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.
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?