We've just returned from a night away in the Cotswolds to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed in the charming little market town of Tetbury, which we has driven through in the past and thought it looked a nice place to stopover, do some antique shopping and enjoy some food and drink.
I'll soon be posting a longer review of the hotel we stayed in, but first here's a little lunch recommendation - The Snooty Fox, apparently a hangout of Prince Charles who lives nearby on the Highgrove estate. Right in the heart of the high street, this local boozer strikes the perfect balance between a traditional pub with roaring its fires and dark wood-paneled rooms, and a modern eatery, with its tempting - but not self-conscious - food menu.
There was a very pleasing sandwich menu, all served with chips and reasonably priced at around the £7 mark, as well as hot food which included local sausages and mash, burgers (we can highly recommends the chicken and bacon burger), and beer-battered haddock and chips. The hand-pulled pork pie ploughman's would also go down a treat with a cold pint of local ale! Dinner options include 'fancier' dishes such as steak, sea bream with crushed potatoes, and duck breast in honey and orange sauce - so it would also be a lovely spot for a quiet dinner and bottle of red wine by the large fireplace.
One added bonus was George the Great Dane who seemed to lap up the attention from visitors, and another was the wonderfully warm service we received from Paula our bartender. From letting us sample the beers to giving us a number for the best local cabbie, it's those little touches that really make you feel welcome, and reminds you what's great about traditional British pubs.