Cotswold born and bred, Peter Creed and Tom Noest have the perfect pedigrees to run an authentic country pub-with-rooms: Tom as cook and Peter, front of house. They reopened The Bell, a much-loved local in a picturesque village, in December 2017, and were garnering rave reviews within weeks. Giles Coren remarked, ‘… I had not just the best mouthful of the year, but the best mouthful of my life’. It’s a real foodies’ pub, with a no-nonsense, ever-changing menu concentrating on locally sourced, fresh, hearty British dishes – pub classics, roasts and wood-fired fish, vegetables and pizzas, served in a cosy, beamed and flag-stoned room. The eight stylish, new bedrooms – some above the pub, others on the ground floor – have king-size beds and knock-out bathrooms. Arrangements can be made for guests to take part in a range of sports, from stalking and fishing to clay pigeon, driven and rough shooting. You’ll be hard pushed to find a better value or more laid-back Cotswold inn.
Local towns such as Burford, Bourton on the Water and Cirencester.
The Garlic Parsley and bone marrow flat bread.
Jumpers, throws, cushions and all sorts of woolly related items from the Cotswold woollen weavers in the next village.