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Gloucestershire has some fantastic places to dine and here are some of the best restaurants and cafes in the region. The Green Dragon at Coberley is a 17th-century rural gem, located between Cirencester and Cheltenham. Set in the Churn Valley, legend has it that this was the birthplace of banoffee pie (a light pastry base, filled with caramel, topped with sliced banana and covered in peaks of double cream) and it’s still on the menu. It has guest ales and ciders, while specials board and vegetarian options are sure to please.
After a day’s walking in the Cotswold Hills above Broadway, a delicious meal at the Dormy House Hotel is in order. The Dormy is a converted farmhouse, elegantly styled to retain its character while adding warmth and comfort. Sink into a sofa in the Potting Shed with a cocktail, then dine in style in the Garden Room. Such is the wealth of English tradition found in Gloucestershire that taking afternoon tea is a must. The Well Walk Tearoom is tucked away near the minster church in the Regency splendour of Cheltenham, where delicious cakes, scones and sandwiches are served on dainty, floral tea services.
Cheltenham has many quality restaurants. Key among them is Purslane, which offers unpretentious dishes including seafood and fish brought daily from Cornwall, as well as locally-sourced meats, fresh produce and cheeses. Setting out for a hike in the Cotswolds? Order a bespoke hamper at Food Fanatics delicatessen in Winchcombe, or simply choose from their selection of mouthwatering cheeses, hot soup, bacon rolls, cakes and pastries. Why not rest your weary limbs in one of Gloucestershire’s village pubs, such as The Mount, which is set in the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton, near Broadway? Enjoy views to Evesham Vale and the Malvern Hills while sampling haddock in a Donnington Ale batter washed down with Addlestones cloudy or Stowford Press ciders.
Upton St Leonards, Gloucester GL4 8DE
The Tara Restaurant at Hatton Court serves quality locally-sourced food with fine dining service. It’s one of the great things about being in the Cotswolds – there’s so many brilliant local producers to work with that the restaurant is spoilt for choice. That means you will be too – and they’ve not neglected their wine list either! The hotel is also locally renowned for its fabulous Marquee, perfect for weddings or private events – its verandas offer fantastic photo opportunities. Visit website
Friday Street, Weston Subedge, Chipping Campden GL55 6QH
The Seagrave Arms is a charming Cotswolds inn and restaurant set mid-way between the villages of Chipping Campden and Broadway and just 20 minutes drive from both Cheltenham and Stratford upon Avon. The restaurant sources and purchases all of its food from local farms and suppliers and stocks its bar with award-winning real local ales and gin from Cotswolds Distillery, just 20 minutes down the road. Visit website
Gloucester Road, Edge, Stroud GL6 6ND
Nestled at the heart of the Cotswold way overlooking the Painswick valley is the 19th-century Edgemoor Inn. Boasting panoramic views, you can enjoy home-cooked food from an extensive menu as well as daily specials. The restaurant endeavours to cater for most allergens, food intolerances and dietary requirements to meet your needs where possible. Offering a traditional roast dinner on Sundays alongside a regular menu. The Edgemoor Inn is a member of CAMRA, serving local ales as well other locally-sourced products. There’s disabled access and facilities, as well as an extensive outdoor seating area on the picturesque patio. Visit website
Cockleford, Near Cowley, Cheltenham GL53 9NW
The Green Dragon Inn’s food is freshly-prepared daily by its resident chefs, who take great care to ensure that the quality of the food served is of the highest standard and that menus are able to provide something for the most discerning palate or for the most difficult child! Light meals and sandwiches are served lunchtimes Monday to Saturday only. To complement its food The Green Dragon Inn offers a wine list from Europe and around the world, notable for its range and value. It prides itself on having a good selection of fine ales: Butcombe, Hooky, Doom Bar and guest ales as well as ciders. Visit website
Watersmeet, Hartpury, Gloucester GL19 3BT
A roaring log fire during the winter months makes The Watersmeet an ideal location for both business and pleasure. Family-run and a newly refreshed decor with lake views from the bar and garden so you can soak up the views until sunset. The food menu offers a varied selection, from home-made pies to locally-sourced steaks, also catering for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free, not forgetting the famous Sunday roast. This free house offers a choice of lagers, ales, ciders and wines. Visit website
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