Cotswolds Pubs

Obviously every Cotswolds town and every Cotswold village has a pub. Having said that there are pubs and there are pubs. This selection of a couple of dozen that I have enjoyed reflects my own pre-disposition for civilised surroundings and decent food more than just concentrating on the quality of the beer. A brief description is given below the map of each pub.

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Lygon Arms
The Lygon Arms hotel has an adjoining wine bar cum pub cum bistro. You cannot have just a drink, but if you want a snack/meal it is good value
The George - Lower Brailes
A stone built village inn with a good restaurant, complete with inglenook. It is tied to the Hook Norton Brewery, but that is no bad thing
Crown - Blockley
The original Cotswolds stone village pub has expanded to take in a terraced row of cottages, and can offer accommodation and good food as well as a civilised pub
Queens Head - Stow-on-the-Wold
Not the "smartest" of pubs in the Cotswolds, but it exudes "age". A 17th century building facing the stocks on the green. Small dark bars, low beamed ceilings and flagstone floors take you back in time
Falkland Arms - Great Tew
Everyone's idea of what an English pub should really be like, low beams, horse brasses, beer mugs hanging from the roof. One of the classic country pubs in Britain. Best avoided at weekends!!
Shaven Crown - Shipton under Wychwood
A 14th century building that was originally the guest house for a nearby monastery - hence the shaven crown. In summer you can take you drink on the medieval courtyard in the centre of the building
Green Dragon - Cockleford
An old stone pub in a very pretty setting, on a steep hillside, down narrow lanes south of Cheltenham. Two stone walled bars have bags of character
Old Swan - Minster Lovell
Thatched pub in a peaceful setting. Although you could argue that it has gone too far up market for a village pub, I still find it a nice place to loiter
Trout - Godstow, just outside Oxford
You come here to sit outside on a summer's day. beside the River Thames, and watch the trout swimming thick below you, and see the peacocks preen themselves as they walk round the grounds.
Turf Tavern - Oxford
Buried well way from any main street - go under the bridge of Sighs and turn down a very narrow alley to your left. Under the old city walls, this was a student pub, that has now been found by a wider public
Bear - Oxford
An old coaching inn tucked behind Christ Church in Alfred Street. Houses a collection of 7000 club ties - it is not unknown for scissors to be produced if they spot you wearing one that is not in the collection
New Inn - Coln St Alwyn
Spruced up village pub, serving exceptionally good food. The village itself is off the main tourist haunts, so worth looking at for that reason too. On a sunny day sit outside and enjoy the garden
Fossebridge - Fossebridge
The river Coln runs through a lake and on through the grounds of this ivy clad Tudor inn. The food is good, and the interior interesting with its vaulted ceilings, exposed stone walls and upholstered benches
Plough Tavern - Clanfield
Classic English pub, roaring fires in winter, exposed wooden beams, chunky stone walls. The food is an especially strong point in this pub, much better than the average for pub grub. Worth a visit
Wild Duck - Ewan
The building started life as an Elizabethan watermill, and has now been converted into a lovely pub. Bare stone walls, oil paintings and exposed oak beams give it a very polished feel.
White Hart - Ford
Their own description as "the old inn by the trout stream" tells you exactly what this pub is all about. In summer you can site at a table right by the water. The food is very good too
Royal Oak - Wootton Rivers
A 16th century thatched pub beside the Kennet and Avon Canal should be enough to convince you that it is worth a visit. Cask beers and a very good wine list
Dundas Arms - Kintbury
A spectacular setting between the Kennet & Avon Canal and the River Kennet. Sit on the waterside patio and watch the water birds paddle past. Seriously good food
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