66a Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6JP

January can often feel like the longest month. With a year of hard work ahead of you, still six months to go until summer, and a few New Year’s Resolutions to feel depressed about, it can be difficult to get going at the start of the year when you’ve got little to look forward to in the immediate future. While you’re struggling to stick to Dry January and barely managing to get yourself out of bed in the morning, why not plan a luxurious winter getaway to give you something to look forward to again– and where better than at Oxford’s elegant and cosy Cotswold Lodge Hotel?

Nestled on Oxford’s Banbury Road and occupying an imposing but welcoming Victorian building right in the heart of this historic city, thanks to its unparalleled hospitality, period features, and excellent fare, the 4-star Cotswolds Lodge Hotel has been a favourite among business people and pleasure seekers for years, delighting guests with high ceilings, long bay windows, historic furnishings, and a restaurant that serves delicious modern British dishes that incorporate the freshest ingredients possible.

For just £249.50 based on 2 people sharing a Standard Double or Twin Room, enjoy a weekend break at the Cotswolds Lodge Hotel that includes bed and breakfast for two nights, an evening meal in the restaurant, afternoon tea for two, a 3-course Sunday lunch, as well as a chilled bottle of sparkling wine and a teddy bear in your room.

The perfect base in which to explore one of England’s most beautiful cities, plan a romantic Valentine’s weekend with a morning spent exploring the captivating Oxfordshire countryside, a day punting down the river Cherwell followed by a stroll around the city’s famous and breath-taking university buildings, and an indulgent and relaxed evening dining at some of the country’s finest restaurants.

When you stay at the Cotswold Lodge Hotel, however, there’s really no need at all to spend hours deciding where to dine when the hotel is home to one of the city’s finest restaurants, 66A restaurant. Boasting a constantly changing menu that makes use of the finest local, seasonal ingredients, a three-course meal at the restaurant might start with the likes of seared Scottish scallops and verbena with celeriac, or veal and pork terrine with a pistachio nut crust. Follow this with the likes of Oxford pork belly and crackling accompanied by artichoke, fennel, caperberry and raisin or fillet of wild turbot served with celeriac, red endive, herring caviar and pink grapefruit and finish this with a dessert like the moreish pear and frangipane tart with crème anglaise and Poire William ice cream or the mango and white chocolate delice with peach and lime sorbet and you’ll likely not want to dine anywhere else during your weekend stay.

If you’re recently engaged and searching for an idyllic spot for a wedding, the Cotswold Lodge Hotel also specialises in tailor-made wedding receptions and is licenced to hold civil ceremonies. With the team’s extensive knowledge of local businesses, the hotel can also recommend suppliers for flowers, cake and entertainment, as well as provide you with a dedicated wedding co-ordinator that will guide you through the entire process up until the big day itself, staying with you throughout the day to ensure everything is as you’ve always dreamed.

For more on the Cotswolds Lodge Hotel, visit their website, keep an eye out on their social media pages, or look out for our review in our recently released Oxfordshire Food & Drink Guide 2020.

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