14 cosy Cotswold pubs

During colder months, retreat to a cosy Cotswold pub – with SoGlos handpicking 14 destinations that promise charm, character and cheery warmth.

With evenings getting chillier and roaring log fires beckoning, it’s the perfect time to unwind at a cosy Cotswold pub.

Whether you’re looking forward to a traditional Sunday lunch, enjoying a round of drinks with friends or warming up by the fire, SoGlos has teamed up with the Foston’s Ash Inn to round up 14 cosy pubs in the Cotswolds.

About the sponsor – Foston’s Ash Inn

The award-winning Foston’s Ash Inn near Stroud is a beautiful Cotswold pub with cosy log fires in the winter. Welcoming guests on two and four legs, with dedicated ‘pony parking’ outside, it’s also the home of British Polo Gin.

Foston’s Ash Inn boasts a fabulous outdoor space complete with a bar, as well as a fully heated Polo Barn Marquee with room for up to 80 people for dining and events, plus darts, pool and table football. There are also two brand-new private dining areas, the Polo Cabin on the terrace with space for up to 10 guests; and the Polo Barn for up to 18 guests with its own private bar too, both offering a cosy, après-ski vibe.

For more information, or to book a table, visit fostonsash.co.uk.

1. Foston’s Ash Inn

Stop off on a dog walk or horse ride through the stunning Cotswold countryside and cuddle up next to the roaring log fire at the Foston’s Ash Inn and enjoy a delicious autumnal cocktail, made with the pub’s own British Polo Sloe Gin.

Or stay for dinner for its famous ‘field to fork’ dining using the best local produce and seasonal ingredients. You can even hire the Polo Cabin or the Polo Barn for a truly unique private dining experience.

2. The Porch House

England’s oldest inn dates back to the 10th century, and is a stunning example of how to blend Cotswold heritage with contemporary styling. It has a menu of traditional meals with a modern twist, all made from local ingredients, served up in a quintessentially Cotswold setting in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold.

3. The Royal Oak

Slanted beamed ceilings, low lighting, and a lovely wooden bar create a stylish yet classic pub setting at classic Cotswold inn, The Royal Oak in Tetbury, which also offers organic food and a host of regional and guests ales that promise to delight guests.

4. The Red Lion Inn

Located in the market town of Chipping Campden, The Red Lion Inn boasts characterful features, a roaring fire, and rustic pub décor, providing a great backdrop for drinks and dining, and an enticing seasonal menu.

5. The Crown & Trumpet Inn

Located in Broadway, The Crown & Trumpet Inn is an award-winning 17th century inn with honey-coloured Cotswold stone exteriors, fuss-free pub furniture, a warming fire, and a cosy atmosphere, serving up classic British dishes and quality brews.

6. The Potting Shed

With its flagstone floor, open fireplace, beautiful beams, and contemporary but classic bar, The Potting Shed in Malmesbury is a gastropub that blends style with cosy character, offering a lovely setting and serving creative British meals.

7. The Feathered Nest

An award-winning Cotswold pub in Nether Westcote, The Feathered Nest welcomes guests into a cosy and comfortable setting, where a host of cask-conditioned ales, lovely log fire, and vibrant ambience are sure to delight.

8. The Fleece Inn

Run with a love of tradition and owned by The National Trust, The Fleece Inn in Bretforton is a heritage pub that serves up real ales and locally-sourced British food, while its rural location, roaring fire, and historic interiors make it well worth a visit.

9. The Bell at Sapperton

The Bell at Sapperton is a charming pub in the heart of the Cotswolds which, aside from offering an enticing seasonal menu, provides a pleasant pub atmosphere thanks to the roaring log fires, corners to cuddle up in and rustic features.

10. The Snowshill Arms

Head to the pretty Cotswold village of Snowshill and its traditional pub, The Snowshill Arms, for an olde-worlde experience. Snuggle up by the log fire and soak up the sights, which include beams, brick walls and a well-stocked bar.

11. The Green Dragon Inn

Located in Cowley on the outskirts of Cheltenham, The Green Dragon Inn promises delicious food, good drink, and a tranquil setting in the Cotswolds. And thanks to its homely setting and pretty décor, the pub is bursting with cosy Cotswold charm.

12. The King's Head Inn

An idyllic country pub nestled on a pretty village green, The King’s Head Inn in Bledington ticks all the boxes for a picture-perfect Cotswold pub, with its low ceilings, quaint nooks and crannies, and traditional pub décor creating a cosy atmosphere.

13. The Crown Inn Minchinhampton

Dating back to 1715, The Crown Inn Minchinhampton has been lovingly modernised while still retaining its distinctive period features. The food menu changes seasonally and champions local produce, and gin fans will love the extensive cocktail menu.

14. The Churchill Arms

With a host of real ales, a menu of comforting British dishes and a crackling log fire, 17th century inn The Churchill Arms in Paxford is the ideal place to get cosy, especially with four boutique bedrooms to stay over in.

For more information, or to book a table at the Fostons Ash Inn, visit fostonsash.co.uk.

© SoGlos
Friday 24 September 2021

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