Jean’s sightseeing and foodscene guidebook

Jean
Jean’s sightseeing and foodscene guidebook

Sightseeing

A short selection of places to visit.
0.8 Mile. Bagendon is a small unspoilt secret gem Village. It is a pleasant 15-20 min walk from the doorstep along quiet country lanes. St Margaret's Church is 12th Century and visitors are welcome. Locals often walk the Bagendon Loop.
Bagendon
0.8 Mile. Bagendon is a small unspoilt secret gem Village. It is a pleasant 15-20 min walk from the doorstep along quiet country lanes. St Margaret's Church is 12th Century and visitors are welcome. Locals often walk the Bagendon Loop.
2 Miles. Why not explore these grounds on a short walk to North Cerney just a mile or so from our Cottage. There's a self service honesty box style coffee shop.
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Cerney House Gardens
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2 Miles. Why not explore these grounds on a short walk to North Cerney just a mile or so from our Cottage. There's a self service honesty box style coffee shop.
2.8 Miles. Cirencester, known locally as “Ciren”, was the 2nd largest city in Roman Britain (Corinium) and is steeped in Roman history. Cirencester St John the Baptist church is by far the largest church in Gloucestershire and one of the largest parish churches in the country, informally known as the “Cathedral of the Cotswolds”. From St Johns’ church, a short walk along “Black Jacks” street are quaint coffee shops and interesting stores, turn right at the end to find the Corinium Museum which holds fascinating Roman artifacts. CIRENCESTER CHARTER MARKET Every Monday 10am to 4pm and Friday 9am to 3pm. The weekly Charter Market provides a high quality market experience with a great mix of food, clothing, homewares and delicious street food. CIRENCESTER FARMERS MARKET Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 9am to 2.30pm. Our well respected Farmers’ Market, celebrated it’s 20th anniversary in 2019. From locally brewed beer, pies, chocolate brownies, game poultry, fruit and veg.... you name it, if it's in season and local, it will be at the Cirencester Farmers' Market. CIRENCESTER ARTS & CRAFT MARKET The first Saturday of the month Feb to Dec. 9am to 5pm. This market presents the best local artists and locally made crafts from the region that you won’t find on the high street.
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Cirencester
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2.8 Miles. Cirencester, known locally as “Ciren”, was the 2nd largest city in Roman Britain (Corinium) and is steeped in Roman history. Cirencester St John the Baptist church is by far the largest church in Gloucestershire and one of the largest parish churches in the country, informally known as the “Cathedral of the Cotswolds”. From St Johns’ church, a short walk along “Black Jacks” street are quaint coffee shops and interesting stores, turn right at the end to find the Corinium Museum which holds fascinating Roman artifacts. CIRENCESTER CHARTER MARKET Every Monday 10am to 4pm and Friday 9am to 3pm. The weekly Charter Market provides a high quality market experience with a great mix of food, clothing, homewares and delicious street food. CIRENCESTER FARMERS MARKET Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 9am to 2.30pm. Our well respected Farmers’ Market, celebrated it’s 20th anniversary in 2019. From locally brewed beer, pies, chocolate brownies, game poultry, fruit and veg.... you name it, if it's in season and local, it will be at the Cirencester Farmers' Market. CIRENCESTER ARTS & CRAFT MARKET The first Saturday of the month Feb to Dec. 9am to 5pm. This market presents the best local artists and locally made crafts from the region that you won’t find on the high street.
2.8 Miles. Located in Cirencester, near the church. Beautiful unique craft handmade in Britain. A Craft Shop with Gallery. Upstairs there is a cafe and craft workshops which are often open for viewing. Well worth adding to your tour of Cirencester.
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New Brewery Arts
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2.8 Miles. Located in Cirencester, near the church. Beautiful unique craft handmade in Britain. A Craft Shop with Gallery. Upstairs there is a cafe and craft workshops which are often open for viewing. Well worth adding to your tour of Cirencester.
3 Miles. Superb award winning professional theatre on our edge of Cirencester. We've seen some amazing shows there, well worth looking on their website to see what's on during your stay. Teatro Bar & Restaurant is next-door for pre-show drinks and meals. 2022 Driving Miss Daisy (19th Aug - 17 Sep) The Girl on the Train (26th Sep - 29th Oct) The True Adventures of Marian and Robin Hood (21 Nov - 31 Dec)
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Barn Theatre
3 Beeches Rd
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3 Miles. Superb award winning professional theatre on our edge of Cirencester. We've seen some amazing shows there, well worth looking on their website to see what's on during your stay. Teatro Bar & Restaurant is next-door for pre-show drinks and meals. 2022 Driving Miss Daisy (19th Aug - 17 Sep) The Girl on the Train (26th Sep - 29th Oct) The True Adventures of Marian and Robin Hood (21 Nov - 31 Dec)
4 Miles. The museum holds a large collection of Roman artefacts discovered locally in settings representative of the time.
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Corinium Museum
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4 Miles. The museum holds a large collection of Roman artefacts discovered locally in settings representative of the time.
8 Miles. A few of our guests have visited and recommend this place. The Cotswold Sculpture Park is home to “Elemental”, a collection of exciting sculptures displayed outdoors. Hundreds of sculptures to view and buy.
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Cotswold Sculpture Park
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8 Miles. A few of our guests have visited and recommend this place. The Cotswold Sculpture Park is home to “Elemental”, a collection of exciting sculptures displayed outdoors. Hundreds of sculptures to view and buy.
8 miles. Cotswold Water Park. 180 lakes and 42 square miles with loads of activities and places to eat or hire bikes, kayaks, paddle boards etc, you will find plenty to do here.
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Cotswold Water Park Hire
Lake 86 Spine Road
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8 miles. Cotswold Water Park. 180 lakes and 42 square miles with loads of activities and places to eat or hire bikes, kayaks, paddle boards etc, you will find plenty to do here.
9 Miles. Chedworth Roman Villa is one of the largest Roman Villas in Britain. Built in phases from the early 2nd century to the 4th century. Discovered in 1864 and acquired by the National Trust in 1924. Admission prices apply to the villa but the shop and cafe are free to enter.
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Chedworth Roman Villa
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9 Miles. Chedworth Roman Villa is one of the largest Roman Villas in Britain. Built in phases from the early 2nd century to the 4th century. Discovered in 1864 and acquired by the National Trust in 1924. Admission prices apply to the villa but the shop and cafe are free to enter.
9 Miles. The source of the River Churn and also claimed by many to be the real source of the River Thames. This would add approximately 14 miles to the official length of the Thames making it the longest river in the British Isles, not just the UK. Parking in a lay-by and down some steps - and it's FREE!
Seven Springs
9 Miles. The source of the River Churn and also claimed by many to be the real source of the River Thames. This would add approximately 14 miles to the official length of the Thames making it the longest river in the British Isles, not just the UK. Parking in a lay-by and down some steps - and it's FREE!
9 Miles. Cotswold Airport was formerly known as RAF Kemble. You'll probably never see a larger collection of 747's. The airport is open to the public everyday, including weekends, and boasts a very successful restaurant that offers superb food and views of the runway from its south facing sun terrace.
Cotswold Airport
9 Miles. Cotswold Airport was formerly known as RAF Kemble. You'll probably never see a larger collection of 747's. The airport is open to the public everyday, including weekends, and boasts a very successful restaurant that offers superb food and views of the runway from its south facing sun terrace.
9 Miles. Bibury is a favourite for visitors to the Cotswolds. Perhaps best known for Arlington Row, a row of stone cottages built in 1380 as a wool store which appear on the inside cover of some UK passports. Also visit the trout farm while you're here
Arlington Row
9 Miles. Bibury is a favourite for visitors to the Cotswolds. Perhaps best known for Arlington Row, a row of stone cottages built in 1380 as a wool store which appear on the inside cover of some UK passports. Also visit the trout farm while you're here
11 Miles. A must for any motor enthusiast just a mile or so from Bibury and FREE! Closed Sunday & Monday. Open till 3 on Saturdays. Amazing collection of classic vehicles from the early 1900's onwards. Many are for sale but some may require deep pockets! There is a coffee/gift shop and visitors are welcome to browse and drool around the museum style showroom without pressure.
The Classic Motor Hub
11 Miles. A must for any motor enthusiast just a mile or so from Bibury and FREE! Closed Sunday & Monday. Open till 3 on Saturdays. Amazing collection of classic vehicles from the early 1900's onwards. Many are for sale but some may require deep pockets! There is a coffee/gift shop and visitors are welcome to browse and drool around the museum style showroom without pressure.
12 Miles. Take a walk up Leckhampton Hill, see the Devil's Chimney and admire the wonderful views across the River Severn and Wales.
Devil's Chimney
12 Miles. Take a walk up Leckhampton Hill, see the Devil's Chimney and admire the wonderful views across the River Severn and Wales.
14 Miles. Just one of the many picturesque Cotswold villages. As the name suggests the village sits on a river (river Windrush). There is a Model Village of the village itself and a Motor Museum plus many gift shops and cafes.
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Bourton-on-the-Water
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14 Miles. Just one of the many picturesque Cotswold villages. As the name suggests the village sits on a river (river Windrush). There is a Model Village of the village itself and a Motor Museum plus many gift shops and cafes.
15 Miles. Birdland, Bourton-on-the-water Another great place to visit. They have recently added a dinosaur park - a sort of "jurassic park" with loads of dinosaurs hidden in the woods.
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Birdland
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15 Miles. Birdland, Bourton-on-the-water Another great place to visit. They have recently added a dinosaur park - a sort of "jurassic park" with loads of dinosaurs hidden in the woods.
Cheltenham Racecourse Station 15 Miles. Gotherington Station 19 Miles. Winchcombe Station 18 Miles. Toddington Station 21 Miles. Broadway Station 26 Miles. A nostalgic trip back to the days of steam. There are often 2 steam loco's running along the 14 miles of track. Free to visit any of the stations.
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Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
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Cheltenham Racecourse Station 15 Miles. Gotherington Station 19 Miles. Winchcombe Station 18 Miles. Toddington Station 21 Miles. Broadway Station 26 Miles. A nostalgic trip back to the days of steam. There are often 2 steam loco's running along the 14 miles of track. Free to visit any of the stations.
16 Miles Situated halfway between Upper Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water, both about a mile away. Many visitors make a circular walk of these 3 villagers. Both Slaughters are very beautiful, unspoilt must visit villages on the River Eye.
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Lower Slaughter
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16 Miles Situated halfway between Upper Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water, both about a mile away. Many visitors make a circular walk of these 3 villagers. Both Slaughters are very beautiful, unspoilt must visit villages on the River Eye.
17 Miles Enjoy a lovely walk around this well visited Cotswold village, or include it in a circular walk with Lower Slaughter (1 mile away) and Bourton-on-the-Water (another mile further).
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Upper Slaughter
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17 Miles Enjoy a lovely walk around this well visited Cotswold village, or include it in a circular walk with Lower Slaughter (1 mile away) and Bourton-on-the-Water (another mile further).
18 Miles. Stow-on-the-Wold is a Market Town on top of an 800 foot hill in the Cotswolds. The church (St Edwards) is particularly known for the ancient Yew trees which dominate the North entrance.
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Stow-on-the-Wold
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18 Miles. Stow-on-the-Wold is a Market Town on top of an 800 foot hill in the Cotswolds. The church (St Edwards) is particularly known for the ancient Yew trees which dominate the North entrance.
18 Miles. Enjoy a day in this beautiful park with 15,000 specimens, and 2,500 species of tree from all over the world. Especially beautiful during Autumn when the trees are turning wonderful shades of red brown and gold.
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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
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18 Miles. Enjoy a day in this beautiful park with 15,000 specimens, and 2,500 species of tree from all over the world. Especially beautiful during Autumn when the trees are turning wonderful shades of red brown and gold.
21 Miles. Great place to visit, especially for children. We have been a number of times with our grandchildren who love seeing the animals, both large and small. Take a picnic and make the most of the day.
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Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
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21 Miles. Great place to visit, especially for children. We have been a number of times with our grandchildren who love seeing the animals, both large and small. Take a picnic and make the most of the day.
24 Miles. Always something of interest to see. Also gift shop, garden centre and cafe. Near to Moreton in Marsh.
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Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre
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24 Miles. Always something of interest to see. Also gift shop, garden centre and cafe. Near to Moreton in Marsh.
24 miles. Fields open 15thJune - 7thAugust 2022 (check website for exact dates). Bring a picnic and enjoy some time outside in the sunshine. Walk the lavender fields and enjoy spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Visit the Distillery to see where the lavender oil is extracted so that it can be used in our range of products. We also have Wildflower Meadows, the Woodland Trail and Lavender Cabin where you can purchase a momento of your visit.
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Cotswold Lavender
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24 miles. Fields open 15thJune - 7thAugust 2022 (check website for exact dates). Bring a picnic and enjoy some time outside in the sunshine. Walk the lavender fields and enjoy spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Visit the Distillery to see where the lavender oil is extracted so that it can be used in our range of products. We also have Wildflower Meadows, the Woodland Trail and Lavender Cabin where you can purchase a momento of your visit.
25 miles. Broadway Tower & Park is a family-owned Cotswold destination set within a 200-acre estate of parkland, allowing visitors to experience great English heritage in an inspiring location. Your ticket includes all you need for a memorable day –  Tower Museum with roof platform, the Deer Park or walking the grounds with your picnic.
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Broadway Tower
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25 miles. Broadway Tower & Park is a family-owned Cotswold destination set within a 200-acre estate of parkland, allowing visitors to experience great English heritage in an inspiring location. Your ticket includes all you need for a memorable day –  Tower Museum with roof platform, the Deer Park or walking the grounds with your picnic.
25 Miles. Church of St Peter and St Paul at Blockley was used as the main setting for the BBC TV series "Father Brown" set in the 1950's fictional town of "Kembleford". There is also a cafe/shop just outside the church grounds.
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Blockley
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25 Miles. Church of St Peter and St Paul at Blockley was used as the main setting for the BBC TV series "Father Brown" set in the 1950's fictional town of "Kembleford". There is also a cafe/shop just outside the church grounds.
27 Miles. Historic Lower Castle Combe is one of the prettiest villages in England, located within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Apparently no new houses have been built in the lower village since about 1600.
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Castle Combe
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27 Miles. Historic Lower Castle Combe is one of the prettiest villages in England, located within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Apparently no new houses have been built in the lower village since about 1600.
36 Miles. Blenheim palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and 1722, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. A popular visit for many our our guests.
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Blenheim Palace
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36 Miles. Blenheim palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and 1722, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. A popular visit for many our our guests.

Neighbourhoods

The Cotswolds are a range of rolling hills on a bedrock of Jurassic limestone running from Bath to Stratford-upon-Avon. An area of outstanding natural beauty with numerous towns and villages featuring Cotswold stone buildings.
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Cotswolds
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The Cotswolds are a range of rolling hills on a bedrock of Jurassic limestone running from Bath to Stratford-upon-Avon. An area of outstanding natural beauty with numerous towns and villages featuring Cotswold stone buildings.

Food scene

1.5 Miles. The Bathurst Arms, North Cerney. Local country pub/restaurant. Our closest pub and a favourite for most of our guests. Voted one of the best pubs in the Cotswolds by The Times. Good quality food, mostly locally sourced and Organic, not your average pub meals. Not your usual run of the mill menu (check their website for menu).
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The Bathurst Arms
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1.5 Miles. The Bathurst Arms, North Cerney. Local country pub/restaurant. Our closest pub and a favourite for most of our guests. Voted one of the best pubs in the Cotswolds by The Times. Good quality food, mostly locally sourced and Organic, not your average pub meals. Not your usual run of the mill menu (check their website for menu).
2 Miles. Stratton House Hotel and Spa, Stratton. Restaurant is open to non residents. Afternoon teas also available. See website for details.
Stratton House Hotel
2 Miles. Stratton House Hotel and Spa, Stratton. Restaurant is open to non residents. Afternoon teas also available. See website for details.
3 Miles. Thai Emerald, Castle street, Cirencester. Authentic Thai cuisine. Excellent quality food. Well patronised so book ahead to avoid disappointment. Service tends to be fairly quick.
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Thai Emerald
36 Castle St
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3 Miles. Thai Emerald, Castle street, Cirencester. Authentic Thai cuisine. Excellent quality food. Well patronised so book ahead to avoid disappointment. Service tends to be fairly quick.
3 Miles. Tierra and Mar, Sheep Street, Cirencester. Spanish Tapas restaurant. We've had some excellent feedback from guests about this place.
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Tierra and Mar
29 Sheep St
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3 Miles. Tierra and Mar, Sheep Street, Cirencester. Spanish Tapas restaurant. We've had some excellent feedback from guests about this place.
3 Miles. Côte Brasserie, Black Jack street, Cirencester. Modern, all-day French brasserie chain, serving regional specialities and traditional classics. We've had some very good recommendations for this place.
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Côte Brasserie - Cirencester
4 Black Jack St
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3 Miles. Côte Brasserie, Black Jack street, Cirencester. Modern, all-day French brasserie chain, serving regional specialities and traditional classics. We've had some very good recommendations for this place.
3 Miles. MBB Brasserie restaurant, Market place corn hall, Cirencester. Excellent quality food, good choice of menu. Tends to be fairly busy - can book online.
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MADE BY BOB
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3 Miles. MBB Brasserie restaurant, Market place corn hall, Cirencester. Excellent quality food, good choice of menu. Tends to be fairly busy - can book online.
5.5 Miles. The Old Rectory Restaurant, Colesbourne. This is an excellent restaurant with very good quality home cooked food at very reasonable prices. You feel like a guest having a meal in a friends house. Booking is essential at all times - you cannot just turn up.
The Old Rectory Restaurant
5.5 Miles. The Old Rectory Restaurant, Colesbourne. This is an excellent restaurant with very good quality home cooked food at very reasonable prices. You feel like a guest having a meal in a friends house. Booking is essential at all times - you cannot just turn up.
5.5 Miles. The Colesbourne Inn, Colesbourne. Pub/restaurant. Traditional menu, good pub food and speciality ales.
The Colesbourne Inn
5.5 Miles. The Colesbourne Inn, Colesbourne. Pub/restaurant. Traditional menu, good pub food and speciality ales.
5.5 Miles. The Bell at Sapperton. An independent, family owned, beautiful country pub, situated in the heart of the Cotswold Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Multi-award winning and particularly well known throughout the region for our food, whilst proud of still being a top notch pub in every sense of the word.
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The Bell at Sapperton
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5.5 Miles. The Bell at Sapperton. An independent, family owned, beautiful country pub, situated in the heart of the Cotswold Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Multi-award winning and particularly well known throughout the region for our food, whilst proud of still being a top notch pub in every sense of the word.
6.2 Miles Barnsley House, Barnsley. Very grand setting, catering for very discerning guests. Cream and champagne teas are a speciality.
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Barnsley House
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6.2 Miles Barnsley House, Barnsley. Very grand setting, catering for very discerning guests. Cream and champagne teas are a speciality.
6.2 Miles. The Village Pub, Barnsley. We've not been there ourselves yet, but many of our guests have recommended this place. Owned by Barnsley House located opposite.
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The Village Pub
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6.2 Miles. The Village Pub, Barnsley. We've not been there ourselves yet, but many of our guests have recommended this place. Owned by Barnsley House located opposite.
7.5 Miles. The Falcon Inn, London road, Poulton. More a restaurant than a pub. Good for special occasions or when you just want a good meal out. Excellent quality meal that won't break the bank, well recommended.
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The Falcon Inn
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7.5 Miles. The Falcon Inn, London road, Poulton. More a restaurant than a pub. Good for special occasions or when you just want a good meal out. Excellent quality meal that won't break the bank, well recommended.
7.9 Miles. The Green Dragon Inn, Cockleford, Nr Cowley. Another favourite of ours and locals. Good choice of food in a characterful pub. They also have shop selling local produce as well as delicious products from around the world.
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The Green Dragon Inn Pub & Shop
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7.9 Miles. The Green Dragon Inn, Cockleford, Nr Cowley. Another favourite of ours and locals. Good choice of food in a characterful pub. They also have shop selling local produce as well as delicious products from around the world.
8.2 Miles. The Catherine Wheel, Arlington, Bibury. Good quality meals. One of our favourites and enjoyed by a few of our guests. Bibury can be busy at weekends.
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The Catherine Wheel
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8.2 Miles. The Catherine Wheel, Arlington, Bibury. Good quality meals. One of our favourites and enjoyed by a few of our guests. Bibury can be busy at weekends.