Digbeth Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1BN
As one of the oldest inns in England, Porch House combines a classic traditional building with a fine seasonal menu and relaxed atmosphere to match. The low beams have been carbon-dated back to 947AD but the interior has been beautifully renovated with a unique sense of grandeur, whilst retaining plenty of the building’s traditional charm. The light and spacious conservatory is an idyllic room in which to enjoy the fabulous food throughout the year. The outside dining area is perfect for al fresco dining in the summertime. Why not book one of the 13 individually designed stylish rooms each complete with free Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee machine en-suite for a relaxing weekend break? The menu changes seasonally and all produce is sourced locally. You’ll find delicious starters like smoked mackerel pâté served with paprika mayonnaise, pickled cucumber and grapefruit gel. Perhaps you’ll try the venison and pork Scotch egg with crispy potato and beetroot ketchup. The main courses are varied and exquisitely presented. Try the duck leg confit with thyme and garlic gnocchi, spinach, girolles and cherry and sherry jus. Vegetarians are spoilt for choice at Porch House with dishes like the Superman salad comprising spinach, peas, broad beans, quinoa, mint, giant couscous, sunfl ower seeds and marinated feta, and the baked aubergine with spicy tomatoes, rose harissa ragout, Giarraffa olives, pomegranate and mint. For meat-eaters, the 20oz côte de boeuf is the perfect plate to share, a massive cut of the finest meat accompanied by a delicious green peppercorn sauce. If you have room for dessert, tuck into the passion fruit parfait with brandy snap, chocolate soil and raspberry gel. Porch House is also an ideal location in which to host a function, whether you want to use the private dining room for up to 14 people or rent out the entire hotel and restaurant for a wedding. You’ll be given total freedom to create the perfect event, with specially crafted menus and accommodation included in package prices. There are many reasons to visit this idyllic British pub; whether you live locally or not, you’ll definitely want to return.