Covering five counties, allowing you to wander through quintessential English villages, the Cotswolds is a perfect place to escape from city life. With honey-coloured towns and quaint villages and plenty of old traditional pubs and cider houses that will worm their way into your hearts. Here are some of the best local pubs that have their home in the Cotswolds.
Local pubs, especially in the Cotswolds, offer an experience not often found in many UK cities. You won't just find low-beamed ceilings, stone and wood, but charm, history and a local-friendly feel hard to replicate in big cities. In colder months, you'll be greeted by a roaring log fire, and all year round, you can expect delicious home-cooked food as well as locally brewed beer and real ales.
Dating back to 947AD, Porch House is widely believed to be one of the oldest pubs in the UK. Rumours have it that the building was once used as a hospice by Aethelmar, Duke of Cornwall. Since then, it has had many facelifts, and at one stage, became an inn. Since then, Porch House has been modernised to offer warm-comfort food, drinks from around the world, and even a place to rest your head.
Dating back to the 17th century, The Rose & Crown in Shilton has the original Cotswold stone build, original beams and two log fires. Loved and supported by local residents, the pub locally sources its ingredients as much as possible. With home-cooked food, draught choices and ale, all you need to do is choose whether to sit inside or out.
The Eight Bells Inn was initially built to house the stonemasons that built the nearby St. James' church in the 14th century. Since then, it has become the perfect stop to explore the Cotswolds. Offering high-quality food, a cosy setting, and the chance to is a proper country pub, serving high-quality, homemade food in a traditional, comfortable environment where you can sip local ales and wines.
Closeby to the picturesque village of Castle Combe, The Salutation Inn was once a toll gate for travellers crossing along The Fosse Way, housing horses overnight while riders rest in the Inn. Now it offers those who visit the village a chance to recuperate with fine ales and wines, a home-cooked meal and a warm environment.
Known as one of the oldest pubs connected with the brewing trade in Gloucester, The Fountain has a long history dating back to the crowning of King Henry III in 1216. Having been recognised as an Inn in the early 14th century, it also has a plaque in the courtyard from when King William III visited. With a range of real ales being served, excellent pub food, it's the perfect escape from the busy Gloucester city centre.
Having undergone recent renovations, the Mousetrap Inn has been serving patrons for over 100-hundred years. This pub offers some of the best of the region's craft ales and beers; it's how nestled it is into the Cotswold, making it a perfect place to visit. With its close proximity to the historic centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, the Mousetrap Inn has a natural country feel and views to match.
Now owned by The National Trust, The Fleece Inn was actually built in the 15th century and became first licensed in 1848. Being run now with tradition at its heart, with locals coming together all over the year to morris dance or play live music, it's the perfect country escape. Whether you're after a warm cooked meal, a place to explore and admire the nearby scenery, it has something for all.
This cosy pub is nestled into the heart of the Cotswold. The Wild Rabbit is a modern British inn, serving locally sourced seasonal foods with log fires burning and relaxed and comforting settings. With low windows, exposed brick and pillars, and bright whites, it's the perfect place to stay if you're after a break away from the mundane.
Set in an 18th-century coaching Inn, The Five Alls sits within the stunning village of Filkins. With nine individually styled rooms with ensuites. Four of the rooms are above the Inn and the others nestled within the garden. You can enjoy a drink in their spacious bar, where you can sit back in leather chesterfields and a crackling fire, all the while enjoying home favourites in their bright, vintage-inspired restaurant.
Nestled in Bourton-on-the-Hill, the Horse and Groom is a charming, British pub where they write their daily menus on blackboards. The Horse and Groom is stocked with real ales and wines and is a relaxing place to stay with views from your room of the quaint village and rolling hills, you'll feel at home at the Horse and Groom.
If you're looking for the perfect village pub to hide away from the rain, The Village Pub is your answer. Not only offering brick-work walls, stone flooring, and roaring open fires, it has an outstanding stock of Cotswolds craft ales and crisp West Country ciders to keep you warm while you wait out the storm.
This Grade-II listed Cotswold pub in Gloucestershire, The Bull, is perfect for tucking yourself away on colder days. Offering both casual and private dining spaces, it has a traditional pub serving local craft beers and spirits, with large open fires. Its darker aesthetics add to the feeling of being cosy, all helped by the chance to tuck into some hearty pub classics.
Tucked into the village of Churchill, The Chequers is your new favourite rural country pub. You'll be immediately invited into the dimly lit, roaring fire bar area, which is filled with studded leather armchairs. With a wide range of wines, heavenly ciders and delicious dishes, you'll never want to leave.
Within the idyllic village in Bledington, The Kings Head Inn is the perfect place to escape the cold and warm up next to the roaring fire. Famous for their À la carte menu and their extensive drinks list. Their 'roast to share' on Sunday lunchtimes is popular with locals and visitors.
Visiting The Lamb Inn after exploring the nearby villages or even Blenheim Palace is the perfect cosy pub. This warm, dog-friendly pub has a lovely real log burner in the winter and decorated in a comfortable country style. With local ales, wines and plenty of comfort foods, it's a relaxing place to unwind.
With the Cotswolds covering over 800-square-miles, there are plenty of pubs we weren't able to mention. However, those above have so much charm, history and cosiness that these traditional Cotswolds pubs offer more than just local brews and food, but a relaxing experience and a place to hide from the rain.