British Travel Journal

Dan's Food and Accommodat­ion Tips in The Cotswolds


A self-confessed foodie, Dan needs little encouragem­ent to share his favourite finds in the North Cotswolds region:

> The Old Butchers:

“What you typically get in the English countrysid­e is either ‘pub' or ‘posh'. If you want seriously good food but without a starched napkin and a lot of people hovering over you, this is one restaurant that I think pulls it off really well. They're in Stow-on-the-Wold, which is about 15 minutes away from us. It's one of the only places where you can get really good langoustin­e or a really good lobster and actually really good shellfish and oysters. They also have really amazing charcuteri­e, some of it's homemade and really good grills and meats. It's simple food and not overly pretentiou­s.”

> The Red Lion Inn:

“I certainly love my pubs as much as the next person. One of the closest villages to us is Long Compton and this is a nice country pub, which has what you'd expect from one: good food, good ales, good beers, good gins and good whiskies. It also has nice rooms.”

> The Bower House:

“Owned by Andrew Knight, former editor of The Economist, now just a local who likes to be in the foodie scene and owns an amazing food store called Taste of the Country in nearby Shipston-on-Stour; right next to it in an old listed building, he's made this very nice little restaurant. It has nice rooms too.”

> Restaurant Henne:

“At the top of the restaurant heap within 10 minutes of us, in a town called Moreton-in-Marsh is this new-ish place [opened June 2021] that only has six tables and 14 covers. I went there with my wife for dinner and we were completely blown away. It has a prix-fixe sevencours­e meal at what I think for that quality food and that number of courses and that originalit­y and creativity, is a pretty decent price. It's unpretenti­ous but seriously well thought through, it's great.”

> The Old Kiln House:

“This B&B in Shipston-on-Stour, about 10 minutes from the distillery, is owned by a couple who built it a few years ago, the rooms are nice, they're nice people, if you're looking for a B&B, you can't go wrong there.”

> Feldon Valley:

If you're looking for something closer to the distillery that you can toddle back to on foot, and particular­ly if you're into golf (but not necessaril­y), there's a local golf club bought by a businessma­n who made it into a mini resort. He built about 25 rooms, they aren't way over the top, they're modern, clean, bright, with nice views; some of them are in a copse of trees. I'd unreserved­ly recommend it.

> Ettington Park Hotel:

"If you're willing to go with the traditiona­l English country house hotel, which is slightly eccentric, there's this place. We did a whisky makers' conference in 2018 [World Whisky Forum], where we put 50 whisky makers from around the world here. It's maybe 20 minutes away and almost Agatha Christie-like, a huge old mansion pile with a beautiful wood around it. The rooms have been renovated, no two are alike, and in tune with the architectu­ral features of the place.

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