7 award-winning restaurants every foodie needs to visit in the Cotswolds

Some of the best award-winning Cotswolds restaurants (photo: bernardbodo, Getty Images)

Some of the best award-winning Cotswolds restaurants (photo: bernardbodo, Getty Images) - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Cotswolds is home to many amazing chefs and eateries, with lots scooping national awards. We have gathered some great ones to visit

Purslane restaurant

Purslane restaurant - Credit: Archant

- Purslane

16 Rodney Road, CHELTENHAM, GL50 1JJ / 01242 321639

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Purslane specialises in sustainably-sourced British seafood which Chef/Patron Gareth Fulford combines with a plethora of local produce to create a real treat for the taste buds. Now in its eighth year, the restaurant has amassed a steady stream of awards since it opened in 2012, including two Best Chef trophies at the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards.

In 2018 it made the Top 12 of the UK Seafood Restaurant of the Year and has been shortlisted for a Food Award England for two years running.

The menu changes every other month to capture the flavour of the best of Britain's wild larder while it is available. Gareth uses fish caught by small, inshore day-boat fishermen who use handlines and nets off the coast of Cornwall. This ensures the seabed isn't damaged by trawling and the fish is sent to the restaurant on the same day it is landed, ensuring it can be fresh on your plate the next day.

Tierra & Mar

Tierra & Mar - Credit: Archant

- Tierra & Mar

29 Sheep Street, Cirencester, GL7 1QW / 01285 642777

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Tierra & Mar (translating to Land & Sea) was founded by Brett and Silvia in 2017, with the idea to combine their English and Spanish backgrounds in both name and menu.

It has quickly become a Cirencester favourite, with food ranging from tapas and paella to Mediterranean twists on the classic Sunday lunch.

Brett and Silvia met while working in a variety of Michelin starred restaurants across England, Australia and Spain and have brought their skills to the Cotswolds for us to see what they can do!

They both have a love of fresh produce and all of the food suppliers that they use are based locally. Whether fresh seafood in Spain or fresh meat and vegetables reared and grown on the family smallholding near Cirencester.

Star Bistro (photo: Andrew Higgins/Thousand Word Media Ltd)

Star Bistro (photo: Andrew Higgins/Thousand Word Media Ltd) - Credit: Andrew Higgins/Thousand Word Media Ltd

- Star Bistro

National Star, Cheltenham, GL53 9QU / 01242 535984

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StarBistro is a special place to meet friends for lunch, catch up over afternoon tea or simply pop in for coffee and cake after walking the dog on Crickley Hill.

The Bistro, run as a social enterprise by charity National Star, just at the top of Leckhampton Hill in Ullenwood is a hidden gem in the Cotswolds. It is known for serving seasonal food using ingredients sourced from local suppliers like Bath Road Butchers and Severn & Wye Smokery. Trip Advisor reviewers regularly praise the imaginative menu which includes mouthwatering dishes to suit all.

What also makes StarBistro a unique place to dine is the fact that food is prepared by an experienced team of highly creative professional chefs and students from National Star, as young people with disabilities seize the opportunity to gain real work experience within a bustling hospitality environment. Open daytime Monday to Saturday.

The Slaughters Hotel, Gloucestershire (photo: Mark Bolton)

The Slaughters Hotel, Gloucestershire (photo: Mark Bolton) - Credit: Archant

- The Slaughters Manor

Copsehill Road, Lower Slaughter, Cheltenham GL54 2HP / 01451 820456

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Situated in one of England's prettiest villages, The Slaughters Manor House is a beautiful 17th century manor house which combines contemporary interiors with country charm, attentive service and one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the Cotswolds.

Award-winning dining is at the heart of The Slaughters Manor House. Celebrating the finest produce the Cotswolds has to offer, the team of skilled chefs create outstanding menus filled with flavour, using regionally sourced and freshly foraged ingredients, perfectly matched by the Sommelier's wine selections.

Savour the season's finest ingredients this Christmas with an exceptional two or three-course festive lunch. Perfect for a festive celebration, the 'Festive Lunch' menu is available all week from 2nd - 23rd December and offers two courses for £30 or three courses for £35. Guests can meet in one of the cosy lounges to enjoy an aperitif by the roaring log fire, before taking a seat in the restaurant overlooking the stunning winter garden.

Lords of the Manor (photo: Carl & Moss)

Lords of the Manor (photo: Carl & Moss) - Credit: Archant

- Lords of the Manor

Upper Slaughter, Cheltenham, GL54 2JD / 01451 820243

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A Taste of the Cotswolds with Lords of the Manor

Lords of the Manor, a highly acclaimed luxury Manor House Hotel in the magnificent Cotswolds has always offered relaxing stays and sensational dining experiences, matched by one of the best cellars in the country.

You can choose to dine in one of our two superb restaurants, our new more intimate 14 seat Atrium at Lords of the Manor restaurant where you will enjoy Head Chef, Charles' Smith's acclaimed Signature Tasting menu. Then there is our Dining Room, less formal and with its more relaxed à la carte menus.

Our idyllic location makes for the perfect base from which to explore local historic villages, houses and gardens this area is renowned for. Or work up an appetite by taking one of the lovely circular walks including Lower Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water, recognised as one of the finest of all Cotswold short walks.

The Maytime Inn (photo: Fisher Studios)

The Maytime Inn (photo: Fisher Studios) - Credit: Archant

- The Maytime Inn

Asthall, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW / 01993 822068

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Since the 17th Century, The Maytime Inn has welcomed guests with hospitality and comfort, a tradition, which continues today as our guests enjoy our intimate setting in the Cotswolds.

The Maytime Inn seamlessly blends historic elegance with luxurious amenities. Boasting six individually decorated bedrooms, The Maytime is the perfect place to enjoy an indulgent break in one of England's most beautiful locations.

Our restaurant is popular with both guests and locals. Diners of all ages can enjoy our seasonally changing menu, which offers everything from a la carte dishes to pub classics and lunchtime sandwiches. Our food is sourced locally and made fresh in house by our award-winning chefs.

Our award-winning garden features an outdoor gin bar, boules pitch and stunning views over the rolling Oxfordshire countryside. It's the perfect spot to enjoy al fresco dining, live music, conversation and good company.


KIBOUSushi - Credit: Archant

- KIBOUsushi

18 Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL501HE

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Established back in 2013, at a time when Japanese fayre was still unavailable in Cheltenham, KIBOUsushi was a trailblazer; since then the menu has remained extensive and fresh but, as it's name-sake might suggest, it's not just about the sushi. The restaurant delivers delicious Japanese food, on all levels.

Particularly well re-knowned for it's homemade, flavoursome Ramen, Katsu Curries & Teriyaki, one can often see groups of Japanese sitting in the window, enjoying a taste of home and many a Gloucestershire rugby player, enjoying a handmade sushi platter. Customers can also chose from a wide selection of sake, both warm and chilled, local to exceptional, and on to an extremely comprehensive Japanese whisky menu.

The friendly staff deserve high praise too for the heartfelt welcome bestowed on all customers as they walk under the noren (traditional, Japanese fabric dividers, hung between rooms) and through the front door.

KIBOUsushi delivers a genuine experience and one that we hope customers will not forget in a hurry.

UK Japanese Restaurant of the Year - ASIAN AWARDS 2019

Restaurant of the Year - SOGLOS LIFESTYLE AWARDS 2019

The Wychwood Inn, Shipton-under-Wychwood

The Wychwood Inn, Shipton-under-Wychwood - Credit: Archant

- The Wychwood Inn

High Street, Shipton-Under-Wychwood, Shipton-under-Wychwood, OX7 6BA / 01993 831185

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The Wychwood Inn is an award winning, family run Cotswold restaurant, hotel and pub located in the picturesque village of Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire. The Inn is fortunate to be surrounded by historical sites and beautiful countryside; through which guests can walk, bike or even boat.

The Wychwood Inn proudly offers a seasonal menu at breakfast, lunch and dinner that can be enjoyed in the ambient and peaceful restaurant, private dining room or in the large pub garden. A traditional roast is served all day on a Sunday along with other choices on the menu.

The kitchen team are highly trained and acclaimed for exquisite, locally sourced dishes and the dining area is elegant and full of character where guests can dine in a comfortable, enriched atmosphere.

A succession of new and devoted clientele from all over the Cotswolds and beyond are welcomed time and time again. It is worth booking a table to save disappointment.

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