The Wheatsheaf Inn
Wheatsheaf Lane, Oaksey, SN16 9TB
Driving towards the charming village of Oaksey, we found ourselves longing to leave city life behind in favour of a move to the Cotswolds countryside. The Wheatsheaf Inn can be found tucked away in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, epitomising a traditional country pub with its beautiful stone exterior and cosy ambience. Inside, the bar area features huge open fireplaces, beamed ceilings and a crowd of regulars and their four-legged friends propping up the bar. There’s also a separate dining area, which is ideal for larger groups. To start, we shared the honey- and garlic-infused Camembert, baked in a miche loaf and topped with crispy bacon – what a way to begin a meal. For the main course, I opted for one of the delicious vegetarian options – gnocchi with spinach pesto, caramelised leeks and walnuts. The dish was filling but fresh, the gnocchi perfectly cooked and the walnuts adding a lovely crunch. My husband went for the delectable pan-fried duck breast with creamy mash and curly kale, with a drizzle of orange and thyme gravy. The Wheatsheaf’s kitchen team is undeniably talented, delivering top-notch food with exquisite presentation. Hearty portions meant that we didn’t need dessert, but who could resist the likes of sticky toffee pudding and double chocolate trifle? We left The Wheatsheaf Inn feeling envious of those lucky enough to call it their local, knowing full well that we’d be back all the same – this pub is worth the drive.