Good Hotel Guide Review
‘This is indeed a lively community pub,’ write trusted readers, urging a promotion from the Shortlist for Kate Lewis and Chris York’s popular pub-with-rooms. An inn since 1781, it ‘has been recently refurbished out of Farrow and Ball’s catalogue’. At ground level, ‘lovely window boxes brim with flowers’. Bedrooms in soothing browns, creams and greens occupy ‘an oldish but beautifully refurbished building just across a path leading to the garden’. A spectacular luxury suite has a super-king-size bed, a living room and mezzanine twin beds, an in-room roll-top bath, an en suite walk-in shower. The smallest room was, yes, small, ‘but had a very cute en suite shower room’, Bramley toiletries, ‘everything needed for a two-night stay’. Food is served in the beamed, wood-floored restaurant and the bar with upcycled furniture, a piano and vintage jukebox. A ‘tsunami’ of locals overwhelmed the service on one night, but ‘the very good staff kept smiling and chatting through the turmoil’. A ‘well-cooked burger’ and a ‘simply lovely rump steak’ were better liked than pan-fried hake with wild garlic pesto. At breakfast there was ‘wonderful eggs Benedict’, ‘proper’ local ham. (David Birnie)
1 Cirencester Road
6, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year except 1 week Jan.
bar, restaurant, private dining/meeting room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), large garden, boules, bicycle storage, bar and garden wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in bar and restaurant, monthly live music sessions.
all ages welcomed.
allowed (no charge).
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £90–£190. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings usually refused Fri and Sat.