The Fox at Oddington, near Stow on the Wold, will open its doors once again this July, following a complete restoration by Carole Bamford.
The pub has been carefully renovated to create six beautiful bedrooms and a large restaurant serving traditional pub dishes made with local produce.
Unusually for an inn, every bedroom is suite-style with a living area that has sofas, armchairs, desks and plenty of books. The interiors are inspired by countryside life with each room individually themed around local flora and fauna. ‘The Den’ on the ground floor is tucked away with a private terrace looking out over the walled garden whilst the light filled ‘Wild Meadow’ includes floral floral prints by Hugo Guinness and overlooks the wildflower rooftop, a living roof planted with a broad mix of hardy British wildflowers, annuals and herbs providing a diverse habitat for pollinators. ‘Hunting Lodge’ is a spacious family room with hand-crafted twin beds made from Daylesford Estate wood. Natural materials bring a country feel into the rooms, with wall colours and materials reflecting the warm tones of the Cotswolds.
With earthy tones, exposed stone and bronze finishes, the bar offers a nod to equestrian influences with reclaimed stable doors, upcycled leather (from Daylesford Organic Farm) banquette seating and reclaimed wooden benches. The large central bar leads into The Tack Room and The Parlour; two cosy dining areas full of character and with large inglenook fires.
The Restaurant, with large glass doors seats 40 and leads onto a large terrace and garden. Head Chef, Alan Gleeson created a seasonal menu celebrating the exceptional ingredients from Daylesford Organic and Wootton Estate, alongside hand-selected British growers and producers. Guests can choose from an A La Carte menu or pizza menu and during the warmer months, eat outdoors in the sun-soaked walled garden.
The oversized oak bar, a talking point of the pub, will serve craft beers, local ales, cocktails made with seasonal ingredients and specially selected wine from independent vineyards. The pub is also working with a selection of breweries that adopt a sustainable approach or are local, including Cheltenham-based Deya.
Sustainability is at the heart of the refurbished pub with local, natural, and reclaimed and recycled materials used wherever possible, including wool insulation and paint containing natural pigments. The pub is powered by 100% renewable energy and works to a minimum standard of zero to landfill, partnering with suppliers who ensure waste is converted to energy and biofuels. Rooms are supplied with Bamford products, made from the highest quality natural and organic ingredients and packaged in fully recyclable plastic bottles.
The Fox at Oddington will have 10 bikes for guests to explore the surrounding area, including Daylesford Organic Farm, a short ride away and home to Bamford Wellness Spa, Daylesford Organic Farm Shop and the Market Garden which guests can enjoy tours of. Sister pub, The Wild Rabbit, is a seven minute drive and offers its guests a fine dining experience.
An incredible new amphitheatre has grown from the earth just outside Stow on the Wold.
The Amphitheatre at Berrybank Park, in Oddington is launching on Tuesday 14 June when Shakespeare’s Globe bring the brutal tale of ambition, incursion, and revolution to life in Julius Caesar.
Set on the ancient wold between Stow, Moreton and Chipping Norton, the beautiful, grassed 500-seat Amphitheatre
has stunning views across the beautiful Evenlode valley.
The Amphitheatre is home to an exciting new performing arts season that runs until September. A rich and varied programme sees the launch of the first ever Cotswold Comedy Festival take place in July, featuring an array of well-known comedians and many other events, including Jazz, Opera, Broadway and West End music, Outdoor Cinema, Family Events, Cabaret + more!
The season will close with a rousing Picnic in the Park Proms and Fireworks with the Jaguar Land Rover Band, in aid of Kate’s Home Nursing.
A beautiful marquee pavilion provides Front of House facilities, including a bar and restaurant celebrating local produce and an alternative performance space in case of bad weather.
For the full 2022 schedule of events at Berrybank Park, please visit www.amphitheatreberrybankpark.co.uk/whats-on
The Amphitheatre was created in memory of Janet Cockell, a local woman, whose love of telling stories, the performing arts, and the Cotswolds inspired her family to build a venue to celebrate performance in all its magic, while creating a space for everyone, from internationally renowned performers, to local groups, schools, and performers. Janet’s husband, Keith Cockell, had the vision, and co-owner and local farmer, Jono Dudfield sculpted the stunning venue, and tends to every blade of grass and the newly planted orchard. Each tier of the Amphitheatre is wide enough for picnic blankets and deck chairs and high enough so everybody has a perfect view of the action below.
Janet’s daughter, Judy Reaves, heads the creative programme, together with her husband, Production Manager, David Hamblett. A former West End theatre designer, Judy sparks magic with her visual imagination. She has created designs for the BBC, Edinburgh Festival, Lake District National Park, and Chelsea Flower Show among others, along with the nearby Also Festival. David’s career has taken him from the Marines to Moscow State Circus, and he is currently involved with Coventry City of Culture. Their son, Charlie Hamblett, is an actor, (Killing Eve, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Secret Agent). Charlie reprises his role at the Everyman, Cheltenham’s Cider With Rosie, when he takes on the role of the young Laurie Lee for the Orchestra of the Swan’s As I Walked out One Midsummer Morning.
The UK is full of celebration this week to mark the Platinum Jubilee, and there's no better way to raise a glass to Her Majesty than with one full of a wonderful Cotswolds Spritz.
50ml Reverend Hubert Summer Cup
100ml Prosecco or English sparkling wine
An orange slice
Simply add all the ingredients and garnish with the orange slice. It really is that simple!
Click HERE to find all the awesome places serving jugs and glasses of Reverend Hubert this summer!