Stow-on-the-Wold(Last Updated On: June 7, 2018)
Stow-on-the-Wold is one of the prettiest towns in Gloucestershire. Think honey-coloured buildings, cosy pubs, tiny tearooms and narrow streets. Stow-on-the-Wold is a delightful market town and Stow Hill, at a junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, is the highest point in the Cotswold old towns standing exposed on 800 feet high. At the height of the Cotswold wool industry the town was famous for its huge annual fairs where as many as 20,000 sheep were sold at one time. The vast Market Square testifies to the towns former importance. At one end stands the ancient cross, and at the other the town stocks, shaded between an old elm tree. Around the square the visitor is faced with an elegant array of Cotswold town houses and shops. Stow is an important shopping centre and has many fine Antique shops, Art galleries, Gifts and Crafts and is a centre for Walking the Cotswolds countryside.
This stylish, multi-award winning boutique Inn with restaurant is located in the centre of the historic and picturesque Cotswold market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest point in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. The Porch House occupies a handsome, Grade II listed, Cotswold stone building, The Porch House claims to be ‘England’s oldest Inn with parts of the building dating back to 947 AD. Packed with historical, architectural and decorative features, The Porch House’s light-filled bar comes with wood-burning stoves and a conservatory dining space.
The restaurant at The Slaughters Manor House is one of the most acclaimed in the Cotswolds, and the proud holder of three AA rosettes by the AA Restaurant Guide. Nik Chappell, executive chef, focuses his menus on celebrating the Cotswolds’ excellent regional produce.
In 2005, Pete and Louise Robinson bought this former butcher’s shop and have turned it into one of the most popular restaurants in The Cotswolds. With casual dining, a warm and inviting atmosphere and an extensive menu to suit all tastes, The Old Butchers is a must-stop for anyone travelling to or through Stow on the Wold. The Old Butchers is also able to cater for private functions on and off-site. They are the exclusive caterers for the annual Longborough Festival Opera.
The Sheep on Sheep Street revealed its new look, along with its new name in July 2016. We like to think we’re bringing a new dimension to eating and drinking in the Cotswolds, as well as a little Soho style too.
Dining in Cutler’s Restaurant is an important part of your visit to Number Four. At this stylish eatery, Executive Chef Patron, Brian Cutler and his team serve up a combination of classic English and continental dishes, incorporating many locally, supplied products, with the emphasis on seasonality and flavour. We take pride in offering food of a consistently high quality and warm and friendly service. Relax and enjoy an aperitif or glass of champagne in our comfortable lounge bar prior to dining. The Bar is open all day and we welcome non-residents for a drink, snack or to dine with us.
Picturesque village of Nether Westcote and nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds AONB with marvellous views over the Evenlode Valley, and just a few miles from Kingham station with links to Paddington. Originally an old Malthouse, the updated and thoughtfully refurbished Feathered Nest offers a cosy, warm and welcoming atmosphere. 3 AA Rosette award-winning modern British dining in our pub, restaurant or patio areas, with four beautifully decorated bedrooms, why not linger longer and visit this beautiful part of England. Be enchanted by the sights and sounds of this glorious countryside and feel the warmth of our hospitality.
Exciting new licensed eatery, hand made local artisan produce, hand roasted coffee, loose leaf tea. The Hive……the place to be!
Huffkins in Stow-on-the-Wold occupies the characterful grade II listed Cotswold stone building formerly housing the prestigious Preston’s Antiques. Positioned overlooking the bustling market square the tearoom boasts a glorious double aspect and plenty of natural light. The tearooms seat around 65 on the ground floor with a further 35 seats upstairs. We have a large bakery counter and stock a full selection of freshly made cakes from our Oxfordshire craft bakery. These are delivered fresh every morning. We offer a wide selection of hot and cold dishes, breakfasts and afternoon teas freshly prepared to order. Many of our suppliers are within a 3 mile radius of the town.
Traditional English family run tearoom in Stow-on-the-Wold serving local, fresh, quality food. Specialities include home baked cream teas, delicious cakes, homemade soups and freshly prepared light lunches. From home cooked all day breakfasts, to delicious light lunches, to freshly baked homemade scones and cakes, there is something for everyone. Sit in our bay window with a latte for a spot of people watching, or by our fireplace with a bowl of homemade soup, or enjoy a ‘Stow Special Afternoon Tea’ served on a tiered cake stand, it is your choice!
Drinks & Nightlife
Cate and Martin, the new tenants, are excited to welcome you to this icon on the Square. Serving real ales, refreshing beers, ciders and traditional food, giving back to Stow an ‘old style’ beer pub.
Tucked away on the edge of the most beautiful of the Cotswold villages. The Bell at Stow is the perfect country pub. A favourite with the locals, The Bell is open all day every day offering everything from a pint of real ale through to a delicious three-course supper.
Come and meander your time away at the prettiest pub setting in the Cotswold’s, on the bank’s of the river Windrush. A Donnington brewery Inn, with traditional olde-worlde bar and a recently re-vamped conservatory riverside bar with breathtaking views.
Rated amongst the top attractions in the Cotswolds, the castle rooms and exhibits contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day. The castle is surrounded by a breathtaking 1,200 acre estate and ten award-winning gardens. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walk ed upon the original Tudor Parterre. The Pheasantry at Sudeley houses a collection of 16 rare and endangered species of birds from around the world as part of Sudeley’s programme of breeding and conservation.
Broadway Tower is a unique Capability Brown Folly Tower open to visitors wanting to experience great English heritage in an inspiring location. It is one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and at 1024 feet (312m) above sea level, it is the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment with unrivalled views. You can survey an expanse of a 62 mile radius and as many as 16 Counties. With Graphic displays on three floors, roof viewing platform and Tower Shop are a must for Cotswold visits. Conveniently located on the Cotswold Way, Broadway Tower is the perfect place to start your walk, be it a short circuit or hike. There is ample car parking for patrons.
Cotswold Motoring Museum’s collections are full of vehicles, toys and memorabilia from a bygone age. Maybe you’ll find a classic car just like the one you learned to drive in, or a vintage motorbike that reminds you of the one you used to ride. You’ll find children’s TV star Brum here too. He lives in the museum and it’s from here that he headed out on every one of his exciting adventures.
Bourton-on-the-Water has been described as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds and is one of the most popular tourist spots in the region being serviced by the many shops, cafe’s, and attractions.
Chastleton is a hidden gem located in the beautiful Cotswold countryside. With both a Jacobean house to explore and beautiful gardens, there is much to discover during an afternoon visit.
Private day tours of the Cotswolds with an experienced driver guide.
Parks & Nature
Sitting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park has a long-standing reputation for a fun-filled day out. Visitors of all ages can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present. As the home of rare breed conservation, visitors can meet over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, including Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs and Highland cattle. The touch Barn and Demonstration Barn can be enjoyed all year round, as they are undercover and protected from the elements. With an adventure playground, Farm Safari, Maze, Tractor School, Sand pits and Jumping pillows, there’s lots of entertainment for children of all ages. The on-site restaurant, serving seasonal food and Adam’s own beer, is a hit with the adults.
The 56 acre arboretum at Batsford is situated just a mile west of the historic market town of Moreton-in-Marsh in the heart of the Cotswolds. A former home to the famous Mitford family, interest in the arboretum begins in late winter when the snowdrops, aconites and early flowering daffodils spring into life, followed by magnolias, hellebores, fritillaries and the beautiful Japanese ornamental cherries – stars of the show from late March until mid April. The handkerchief tree is another show-stopper in May, as are the beautiful wildflower meadows which bloom in high summer.
Birdland is a natural setting of woodland, river and gardens, which is inhabited byover 500 birds ( swans, pelicans, flamingos, hornbills, cranes, storks, cassowary, pigeons, owls and many more) with the only group of King Penguins in England, Wales and Ireland. More than 50 aviaries, open enclosures and a Desert House and you will also see a display of fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects in the Discovery Zone There is the Penguin Café, indoor and outdoor Picnic areas, an indoor and outdoor play areas, Gift Shop and much more.
Arts & Culture
The Royal Shakespeare Company is a major British theatre company, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. The company employs over 1000 staff and produces around 20 productions a year.
Stanway is an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house, owned by Tewkesbury Abbey for 800 years then for 500 years by the Tracy family and their descendants, the Earls of Wemyss who still live there. The house, its fascinating furniture, the jewel-like Gatehouse, the church and 14th-century Tithe Barn, the 18th-century water-garden, the specimen trees and avenues, the surrounding villages, farms, parkland and woodland all subtly combine to create an enclave of very English and almost magical harmony. Recently it has seen the gradual restoration of the 18th century watergarden, probably designed by the greatest of British landscape gardeners, Charles Bridgeman.
Longborough Festival Opera is one of the UK’s finest country opera houses: an intimate 500-seat theatre set amidst the glorious rolling hills of the Cotswolds. Each performance is created especially for the Festival: talented designers, directors, conductors and the best up-and-coming artists coming together to bring you something you won’t have seen anywhere else. Located in the grounds of founders Martin and Lizzie Graham’s home, a visit to Longborough ensures a unique experience which truly captures the drama and emotion happening on stage. This summer, take in the picturesque views, bring a picnic and enjoy spectacular opera at Longborough.
Still in its splendid original Cotswold location in Stow on the Wold, now owned by Sharon Wheaton. Fosse Gallery is often described as one of the most important UK art galleries outside London. Founded in 1980, it has handled some of the most prestigious contemporary British art, with artists of investment quality and international standing.
The Cotswold Frock Shop is an inspiring space full to the brim with beautiful designer wedding gowns, Special occasion outfits for Mother or the Bride or Groom including dresses and suits for wedding guests or a day at the races, shoes and accessories. You can rely on our staff to guide you gently through choosing an outfit for your special day whether it?s for a wedding, prom, graduation of any occasion where you want to look amazing.
Daylesford is all about organic, seasonal and delicious food. Visit our unique farm in the Cotswolds.
Haynes Hanson & Clark, founded in 1978, is a thriving, independent wine merchant founded in 1978 by Denis Haynes, Anthony Hanson MW and Nicholas Clark. We pride ourselves in sourcing our wine directly from the growers.
India Mahon jewellery has a bold and beautiful design signature. A fusion of east meets west, ethnic opulence and contemporary elegance. India inspired design using vibrant coloured authentic gemstones set in precious metals.
One of the very few specialist antique dealers in Campaign Furniture and Travel Requisites of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Exhibitions twice a year in October and the Spring. Members of CADA and LAPADA. Winners of two BACA Awards.
Between our showrooms in Church Street and The Granary in Stow on the Wold in the heart of the Cotswolds, we hold a large and varied stock of 17th, 18th and early 19th Century English Antiques, featuring fine Mahogany Furniture of the Georgian and Regency periods, English Oak and Country Furniture; Metalwork; Decorative Antique Objects; Landscape and Naive Portrait Paintings; Works of Art, Folk Art and Colonial pieces. With over 30 years experience as dealers in Stow on the Wold and founder members of The Cotswold Antique Dealers’ Association, we have built up a faithful and ever increasing following of customers from both home and abroad.
Entertainment & Activities
Discover the hidden treasures of the real Cotswolds on an exciting day tour with an expert guide on powerful e-bikes which flatten the hills so you can enjoy the ride!
Information on walks in and around Stow on the Wold, the highest of the Cotswold towns. It is famous as a centre for the antiques trade and close to Moreton in Marsh and Bourton on the Water.
Cheltenham racecourse, the jewel in Jump racing’s crown, plays host to the best jumping action in the world from 350 spectacular acres in the lee of the beautiful Cotswold hills. Whether you’re here on a crisp bright October day or a balmy evening in May, you’ll feel that unmistakeable Cheltenham magic. The racing, the setting, the tradition and history, the shared sense of enjoyment all combine to give everyone, from those sampling our finest hospitality to the racegoers on the course, an experience they’ll never forget.
Stroll around the Park and get eye-to-eye with Giraffe, watch Rhinos graze on the Manor House lawns, walk with Lemurs, ride on the train or explore the adventure playground.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is a volunteer operated heritage railway in Gloucestershire, offering a round trip of over 24 miles.
One organisation, four extraordinary Cheltenham Festivals: Jazz, Science, Music and Literature. We also run extensive education and outreach programmes.