Cotswolds' tastiest food
In restaurants, bistros, bars and pubs throughout Britain, green practices, rural values and sourcing locally are very much in vogue. However in the verdant cluster of idyllically English villages of the Cotswolds restaurateurs are 'walking the talk' about local, organic produce. After all, it's just common sense for them. The region is surrounded by top class producers, in fact, it can reasonably say it's the home of the country's finest and freshest ingredients.
Fine Dining at Michelin star restaurants
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons (01844 278881) in Great Milton has held onto its two-Michelin stars for a record 32 years and a truly remarkable credit to Raymond Blanc and his team. For your very special event this food is sublime.
Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir
Le Champignon Sauvage (01242 573 449) in Cheltenham is well worth a visit. Guests will notice a refreshing lack of pretension from the modest surroundings, totally belying the Anglo-French dishes which are exquisite creations.
David and Helen Everitt Matthias at Le Champignon Sauvage
5 North Street (01242 604566) in Winchcombe, offers a great value tasting menu at £70 a head, with highlights including roast venison; four perfect medallions of pink loveliness, pan-fried sea bream and my favourite partridge.
Gus Ashenford at 5 North Street
Delicious Dining Pubs
The Wild Rabbit (01608 658389) near Kingham, Chipping Norton has in a very short space of time established itself as a premier traditional inn. The Daylesford's own farm reared Aberdeen Angus beef tastes absolutely great and their organic philosophy follows through to some delicious dishes being served. You can also dine privately here in The Chicken Shed.
Lady Carole Bamford at The Wild Rabbit
Churchill Arms (01386 593159) in Paxford brings a contemporary feel to a 17th century pub with a clever twist on firm British classics. The home reared pork and the superbly cooked sea bream were a delight to eat whilst the scrumptious sharing dishes of beef wellington or whole lobster are delicious.
Nick Deverell-Smith at The Churchill Arms
Horse & Groom (01386 700413) in Bourton on the Hill are an award winning pub with 'innkeeping with excellence' constantly in mind. The light and airy bar offers a wide range of real ales and wines to complement their ever changing and delightful seasonal menu.
Tom and Will Greenstock at the Horse and Groom
The Bell (01789 450414) in the picturesque village of Alderminster oozes charm with emphasis on taste, flavour and presentation. It has a great daily specials range which change to accommodate the fresh seasonal produce. The slow cooked pork belly, pork and chorizo cassoulet with wilted greens was heart-warming and just right for this time of year as was our other choice of the perfect carvery.