Saturday, 23 August 2014

Pub Gardens in The Cotswolds

We count ourselves very lucky living in a beautiful part of the world. An area  with its very own smorgasbord of successful pubs to pick from. In fact, sometimes we find it hard to choose!

Summer may feel like it has come to an end now but we've had a good run this year and there is nothing we've enjoyed more than soaking up the sun in a beautiful beer garden. 

Here, are just a few of our favourite pubs we've visited this summer because of their outside areas... weather it's a lush garden, a pretty courtyard or a decked out drinking area, we love these Cotswold pubs for many reasons. 

Our favourite for drinks:

The Slaughters Inn in beautiful Lower Slaughter has a HUGE pub garden. With seating on the patio area but looking out onto a large grassed area leading to the stream. It is the perfect spot on a sunny day for a drink on the grass while paddling your feet in the cool water. 

The Fox Inn in Great Barrington is a small local watering hole, but hidden around the back is a large grassed beer garden with plenty of seating right next to the river. In fact, if Giffords Circus can tent up in The Fox's pub garden each year, it's clearly large enough to enjoy a drink or two in the sun.

The Ox House Wine Company in Northleach is a specialist wine bar situated in the main square in this small village off the busy A40. The owner of The Ox House Wine Company has taken inspiration from living in France and created a enchanted courtyard to relax in while enjoying a good bottle of vin. The atmosphere he has created really does import you to a parisian summers evening, it's so romantic and relaxed. On a cooler evening you can also move into the fairy lit bar or the lounge area recently created just off the courtyard. Bliss!

Our favourite for eating:

Sticking in Northleach, The Wheatsheaf has a great garden to sit in and eat, either from the restaurant or from the back bar serving a set 3 course meal including a flat iron steak for £16.00. The garden is split over different levels which makes eating in the always hustling garden more intimate. Read our blog post about the gorgeous restaurant here.

The Bell in Sapperton has a wonderful garden, with lots of seating for dinning and the pub takes outdoor eating in their stride. It's not too much trouble to eat in the sun and the standard of food is still high. See our blog post about this pub here, written by our lovely friend Sophie for #TheGuestList.

Our favourite for views:

The Mount Inn in Stanton has AMAZING views!!! Stanton is a village near lovely Broadway (see our first blog post about Broadway here). Now, we haven't eaten at The Mount Inn but from what we hear, their fare is delicious! But whenever we are visiting Broadway, we're always drawn to the stunning views from this country pub. 

The Horse & Groom at Bourton-on-the-Hill is well known is The Cotswold for its outstandingly delicious food. We love it there! Situated at the top of the hill and with their pub garden at the highest point, it is a perfect spot to soak up the gorgeous green view, looking down on the beautiful Cotswolds.

The Woolpack in Slad is a local village pub with views to to die for. It is a no frills, old fashioned pub with a little decked terrace to the side. What else is needed to draw drinkers, walkers and locals in than a view over the valley which will keep you there all day.

Our favourite for feeling local in a big town: 

When we first moved to Cheltenham we couldn't find many "pub" pubs. Pubs with a local feel that haven't been turned into trendy bars. Pubs that remind us of growing up in little towns and villages where everybody knows your name. Enter...The Beehive. The Beehive is tucked away behind Tivoli road where The Retreat and The Daffodil live. It is a proper pub, serving local ale, dry roasted peanuts and a good selection of good old pub grub. Yes, you can find a tub of Wasabi peas, a fancy pants selection of wines and foreign beers BUT any pub that serves hot mulled drinks in the winter and real local ale throughout the year and has regular faces behind and in front of the bar is a winner for us! The courtyard is bursting all year round, it works as a great meeting place for friends. Find a spot to sit, pull up a chair and enjoy the hustle and bustle, The Beehive is the sort of pub you'll begin and end a night in. 

Where is your favourite pub in The Cotswolds and why? 

Millie and Meg x

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