Local Info and Recommendations
The following recommendations are updated regularly, and consist of a few of our own favourite places to visit and things to do whilst visiting the glorious English countryside that is the Cotswolds.
We highly recommend visiting the fantastic website Cotswolds.org for a much more in-depth guide to the Cotswolds.
Teacup Tours' Favourite 5 Cotswolds Pubs
1. The Victoria Inn, Eastleach Martin
A beautiful classic Cotswold pub, in the sleepy village of Eastleach Martin. The pub gets busy so book in advance.
2. The Plough Inn, Finstock
Friendly little pub, on the edge of the Cotswolds with live music on weekends. Good food and set in a lovely little village. Book in advance.
3. The Carpenter's Arms, Fulbrook
Great family-run, family-friendly pub, serving really excellent food. Owners walk around tables greeting guests individually, they are so welcoming.
4. The Rose and Crown, Shilton
Somehow this pub is my favourite autumnal pub, for sitting in their little pub garden on a sunny afternoon. It's set in a valley, in an idyllic village just outside of Burford.
5. Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton
Not a pub exactly, but it's a brewery, so even better, no? Excellent pub food served in the Malthouse. Surroundings just ooze history. Go and visit the gorgeous Shire Horses in the stables, who still deliver barrels of beer to the local village pub each week.
Teacup Tours' Top 3 Cotswold Tearooms
1. Aston Pottery, Aston
Superb cafe attached to the Pottery. Cakes, teas, really stunning flower borders, and fabulous gift shop! Need I say more? The cream tea looks amazing.
2. Cafe Fifteen, Warwick Hall, Burford
This smart looking cafe, next to St John the Baptist Church, is tucked away from the busy High St, adjoins the River Windrush and has a fabulous excluded outdoor setting next to the river.
3. Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Filkins
This place just encapsulates everything about the Cotswolds that we love. Simple cafe, with tasty selection of sweet and savoury light meals. There's delightful little apple orchard to sit in, or sit inside and take in all the fascinating local history on permanent display. And then there's the shop selling excellent Cotswold-made blankets. Oh my goodness. Take your purse!