Good Hotel Guide Review
Shakespeare was at work up the road in Stratford when this inn was built, overlooking the green in a ‘lovely’ Cotswolds village. In 2015 two families took it over to rescue it from decline, and love’s labours have not been lost. It is ‘the perfect village pub’, with ‘log fires, nooks and crannies. . . a great atmosphere’. Bedrooms have a mix of antique and new furnishings, some are in a modern annexe. Main pub rooms are more quaint, and sloping ceilings in three of them restrict the space. No such problem in the charming Old Beam Room (shower only); all other rooms have a bath and shower. Extras include a coffee percolator, gingerbread, Temple Spa toiletries. In the mezzanine dining area, with a ‘beautiful arched window’ on to the green, Gareth Rufus cooks pub classics and more inventive dishes (pan-fried chicken breast, chorizo, sautéed potatoes, purple sprouting, tomato coulis; pan-fried stone bass, warm niçoise salad, poached egg, lemon dressing). At breakfast there is freshly squeezed orange juice, ‘an especially good cooked selection’. ‘We’ll return when we’re back seeing anything at the RSC.’ Try to catch the local Morris dancers, with Britain’s oldest hobby horse. (S and JJ)
8. 4 in extension, 1 on ground floor.
snug, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, 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–£160. À la carte £32. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
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