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Best Pub Food in The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds has a huge selection of places to eat and drink, ranging from sumptuous Michelin-recommended restaurants to simple Pubs with food.

Whether you want a quick delicious meal or a special occasion dinner, you can choose from this collection of the best pub food in the Cotswolds:

The Potting Shed, Crudwell

© The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed prides itself on serving delicious British food created from the finest local seasonal ingredients.

They serve an excellent menu of traditional British pub food with main courses such as Pan-fried Sea Bream, Beer Battered Fish and Chips, Dry Aged Ribeye Steak, and The Potting Shed Burger.

© The Potting Shed

There are vegetarian options such as Cauliflower and Tomato Bake with Gorgonzola, Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad and Twice Baked Double Gloucester Souffle available.

The Potting Shed puddings are a real treat - how about Sticky Toffee Pudding, Rhubarb Fool or Affogato?

© The Potting Shed

There is a lovely Cotswold garden in which you can enjoy your meal, with umbrellas to shade you if the sun is too bright!


The Porch House, Stow-on-the-Wold

© The Porch House

The Porch House is a gorgeous ancient Cotswolds Inn, said to be one of the oldest inns in England - there has been a pub or tavern on the site since 987 AD!

You would expect a traditional pub food menu at a historic place like the Porch House, and you won’t be disappointed!

The lunch menu has classics such as Smoked Salmon Ciabatta, Waldorf Salad, or Chargrilled Chicken Skewers.

© The Porch House

For dinner, the choice includes Steak (Chateaubriand for two to share is available), Filleted Sea Bream with a Nut Crust, and Oxford Ale Battered Haddock and Traditional Chips.

You have a great choice of places to dine in The Porch House: the opulent conservatory, the beautiful garden terrace, the rustic restaurant or the traditional British pub area.

The Porch House serves breakfast (for residents), lunch and dinner every day, including a delicious selection of roasts on Sundays. 


The Angel at Burford

© The Angel at Burford

The Angel’s award-winning kitchen serves delicious seasonal dishes that are exactly what you would expect to find in a traditional Cotswold pub.

The pub has been run by the same family, the Kings, since 2011 and is known for its rustic charm, friendly welcome and delicious food.

© The Angel at Burford

The delicious menu has all the classics such as ‘Hooky’ Battered Fish and Chips, Chargrilled Chicken Breast, Pie of the Day and Sirloin or Fillet Steak.

There’s a blackboard in the pub showing the seasonal daily specials and Sunday roasts.

The tempting puddings include treats such as Salted Caramel Affogato, Baked Vanilla Cheesecake and a Cheeseboard with 3 cheeses and red onion marmalade.

© The Angel at Burford

If the weather is cold and wet, you can take your meal in front of the cosy open fire, but in the summer months you can enjoy the walled garden and sun terrace, a welcome retreat from the busy world outside. 


The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach

© The Wheatsheaf Inn

The Wheatsheaf Inn is an ancient 17th century pub situated in the quaint Cotswold town of Northleach. The inn has wonderful historic rooms with original beams and exposed brickwork - you’ll really be able to soak up the atmosphere of the Cotswolds whilst eating your meal.

The chefs at The Wheatsheaf use the best fresh local produce to create a sumptuous traditional seasonal British menu in keeping with the traditional atmosphere of the pub.

The main menu has starters such as Twice Bake Souffle, Crispy Squid, Cornish Mussels and Garden Pea and Mint Soup.

The mains courses include salads such as Caesar Salad or Tabbouleh, main dishes such as Burford Estate Pigeon Wellington or Tamworth Pork chop, and Prime Steak cooked on the Grill.

They have a pizza menu (served on the terrace on weekend evenings) which has the classics such as Ham and Portobello mushroom, Margherita, Anchovy, and hot Smoked Salmon.

Not forgetting the pudding menu, of course, featuring mouthwatering treats such as Sticky Date Pudding, Summer Berry Mess or Blackberry and Pear Crumble Top Pie.

The Wheatsheaf has a beautiful pub garden in which to enjoy your food if the weather is cooperating when you visit!


The Swan, Ascott under Wychwood

© Country Creatures / The Swan Inn

This is the most iconic Cotswold village pub you could hope to find - situated in a  beautiful setting in a gorgeous Cotswold village, it has lovely golden stone walls and original exposed wooden beams inside.

The Swan’s menu is also a traditional British affair, with classic dishes such as Beer Battered Haddock and Chips, Poached Chicken with Summer Vegetables and Mash, Salads, and Burgers from the Grill.

© Country Creatures / The Swan Inn

Desserts include delicious treats such as Summer Pudding with Clotted Cream, and Jaffa Cake Chocolate Pudding with Pistachio Ice Cream.

There are many places within the pub to enjoy your meal - the delightful garden terrace, the light and airy conservatory, or the traditional pub area with exposed beams and splendid wallpaper.

If you’re in Ascott under Wychwood on a Sunday you’ll be able to enjoy The Swan’s Sunday Luch menu, with a choice of roasts such as Salt Aged Glenarm Longhorn Sirloin of Beef, or Garlic Studded Leg of Marsh Lamb.



The Killingworth Castle, Wootton near Woodstock

© Killingworth Castle

The Killingworth Castle (nicknamed The Killy) is a delightful traditional country pub where you can enjoy 2 AA rosette and Michelin-recommended exceptional food in wonderful historic surroundings.

It was built in 1637 by Thomas Killingworth, and has a varied and interesting history. The current owners are Jim and Claire Alexander, who have restored the pub to its former glory.

The menu at The Killy is traditional Pub Food with flair - dishes such as Cornish Plaice with Cockles and Pork Belly with Scallop. There are also some great vegetarian options such as Kohlrabi with Baby Globe Artichoke, and Courgette Flower with Goats Curd.

© Killingworth Castle

The puddings are similarly imaginative - treats such as Raspberry Souffle with Meadowsweet Ice Cream, Vanilla Iced Mousse, Raspberry and Elderflower Sorbet.

If you can’t decide between all of the delicious dishes on the main menu, there is also a tasting menu where you can enjoy a bit of everything. There are 5 courses on the lunch tasting menu, and 7 courses on the dinner one!

Don’t forget the Killingworth Castle Sunday Roast menu - with a selection of traditional roasts and vegetarian alternatives.


The Ebrington Arms, Ebrington

© Ebrington Arms

The Ebrington Arms is a cosy Cotswold pub with a fantastic quaint building set in a sleepy honey-coloured village which is within easy reach of nearby Chipping Campden.

The Ebrington Arms serves typical British Pub Food, with starters such as Crispy Squid and Beansprout Salad, Hot Smoked Salmon Nicoise and Baked Camembert to share. 

Their mains feature dishes such as Beer Battered Haddock Fillet, Grilled Flat Iron Chicken, Pan Fried Seabream and Steak.

There’s a choice of delicious classic puddings such as Eaton Mess, Sticky Toffee Pudding and White Chocolate Pannacotta.

It also has an extensive wine list with wines to suit all palettes.

Each Sunday lunchtime the Ebrington Arms serves a great selection of roast meats, and also a vegetarian option of Chestnut Mushroom, Butternut & Spinach Pie.



The Kings Head Inn, Bledington

© The Kings Head Inn

What more could you ask for when looking for the perfect Cotswold Inn? A gorgeous 16th-century sandstone building standing on the beautiful village green, with a traditional bar with exposed wooden beams and a welcoming friendly atmosphere.

The King’s Head is known for its great situation (easy to reach from nearby Chipping Norton), and also for its delicious food. They have a seasonal menu that features hearty English pub food with a twist, using locally sourced seasonal produce (wherever possible).

© The Kings Head Inn

The King’s Head Menu has starters such as Twice Baked Double Gloucester Souffle, Goats cheese with Saffron, Sweet Pepper & Tapenade Tart, and Chicory, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad.

The main courses include dishes such as Crispy Duck Leg with Layered Potato and Seasonal greens, Hook Norton Beer Battered Haddock Fillet and Dry Aged Sirloin Steak with Truffle Wedges.



The Wild Rabbit, Kingham 

© The Wild Rabbit

The Wild Rabbit in Kingham is a historic Cotswolds building with all of the modern luxuries. The beauty of the Cotswold stone, flagstone floors and exposed beams, a dining room serving classic pub food featuring seasonal local ingredients, and luxurious rooms, should you wish to stay the night.

The dining room is light and airy and is open to the kitchen, so you can enjoy watching the chefs prepare your food. They use the freshest local ingredients - many of which are sourced from their own market garden.

The a la carte menu is served in the dining room for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday, and if you want to sample the full range of food on offer, the tasting menu (with 6 courses) is available for dinner on those days.

© The Wild Rabbit

If you want simpler pub food, you can eat on the outdoor terrace, which has its own menu. If the weather is too rainy, you can enjoy the bar snack menu in the cosy bar sitting by an open fire.

The a la carte menu has impressive dishes such as Herb-crusted Daylesford Organic Lamb Saddle and Bouillabaisse of Stone Bass, Squid & Cod’s Cheek with Saffron Onion, Sea Vegetables and Fennel.

The Terrace Menu has dishes such as Beef Burger with Adlestrop Cheese, Filled Flatbreads and Roast Salmon Salad.

Don’t forget that the Wild Rabbit serves a delicious classic Sunday Lunch (including a choice of roasts, and a special roast of the week) in the dining room every Sunday from 12 until 2:30.



Double Red Duke, Clanfield

© Country Creatures / Double Red Duke

The Double Red Duke is the sister pub to The Swan Inn at Ascott Under Wychwood, and provides an equally traditional and delicious Cotswold pub dining experience.

A special feature of the Double Red Duke is the Chef’s Counter, where you sit right in the centre of the action and watch the team of chefs cook over an open wood and charcoal grill. 

The Double Red Duke has two menus - the main a la carte menu, and the pub grub menu.

The Main Menu has small plates such as Diver Scallops with Parsley & Garlic Butter, Devilled Kidneys on Toast and Brixham Crab, Rye Brioche & Pickled Kohlrabi; and large plates such as

© Country Creatures / Double Red Duke

Fish & Chips, King Oyster Mushroom, Borlotti Beans & Artichokes, Piri Piri Chicken and Marinated Spiced Lamb with Courgettes & Anchovy.

The Pub Grub Menu has simpler dishes such as Crispy Dublin Bay Scampi with Lemon Mayonnaise, DRD cheeseburger and Margherita Pizza.

The Double Red Duke is known for its delicious Sunday lunch menu with traditional roasts such as Chargrilled Sirloin of Beef or Spit Roast Pork Belly or Chicken.


I hope you’re tempted by the selection of pub food we have here, so you’ll know where to book your lunch or dinner when you next visit the Cotswolds.


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