The Cotswolds is brimming with buildings that look as pretty as a postcard, and boasts some of the most beautiful scenery around. This lovely spot is home to a continually impressive foodie scene, so take a look at our insider’s picks for places to eat in the Cotswolds.
The Bantam Tea Rooms
Along the unspoilt High Street in the heart of Campden you’ll find the butterscotch-coloured Bantam Tea Rooms sitting pretty as a picture. Roam past and you won’t be able to resist heading inside after gazing at the wonderful window display of tempting sweet treats. Inside, the quaint tearoom has a charming and somewhat romantic feel to it, as does the rest of what you find. The food offering presents a timeless taste of England within an intimate setting that’s perfect for cosying up with a warm brew and indulgent afternoon tea.
Masion Chaplais comprises a lovely deli with a thriving restaurant, and appears to be a vibrant and lively hub of the community. It’s a feast for the senses and brings carefully sourced ingredients to the Cheltenham dining table. Food ranges from all-day breakfasts to fresh lunches, and the team selects only the best artisan produce to feature in the deli. Looking for a special gift for a special someone? Treat them to a gorgeous hamper, carefully selected and arranged by owner Nanette.
Daylesford Organic Farm
A whopping 2500 acres of lush organic farmland provide the stunning rural backdrop to this famous foodie institution. If you dream of seasonal, ethical fare, the iconic farm shop, organic café and new Old Spot restaurant is the place to sample such food. Achieving both sophistication and earthiness, menus are as seasonal as can be and celebrate the ingredients on the restaurant’s doorstep – literally. Vegetables, fruit and herbs are picked each morning from the market garden, while bread and pastries are made on-site. Make a full foodie day of it and mooch around the farm shop, enjoy a guided walk of the farm, and pick up goodies at the creamery and grocers before retreating to the Bamford Haybarn Spa.
Burford Garden Company
Set in a beautifully decorated glasshouse, Burford Garden Company’s multi-award-winning café blends modern rustic chic style with contemporary flair. The focus is on fresh, high-quality ingredients, including Burford’s own home-reared lamb, colourful salads packed with herbs from the gardens, and mouth-watering sandwiches. The pleasure of the café lies in the wonderfully creative and sociable setting, the friendly staff and the lovely shop.
The Monk’s Kitchen at Gloucester Cathedral
Tucked behind the Cathedral’s impressive cloisters, The Monk’s Kitchen at Gloucester Cathedral is a real gem. With an imposing setting, history buffs and culture vultures won’t fail to be impressed by its location and pretty courtyard garden, which is ideal for al fresco dining. The Monk’s Kitchen’s signature pies prove popular with visitors, and the ingredients are carefully sourced from suppliers just a few miles from the cathedral. Try the mouth-watering Pilgrim’s Pie, or the Monk’s Pie. Triangular in shape to signify the Holy Trinity, both pies hail from recipes used by the once-resident Benedictine Monks.
Wilder offers a truly exceptional dining experience. Chef-patron Matthew Beardshall’s wealth of experience shines through in every dish of his carefully created surprise eight-course tasting menu. The menu, which changes daily, is creative and inventive, with astounding attention to detail. From the homemade ravioli with sweetcorn velouté and shredded lamb, to marinated aubergine with labneh and sweet vinaigrette, every course features an outstanding medley of skilfully combined flavours and textures. Wilder is a real treat waiting to be discovered in the heart of this sleepy market town.
You can find more delicious places to dine in the latest edition of our Cotswolds Food & Drink Guide.