Sunday 23 February 2020

14 cosy Cotswold pubs

The colder months are here and it's the perfect time to retreat to a cosy Cotswold pub, with SoGlos rounding up 14 destinations that promise charm, character and cheery warmth.

With winter calling for warm knitwear and roaring log fires, it’s the perfect time to unwind at a cosy Cotswold pub, relaxing within a snug setting as the temperature drops outside.

Whether you’re looking forward to a traditional Sunday lunch, enjoying a round of drinks with friends or warming up by the fire, SoGlos rounds up 14 cosy havens in the Cotswolds, in our hot list sponsored by The Craven Arms.

About the sponsor – The Craven Arms

A family-run pub and restaurant set in the Brockhampton countryside, The Craven Arms focuses on sustainability and traceability, serving delicious dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients. Whether you’re stopping by for a traditional Sunday roast or filling up on pub classics, treating yourself to an indulgent dessert or popping in for a pint, the Cotswolds pub caters to any occasion.

Making a great pitstop for exploring the surrounding areas, The Craven Arms is close to Cotswold Farm Park, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Broadway and other picture-perfect Cotswold towns.

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1. The Craven Arms

Dating back to the 16th century, The Craven Arms in Brockhampton retains many of its original features, creating a cosy and homely feel. Walking into the Cotswold pub in the winter, you’ll be welcomed by roaring fires, charming interiors and resident Jack Russell, Ben.

Come in for a drink or two, a light lunch or hearty Sunday roast, whatever takes your fancy. The Craven Arms also hosts events throughout the year and provides a perfect pitstop whilst exploring the surrounding Cotswolds countryside.

2. 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.

3. 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 that sings of tradition, providing a great backdrop for drinks and dining, and an enticing seasonal menu to boot.

4. The Crown & Trumpet Inn

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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.

5. 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.

6. 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 guests.

7. The Wild Rabbit

Combining modern décor with rustic Cotswold charm, The Wild Rabbit in Kingham serves up traditional British food, artisan beers, traditional ales, and wines, with guests able to soak up the cosy surroundings, relaxing by the roaring fire or at the well-stocked bar.

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 for a delightful visit.

9. The Wild Duck

A historic Cotswold inn in Ewen, The Wild Duck Inn offers a lovely space for tucking into hearty British food, or enjoying drinks within a cosy setting, enhanced by the warmly-coloured walls, exposed beams, fireplace, and traditional pub furniture.

10. 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, cosy corners and rustic features.

11. 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.

12. 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 bursts with cosy charm.

13. 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.

14. 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.

Located in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold, The Porch House’s menus are packed with locally sourced ingredients, forming delicious traditional meals with a modern twist. Dining is available in the bar, lounge, or garden and the venue offers a dedicated children’s menu, as well as private dining options, providing an ideal location to celebrate a special occasion.

For more information about The Craven Arms, visit

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