The Craven Arms
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Ensconced in the beautiful village of Brockhampton, The Craven Arms is a traditional 16th-century watering hole situated just 15 minutes from Cheltenham. This quintessential English pub boasts cottage gardens, a large restaurant area and a bar that’s brimming with craft beer and real ale, including the house ale, Legless Bob, which is brewed exclusively by the Butcombe Brewery.
Owner Barbara and the pub dog Ben warmly welcomed us inside and showed us to our table in the restaurant where we pondered over the menu. In addition to the traditional main menu is a hot rock menu, which features meat, fi sh and vegetarian options that diners cook to their liking on volcanic that is brought to their table – it seemed to be a popular choice with fellow diners.
We opted for a starter of baked Cotswold Blue Brie accompanied by a selection of breads with balsamic, oil and olives. Beautifully presented mains followed; my husband finally decided on the fillet of trout and I sampled the wild mushroom, sunblushed tomato, spinach and pine nut loaf, which hit the spot. We admitted defeat as we were too full to indulge in the homemade desserts but we’ll certainly swing by soon to try the apple and mixed berry crumble and sticky toffee pudding.