Reviews

Montpellier Chapter

The Montpellier Chapter is a stylish boutique hotel in the trendy Montpellier part of Cheltenham. For value for money, great atmosphere and a welcoming service you can't go wrong with this trendy hotel restaurant.



The Dormy House Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Cotswold countryside just outside the picturesque village of Broadway, the Dormy House is as charming and indulgent as the website promises it will be. Inside the feel is welcoming and warm with inviting lounges either side of the entrance, both perfectly equipped with enticing sofas and board games.

The Angel - Burford

Whether you're after a good dinner or just a drink in comfortable traditional country pub surroundings, The Angel in Burford should be right up your street. The fact that it's slightly away from the hustle and bustle of Burford high street is what makes it such a delight, it's able to maintain a certain charm just off the main tourist trail.


Upton Smokery

Upton Smokery is one of the Cotswold’s little gems; a treasure trove of top notch food and drink. As the name suggests the core range of their products are smoked, including some mighty fine salmon and trout as well as duck and chicken. With their ever expanding range of products we recommend you get on down and to check it out pronto.

Organic Farm Shop

A farm shop should be just that, a shop on a farm. Not a pretty boutique display of vegetables which clearly haven't been grown on site or even within a five mile radius. Thankfully the Organic Farm Shop just outside Cirencester is what a true farm shop should be.

Lords of the Manor

Nestled in the Cotswold village of Upper Slaughter is the Lords of the Manor Hotel. Befitting the hotel's name we decided to pop in for high tea. As expected with such an establishment the staff were warm and welcoming. Ushered through to a lounge, our adjacent sofas looked out over the garden and to picturesque fields beyond.



The King's Arms - Woodstock

Woodstock has a great choice of good eateries to choose from; Brothertons, The Bear Hotel to name a couple, but honestly, next time your in this quintessentially English village go check out the Kings Arms. You'll be pleasantly surprised.


Kingham Plough

Despite being only a small village Kingham is getting a bit of a foodie name for itself; it’s home to Alex James’ goats cheese farm, it hosts the Big Feastival, Daylesford Organic farm is just round the corner and The Wild Rabbit – a Daylesford owned pub has just recently opened to positive reviews.

The Kingham Plough is owned by Emily Watkins who as Head Chef, some of you may recognise as a name from the BBC’s Great British Menu.

Maytime Inn - Asthall

Driving along the Windrush Valley between Witney and Burford the villages in between boast some pretty darn good pubs. Crawley has The Lamb, and both Minster Lovell and Swinbrook have a Swan; the latter has an excellent reputation which I reviewed recently.

Asthall is another one of those pretty little villages that sits in the valley on the Windrush. I'm happy to report that Asthall has the Maytime Inn which stands up to the quality consistent along the river.

Lunch at the Crazy Bear

Set in the quiet village of Stadhampton a few miles South West of Oxford, sits the vibrant restaurant slash country pub slash hotel called the Crazy Bear. The feel of the place is most definitely country, yet somehow, once inside, it could be as at home in the centre of London as it does in the middle of Oxfordshire.





Suwanna Thai - Witney

A bit of the break from the normal places I review, but I thought Thai restaurant Suwanna in Witney deserved a write up for both its tasty food and friendly service. The lady serving us, who I was told was Suwanna herself was welcoming and efficient.





Steak night at the Fleece

Friday night is steak night at The Fleece in Witney. Placed on the pretty church green, The Fleece has a lot going for it; cosy in the winter with occasional live jazz and cool in the summer when you can enjoy the picturesque view from the outside tables.

The Swan at Swinbrook

Situated on the outskirts of the Cotswolds, Swinbrook is one of those idyllic English villages  with quaint stone houses and a cricket ground so quintessentially charming you could still be in the 1920’s. Swinbrook is also home to The Swan, a traditional Inn owned by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire; the last surviving Mitford sister. Swinbrook is also home to The Swan, a traditional Inn owned by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire; the last surviving Mitford sister.



The Pig at Brockenhurst

For a special anniversary meal we took the folks to The Pig in Brockenhurst. With an emphasis on local food, the menu provides a who's who of local producers.  



Three Horseshoes pub - Witney

It’s cool and relaxing in the summer and cosy and warming in the winter with the log fires and low hung ceilings, making it the perfect spot for a pint of decent ale or a glass of Pimms. What makes the Horseshoes even more special is the constant stream of delicious home cooked food. They regularly host a number of specials, all with their own distinct theme.


Brookes Restaurant - Oxford

A great display of up and coming talent from the students of Oxford Brookes University. Reviewed by guest writer, Gemma Sills, she shares what the restaurant had too offer.