Our favourite Cotswold pubs in walking distance of a great holiday home
Once the beating heart of rural communities and the centre of village life, the local pub was an important and hugely integral part of the countryside. Dotted throughout the Cotswolds you’ll find an abundance of charming local pubs offering a warm welcome, delicious food, and in some cases, a little step back in time.
Discover cosy inns, where you can spend evenings by a roaring fire, traditional establishments where it’s all about the beer, and stylish and contemporary gastro pubs where there is a strong focus on fabulous local, seasonal produce. Whether you’re looking for a restorative ale after a blustery walk over the hills, a lovely spot for a special occasion or family celebration, or a romantic meal in front of a blazing log fire, there is a Cotswold pub for you.
We’ve done a little research (well someone had to) to seek out some of our favourites. You’ll find these below along with the cottages that are within a three-mile radius. The majority however, are just a short stroll from the pub front door. For even more options have a look at all of our properties near a pub.
The Bull, Charlbury
Located in the pretty Cotswold village of Charlbury, the Bull is a charming, family-friendly pub offering a seasonal menu featuring favourite local suppliers. The Sunday night pizza’s curated by the Sicilian pizza chef are a real favourite.
Hub of the village for more than 300 years, the Ebrington Arms is a beautiful 17th century pub that ticks all the boxes if you are looking for the quintessential English pub. Known locally as the ‘Yubberton Arms’, pop in for a quick drink with the locals or linger a little longer and stay for dinner.
The New Inn, Coln Saint Aldwyn
The New Inn is the local village pub and a thriving 16th century coaching inn. Inside there are hidden nooks and crannies and an open fire, whilst outside is a lovely garden with rural views. We have it on good authority that the cocktails are particularly special.
The Fleece Inn, Bretforton
The Fleece Inn is a rare breed. It was the first pub to be owned by the National Trust and is steeped in history. When the gun-powder plotters rode past on their ill-fated attempt to blow up the houses of parliament, it was already 200 years old. Expect good food, a very warm welcome, folk music on a Thursday night and various quirky happenings including asparagus auctions, apple and ale festivals and rural events.
Cottages close to The Fleece Inn: Old Fox Cottage
The Lion Inn, Winchcombe
Sitting in the heart of historic Winchcombe, the Lion is a 15th century coaching inn offering frequently changing menus and you are welcome to bring your four-legged friends if using the snug, bar, and garden.
Catherine Wheel, Bibury
The Catherine Wheel is a family-run pub in the Cotswold village of Bibury, probably best known for the much-photographed cottages of Arlington Row. Relax in the sunshine with a cold beer or cosy up in front of the fire and enjoy a meal from the traditional menu of pub classics.
The Chequers, Churchill
Known for excellent food and locally brewed ales, the Chequers is a blend of rustic-charm and superb dining. Popular with visitors and locals alike, you never know who you’ll find propping up the bar to chat to.
Cottages close to The Chequers: Monument Cottage
Fox Inn, Broadwell
The Fox Inn is a hidden gem that sits in a quiet spot a few miles from Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh. It’s family run and family-friendly (including your four-legged friends). Loved by locals and visitors in equal measure, this is where you can enjoy classic pub meals, a great Sunday lunch, and local beers from the Donnington brewery, which is just three miles down the road.
Cottages close to the Fox Inn: Poppy Cottage
Kings Head, Bledington
This long, low pretty Cotswold stone pub has a picture-perfect setting on the village green in Bledington. Dating back to the 16th century, you can expect atmospheric interiors, delicious food, and a super range of real ales.
Cottages close to the Kings Head: Five Bells Garden Cottage
The Boxing Hare, Swerford
The Boxing Hare is delightful stone-built pub, and is a well-loved and well-known real foodie hot spot. Stone walls, old beams and exceptional food come together seamlessly with attention to detail and great service. If the weather is being kind there’s a fabulous garden for al fresco dining.