This beautifully decorated former coaching inn serves as a hub for the local community. It combines an informal, welcoming atmosphere with the attributes of a fully-fledged hotel, including a glamorous private dining room, a relaxing sitting room and charmingly rustic treatment room. Locals crowd into the Game Bar for drinks and light meals, or dine under the beady eyes of the doughty Wills tobacco family, whose early 20th-century portraits decorate one wall of the dining room, gleaming with polished wood. The 14 bedrooms, imaginatively decorated, are elegantly equipped, with deeply comfy Hypnos beds, Egyptian cotton linens and original artworks. As for head chef Pete McAllister’s locally sourced, simple rustic food, it doesn’t miss a beat. Rambling, centuries-old coaching inns can be hard to modernise successfully, but the Wheatsheaf Inn is one that has triumphed.
Doubles from £95
+44 (0)1451 860244; theluckyonion.com
The idyllic village of Northleach in the glorious Cotswolds countryside or if you want to go further afield head to Cirencester, Burford or Stow in the Wold.
Start with the twice baked cheddar soufflé – one of the hotel’s signature dishes – followed by the flat iron chicken with wild garlic butter & broccoli for a delicious meal.
Dunkerton’s organic cider is a summer favourite made using pure pressed juice from the organic fruit harvested at Dunkerton’s own orchards or from the organic orchards of local farms. Cheltenham’s shop will be opening in Summer 2018.
CLAIM TO FAME
British food writer and critic, Tom Parker Bowles, describes The Wheatsheaf as his dining default, declaring, ‘I think I’ve eaten at this restaurant more than any other in my life’.
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