Food at Bell at Sapperton, Cotswolds, England

Bell at Sapperton

This award-winning pub is worth the drive to Gloucestershire for the crispy belly of Old Spot pork. And in the summer, voluptuous flower beds of lavender mean the garden smells incredible.

Café 53

The eccentric Café 53 in Tetbury is one of those quintessential English countryside spots that wouldn't exist anywhere but here. A completely congenial place, the café is open all day and serves dishes ranging from slices of cake and brownies to paninis and salads—alongside a healthy amount of tea, of course. The greenhouse–like space feels cheerful and bright even on rainy days, and when the sun is shining, there is a glorious back garden with tables. Check the website for occasional special suppers and culinary events.

Carpenters Arms

Follow the Windrush downstream for a worldly lunch of Pacific oysters with Chardonnay vinegar and whole lemon sole with shrimp in basil and pine nut butter, all cooked by the former chef for the Saudi royal family.

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Horse & Groom

Deftly run by brothers Will and Tom Greenstock, Horse & Groom is renowned for its finger-licking good puddings—don’t miss Mrs. G’s toffee meringue. The blackboard menu changes daily, but there are lots of homemade soups, fish and hearty meat dishes. You can also stay here in surprisingly chic rooms.

Dinning Area at Howard Arms, Cotswolds, England

Howard Arms

Located on the village green, with Old Hooky on tap and beef, ale and mustard pie on the table, Howards Arms features fires raging in fireplaces, local gossip and incredibly delicious food.

Exterior View - Kingham Plough, Cotswolds, England

Kingham Plough

Once voted “England’s favourite village,” the Kingham Plough pub boasts a head chef who worked for two years for Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck. And the come-hither local-cheese board—Oxford Blue, Cotswold Brie, and tangy Kingham Green—is not to be missed.

Food at Kings Arms, Cotswolds, England

Kings Arms

Just across the high street from the Feathers Hotel, this bistro is perfect for a quick bite of spiced poached pear and Oxford Isis (a honey-and-mead-washed soft cheese). Or come for lunch after a visit to Blenheim Palace, once home to Winston Churchill.

Exterior View - Le Champignon Sauvage, Cotswolds, England

Le Champignon Sauvage

With two Michelin stars, Le Champignon Sauvage serves the most serious supper in the Cotswolds, with properly thrilling gourmet food.

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Made by Bob

A relaxed café with a large open kitchen, Made by Bob is a perfect spot for a casual lunch or afternoon tea. The menu here changes daily based on the best seasonal local ingredients available, and features a lot of imported Italian produce. Open for breakfast through lunch, the eatery encourages guests to stop by for fresh pastries. The restaurant is open for dinner only on Friday nights, when it serves refined dishes in a cozy atmosphere.

Interiors at Potting Shed Pub, Cotswolds, England

Potting Shed Pub

This classic English pub is the perfect lunch spot, featuring a seasonal menu that changes monthly. Traditional British cuisine featured is made with quality ingredients sourced from all of Great Britain. After your meal, wander through the pub's many acres of land, which include apple trees and a vegetable and herb garden.

Swan Inn

Fresh bread delivered from Hufkin’s of Burford, vegetables from the Evesham Vale, game and smoked meats from the neighboring estate and Aberdeen Angus beef from the owner’s uncle’s farm—you can’t get more locally sourced than this. And in the bar, there is organic cider and Cotswolds Organic Lager.

The Falkland Arms

The Falkland Arms, a 16th-century building with a welcoming bar and a cozy fireplace to sample the wide selection of whiskies and beers, has much in common with the other gastropubs and modernised coaching inns around the Cotswolds. One exception however is that while well-behaved children are welcome in the garden, indoors is a strictly adults-only environment, so if you require peace and quiet and the lull of grown up conversation to accompany your excellent meal, you’ll find that here.

This pub is also remarkable for its respect for old traditions: it sells snuff, pipe tobacco and clay pipes behind the bar so you can truly play the part of an English country gent for the evening.

The food supports this ethos. It’s certainly not pub grub, but it is hearty and the produce has impeccable provenance. Think homemade chicken, pork and brandy paté, gravlax with beetroot mousse or garlic king prawns to start, followed by catch of the day or local lamb rump steak. At lunchtimes there are also sandwiches and a traditional Ploughman’s Lunch or a butcher’s board with handmade pork pies, which you can munch on while enjoying the lovely views over the neighboring Great Tew estate.

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The Five Alls at Filkins

The Five Alls comes with a great pedigree: Kate Moss and the Camerons eat here (it is only a 10-minute drive from Burford, the village many of the Cotswolds ‘set’ live in and around). The chef-patron, Sebastian Snow, previously ran the kitchen at the award-winning nearby Swan at Southrop.

Snow opened the Five Alls with his wife Lana, and they have kept the proper British pub going along with two relaxed and charming restaurant areas plus the garden to eat in when the weather is forgiving. Expect some pub classics: Fish and Chips and Steak and Kidney pie, alongside plentiful seafood dishes and much inspiration from the family’s Italian heritage: Ravioli of crab, Coconut, salt cod and chili, fritto misto, sea bream with salmoriglio, and a children’s menu. The cocktail list includes a grapefruit and prosecco Mojito and a passion fruit bellini.

There are four cozy and good value rooms if you want to stay the night, and the Five Alls checks all the boxes whether you’re looking for a big unday lunch or a refined meal.

Private Dining at The Kings, Cotswolds, England

The Kings

Tuck into steak and kidney sausages and bubble and squeak (a traditional English vegetable dish) in this lovely spot outfitted in oversize, paneled church pews and antique wooden tables. Or opt for something a little more sophisticated, such as seared tuna steak or wild mushroom risotto.

Dining Area at The Tavern, Cotswolds, England

The Tavern

Perfect for a quick bite or drinks in Cheltenham, The Tavern is set a short walk away from the city's shopping thoroughfare, the Promenade. With a large bar and an extensive carefully selected beer and cocktail menu, the trendy place features a menu of modern American and British cuisine, though with a hint of Asian influence. Highlights include the blackened salmon noodles and the tuna and cucumber sliders.

Food at The Wheatsheaf, Cotswolds, England

The Wheatsheaf

When the Wheatsheaf Inn opened in the lovely Cotswolds village of Northleach in 2011, it adopted the best traditions of historical coaching inns. Its superb selection of ales, convivial atmosphere and excellent food have made it an instant hit with the cool Cotswolds set, many of whom bring along their dogs when they come for a drink or a bite by the fireplace. The restaurant also functions as an inn, and there are comfortable, if basic, rooms upstairs.

Wild Duck Inn

With a pretty courtyard canopied by a huge apple tree, the Wild Duck Inn is the place to pop in for a lunch of Gloucester Old Spot ham salad or a Ploughman’s Platter.

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