At the epicentre of village life, The Seven Tuns is a beautiful 17th-century Cotswolds pub that’s dog- and rambler-friendly, catering for visitors and locals alike. Owners Tom and Simon’s enterprising vision was to bring a little bit of London’s fine dining scene to the Cotswolds, having worked in some of the premier eateries in the capital. Not only that, they wanted everyone to enjoy the experience in truly magnifi cent surroundings at very reasonable prices. To that end, the pub has undergone extensive and sympathetic refurbishments to include an astonishing seven different dining areas with a large patio. The elegant bar area is clean and fresh, featuring exposed stone walls and tastefully incorporating new and old features. The converted barn restaurant is perhaps the star attraction, with large overhead oak beams and bags of rural character; it’s a stunning place in which to enjoy the finest food in the area. With 180 different bottles of wine from 15 different countries, local ale and a selection of whiskies from the Cotswolds, Scotland and Japan, you’ll be enthralled by the choice.
The emphasis is on showcasing the finest local produce and promoting sustainability. My starter of sautéed tiger prawns with chorizo and homemade bread was a symphony of robust flavours, while my partner’s dressed Cornish crab with brown crab croquilles and pickled cucumber had a subtle delicacy and nuance. For the main event, my beautifully presented roast cod with battered baby squid was lifted by a delicious courgette purée and accompanied by Jersey Royal potatoes and heritage tomatoes. My partner selected a timeless classic of rib-eye steak, which was cooked to perfection and accompanied by a generous portion of crispy chips, watercress, tomato and sublime peppercorn sauce.
Desserts were equally flawless – the dark chocolate mousse was rich and velvety, contrasting with the tangy raspberries and crunchy honeycomb pieces, whilst a wickedly indulgent Seven Tuns banana split showcased a delightfully updated dish crafted with care and precision. Unquestionably, The Seven Tuns is an exceptional rural inn, combining outstanding food and drink with impeccable service in a quality setting.