This lovely old building, with its polished stone floors, low-beamed ceilings, wood panelling and imposing open fires, houses an excellent dining room. It has a barrel-vaulted ceiling, and a 17th century minstrel's gallery. It's one of the few hostelries that can lay claim to housing both Charles 1 and Oliver Cromwell. The food hasn't, however, been without its critics, but the standard is basically high - although prices are bold for The Cotswolds. In our opinion, since it's become part of the Barcelo hotel chain - there has been a certain dumming-down of what for years was an ambitious menu!
Expect the likes of 'Leek and Mushroom Lasagne with Truffle Oil'; 'Lobster & Crayfish Cocktail with Spiced Thousand Island Dressing' or a 'Gratin of Crayfish and Asparagus' among the starters.
Possibly 'Sea Bass with Chorizo'; 'Fillets of Lemon Sole Bonne Femme with Wilted Spinach'; 'Braised Shoulder of Light Horn Lamb' or 'Guinea Fowl with Celeriac Mash and Garlic Fritters' among the mains.
Desserts are more classic in style, perhaps 'Peach Melba'; 'Warm Bread & Butter Pudding' or 'Raspberry Croustillant'.
No jeans, trainers or mobile phones.
As well as the restaurant they have a 'bistro' offering lighter meals.
- Food Style: French
- Lunch: Sun-Fri 12.30-14.00; set L from £19 (2 courses), mains from about £30
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-21.30; set D from £37.50 (3 courses). A lighter bar menu is also offered
- Seats: 90
- Wine: An interesting wine list kicks off in the low £20's. However, there are about a dozen by the glass.
- Children's portions: No children under 12
- Wheelchair access: Yes (also lavatory)
- Nearest station: Evesham or Moreton-in-Marsh Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - or from the A40, take the A424 to Stow-on-the Wold, then the A44
- Parking: Yes
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available