The Bell at Sapperton
Halfway between Stroud and Cirencester, Sapperton is a beautiful, sleepy Cotswolds village that’s home to this inviting country inn, where visitors are guaranteed a refreshing drink and delicious food, seven days a week. The Bell is a free house, so gin and real ale are a speciality, as is wine, which is available to drink in or take away from a wine wall that features bottles ranging from £9 to £200.
The Bell has been well known and loved as a drive-to destination pub for decades. However, since arriving in 2013, owners Chris Wright and Peter Austen have been showered with a steady stream of awards and recognition to back up The Bell’s reputation. The interior seamlessly blends traditional features with modern touches, creating a truly one-of-a-kind environment in which to dine. The cosy corners and large, peaceful garden make this a place to visit come rain or shine.
Taking advantage of its countryside location, the spotlight in the kitchen is on local produce, some of which comes from the pub’s very own garden. The chef’s flair is put to good use in the likes of Bloody Mary soup with lime and crème fraîche, spicy potted duck with chutney and brioche, and whole Bibury trout with sauce vierge and greens. For dessert, the boozy Black Forest Knickerbocker, and orange and almond cake served with coconut cream come up trumps, so ensure you save room.