Good Hotel Guide Review
Tables are set for some seriously good dining at Andrew and Gaynor Riley’s restaurant-with-rooms, occupying the former showroom of Sir Gordon Russell, wartime pioneer of utility furniture, in a picture-postcard Cotswold village. In the years since our inspector found Russell’s tip-top in every respect, we have heard no dissenting word. Immaculate bedrooms have a smart natural-stone bathroom with luxury toiletries. A spacious suite has exposed stone and timbers, a spa bath and walk-through shower, with no hint of make-do-and-mend. Nor will you need ration books at lunch and dinner, when Jorge Santos uses local produce, Cotswold meats and game in such dishes as pan-fried guineafowl breast in Parma ham with pistachio-crumb confit leg, pickled beluga and tarragon jus. Items on the veggie menu might include Vale of Evesham asparagus or wild mushroom and spinach pithivier. But, for days when only fish and chips will do, Russell’s also has a first-rate chippy nearby, serving the usual fried fish, plus a catch of the day, prawn cocktail and lemon and herb squid. ‘Delicious fishcakes’ were ‘efficiently served’. Reports, please.
20 High Street
7. 3 in adjoining building, 2 on ground floor.
all year, restaurant closed Sun evening and bank holiday Mon.
residents’ lounge, bar, restaurant, private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), patio (heating, meal service), restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible.
all ages welcomed, under-2s stay free.
allowed in certain bedrooms, some areas of restaurant.
per room B&B £140–£300. Set dinner (Mon–Fri) £25–£29, à la carte £55, vegan £32. 1-night bookings refused weekends.