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the going gets tough, the tough get going to the Cotswolds for a weekend out of the city and away from the rat race. There you’ll find cosy pubs with open fires, long walks in the countryside and food made with locally sourced produce. But where to hole up for the night? Well we can throughly recommend The Wheatsheaf Inn located in the beautiful historic Cotswold market town of Northleach.

Belonging to The Lucky Onion portfolio of properties, the traditional country pub and hotel has just 14 bedrooms, each different in design. We stayed in one of the “very good rooms” which had a homely feel to it and featured a comfy double bed. The WOW factor though, had to be the bathroom which was almost as big as the bedroom with free standing huge bathtub, separate shower, 100 Acres products, robes and a table topped with everything you usually forget – toothbrush, razor etc.

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Downstairs the restaurant attracts people from far and wide, during both lunch and dinner service on the Saturday we stared there wasn’t a spare seat in the house, a testament to the food it serves. For dinner highlights included the light twice baked Cheddar soufflé with grain mustard, the Spanish style Lamb Shank with chorizo, butter beans and garlic mayo and the caramelised bananas on brioche which made us thankful we only had to roll upstairs to bed.

Breakfast was another big affair and we went large with The Wheatsheaf Full English Breakfast. That’s
two Arlington White Eggs (Any style) Bacon & Cotswold pork sausage, black pudding, grilled tomato, mushroom & Beef dripping toast. Luckily The Wheatsheaf offers guests a selection of maps which showcase the different walking routes in the area, because trust us after all that grub you’ll need to take a long walk in the countryside. If you need to find your zen again, head here for the weekend – Even after just one night we felt completely relaxed and ready to face the working world.

The Wheatsheaf Inn, West End, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3EZ