Planning a birthday bash or a relaxed get-together? There are plenty of options all over the Cotswolds for organising a meal out with friends.
From private dining pods and affordable sharing menus to the south west’s Restaurant of the Year, SoGlos has gathered 10 great excuses to get the gang together for fabulous food...
Téatro in Cirencester
With drinks promotions running every week day, the money you save on beer and cider, cocktails and gin, wine or prosecco means more to spend on dinner at Cirencester's award-winning Téatro restaurant! And with sister venues The Barn Theatre on one side and Ingleside House hotel on the other, you can easily make a whole night of making memories with friends.
The Scenic Supper in Moreton-in-Marsh
Located at Todenham Manor Farm, diners partaking in The Scenic Supper’s unique brand of experiential dining benefit from their own private greenhouse for up to eight people, so you won’t have to shout to make yourselves heard as you catch up with friends, whether meeting up for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Five Valleys Centre in Stroud
Home to 20 stalls, alongside 21 eateries, Stroud’s Five Valleys indoor market hall gives diners the option to eat-in or take away, while promising something for everyone, from sushi, Thai food and Tex-Mex, to bitesize Italian delicacies and dainty French pastries – not forgetting Hetty’s award-winning brownies. You can also take advantage of late night opening on Fridays!
Tierra & Mar in Cirencester
Not only was Tierra & Mar in Cirencester crowned the south west’s Restaurant of the Year in 2022 – reason to visit in itself – the Spanish restaurant offers an affordable five-course tapas sharing menu with all the Spanish classics to make things really easy, including the paella of your choice and churros for dessert. There’s a dedicated vegan tapas menu, too.
Burleigh Court in Stroud
As aficionados will know, afternoon tea comes in all shapes and sizes – with Burleigh Court in Stroud opting to serve theirs without sandwiches! Instead, it’s a savoury selection of sausage rolls, scotch eggs and charcuterie that accompanies the cakes and scones, with gluten-free and vegan options available, alongside the ‘traditional’ version, so all your friends can get stuck in.
Leaf & Ground in Dursley
If dog-friendly and child-friendly are high on your list of requirements, Leaf & Ground in Dursley is an ideal spot to grab a quick bite to eat with friends, comprised of an ethical café and a garden shop, as well as a castle playground to keep kids entertained and 20 acres of woods, fields and footpaths for customers to walk their dogs – or simply stretch their legs.
Bibury Trout Farm in Bibury
At Bibury Trout Farm, friends can spend an entertaining afternoon together trying to catch their own fish, with staff on hand to show you how and lend you the necessary equipment. With barbecues for hire, you can then enjoy the spoils straightaway or tuck into one of the trout-based dishes on offer at the on-site café, saving your own fish for later.
The Weighbridge Inn in Minchinhampton
For those who want to try something different, Minchinhampton’s Weighbridge Inn is famous for its crowd-pleasing secret recipe ‘2-in-1’ pies. Made using locally sourced ingredients from independent suppliers, vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diets are all catered for – there’s even a sweet version on the dessert menu.
Three Ways House Hotel in Chipping Campden
Serving a menu of one light main, followed by an impressive seven dessert courses, dinner at The Pudding Club in Chipping Campden promises to be one of the most memorable meals you’ll ever eat – little wonder it made our Gloucestershire Bucket List! The Pudding Club holds weekly events at Three Ways House Hotel, where everyone sits at long communal tables.
Diddly Squat Restaurant in Chipping Norton
For those who can’t face the queue for his ‘cow juice’ or a sack of spuds, you can now book tables for four at Jeremy Clarkson’s restaurant with a view instead! Serving up snacks and starters including Hawkstone lager bread, followed by a roast and a pudding, almost everything on the menu was grown or reared on Diddly Squat farm, keeping food miles minimal.