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Food and Drink in the Cotswolds

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Food and Drink in the Cotswolds

Forget wet dog smelling pubs full of locals eating a Ploughman’s lunch or steak and kidney pie - In recent years the gastro-pub phenomenon has arrived in the Cotswolds. Though the aforementioned wet dog smelling pubs can still be found of course!

However if your taste is more for deconstructed kedgeree or pak choi, then you will have no trouble funding such items on the menu in pubs, particularly in the south of the region, and the large number of high quality gastropubs will leave you spoiled for choice.

Cotswold Dining Pubs

The Bell at Sapperton has a strong following with locals and visitors to the Cotswolds. The food is usually good and there is a very attractive Mediterranean style outdoor eating area. And The Wild Duck in Ewen is popular year round with both locals and visitors and you can also stay at the pub in one of its 12 rooms.

The Potting Shed at Crudwell is under the same ownership as the Rectory Hotel opposite. It is, deservedly, attracting diners from far and wide for its adventurous mix of traditional and gastro fare. The monthly changing menu includes staples such as fish and chips alongside delights such as breaded chicory, sliced pear, shallot puree, curly endive salad, leek vinaigrette. There is also a comprehensive coffee and tea menu to help you finish off your meal. The pub is light and airy and features several dining areas including secluded alcoves for romancing your loved one.

Other good pubs to try include The Swan at Southrop, where you might bump into supermodel Kate Moss, The Falcon Inn at Poulton, Kings Head at Bledington and New Inn at Coln St. Aldwyns.

Be sure to try The Crown of Crucis, at Ampney Crucis, if you are in the Cirencester area. It usefully serves food all day unlike many pubs which will stop serving after 2 or 3pm.

Hotel Restaurants

The varied menus at The Corinium Hotel and Restaurant in Cirencester offer both modern British and European dishes alongside daily specials, which are complemented by a well-balanced wine list. All food is cooked to order and a great emphasis is placed on quality and freshness.

Whether dining in the stylish restaurant, enjoying a light snack in the cosy bar or eating al fresco in the delightful garden, all of the food is prepared using the freshest of ingredients and sourced from local Cotswold suppliers wherever possible.

There is a large car park to the rear of the Hotel.

Waterside Café, Cotswold Water Park

Waterside Cafe, Cotswold Water ParkThe Waterside Café is located on the banks of Walters Lake within the Cotswold Water Park. This large and airy cafe offers home-cooked-to-order food, free Wi-Fi access and stunning views across the lake.

Start the day with the famous All-Day Breakfast or choose from the wide range of tasty cooked dishes, a delicious array of cakes, biscuits, cream teas and toasted teacakes.

The café is open 7 days a week throughout the year. Opening hours during the summer months are: 7.00am–5pm; from December to February: 7.30am–4.30pm.

Link: Waterside Café, South Cerney

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Farmers' Markets in the Cotswolds

Many Cotswold towns will have Farmers' Markets, some weekly and some monthly.
At these markets you will find a range of suppliers selling locally produced goods such as cheese, meat products, fruit & veg and cakes.

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