8 Cotswold pubs where you can find a Sunday roast dinner
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Locally sourced meats, crispy roast potatoes and lashings of gravy next to a roaring fire…what could be better than a traditional Sunday roast in a cosy Cotswold pub? We’ve put together some of our favourite places that are the perfect spots to while away a winter’s afternoon
Why: Dating back to the 17th century, The Green Dragon epitomises cosy country pub: think roaring fires, low beamed ceilings and stone flagged floors. It's renowned for its fantastic Sunday lunch menu, with decadent options such as deep friend filo pastry king prawns to start, followed by local Elkstone roast leg of lamb with all the trimmings. If you don't fancy the traditional roast, you could go for the frilled rainbow trout fillets with a chive cream sauce, or a vegetable nut cutlet with sage and onion stuffing. Trust us, it's all too easy to spend entire Sundays here…
After lunch: The Green Dragon truly is in the heart of the Cotswolds countryside, so you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to nearby walking routes. We recommend strolling along the River Churn and coming back via Cowley Wood.
Where: The Swan, Broadway
Why: Nestled in the heart of picture-perfect Broadway, The Swan rustles up a mouthwatering roast dinner for patrons all day, every Sunday. Expect roasted rib of beef, pork loin or chicken served with beef dripping roasted potatoes, seasonal greens, roasted root vegetables, sizeable Yorkshire puddings and bottomless gravy. If you can't choose you could go for the trio of meats, or if you're going meat-free, there is a fig and dolcelatte nut roast on offer.
After lunch: There's plenty to explore in the charming Cotswold town of Broadway. Browse the many shops that adorn the high street, pick up delicious fare at Broadway Deli or admire the iconic Broadway Tower on a countryside walk.
Where: The Bell at Sapperton
Why: Between the towns of Stroud and Cirencester, you'll find the peaceful village of Sapperton which boasts the charming pub and restaurant of Cotswold stone: The Bell at Sapperton. The hearty traditional dishes served at The Bell are all truly delicious, but the roasts on a Sunday really are extra special - feast on a sharing platter with roasted sirloin, Old Spot pork loin and turkey breast, with side dishes of roast potatoes, roasted carrots and parsnips, cauliflower cheese, seasonal greens, lashings of gravy and the all-important Yorkshire puddings. For those with a sweet tooth, there is a sharing trifle or a sharing banoffee pie for pudding.
After lunch: Often referred to as the capital of the Cotswolds, there's plenty to see and do in Cirencester; enjoy a stroll round the pretty town, visit the Corinium Museum or perhaps pick yourself up something from the collectables and antiques market.
Where: Gumstool Inn, Tetbury
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Why: The Gumstool Inn, positioned in the grounds of the stunningly grand Calcot Manor, is cosy, cheerful and serves up typical pub dishes cooked beautifully. Lunch can be enjoyed in the pretty gardens of the manor in the summer, whilst in the winter, it's quite the treat watching meals be grilled on the pub's fire. The Sunday lunch will easily satisfy hungry bellies: perhaps you might go for the Camembert fondant, followed by the slow roast sirloin of Calcot organic beef for your main (with a Yorkshire pudding, of course). There are plenty of fish dishes to choose from too, such as Cornish cod with chorizo and parley mash.
After lunch: After filling up on the tasty fare at the Gumstool Inn, why not treat yourself to a relaxing stay at Calcot Manor or enjoy the spa facilities the location has to offer? What better way to finish off a Sunday than with an indulgent massage or relaxing soak in the outdoor hot tub?
Where: The Swan Inn, Hanley Swan
Why: This countryside gastropub in the sleepy village of Hanley Swan is a short drive from the Malvern Hills and makes a perfect pit stop after a walk. Sunday lunch is served from 12pm-4pm, and the menu features locally sourced fare cooked to perfection. Choose from options such as roasted sirloin of 28-day aged Cotswold beef or roast loin of Gloucester old spot pork, or you could cut out the meat and go for the tomato, olive, spinach and ricotta Wellington. The pudding menu is the stuff of dreams too - we love the sound of the crunchy autumn crumble.
Before lunch: Why not spend the morning soaking in the views from the top of the Malvern Hills? A roam along the top is the ideal way to blow away the cobwebs and work up an appetite before a filling roast lunch at The Swan Inn.
Why: Just a stone's throw from Bourton-on-the-Water, this vibrant village pub exudes charm and character while being a haven of peace from the busy Cotswold hotspots nearby. On a Sunday, enjoy a three course menu at a reasonable £26.50 with tasty home cooked choices including rump of Cotswold beef, roast leg of local lamb or Gloucester pork, with sides such as carrot and swede puree, braised red cabbage, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. There are fish options and vegetarian options on offer, too. For pudding, you'll struggle to resist tangy lemon tart with mixed berry compot.
After lunch: A visit to The Lamb Inn is the perfect base to go off and explore the surrounding Cotswold town and villages. Marvel at the beauty of Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow on the Wold, Burford and the pretty Slaughters.
Why: Also mentioned in our roast dinners to enjoy in Cheltenham, the lovely House in the Tree is based just outside the town and serves up a delightful Sunday lunch. Make sure to arrive hungry as the menu is comprised of big portions of succulent meats, roast potatoes, bowls of fresh vegetables and lashings of gravy. This pub has a lovely family atmosphere and little ones can even be kept entertained by the pub's petting zoo and play area while they wait for lunch!
After lunch: Take a walk along Cheltenham's pretty Promenade or through the town's many parks, marvel at the Regency architecture or visit the many shops on the bustling high street.
Why: This 18th century spot, complete with oak beams, exposed stone walls and an inviting interior of farmhouse kitchen tables, Oakridge Lynch's The Butchers Arms is a charming village pub to indulge in a Sunday dinner. It has recently come under new ownership but so far the menu is proving hugely popular, so reserving a table is a must.
After lunch: The large beer garden is perfect for whiling away the hours on a sunny afternoon or the roaring log fire in the winter is a wonderful spot to cosy up. The surrounding countryside is ideal for a ramble once you've enjoyed a leisurely afternoon eating and drinking.
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