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RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS IN & AROUND STOW-ON-THE-WOLD
The Merrymouth Inn The Kings Head Inn The Fox Inn The Vine Leaf
Kings Head Inn Restaurant near Stow-on-the-Wold

The old market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, once famous for its wool industry and fairs at which as many as 20,000 sheep were sold annually, is one of the Cotswold’s finest places to explore.

Little alleyways known as ‘tures’ run between the buildings into the main square, that were once used to herd the sheep, and now home an eclectic array of fine antique shops, art galleries, and independent gift shops. All within a very short walking distance, Stow-on-the-Wold has an eatery for every occasion. The main square alone boasts at least seven different places to pause for a bite to eat.

At the head of the square sits The Talbot offering, “light bites, lunches and suppers, fine wines and traditional beers.” With its quirky and colourful interior, this is a spin on a typical English pub. The fundamental large oak fireplace and long bar are still intact, along with the injection of some pop art and mismatched Union Flag furniture. Enjoy a laid-back lunch from 12 noon-2.30pm and dinner from 6.30pm at a very reasonable price with plenty to choose from.

The 500-year-old former coaching inn, The Kings Arms, which sits on the corner of the square, offers a similar experience. Visitors are attracted to the charming historical features of high beams and open fires in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The full menu of daily specials and sandwiches are available in the bar from 12 noon-6pm. The pub always seems to have a bustling atmosphere, and even offers free WiFi, the admission of dogs and the occasional football game on the big screen! The restaurant upstairs is also a treat with some unusual leopard print decor. A main meal in the evening will set you back around £12.95 with a huge selection of fine wines to enjoy. Don’t forget ‘Pie and Mash Night’ on Wednesdays for a tenner too!

Alongside it sits The White Hart, a more modern boutique bar, restaurant and hotel. An extensive, locally sourced menu is available throughout the daytime and evening, offering an alfresco dining area too. Expect to pay around £7.50 for a lunchtime sandwich and £15.95 on average for an evening main course. Their chefs are trained to the highest standard so expect something fantastic!

Just a stone’s throw away from the square is Stow Lodge Hotel that stands within a beautiful and expansive garden - an ideal place to relax when the sunshine is out. The very traditional hotel bar is open daily to non-residents for bar snacks from 12 noon-2pm and 7-8.30pm. A varied selection of drinks is also available including Old Hooky Bitter, from an old independent Brewery just 15 miles away. There is also a restaurant with a lunch and dinner menu that changes everyday.

Perhaps the most traditional old English pub in the town, The Queens Head Inn, treats guests to proper pub grub with fresh fish on the menu every day. Here locals mix with visitors who are unsurprisingly attracted with the dark wooden and old-fashioned interior. It’s a great place to try some of the local ales and have a natter with the neighbours.

If it’s more of a quick coffee and cake you were after, Lucys Tearoom next door is a charming place to stop by in the square. The café prides itself on high quality local produce. From home cooked all day breakfasts, to freshly baked scones and cakes, there is something for every visitor. Sit in the bay window overlooking the square or enjoy all the works of a ‘Stow Special Afternoon Tea’ (£10.90 for one, or £19.90 for two) in the courtyard tea garden.

Similarly the renowned Cotswold bakery and tearoom, Huffkins, cannot be missed. With the largest array of delicious cakes and savoury treats, this modern and spacey café is a great comfy stop off to recharge your batteries. The smell just walking past is enough to make your mouth water! Their finest teas are blended with local ingredients including Cotswold fruits and lavender from Snowshill near Broadway. It’s also a great place to buy some delicious packaged gifts. Take a little piece of the Cotswolds home with you in the ‘Huffkins Afternoon Tea Giftbox’ at £29.95 or choose from the selection of locally made jams, honey and shortbread. This charming family-run business has chains in Witney, Burford and Cheltenham too. The family also run a unique luxury B&B at Abbots Grange (built in 1362) in the gorgeous village of Broadway.

If you’re after a more traditional English tearoom, Treebus Tearooms sells locally sourced and ethically minded goods and homemade cakes. Sit in the window overlooking Sheep Street and enjoy their quality organic teas from the beautiful mismatched English bone china. Their ‘Cotswold Cream Tea’ will cost you around £5.60. Cotswold Garden Tearooms on Digbeth Street also provides a typical English cream tea experience and hearty English breakfasts, with the choice to take a seat outside in the summer months or beside the large inglenook fireplace in the winter. They also have a B&B if you’re looking for a quaint and inexpensive place to stay.

Venturing just off the main square you’ll come across New England Coffee House on Digbeth Street. Although it looks small from the outside, you’re welcomed into what looks and feels like a home. Laid out into two living rooms upstairs complete with old-fashioned lamps and leather sofas, you’d never really believe you were inside a coffee shop. Enjoy a range of speciality teas and coffees, ice cream, milkshakes and smoothies, and an array of homemade cakes in this cosy cottage. The team proudly admits: “All our beans are freshly roasted on the premises, setting us apart from 99% of other coffee outlets in the UK.”
I’d say this place is a must for international visitors to experience - the quirky house even has a world map on the wall where you can add a red sticker to show where you’re from. You can even add your thoughts and comments and a picture onto their big white board on the wall. All in all, a really fun and unique experience!

Cotswold Baguettes and The Coffee House on Church Street allow you to order any baguette of your choice to takeaway if you’re on the move. The quick and friendly service makes them both ideal to pop into when you’re short of time.

For a more special occasion, whether it be a luncheon or dinner, take a trip to The Porch House, just a five-minute walk from the square at the end of Digbeth Street. Arguably England’s oldest inn and easily the oldest pub in Stow, it reopened its doors last September (2013) after a spectacular five-month refurbishment. Today the building is absolutely stunning, with a beautiful candlelit dining room, low ceilinged bar and cosy lounges and snug. Enjoy a main course from the a la carte restaurant menu from £12.75-£19.95. Bar snacks are also available at around £6.95 for a sandwich and £11.50 for a bigger bite.

The Grapevine Hotel on Sheep Street has also recently been refurbished and is now under new management. This restaurant is completely unique in that a real grape vine, over 100 years old, runs from the ground inside and up across the glass ceiling. It’s still growing today and is a sight not to be missed particularly during the summer months. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant alongside the grand piano and murals of the rolling hills of Tuscany. After dinner take to the black glossy bar in front on the huge log fires.

A relatively hidden treasure of the town is The Grace Tea & Coffee Lounge & Cotswold Cricket Museum. After the local Tourist Information closed last January, the owners in Brewery Yard decided to take on the responsibility in April and house the TI alongside their café downstairs. It’s a great place to pop by and pick up a few leaflets and have a chat over some homemade cake. But perhaps more exciting, particularly if you’re into your sport is the cricket museum upstairs. The £3.50 entry fee allows to you explore the owners personal and extensive collection, thought to be the only one of its kind in the world. Signed shirts, old jumpers and bats and hundreds of photographs and portraits will keep cricket fans occupied all afternoon.

Not to be forgotten is The Bell at Stow, tucked away on the edge of the town. A favourite with locals the charming ivy-clad pub offers everything from a pint to a three-course meal. Don’t miss Champagne Happy Hour at 5pm on Fridays and live acoustic music from local talent on Sunday evenings. Always home to a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, be sure to book ahead as the place fills up quickly particularly over the weekend.

Another restaurant regularly used by locals is The Vine Leaf on Talbot Court for budget priced good quality wholesome food.

Just a mile or two outside of Stow-on-the-Wold don't miss the renowned olde worlde Kings Head Inn at the picturesque village of Bledington, The Fox Inn at the beautiful village of Broadwell or The Merrymouth Inn on the way to Burford (details of all three can be found below).

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Stow-on-the-WoldCAR TRAVEL TIMES

Moreton in Marsh - 15 minutes
Broadway - 15 minutes
Chipping Campden - 25 minutes
Bourton on the Water - 15 minutes
Upper and Lower Slaughter - 10 minutes
Bibury - 30 minutes
Burford - 20 minutes
Chastleton House - 10 minutes

Stow-on-the-Wold Restaurants

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It’s a genuine pleasure to walk into The King’s Head Inn at Bledington. There’s no need to invent a ’theme’ for our remarkable, privately-owned Cotswolds inn, as it dates back to the 16th century, when it was originally built as a cider house.

Open fires welcome you in the winter, as you enjoy a local ale around the bustling bar or perhaps a warming meal. In the spring and summer, you may find that you and your friends spill out onto the famous and gloriously picturesque village green. In short, it’s the classic English pub that you always hope you’ll find, but seldom do.

The Kings Head at Bledington
Restaurant at The Kings Head Inn at Bledington

The 16th century Kings Head Inn is situated in the tranquil and beautiful village of Bledington only 3 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold. The Inn is set back off the village green and is what everyone would imagine a timeless English Inn to look like. With the brook running through it and the ducks running freely around the Green , the pub looks delightful. Once inside no-one is ever disappointed.

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There are few pubs these days without a lunch or dinner menu. But how often can you honestly say you’re getting fresh, local, organic food of the highest quality?

Here at The King’s Head, we believe in wholesome, hearty and traditional English food, served with a touch of flair and a spark of imagination. Our chef is always looking for the very best local ingredients and has worked hard to create some very popular mainstays. Our specials board, meanwhile, provides the ideal opportunity for him – and our regular guests – to experiment.

Every meal matters. We not only prepare some of the best pub food in the Cotswolds, but we also take care over the presentation and service. All that remains is for you to select a wine from our impressive list and soak up the atmosphere.     AA AA rosette Dining Award Dining Award .

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Address Tel Fax E-mail Web Site
The Kings Head Inn
The Green, Bledington, Oxfordshire, OX7 6XQ
01608 658365 01608 658902 info@kingsheadinn.net www.thekingsheadinn.net
The Fox Inn
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Winners of the CAMRA North Cotswold Pub of the Year 2007 Award

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The Fox offers a friendly family service, real ales from the local Donnington Brewery and traditional pub food.The Fox offers a friendly family service, real ales from the local Donnington Brewery and traditional pub food.

With a large beer garden and village green opposite the Fox Inn is ideal for couples and families.

The Fox Inn, is in the quiet village of Broadwell, about 1.5 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold and 3 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh.

The pub is split into a dining area where tasty food is served daily and a drinking area with a real log fire.
We also provide a special lunchtime menu for walkers.

Address Tel E-mail Website
The Fox Inn,
The Green, Broadwell,
Nr Stow on the Wold,
Gloucestershire, GL56 0UF
01451 870909 contact@foxbroadwell.co.uk www.foxbroadwell.co.uk
Merrymouth Inn, Stow Road, Nr Burford, Oxon
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The Merrymouth Inn is a 13th century stone built Coaching Inn situated
near the antique centres of Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold

Dining in the Merrymouth Inn, Stow Road, Nr Burford, OxonThe Inn is set in beautiful rolling countryside and is an ideal centre from which to explore the Cotswolds, whether it be by car, bicycle or on foot. Close by can be found the famous Cotswold town of Bourton on the Water and the Cotswold Wildlife Park. The Inn is just over 20 miles from Cheltenham Racecourse.

Further a field are many historical places of interest such as Warwick Castle, Stratford on Avon and Blenheim Palace.

The Inn features a comfortable character bar with open log fire and adjacent restaurant. The latter is an ideal function venue or meeting place for up to 50 people.


The menus can be perused on this web page, and there is also a constantly changing Specials Board.
The new owners of the Merrymouth Inn, Bill Prince and Mo Rudd have moved from The Red Lion at Brightwell-cum-Sotwell in South Oxfordshire. They pride themselves on providing freshly cooked food using the finest produce. In addition there is an extensive wine list and local real ale.
The Inn features in the 2007 good pub guide.

Monday Night Pie Club! 
A choice of delicious homemade pies served with all the trimmings and any drink of your choice for only £10 per person. New "Guest Pies" every week!

Contact Address Tel Fax E-mail Web Page
Merrymouth Inn, Stow Road, Nr Burford, Oxon. OX7 6HR 01993 831652 01993 830840 billandmo@merrymouthinn.co.uk www.merrymouthinn.co.uk

The Vine Leaf
Licenced Restaurant & Cafe

10 Talbot Court, Stow on the Wold,
GL54 1BQ Tel: 01451 832010

Delicious home made burgers / sandwiches,
light lunches & main meals
Dietary requirements catered for
Available for private functions

The Vine Leaf Restaurant & Cafe

Good food served ALL day with locally sourced produce

Our aim is to serve Good freshly prepared food all day, you can pop in for a coffee and cake or steak and a glass of wine, we are fully licenced.

Our menu ranges from delicious homemade prime beef cheeseburgers with chunky chips and homemade relish from £8.75 - home made soup of the day with granary bread.

Our special Mezze plate £14.50 is delicious to share dining al fresco in our court yard.

Try our slow braised belly of old spot pork on bubble and squeak with a cider sauce, crackling & seasonal Vegetables £14.00.

Cheeseburger Special Mezz Plate Old Spot Pork

Our sandwiches are made to order on fresh locally baked bread. If you are after an early evening meal or late lunch try our 3 courses for £14.00 per person.

By popular demand we are now serving 4 nights a week.

All dietary requirements are catered for and private parties are always welcome with a menu tailored to your needs. To view - Menus.

Address Tel E-mail Web Site
The Vine Leaf,
10 Talbot Court,
Stow on the Wold, GL54 1BQ
01451 832010 thevineleaf@gmail.com www.thevineleaf.co.uk
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