Tuesday 18 February 2020

Interview with The Old Stocks Inn's general manager

Blending Cotswold charm with modern-day luxury, The Old Stocks Inn offers a gorgeous bolthole in Stow-on-the-Wold, and SoGlos speaks to general manager Charlotte Tuck to find out more about the refurbished coaching inn.

A boutique hotel in the heart of Cotswold town, Stow-on-the-Wold, The Old Stocks Inn blends country charm with contemporary style, offering a luxury setting for eating, drinking and sleeping.

Discussing what makes The Old Stocks Inn so unique, general manager Charlotte Tuck talks to SoGlos about its chic décor, enticing menu, upcoming events, and exciting developments for 2018!



The whole philosophy behind the Old Stocks is to combine the local charm of the Cotswolds with a venue that’s luxurious and high-end, yet not pretentious and stuffy.

Can you tell our readers about The Old Stocks Inn and what it offers?

The Old Stocks Inn is a refurbished 17th century inn-turned boutique hotel and restaurant, nestled in the heart of Stow-in-the-Wold.

We pride ourselves on our unique combination of Cotswold charm and modern-day luxury, offering restful rooms that you won’t want to leave, as well as mouth-watering British cuisine with a twist and a bar menu that’s full to the brim with artisan spirits, ales and quirky cocktails.

Whether you’re local to Stow or travelling from further afield, we’ve got something for everyone – and we’re excited to reveal 2018 is going to see us expand our offering even more!

Sounds exciting, can you say any more?

We can! In early spring 2018, we’re opening The Old Stocks Bolt Hole just around the corner from the inn.

It’s a self-catering cottage with the Old Stocks’ quirky and luxurious touch, perfect for hen parties, short breaks with the family or groups of friends or a relaxed build up to your wedding day. We’re really excited and can’t wait to unveil it all next month!

What sets The Old Stocks Inn apart from other Cotswold venues?

The whole philosophy behind the Old Stocks is to combine the local charm of the Cotswolds with a venue that’s luxurious and high-end, yet not pretentious and stuffy.

That’s the reason our guests and our diners love us. We’re a breath of fresh air and they know that whether they’re dining in our restaurant, drinking in our bar or staying in the hotel, they’ll get the very best of everything – from the ingredients we use, to the care and attention of our team.


How do you cater for families and guests with dogs at the hotel?

Both families and guests with dogs are welcome at the Old Stocks. We have both dog-friendly rooms for those with canine companions, and family rooms, too, to offer.

However, a key reason behind why we’re opening the Bolt Hole is to accommodate families even better. We’ve seen many of our guests grow up with us, from getting engaged at the Old Stocks, then getting married and now, to having their own families.

We wanted to create a space where those families can rest and relax, enjoying all the perks of the Old Stocks Inn that they’ve come to know and love us for, but with that extra space and flexibility you need when you’ve got children or are in a larger group.


What made you decide to blend a traditional Cotswold building with contemporary interiors?

When we refurbished the property back in 2015, we knew we wanted to stand out from the crowd. We wanted to inject a bit of colour and quirky design into a traditional Cotswold building and shake things up a bit.

We feel by doing this we’ve created a real ‘Old Stocks’ brand that our customers love. The same look and feel is being rolled out across our Bolt Hole cottage, too, combining quirky charm with modern luxury for our self-catering guests.

How have visitors reacted to the décor?

Most people love it and some even want to take elements of it home with them! Many guests have asked us where we’ve purchased certain pieces of furniture from, which is testimony to the great design and décor we’ve created here.


We understand you’ve got a new chef; will he be taking your menu in a new direction?

Ian Percival joined the Old Stocks as head chef over the summer, and his cooking has gone down a storm with our guests and local foodies alike. He refreshes our menu regularly, drawing on locally sourced ingredients to create hearty British dishes with an innovative twist.

Where do you find the majority of your guests come from?

All over the world! Here in the UK, the majority of our guests come from within a two-hour drive of the Cotswolds. We also have a great following here within the Cotswolds, from people who love our food and drink offering or who use our meeting facilities, too.


We’re really excited about the opening of the Bolt Hole in February. It marks a new era for the Old Stocks and we can’t wait to welcome our first guests.

Do you have any exciting events coming up?

We’re really excited about the opening of the Bolt Hole in February. It marks a new era for the Old Stocks and we can’t wait to welcome our first guests.

At the hotel, we also have several exciting events coming up, too, including Valentine’s Day – which will see our kitchen team cooking up something really special, and our Oxford & Cheltenham Wine School event on Saturday 24 February 2018.

How have you seen Stow-on-the-Wold change since you first opened?

Stow has really repositioned itself as a destination for people looking for great food, great shops and – of course – great places to stay. Whereas once it was a place many people simply passed through on route to somewhere else, now it seems to be attracting more tourists, shoppers and foodies, and we’re proud to have played a part of that evolution, putting Stow on the map!

And finally, what is your favourite thing about Stow-on-the-Wold and the Cotswolds?

The Cotswolds is such a beautiful place to visit, live, work and play and we love being here, in the heart of Stow-on-the-Wold.

We like to think the town is a hub for the Cotswolds, where a really diverse and interesting mix of people come to visit or stay, creating a great atmosphere. And, with our new Bolt Hole opening very soon – it’s about to get even better!


For more information call (01451) 830666, or visit oldstocksinn.com directly.

© SoGlos
Monday 08 January 2018

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