosy interiors, with its classic menu serving up the best of British cuisine, alongside quality wines and cask-conditioned ales.

11. The Feathered Nest

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, which take in the glorious Evenlode Valley countryside.

A treat for the taste buds and well as the eyes, The Feathered Nest’s modern British menu promises to delight visitors, championing local producers and serving up delicate dishes.

12. The Wharf House

One of Gloucester’s prettiest restaurants, the award-winning Wharf House offers an enviable riverside location, boasting incredible 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 fine dining, with the restaurant’s innovative menu serving contemporary European and British cuisine.

13. The Trout Inn

A traditional English pub in the pretty Cotswold town of Lechlade, The Trout Inn boasts an idyllic riverside garden which overlooks tranquil waters and glorious greenery, offering the perfect setting for a relaxing drink or meal.

Remaining true to tradition, the inn cooks up premium British fayre to order, with a varied selection of dishes and seasonal specials, which diners can enjoy within the pub’s pleasant environment.

14. The Woolpack Inn

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Made famous for its association with Laurie Lee, The Woolpack Inn offers a scenic setting for dining and drinking, with its breathtaking views across Slad Valley adding the wow factor.

Aside from its location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the community pub also has a welcoming atmosphere, locally sourced delicious dishes and refreshing real ales, ensuring a delightful visit.

15. The Bell at Selsley

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

With its terrace offering a perfect spot for soaking up the sights, visitors can look forward to all the charm of a country pub, complete with a classic yet contemporary menu and a varied drinks list.

16. The Vine Tree

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.

Aside from the sights, The Vine Tree’s home-cooked food, roaring fire, great ales, and welcoming atmosphere make for an enjoyable and quintessentially Cotswold pub experience.

17. The Ebrington Arms

An unspoilt 17th century inn just beyond the border near Chipping Campden, The Ebrington Arms is bursting with country charm, boasting rural yet stylish interiors and offering a beautiful beer garden for warmer days.

Surrounded by rolling countryside, the serene setting is completed by breathtaking views, which visitors can enjoy alongside award-winning ales and delicious pub classics.

18. The Vineyard Restaurant

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Located at Three Choirs Vineyards in Newent, The Vineyard Restaurant overlooks vine-clad valleys and rolling hills, providing an unrivalled backdrop.

Boasting the best of British, the restaurant’s seasonally-changing menu is sure to go down a treat, with the glorious setting making for a unique dining experience.

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