Food plays a massive part of The Big Feastival weekend and the 2022 Street Food offering is bigger an better than ever before.
There will be lots of familiar faces, as well as some new folk coming to the festival for the first time.
You can expect everything from an fried chicken and incredible live-fire steak to awesome waffles and banging burgers. There is also every cuisine you can possibly think of, including Asian, Greek, Indian, Middle Eastern and Mexican.
VIEW THE FULL STREET FOOD LINE-UP
The Big Feastival takes place on Alex James' Farm in Kingham from 26-28 August 2022 and is a 3-day celebration of music, food, family and friends.
Musical headliners include Stereophonics, Anne-Marie and The Human League and there will be an array of top chefs cooking up a storm in the "Big Kitchen".
For all the info and tickets, visit thebigfeastival.com
Pictures of some of the stunning cuisine that you can expect to see at YOKU have appeared on social media.
YOKU is a brand-new Tokyo-vogue Japanese Sushi and Asian dining experience with resplendent Bar Tokyo cocktail bar, opening inside No.131 in Cheltenham.
The restaurant will open its doors on Friday 11th March 2022.
We all love a good pie, right?
To celebrate British Pie Week, five of the best pubs are going into to a culinary battle on Thursday 10th March at The Chequers in Churchill.
The Chequers, The Double Red Duke and The Swan are being joined by The Kingham Plough and The Swan Inn at Swinbrook for an epic encounter to see who will be crowned The Great British Pie Off Champion 2022.
Come and get involved and enjoy a Pie and a Pint for just £20
The guest judges will crown our Great British Pie Champion at the end of the evening
For all the details and how to book, visit www.countrycreatures.com/events
Terence King and Gemma Finch of The Angel at Burford have been revealed as the new landlord and landlady of The Fox Inn at Great Barrington.
In a message on Instagram, they said:
"We finally have the keys to pub number 2!
We are delighted to have taken on The Fox At Barrington! We are currently closed while we fully refurbish and look forward to welcoming people back in early March.
Big thanks to our team for their support and loyalty as we expand and we look forward to continuing to give great hospitality over both our pubs!"
The traditional 17th-century pub sits on the edge of the River Windrush just 4 miles west of Burford.
Cheltenham chicken restaurant Holee Clucker will reopen its doors on Thursday 3rd February after a five month temporary closure.
The restaurant, located on Suffolk Road, felt the pressure of the National Chef Shortage back in September.
Jay Rahman, co-founder of JM Socials said: “Holee Clucker is back! We’ve taken these few months to re-evaluate our concept, update our menu and look at how we can make things even better for our guests. Like hundreds of restaurants across the UK, Holee Clucker struggled with the National Chef Shortage which of course was difficult for us - as well as many other hospitality businesses."
Holee Clucker will open with a new menu, including dishes such as the ‘green machine’ salad, a burrito rice box and updated chicken burgers.
Foodie duo Sam & Jak have announced that they are leaving the hugely popular Upton Firehouse at the end of this month.
In a post on Instagram, they said:
"After 3 great years we will be saying farewell to The Upton Firehouse on January 30th 2022.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our customers and staff who have supported us during our time here and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Breakfast and lunch will be served as usual this week, we are hosting our final pizza night on Wednesday and BBQ night on Friday with all of the Firehouse classics.
You can still find us in our Cirencester restaurant and catering for private parties, weddings and events."
The pair have just opened an awesome new restaurant in Cirencester, serving modern British and European food.
The Scenic Supper will be “popping up” at Moreton Wine Merchants in Moreton in Marsh this January and February.
The pop-up will take place in the beautifully refurbished Tasting Room which sits 36 comfortably, hosting tables of 2 upwards on Fridays and Saturdays for 6 consecutive weekends in January & February.
You’ll be able to choose from a selection of 9 mouth-watering small plates created by The Scenic Supper's "Master of the Kitchen" Sam Idoine, with wines to match or bottles to sip.
This will take place on:
Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd January
Burns Night Tuesday 25th January
Friday 28th – Saturday 29th January
Friday 4th – Saturday 5th February
Friday 11th – Saturday 12th February
Valentines Night Monday 14th February
Friday 18th – Saturday 19th February
Friday 25th – Saturday 26th February
The opening times for each date are from 5 pm – 9.30 pm (Last food orders)
To book visit thescenicsupper.co.uk
You can view the menu below.
Sam Bowser has joined The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, Oxfordshire, as Executive Chef. He leads the kitchen at the acclaimed pub, which serves both the three-AA-rosette restaurant and the bar.
Bowser joins from Llangoed Hall Hotel, Powys, where he held the position of Head Chef since 2019. Prior to that, he spent four years in the Cotswolds as Head Chef at both Dormy House Hotel and the two Michelin-starred Whatley Manor Hotel. His time in the Cotswolds followed roles working with Philip Howard at The Square in London and with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire. Bowser served a brief stint working for the Bamford family as a private chef seven years ago, where he gained a wealth of knowledge and respect for quality, organic ingredients.
The menus at The Wild Rabbit will continue to be led by the seasons, offering locally sourced and ingredient-focused modern British food. An open kitchen in the 42-cover dining room allows diners to enjoy the theatre of the chefs and brings a dynamic atmosphere to the space. In the bar, a more informal menu provides more relaxed pub food, with the bar seating 34 covers and an additional 40 covers on the terrace during good weather.
Bowser comments: “I am thrilled to be back in the Cotswolds and working with Carole Bamford again. I have been lucky enough to work in many high-end and acclaimed kitchens, but it was working with the Bamford family where I really developed an in-depth understanding of seasonality. The Wild Rabbit offers the perfect setting for me as a chef,
with a quality-driven kitchen and access to exceptional produce from Daylesford Organic - I cannot wait to get stuck in.”
Ewan Grant, General Manager of The Wild Rabbit, comments: “We are excited to welcome Sam to team. He brings considerable experience and expertise from some renowned kitchens. This, coupled with his understanding of The Wild Rabbit, the area and our ethos make him a perfect match as we look forward to an exciting year ahead.”
Bao + BBQ in Cheltenham have taken Christmas feasting to a new level this year.
They have launched their aptly named “Bao + BBQ Christmas Feast” which is a sight to behold,
The star of the show is the 900g -1kg Tomahawk steak, accompanied by a selection of Bao's favourite sides and small plates, including their incredible Katsu Arancini, Bang Bang cauli and our Yuzu Chicken Skewers.
For the board, their Michelin starred Executive Chef Keiron Stevens has created some additional "Bao Style" Christmas classics. You will find pigs in blankets with Asian salt + Pepper Triple Cooked Chips, Yorkshire Puddings, Roasted Sprouts, Bacon Glazed Carrots, BBQ Sauce and Beef Jus.
You will need to pre-order and it costs £73 per person.
What better way to kick off this season's festivities!
Christmas is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking of what booze to get into the house to enjoy with family and friends.
This week's cocktail is a gem from Reverend Hubert, whose Winter Gin Liqueur recipe was created by The Reverend Hubert Bell Lester in 1904 and updated to what it is today by his great-grandson Thomas Lester.
Reverend Hubert's Champagne Cocktail
Place a sugar cube in your glass and sprinkle dashes of Angostura orange bitters (or original) on the cube.
Next add 15ml of Reverend Hubert's winter liqueur.
Top up with Champagne or Prosecco.
Finally drop in a Maraschino cherry.
Evesham always gets a bad rap, some fair and some a little unjust. For many, it's the Onslow and Daisy to the Hyacinth Bucket over-manicured Cotswolds, and unless you live there or you were visiting The Regal Cinema, there is no real reason to visit.
The town centre is littered with charity shops, an abundance of hairdressers and double denim from the first time around. It's in desperate need of a little TLC. However, in the Market Place where Bridge Street meets Vine Street there is a beacon of hope.
What began in a converted Rice Beaufort horse box during lockdown is now a super-stylish restaurant, serving awesome burgers and cocktails over two floors of an old pub. There is a huge emphasis on the locally sourced ingredients used both in the kitchen and behind the bar and a decent selection for the vegans and vegetarians that live amongst us. They also offer a delivery service on Thursday - Sunday on their food and drink to Evesham and the surrounding areas.
We had an hour and a half before Bond was due to start at The Regal, so we were just going to grab a quick burger and drink and get on our merry way. Obviously, after looking at the menu, this didn't happen.
"You must try the Crispy Belly Bites". Of course we did.
"The Baby Bacon Fries are particularly good". Go on then, you've twisted my arm.
Eventually our table was covered in burgers and sides.
The Snack Daniels burger was as good as it sounded. Salt beef slices, cola and bourbon-braised brisket and Tubby Tom's Smokey Schweet BBQ sauce all fighting their way out of the bun. It was delightfully messy, smokey and sticky, and honestly the best thing I had eaten for a long time.
The recommended pork belly bites were heavenly meaty cubes, with a crispy glaze and a subtle kick from the ginger and chilli that accompanied them during the roasting.
The "Bacon Baby" fries are pleasantly thicker than the normal skinny ones you often get and smothered in baconnaise and bacon bits, each one as addictive as the last.
Even when you know you have ordered too much, I can never ignore mac 'n' cheese on a menu. These were topped with bacon bits, chives and crispy onions and, if anything, could have been much gooier with a lot more cheese.
The same has to be said for halloumi fries, you know you don't need them but you have to order them especially when they are rubbed in Tubby Tom's espresso and smoked chipotle dust and washed down with a dark 'n' stormy.
It was all incredibly impressive from start to finish, and in fear of sounding too overdramatic, the arrival of StirrUps is absolutely massive for the town. Evesham has finally got somewhere it can be proud of and it shows other business folk that nice places can be successful there.
A new deli and coffee shop has opened in Bibury.
The Twig has opened within the old village store, which has been empty and unused for years, bringing a new destination spot to the village centre.
The Twig is an offshoot of The Stump, hence the name, a renowned Cotswold Inn serving up an epic menu of pizza, small plates and cocktails since opening in 2019. Both sites have been dreamt up and brought to life by Baz & Fred, who first started serving pizzas together in 2012 and have since opened two pizza restaurants in London as well as local favourites The Stump and The New Inn in the Cotswolds. Their latest opening will put the same emphasis on serving high quality, carefully sourced ingredients and delicious food and drink but this time with a focus on coffee, snacks, and special ingredients.
The house coffee at The Twig will be from Oxfordshire based UE Coffee and best enjoyed alongside one of the fresh house pastries, including specials such as The Twig sausage roll, made with whole grain mustard and apple sauce inside, sourdough toasties, amazing cakes and focaccia sandwiches made in house with best Italian ingredients.
The menu will also include a delicious menu of sandwiches including:
Ham, Emmental, Double Gloucester, Dijonnaise, cornichons
Truffle mushrooms, Comte, Double Gloucester, Dijonnaise
Prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil pesto
Sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, mozzarella, rocket, basil pesto
Salad pots: change on a weekly basis, focusing on seasonal produce
The shop will also be a go-to spot to pick up local produce from companies such as Cotswold Curer, Sourdough Revolution and Hard to Find (honey and oil). Alongside this there will be a delicious range of Spanish and Italian dry goods including cured meats, a select range of natural wines and local Deya beers, and Baz & Fred’s Chilli oil, all ready to buy and enjoy at home.
Chef Thomas Straker is taking over the kitchen at Old Gore near Cirencester this weekend.
Thomas has designed an awesome menu meant for sharing for the table. His approach to food is honest, uncomplicated and totally produce driven, using the best seasonal produce available.
He has spent the majority of the last decade working in some of London’s top restaurants, The Dorchester, Dinner and Elystan street to name a few.
On Friday and Saturday night, and Sunday lunch, Thomas will be firing up all of the firepits at Old Gore, where he will be showcasing what his food is all about, simplicity, seasonality and conviviality, cooking in the open kitchen and outside on the monster grill and asado pit, expect fire and flavour in abundance.
Old Gore is a lovingly restored Cotswold stone barn situated just out of Cirencester which has recently been opened and will be hosting weddings, parties and private events throughout all seasons.’
Tickets have completely sold out for Saturday night but there are few remaining tables left for Friday night and Sunday lunchtime.
Click HERE for tickets.
Click HERE for the menu
Old Gore by Yard Space
The Scenic Supper’s fine dining experience continues at its winter dining hub, The Stone Barn at Fir Farm, on the outskirts of the village of Lower Swell, near Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.
The Stone Barn offers a warm, intimate dining space within a beautifully renovated farm building with full-height windows from which to enjoy far-reaching views across the Cotswolds.
The Scenic Supper’s King Stone Gin bar will continue to offer its delicious seasonal, gin-based cocktail menu using homemade shrubs, cordials and mixers alongside a carefully curated selection of English sparkling wines, Old and New World varieties and locally made beers and ciders.
Championing local, seasonal produce remains key to The Scenic Supper’s dining experience with head chef, Samuel Idoine showcasing the finest fresh local produce in accordance with its ‘Paddock to Plate’ ethos, including Fir Farm’s home-reared, grass-fed beef and lamb, poultry and game. Other outstanding Scenic Supper suppliers include Mark’s Cotswold Bakery, Drinkwaters Fruit and Veg, King Stone Dairy, Cotswold Brew Company and Spinners Cider.
For December, the four and six-course menus will have a festive flavour – perfect for celebrating the season with family and friends or business colleagues.
Bookings opened 1st October for either the pre-set, four course lunch menu (£55pp) or the six-course dinner menu (£70pp). The Barn will be open for lunch from 12.30pm – 3pm for tables of two or more and for dinner for tables of six only from 6.30pm – 11.00pm – Wednesdays – Saturdays. All tables for the four or six-course pre-set menus are bookable and payable in advance.
For all the information and how to book, visit thescenicsupper.co.uk/fir-farm
Keiron Stevens, the former Head Chef at 1 Michelin Star restaurant Adams, will be joining the Cheltenham-based restaurant group JM Socials.
He will be joining the group as their new Executive Chef, heading up the kitchen operations across their six restaurants. Beginning at one of their original Cheltenham restaurants, Prithvi, he’ll be leading the team in enhancing and developing their Indian-inspired menu.
Originally from Cheltenham, Keiron has previously cooked in two Michelin star kitchens, including as a sous chef at Pennyhill and a senior sous chef at Gidleigh Park. He also spent one year training in the illustrious 3 Michelin Star ‘Benu’ in San Francisco.
He’s now moving back to the town his culinary journey began at the then 2 Michelin Star Le Champignon Sauvage while still at school.
Discussing his new position, Keiron said: “There’s massive scope to what we can do at the JM Socials' restaurants. My main focus will be Prithvi to begin with, a fantastic restaurant in my hometown that’s won many culinary hearts. I’m excited to push things forward here and work collaboratively with the team.”
Prithvi has thrived in Cheltenham for nine years, previously being named in the top 10 UK restaurants, amongst a number of other accolades. The other JM Socials establishments, owned by long-term friends and restaurateurs Jay Rahman and Michael Raphel, are a collection of new cuisine concepts, casual eateries and South Indian restaurants.
As well as launching an espresso bar this winter, their expansion plans continue with talks of the duo launching a restaurant alongside Keiron.
Global travel site Big 7 announced their Top 50 Gastropubs list for 2021 which features 3 pubs from here in the Cotswolds.
From London boozers with creative small plates to local country inns boasting a Michelin Star, these places are shining a light on regional British ingredients. Think luxury scotch eggs, house-cured meats, and artisan ingredients... places where you come for a laid back Sunday roast and a delicious date night dinner.
Here's what they say about the 3 featured pubs from the Cotswolds.
THE WILD RABBIT, KINGHAM
The incredible food at The Wild Rabbit all starts with a huge emphasis on sourcing the best ingredients from its own market garden at Daylesford farm. Once that has been done, the dishes they serve to are contemporary and yet exactly what you want in terms of comfort food. The Wild Rabbit is a proper British inn, where you can eat, drink and sleep.
Must-eats include the South Devon beef ribeye with Bledington Blue cheese and pickled walnut, with one of the tempting seasonal soufflés for dessert.
THE CHURCHILL ARMS, PAXFORD
This 17th century inn has chef Nick Deverell-Smith at its helm, who trained under Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White. So it should come as no surprise the food here is nothing short of perfection. There’s all the classics such as a pretty-pink Beef Wellington, as well as creative twists using locally sourced ingredients.
THE KILLINGWORTH CASTLE, WOOTTON Nr WOODSTOCK
‘The Killy’, as it’s locally known, has gone from strength to strength since a refurb a few years ago. A beautiful 17th-century coaching inn with barn bedrooms for guests and a menu full of local goodies.
Most of the ingredients are organic and you can taste the goodness in every mouthful. There’s even the owner’s own craft beer to sip: three ales, all brewed in the Cotswolds.
Visit bigseventravel.com/the-50-best-gastropubs-in-the-uk for the full list
We couldn't let Negroni week pass without sharing a classic recipe.
This one has been created for us by Harry (@shakermakers on Insta) at The Tavern in Cheltenham.
25ml Sweet Vermouth
Garnish - Orange Wedge
Photographer: Glenn Dearing (@glenndearing)
The Scenic Supper have announced their location for the upcoming winter season.
After a hugely successful spring and summer at Todenham Manor Farm, the team will re-locate to a snug Cotswold stone barn at Fir Farm, Lower Swell, just outside of Stow-on-the-Wold.
The Barn at Fir Farm has a warm and intimate feel and boasts just five tables, seating six guests each.
Their brilliant head chef Sam Idoine will again be creating pre-set, seasonal, six-course lunch and dinner menus showcasing the best Cotswold produce available, including game from local estates and locally grown vegetables.
The winter event will be running Wednesdays to Saturdays, starting on Wednesday 10th November and running until Saturday 18th December 2021.
On top of this, Scenic Supper and King Stone Gin founder, Sam Lawson-King, will be creating a seasonal range of delicious gin cocktails made using his own mixers, shrubs and cordials.
Bookings for this exclusive Winter event go on sale at 10am October 1st.
For all the information about The Scenic Super, please visit www.thescenicsupper.co.uk.
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at The Bathurst Arms this week.
The pub is set in an idyllic location beside the River Churn in North Cerney, between Cheltenham and Cirencester, and offers a wonderful organic small-plate and grill menu with 95% of ingredients being sourced from certified organic farmers, producers and suppliers
It felt like we had to wait an age for the Double Red Duke to finally open its doors. After the announcement in November 2020 that Sam and Georgie Pearman had acquired what was The Plough at Clanfield and would launch in February 2021, lockdowns and various restrictions delayed that until May 17th.
Even more exiting was hearing that they had secured the services of Hawksmoor and PittCue's Richard Turner to work alongside Head Chef Richard Sandiford. This could only mean two things, fire and an abundance of meat.
Of course the menu isn't just full of meat. There is a cheese & onion tatin, veggie mixed grill and a trio of salads for the herbivores amongst us, but there's no fun in any of that,
Unsurprisingly, and right up our street, there is a separate menu for steak cuts from where we picked a incredible chunk of medium-rare ribeye. I sat and watched the chefs cooking various ribs and T-bones over the flames from the 14-seater kitchen counter which felt like the front row of the world's best theatre. I always find open kitchens captivating and could sit there all day, especially watching these masters of meat at work.
Away from beef steaks, the "Large Plate" menu boasts wild fish on-the-bone, grilled rose veal chop, fried oysters & egg tartare, spit roast turbot (which looked amazing when it went by to another table) and half a chicken spit roast, as well as the classic fish & chips, pie & mash and the Double Red burger.
The "small plates" menu (nobody does "starters" anymore) is equally exciting and includes some exquisite Wood Roast Sea Scallops with Wild Garlic Butter, Milk & Honey Lamb Chops with Pea & Haggis Salad (I will try this when I go next) and some superb sticky and perfectly charred Apple Glazed Bacon Ribs, Apple, Tamarind & Fennel Slaw.
If you're feeling hungry, which we were, there's also a "snacks" menu at the very beginning featuring some wonderful light and crispy Dublin Bay Scampi and three different flatbreads. We chose the Courgette, Wild Garlic & Mint one to share but you would probably need one each depending on how many other dishes you choose and how big your appetite is.
There wasn't any room for a dessert. If I was staying the night, and home was just a short walk away up the stairs, I would have probably dipped for the white chocolate cheesecake or the sticky toffee pudding. However, if the choice is more meat or leaving room for a pudding, there is only ever going to be one winner.
If staying the night is an option for you, then the nineteen bedrooms are all as heavenly as you would expect. They each, like the whole of the interior, carry the Pearman stamp. There is an abundance of snugs where you can hide away from the world for an afternoon, and the magnificent Downton Abbey-famed Oxfordshire countryside is quite literally on the doorstep. What's not to like?
To celebrate Summer, The Scenic Supper is hosting something a little different for the August Bank Holiday weekend.
"The Long Table" will take place over 2 evenings - Friday 27th and Saturday 28th August at Todenham Manor Farm, just outside Moreton in Marsh.
The Long Table will bring some important things ‘back to the table’ that we’ve all missed over the past 18 months... friends, family and laughter, all served over incredible food from the seven-course menu and cocktails to share at their feasting table.
Visit www.thescenicsupper.co.uk to book.
New to the Cotswolds, Pit Kitchen , is launching on Friday 2nd July and promises exciting menus, inspired by the best of London’s epic street food scene, and served in a beautiful rural setting. This inventive new alfresco dining hub is located on a picturesque hillside, owned by the Cornwell Estate, just outside Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, on a popular walking route just off the A44.
Open until late October, Pit Kitchen will offer both a takeaway service and on-site dining. Pit Kitchen is the brainchild of brothers, Adam and James Thomas. Originally from Worcestershire, the brothers have 15 years’ catering industry experience between them. Formerly based in London, the brothers hit on the idea of bringing London’s incredibly popular street food scene out to a rural location. “We’re looking forward to introducing the locals to some of our favourite things; top sarnies and Middle Eastern cuisine! All cooking will be over an open fire surrounded by views to die for!” says James Thomas.
The family team (with help from consultant chef, George Uren of River Cottage, Axminster and The Pony & Trap at Chew Magna) has created small, seasonal yet budget-friendly, street food style menus prepared fresh each day at breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
The Pit Kitchen’s mantra is ‘a few things done really well’ with a focus on showcasing the finest fresh, local ingredients from the surrounding countryside (wherever possible). Count on a small, but delicious range of bold artisan sarnies made using Pit Kitchen’s own recipe focaccia, plus soups as well as first class coffee and sweet treats during the day. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the menu will be inspired by Hackney’s rich Middle Eastern heritage with a modern Cotswolds twist, meat and veggies cooked on open air wood fire pits for ultimate flavour, plus a handful of delicious sides. Vegetarians and vegans will also be well-catered for at every sitting and all dietary requirements including gluten intolerant and nut / dairy free are a given.
Other local suppliers include; Meat from Todenham Manor Farm, breads by Marks Cotswold Bakery, dairy from Ampersand Dairy and Cacklebean Egg Company eggs.
Drinks will include a top notch offering of a select choice of ever-changing artisan London beers available by the can; from brands including Small Beer Brew Co. and Gipsy Hill Brewery, as well as a selection of wines, and coffee from Adam & Oliver Coffee Roasters of Chipping Norton.
All drinks and dishes will be served from the counter ‘street food style’ in a refitted shipping container kitchen clad in reclaimed timber. For those choosing to eat on-site, long, communal tables are positioned to make the most of the views and edged by a wildflower meadow. In the evening, diners will be warmed by open fire pits, sheltered by sailcloth awnings hung with festoon lights.
From Friday 2nd July until late October on Fridays 12pm - 10pm and Saturdays 9am - 10pm Sundays from 9am - 6pm for breakfast, brunch and lunch with further days to be confirmed.
It will be walk-in only, no bookings and the takeaway service is also walk in only.
Visit www.pitkitchen.co.uk for more information,
A new cocktail lounge is set to be unveiled in Stow-on-the-Wold next month, replacing the Old Stocks Inn’s Little Stocks Coffee Shop.
The boutique hotel and restaurant is transforming its coffee shop into a sumptuously furnished 24-seater cocktail lounge, serving up a new menu of creative and unique drinks.
Charlotte Tuck, business and brand development manager at the Old Stocks Inn, said: “We’re so excited to be putting the finishing touches to our new cocktail lounge, which is expected to open early July.
“Over the six years we’ve been in business, we’ve built up quite a reputation for our cocktail menu and so this felt like a natural progression, expanding the space we have available for our cocktail lovers, both from here in the Cotswolds and travellers from further afield, too.”
The lounge, overlooks The Square in Stow, will be decorated in the signature Old Stocks style, combining luxurious fixtures and furnishings with a relaxed and comfortable feel.
Both hotel residents and locals will be welcome, with cocktail and canape packages set to be available for overnight guests.
Charlotte added: “Our cocktail lounge will bring a new dimension to Stow’s hospitality and tourism offering. When we refurbished the hotel back in 2015 we shook up the local market by creating a truly unique hotel that combines quirky design and Cotswolds charm with luxurious touches – and that’s exactly what we’ve done with the new lounge, too.
“We’re proud to be shaking things up once again and we can’t wait to welcome in our first customers very soon.”
Drinks featured on the Old Stocks’ new cocktail menu include ‘Fool’s Gold’ – a mix of Aperol, vodka, pineapple and cream of coconut; ‘Fog’ – combining IPA and rum with brandy, gin, almond syrup and lemon; and the ‘Notorius F.I.G’ – which brings together gin, fig syrup and fig liqueur.
In 2019 the Old Stocks released the first edition of its own cocktail recipe book: The Old Stocks Little Book of Cocktails.
ARTIST IMPRESSIONS OF THE NEW COCKTAIL LOUNGE
It was announced today that The Ebrington Arms has been sold to the Barkby Group.
In a statement on Instagram, Ebrington landlady Claire Alexander said;
"After nearly 15 years, we’re finally ready to hand over the reigns at The Ebrington Arms.
We were approached a while ago and it felt like the right time so we can focus on @thekillingworth (our other pub just up the road!) & our family.
Going to miss everyone who has helped us achieve more than we ever dreamed of at The Ebrington Arms. While the locals were aghast when we rocked up from London in 2007 having never had a pub before, I think we’ve built a sustainable business to be proud of and put our corner of the Cotswolds on the map. We’ve met characters from all over the world and some have become lifelong friends. The Yubby is where we learned the trade, brought our kids into the world, started brewing @yubbybitter and created a pub that foodies and beer lovers kept coming back to.
Jim and I are SO very thankful for that. A pub is just walls without its people & atmosphere after all.
New owners, Barkby Group, are no newcomers to the trade. With a heritage in maintaining character in their unique Cotswold properties, they’ve told us little will change and we hope you give them a big, famous Yubby welcome.
While it feels like the end of an era to us (ref all my nostalgic ‘before & after’ posts of late!) the team will largely remain the same but our Head chef, Adam Brown, has moved to The Killingworth Castle with us.
Bottoms up darlings, it’s been a pleasure and an absolute blast.
Love, Claire & Jim"
The Barkby Group boast The Five Alls at Filkings, The Bull at Fairford and The Plough Inn at Kelmscott in their portfolio of pubs and hotels in the Cotswolds.
Following the launch of The Wild Rabbit in 2013, Carole Bamford will open her second pub with rooms at the beginning of next year. Keeping true to its original heritage, The Fox will remain a welcoming pub for the community, and pitstop for country walks.
Continuing the legacy of its previous owners, the traditional inn will serve a hearty menu with classic pub dishes such as burgers, fish & chips and Sunday roasts, made with local organic ingredients. Seating up to 90 covers inside, a spacious terrace will accommodate a further 40 people.
The pub will house eight bedrooms, all decorated in Daylesford’s signature style and opposite, The Coach House offers a self-catering alternative ideal for larger families or parties of friends.
Daylesford Farm is set in over 2,500 acres of idyllic rolling organic countryside. Recently awarded a Green Star by the Michelin Guide, the farm is home to the flagship farmshop, Bamford Wellness Spa and three restaurants: The Old Spot, The Trough Café and The Legbar. The Cookery School offers a range of courses to suit different levels and a busy schedule of events such as floristry courses, gardening workshops and market garden tours provides plenty to do.