ReviewsThe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.