When it comes to countryside getaways that are within easy reach of London, it’s pretty hard to beat the Cotswolds. It’s got the lot: beautiful scenery, cute little villages, some incredible hotels and, of course, lots of pubs. So if like us you love nothing more than a big country walk followed by an even bigger Sunday roast before retiring upstairs for the biggest lie down then let us introduce to The Ebrington Arms….
This classic little country pub is in the village of Ebrington (duh), about two hours drive from London and it’s been getting quite the reputation since Jim and Claire Alexander took it over in 2007 and spruced it up. The building dates from 1640 and even though there’s some new additions, there’s plenty of creaky old charm too, from the low wooden-beamed ceilings to the heavy flagstone floors and huge open fireplaces.
Upstairs there are five cosy but nicely done out rooms with oak-frame beds, bathrooms (including one with a roll-top bath), smart wooden floors, and flat screen TVs. You’ll also find some home-made biscuits and even a little bottle of sherry which was a great touch – more places should include sherry in the rooms![URIS id=102140]
There are some great local walks through amazing countryside, including one that goes past an absolutely beautiful country house called Foxcote Manor, owned by the founder of Victoria’s Secret no less. We didn’t spot any Angels outside this time but it was February after all. There’s also the nearby village of Chipping Campden which is worth a visit for its picture-perfect village high street.
Back at The Ebrington Arms there’s some fantastic food and local ales from the pub’s own Yubberton Brewery. Hungry from our walk, we had no trouble polishing off two big Sunday roasts, one with 40-day-aged Longhorn beef and the other with slow roast pork shoulder. Both came with Yorkshire puds, plenty of gravy, veg and roasties of course. Oh and as it’s £27 for three courses – and we’d done all that walking remember – we also had starters of beetroot salad and a duck terrine, plus a sticky toffee pudding and an amazing warm chocolate tart for dessert.
The Ebrington Arms really ticks all the boxes and if you’re looking for a countryside pub getaway, we can highly recommend this place.
Ebrington, Chipping Campden, GL55 6NH