Enjoy a drink in the best pubs in the Cotswolds

Days out, Food and Drink

Posted by Kate A on 6th March 2020

Enjoy a drink in a Cotswolds pub

Peppered amongst the rolling fields, windy lanes and golden villages of the beautiful Cotswolds are the kind of enchanting country pubs that you can only dream of stumbling across. Roaring fires, low wooden beams, local brews and hearty homecooked food are just some of the charming things you will discover in the region’s best alehouses.

We have chosen a few of our favourite pubs in the Cotswolds where you can enjoy a chilled pint in a beer garden with a view, or tuck into a delicious dinner by a warm fire. Many allow dogs and some even welcome your horse too! If any take your fancy and you haven’t already found somewhere to stay, just click the button below to explore our full collection of holiday cottages in the Cotswolds.

The Ebrington Arms, Chipping Campden

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Quench your thirst with: a Yubby Bitter, Yubby Goldie or Yawnie Bitter, three of the pub’s own craft beers.

The Ebrington Arms
The Ebrington Arms credit: Instagram @theebringtonarms

 

Creaking with atmosphere, this award-winning establishment has been serving the chocolate-box village of Ebrington since the 1640s. Step inside and you’ll soon see why The Ebrington Arms is celebrated as one of the best pubs in the Cotswolds. Beneath its cosy low beams, well-worn armchairs and settles strewn with plump cushions beckon by the open fire, where you can recline with a pint of one of the pub’s own-brewed Yubberton ales before retreating to the restaurant for dinner.

When the sun is shining, the country tavern’s large grassy beer garden is one of the best places to enjoy a spot of lunch, complemented by a cool glass of wine supplied by independent growers, including the Cotswolds’ own Little Oak Vineyard. There is also a great range of live music throughout the year.

The Ebrington Arms
The Ebrington Arms credit: Instagram @theebringtonarms

 

🐕Dog friendly? Dogs are allowed in the bar area and the garden.

🍽Do they serve food? From pub classics on the blackboard to more elaborate dishes on the à la carte menu, dishes are beautifully presented and packed with local flavour using Soil Association certified organic ingredients.

📞Contact details: May Ln, Ebrington, Chipping Campden, GL55 6NH. Tel. 01386 593223.

🛏Stay nearby at: Florence Cottage, sleeps 4 + 1 dog.

Nearby Chipping Campden cottages

The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

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Quench your thirst with: a bottle of organic Bordeaux or Burgundy from the pub’s exceptional cellar, or an award-winning vintage from their sister estate in Provence, Château Léoube.

The Wild Rabbit
The Wild Rabbit credit: Instagram @thewildrabbitkingham

 

Often dubbed the poshest pub in Britain, The Wild Rabbit is owned by Lady Bamford, founder of Daylesford Organic Farm. This 18th-century country inn is set within the idyllic village of Kingham and is as ravishing inside as its picture-postcard surroundings. The décor is immaculate, with stripped back, golden stone walls, a timber-beamed bar, hand-crafted furniture, potted herbs on the tables, antique dressers displaying Scandi-style pottery, taxidermy hares and ceramic rabbits, and roaring open fires.

Sink into one of the squidgy worn-leather sofas and soak up the rustic surroundings with a Hook Norton cask ale or a dry cider made using leftover apples from the estate, or unwind with an ice-cold G&T on the terrace on a bright and sunny day. One of the reasons why this is one of the best Cotswolds pubs, is due to its carefully curated menu which makes the most of the estate’s superb seasonal, organic ingredients, with game featuring heavily during the colder months.

The Wild Rabbit
The Wild Rabbit credit: Instagram @thewildrabbitkingham

 

🐕Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome on the front and back terrace, as well as the bar area.

🍽Do they serve food? The organic dishes are about as far from traditional pub grub as you can get; elegant, deliciously seasonal and chock-full of local ingredients.

📞Contact details: Church St, Kingham, Chipping Norton, OX7 6YA. Tel. 01608 658389.

🛏Stay nearby at: Bookman's Cottage, sleeps 4.

Nearby Kingham cottages

Horse and Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill

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Quench your thirst with: a Cotswolds Dry Gin, crafted in the local distillery just 9 miles away.

Horse and Groom
Horse and Groom credit: Instagram @monitoress

 

Perched atop a hill in the picture-postcard village of Bourton-on-the-Hill, with epic views over the rolling countryside, the Horse and Groom offers all the laidback charm of a true Cotswolds country pub. Bursting with character, this Grade II-listed Georgian inn of honey-coloured stone exudes friendliness and warmth, with its exposed wooden beams, flagstone floors, mismatched furniture and blazing log fires.

After a frosty winter ramble, pull up a comfy stool at the bar and join the locals for a cask ale or snuggle into one of the pine settles or cushioned window seats with a local farm cider. Warm summer days are perfect for bagging a seat on one of the picnic benches in the perfectly manicured garden and sipping a refreshing Cotswolds gin under a parasol, while soaking up the views of the green and pleasant land beyond.

Horse and Groom
Horse and Groom credit: Instagram @jaycrdf

 

🐕Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome in the main bar area and garden.

🍽Do they serve food? There is a seasonally inspired menu based on local Cotswold suppliers as well as fresh fruit and veg from their garden.

📞Contact details: Bourton-on-the-Hill, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9AQ. Tel. 01386 700413.

🛏Stay nearby at: Blockley Waterside, sleeps 6 + 2 dogs.

Seven Tuns Inn, Chedworth

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Quench your thirst with: a pint of Seven Tuns Bitter – fruity with a lovely hoppy finish.

Seven Tuns Inn
Seven Tuns Inn credit: Instagram @maltamatt

 

A handsome old place, this 17th-century Cotswolds village pub is renowned for its countryside charm, real ales and brilliant menu. At the Seven Tuns Inn, chilly days are perfect for curling up with a pint of Goffs Winter Ale and a newspaper by the fire, while clement afternoons are best enjoyed under the shade of the weeping willow on the terrace, with a chilled glass of wine and your four-legged friend by your feet.

Popular with loyal locals, ramblers, horse riders and visitors alike, this is certainly one of the top pubs in the Cotswolds. If you’re feeling peckish, the restaurant, with its large oak beams and bags of rural character, offers a delectable menu of the finest local produce accompanied by a choice of 180 different bottles of wine from 15 different countries, local ale and a selection of whiskies from the Cotswolds, Scotland and Japan.

Seven Tuns Inn
Seven Tuns Inn credit: Instagram @seventunschedworth

 

🐕Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome in the bar and garden, and there are treats available on the bar.

🍽Do they serve food? Choose from a mouth-watering menu which changes seasonally to reflect the flavours found at each time of the year.

📞Contact details: Queen St, Chedworth, Cheltenham, GL54 4AE. Tel. 01285 720630.

🛏Stay nearby at: Emma's Cottage, sleeps 4 + 1 dog.

Nearby Chedworth cottages

The Bell at Sapperton, Cirencester

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Quench your thirst with: a bottle of vino from the self-service ‘Wine Wall’ which features dozens of carefully sourced wines to take away or drink in, with a small £10 to £20 charge no matter what the bottle is.

The Bell at Sapperton
The Bell at Sapperton credit: Instagram @bellsapperton

 

Nestled in a sleepy village between Stroud and Cirencester, this 250-year-old quintessential Cotswolds pub is a favourite with country walkers, with both two legs and four. Thirsty dogs can lap up brimming bowls of water and there’s dedicated parking to tether your steed should you want to arrive by horseback. With plenty of old-world charm and lots of lovely nooks and crannies to make yourself comfortable, you can see why The Bell at Sapperton is one of the best places for a drink in the Cotswolds.

During the winter months, the pub makes a cosy spot for warming up by the open fire with a hearty ploughman’s and a soothing merlot. Come summer, the courtyard and beautifully landscaped garden is perfect for al fresco dining and fruity glasses of ice-cold Pimm’s.

The Bell at Sapperton
The Bell at Sapperton credit: Instagram @bellsapperton

 

🐕Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome and provided with bowls of water in the bar and garden.

🍽Do they serve food? There is an extensive menu of fresh and delicious homemade food created with local ingredients.

📞Contact details: Sapperton, Cirencester, GL7 6LE. Tel. 01285 760298.

🛏Stay nearby at: The Old Chapel – Sapperton, sleeps 6 + 1 dog

The Angel at Burford, Burford

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Quench your thirst with: a frothy pint of Hooky – the pub showcases this entire range of real ales.

The Angel at Burford
The Angel at Burford credit: Instagram @angelburford

 

With its wonky walls, creaky floors, low ceilings and exposed stonework and beams, this 16th-century Hook Norton Brewery-owned inn is brimming with charm and atmosphere. Flickering fires glow in winter, reflecting on the gleaming copper and brass trinkets – sip a pint of the local Hook Norton ale in one of the cushioned sofas or armchairs listening to the logs crackle in the background.

When spring arrives at The Angel at Burford, you can join the al fresco diners outside in the peaceful courtyard or walled garden adorned with flowers. The pub also boasts a candlelit restaurant if you’re tempted by the menu which offers an imaginative range of seasonal dishes, incorporating game from local estates, great fish dishes and indulgent desserts.

The Angel at Burford
The Angel at Burford credit: Instagram @angelburford

 

🐕Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome everywhere on the premises: in the snug, in the bar, in the cosy restaurant as well as in the large beer garden behind the pub.

🍽Do they serve food? The top-quality menu incorporates traditional classics and fresh fish, and food is served all day.

📞Contact details: 14 Witney St, Burford, OX18 4SN. Tel. 01993 822714.

🛏Stay nearby at: Widford Mill Cottage, sleeps 6.

If you're visiting with your dog, be sure to check out our favourite dog-friendly pubs in the Cotswolds too!

If your mouth is watering with the thought of these best pubs in Cotswolds, then why not have a browse of our holiday cottages in the Cotswolds? Some of our accommodation is within walking distance of a welcoming country pub, perfect after a day of sightseeing or adventures in the great outdoors. From cosy chocolate-box cottages for two, to enormous farmhouses filled with entertainment for families, you’re sure to find the perfect setting for your next getaway in this incredible Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Just click the button below!

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