Supermarkets and grocery stores:
As a productive agricultural area, the Cotswolds is the ideal place to sample local produce and there are many farmers’ markets dotted across the region in the various market towns and villages. From locally produced cheese to speciality sausages, there is an extraordinary range of quality food created here. Take a morning out to explore one or more of the wonderful markets listed below and read our blog post about local farmers' markets
A Sainsbury’s Local is within a 5-10-minute drive from Westerleigh Cottage, located on the Cirencester Road in Cheltenham. The store was built in 2015 and is relatively well stocked with good parking.
Pubs and restaurants:
- The Ivy, Cheltenham The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie in Cheltenham is an all-day dining British restaurant with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international classics, seven days a week. Located in the stunning grade I listed Montpellier Rotunda building, the restaurant serves breakfast, elevenses, lunch, weekend brunch, afternoon tea and dinner and features a private dining room and a bar, offering relaxed yet sophisticated dining in the popular town in Gloucestershire.
- No. 131, Cheltenham Classic on the outside, contemporary British on the inside located in the heart of Cheltenham. Traditional classics and modern European dishes showcase the best seasonal ingredients in the restaurant. All ingredients are sourced and gathered locally wherever possible but always from British lands and shores. The Green Dragon, Nr Cowley Dating from the 17th century, the Inn has proven to be a popular retreat for those appreciating good food, fine wine and real ales. The Butchers Arms, Sheepscombe Our 16th century Public House is situated on Lime Street in the parish of Eldersfield near Gloucester.
- The Butchers Arms is first and foremost a rural pub, where the bar is the hub of life, with low ceilings, wooden floors, roaring fires and real ale served straight from the cask. We serve high quality seasonal British food using only the best suppliers. Our menu constantly changes in accordance to the seasons.
- The Black Horse, Cranham Cosy 1600s village pub with log fires, serving real ale and hearty fare including pies and Sunday lunch.
The Cotswold Way offers just over 100 miles of magical walking, with long-distance views from the Cotswold escarpment, and journeys through picturesque villages and famous ancient sites. Winchcombe has ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status and many lovely footpaths with interesting things to see en-route. You can visit a remote Roman villa, Belas Knap Long Barrow – a Neolithic burial site, as well as climb to the top of the Cotswold scarp and get fantastic views. Winchcombe hosts an annual walking festival in May which offers a variety of walks with local guides, orienteering and evening events. Winchcombe’s rolling countryside is a true walkers’ paradise, with options for casual, seasoned and hardy walkers running right from the cottage’s front door. Winchcombe itself is a “walkers are welcome” town, a special status awarded to towns and villages which go above and beyond with their walking amenities, making it a fantastic destination for groups in search of a walking break. The Winchcombe Way, a 42-mile figure-of-eight trail centred around the town, offers walkers a great way of discovering the surrounding Cotswold towns and villages section-by-section over the course of a stay, whilst there are plenty of options for those looking for a more casual, leisurely pace within a close radius of the cottage.
We recommend the Sudeley Castle Circular walk for a relaxing stroll; a 2-mile loop, taking you along the river, straight through the heart of the town and into the grounds of historic Sudeley Castle - a must-visit for any guest. The 2 ½ mile walk to Belas Knap, a Neolithic chambered long barrow sat atop Cleeve Hill, is also a great walk to try, providing you don’t mind the incline.
As well as exploring everything the local town has to offer, why not take a day to sit back, relax, and let the experiences come to you. We have curated some of our favourite local businesses who offer experiences directly to your cottage, including pamper and spa packages, a personal chef service, or craft workshops. Follow the link to explore all the experiences available at your cottage