Good Hotel Guide Review
Overlooking the green in a Cotswolds village, and decked with hanging baskets, this pretty pub-with-rooms was in the doldrums before two local families took it on and spruced it up. The perfect pub essence is now distilled in a bar with beams, flagstones, exposed stone walls and battered leather armchairs drawn up to an inglenook. ‘The welcome was lovely, staff were friendly, helpful and efficient, and made sure everyone was enjoying themself,’ trusted readers wrote. Country-chic bedrooms are home to a mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. One has a half-tester bed. A couple have sloping ceilings that reduce usable space. All have percolator coffee, biscuits and Temple Spa toiletries. ‘Very good food’ is served in the bar, the mezzanine dining area and outside. Gareth Rufus’s menus range from pub classics and Sunday roasts to such dishes as pan-fried bream with mussel beurre blanc sauce. Breakfast brings real orange juice, porridge with Cotswold honey, Wye valley smoked salmon, home-baked bread. Shakespeare’s Stratford is eight miles away. Your dog is welcome in the bar but not the dining area. (S and JJ)
8. 4 in extension, 1 on ground floor.
snug, bar, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, garden (alfresco dining), bar wheelchair accessible, toilet not adapted.
all day in public areas.
all ages welcomed, travel cots and Z-beds.
allowed in bar and on patio only.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £112–£130, double £120–£190. À la carte £32. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
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