British Travels: Highlights of Where We Ate During our One Month Trip to Britain – The Cotswolds


After every trip, we always share a list of the places we ate. This time around, the list is rather large because were in the UK for so long (33 days). So, this is not an exhaustive list of every single place we ate, but rather a list of the highlights. We don’t need to share every time we ate fast food or had a horrible meal.

But we’ll share the meals we loved and the meals that were the worst so you can avoid the places. This section is shorter than the last because we were only in the Cotswolds for a week (not long enough!) and we ate in more.

This article will be divided into three parts: London, Dorset and the Cotswolds to reflect the three geographic locations we stayed near. The London section is over on our sister site, Londontopia.

Highlights of Where we ate in London

Highlights of Where we ate while staying in Dorset

The Fleece Inn – Hillesley

This pub was located in the nearest village to where we were staying in the Cotswolds. It’s a special place actually – the pub is village owned. It was saved from closure by the local villages and run as a cooperative so that the village doesn’t lose their cultural heart. The food is very good – we very much enjoyed our meal. You can tell, though, they don’t get many outsiders. It’s very much a ‘local’ pub and it can feel rather uncomfortable at first as you fell like you’re intruding. You’ll still get a warm welcome and the food is almost gourmet.

The Cross Hands – Old Sodbury

This is located on the roads to Bath and Bristol and it’s an old coaching inn that dates back to the 1400’s. It’s now a pub, restaurant and inn. We ate here for lunch one day and really enjoyed our meal there – along with the atmosphere. We loved it so much, we went to it again when we had a date night away from the kids and had an even better meal. This is the only place we went to twice on our entire trip!

The Slaughters Country Inn – Lower Slaughter

We were taken here for a lovely lunch – honestly it also one of the best meals we had on our trip. We definitely want to go back. Located in Lower Slaughter, this lovely old Cotswold inn and pub is well worth a visit for hearty fare.

Oakham Treasures Cafe – Bristol

Located outside of Bristol, there’s a lovely private museum that features an eclectic collection of retail and farming equipment. We went because Anglotopia Jr loves tractors and they have a ton on display. We ended up loving the place ourselves and had a lovely lunch in the onsite cafe – it’s nothing particularly special but the food is good and it’s not too expensive.

The Singing Teapot – Wotton-under-edge

This place is literally a hole in the wall – there are only 3 tables! But we managed to get a table and had a lovely breakfast. If we’re in the area again, we’ll definitely stop.

The Fox Inn – Hawkesbury Upton

This is a local pub that also has an Italian Restaurant on site – a rather strange combination. While we didn’t have a chance to dine in for a proper dinner, it was the only close pizza place on a night we desperately wanted pizza. Unfortunately, it’s probably the worst pizza we’ve ever had in our lives.

Do you have a favorite restaurant in the Cotswolds? Let us know in the comments?

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  1. avatarDeborah says

    Jonathan, While in the Cotswolds, we enjoy Huffkins Bakery. There is one in Burford, Whitney and Stow-on-the-Wold. Super scones and tea.

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    Jonathan, Perhaps you would be kind enough to share with your readers that there are many wonderful places to eat in the Cotswolds and the best of them are listed in the travel-guide and also described in the narrative of my travel/humour book COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage. Available on Amazon both in E Book and Paperback. Read more and many blog posts about the Cotswolds on my web site

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    The Fleece Inn at Bretforton,Worcestershire,one of the few Pubs Ran /owned by National trust,check out their website! Also—OMG!! The Three ways Hotel,At Mickleton,Gloucestershire,Beautiful village and home of the World Famous “Pudding Club!” VERY Britishly eccentric!! All the old childhood/vintage puds with Lashings of Birds Custard! (Theyve been on tv so many times,Have website,& not far from Stratford on Avon! )

  4. avatarMJ says

    At the Churchill Arms in Paxford, they seem to welcome newcomers! The food was absolutely delicious and we got to try our hand at “Aunt Sally” a local game played outdoors. It consists of throwing a piece of wood at an Aunt Sally “doll” and knocking her head off. It’s far harder than it looks! We stayed in the village, so we came here multiple nights, even if only for a pint. It’s Ab Fab!

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