8 of our favourite Cotswold pubs in walking distance of a great holiday home

National Trust-owned Fleece Inn (Last Updated On: 15th May 2019)

Is the thought of kicking back in a sunny Cotswold pub garden, sipping a locally produced beer, cider, gin or glass of wine your idea of a perfect way to relax in the Cotswolds? Yes? Good, because it is ours too! And because we like to share the love here at the Bolthole Retreats office, we’ve done some ‘leg work’ (or is it ‘arm work’? 😉) for you to produce a list of 8 of our favourite Cotswold pubs, each within a mile’s walk of one of our super holiday rentals…so there’s no need to worry about driving either!

1. The Lion Inn, Winchcombe

The Lion Inn on North Street is at the heart of this elegant and timeless Cotswold town. The town is a famous centre for walkers (Winchcombe Welcomes Walkers), and also boasts a number of traditional galleries, boutique clothing, interior design and antique shops to browse.

20 Bolthole Retreat cottages (!) in walking distance of the Lion Inn


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2. The Bathurst Arms, North Cerney

Nestled in the pretty village of North Cerney, The Bathurst Arms serves locally sourced food and hand-drawn ales in beautiful surroundings. This pub even provides recommended local walks, so that you can either work up an appetite or walk off a delicious meal.

Bolthole Retreats cottages in walking distance of the Bathurst Arms

3. The Kings Head Inn, Bledington

One of the best Cotswold countryside pubs for a Sunday roast dinner, The Kings Head Inn in Bledington is not just worth a visit on a Sunday but any day of the week! On a beautiful, very English village green, this is the perfect place to have a get together with friends and family.

Bolthole Retreats cottages in walking distance of The Kings Head: Brock CottageFive Bells Cottage


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4. The New Inn, Coln St Aldwyns

Recently refurbished, The New Inn is a picturesque pub in Coln St Aldwyns, one of the undiscovered Cotswold villages. As with most Cotswold villages, Coln (as the locals call it) is steeped in history, with a perfectly maintained, 13th-century Norman church and 17th-century coaching inn, the New Inn. As you stroll around the village, you’ll find endless photo opportunities to capture beautiful, honey-coloured, Cotswold limestone cottages backed by pastoral, rolling countryside.

Bolthole Retreats cottages in walking distance of the New Inn


5. The Seagrave Arms, Weston sub Edge

Just outside Chipping Campden, you’ll find the peaceful hamlet of Weston sub Edge, and the location of the Seagrave Arms: “We source and purchase all of our food from local farms and suppliers and stock our bar with award-winning real local ales and gin from Cotswolds Distillery, just 20 minutes down the road. Bask in the fresh country air of the Cotswolds and dine on our fantastic menus while enjoying a pint of local ale in the serenity of our private garden.”

Bolthole Retreats cottages in walking distance of The Seagrave Arms: Field House Cottage; Sundial Cottage; Milliner’s Barn


6. The Boxing Hare, Swerford

The Boxing Hare is an excellent fine-dining pub run by successful London restaurateur Antony Griffith Harris. It’s a chic find in this hidden corner of the Cotswolds. There’s an a la carte menu, alongside a host of local ales, tasty wines and classic bar snacks, should you only fancy a small bite to eat.

Cottages in walking distance of The Boxing Hare


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7. The Bell, Langford

The Bell at Langford, an excellent and widely acclaimed pub run by Peter Creed and Tom Noest, and recently reviewed by Giles Coren Booking is advised!

Cottages in walking distance of The Bell


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The Fleece Inn, Bretforton

The National Trust-owned Fleece Inn holds several awards including the County Winner at the National Pub & Bar Awards 2018. The Fleece Inn serves traditional English favourites, including locally grown asparagus during the season (April is high season), local faggots, home-made pies and fish and chips. They even do take away fish and chips, cider and beers, and food is made from with at least 30% of the ingredients sourced from within 30 miles of Evesham. Best of all, The Fleece Inn is a stone’s throw from Old Fox Cottage, a beautiful Cotswold holiday rental.


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