When I was younger, I wasn’t really a fan of pubs. I associated pubs as being old man boozers and much preferred the glitz and glam of frequenting cocktail bars. When I met my husband nine years ago, he took it upon himself to open my eyes to the charm of British pubs and slowly but surely over time, I’ve been charmed into falling for some of the finest pubs in the land. Last weekend, Mr O’T and I stayed in the picturesque market town of Stow On The Wold in The Cotswolds and I can honestly say that I’ve never come across quite so many beautiful pubs in such a small perimeter. Here are 5 beautiful country pubs to visit, if you ever find yourself in Stow on The Wold!
The Porch House
The first aperitivo stop on our pub crawl of Stow On The Wold is The Porch House. Not only is this pub rustic looking on the outside and charming on the inside but it also holds one very special and unique fact about it – it’s the oldest inn in England! Dating as far back as 947AD, this beautiful pub is over 1000 years old and still lives on today. It’s been beautifully restored over time and makes for a wonderful drinks and dinner venue. Unfortunately we had to settle for drinks as the pub was at full capacity for dinner but we did enjoy these in one of their charming living rooms.
The Old Stocks Inn
The Old Stocks Inn offers a more fun and modern take on British Country pubs. Dating back to the 17th century, this inn has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment and offers guests a different type of experience. Walking through the doors is like stepping into a boutique hotel. With eye catching interiors and quirky chairs and sofas, this is definitely one inn you won’t want to leave in a hurry. It’s the cocktail list that really speaks volumes though and with an extensive martini menu, you really are rather spoilt for choice.
The Bell At Stow
Tucked away on a corner at the end of the village is The Bell at Stow. With flagstone floors, beamed ceilings and log fires, you could easily spend the day here. Offering guests a beautiful drink and dining space, I can’t say I was surprised to see a photo of a rather young looking Prince of Wales, pulling pints as it really is endearingly charming. If you’ve had one tipple too many then you can lay your head down for the night in one of their luxurious overnight guest rooms.
The Sheep on Sheep Street is the newly refurbished kid on the block! It’s contemporary and luxurious all rolled into one while still retaining some 17th century features. This will definitely appeal to the younger generation who are looking for a slice of soho in the country.
The White Hart
The White Hart situated on the main high street, embodies a bit of good old shabby chic. There are aspects of this pub which date back to the 12th Century, although it wasn’t until the 14th century that it actually became a coaching inn. Offering guests a slice of affordable luxury, this is one of the more popular pubs in the area with delicious food to boot. I consumed the best ‘dirty’ dog of my life here and although I’m still burning the calories off a week later, it was absolutely worth it!
Have you ever visited any of these pubs in Stow on The Wold before or do you have some favourite Cotswold Country Pubs to recommend?
Maggie O xox