New look and name for popular Cotswolds village pub

The Village Pub in Barnsley has been renamed The Boot as it reopens to reveal a quirky new look - including a 20th century hippopotamus skull!

By Emma Luther  |  Published

A renowned international design team has put together its largest collection of rare antiques to date at the newly renamed The Boot - formerly known as The Village Pub - in Barnsley, near Cirencester. 

The popular pub which reopens in November 2022 has undergone a makeover that's introduced a striking late 20th century hippopotamus skull from Timothy Oulton Studio, now mounted on a shield complete with tusks and teeth above the fireplace - other pieces include a variety of artworks spanning the last three centuries.

Visitors can expect a revamped menu of pub classics has been created by head chef John Jewell, previously of Calcot Manor, and six boutique bedrooms have been refreshed with many of the original features remaining.

Reclaimed Turkish timber has been fitted throughout the 17th century pub, exposing Cotswolds stone walls which form the backdrop to a mix of antique wooden furniture and plush leather seating.

The new all-day menu includes cheese soufflé, beef tartare, venison pie and Beef Wellington embellished with a pastry boot, with much of the produce coming from local suppliers including artisan beef from Paddock Farm Butchery and seasonal vegetables grown in Barnsley. 

Plus, guests can tuck in to a selection of desserts such as hot chocolate and amaretto pudding as well as Barnsley pear and berry crumble.

Classic beers will be served in bespoke ‘The Boot’ Wentworth Pewter Tankards and a signature Barnsley Boot cocktail mixes locally-made sloe and mulberry gin with vodka, ginger beer with a dash of lemon juice and grenadine.

In addition to the 70 covers inside, during the warmer months guests will be able to enjoy the garden terrace with a further 60 covers.

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