Eating Out

Dining Out – The George Townhouse

Shipston was recently named by The Sunday Times as one of the best places to live in the UK. It continues to grow with new and interesting businesses opening regularly.
This month an old classic has reopened after undergoing a total change.
The George in Shipston has a long and varied history.

There are numerous photos of the George in circulation but unfortunately few of them are dated.
Over the last few years, The George chugged along with enthusiastic staff doing their best to keep everything going.
At the end of 2015 we received the great news that The George had been bought out […]

Daylesford Organic – The new Cotswolds

Over the past twenty years the Cotswolds has changed dramatically. The picture used to be one of thatched buildings with old ladies in white pinafores serving tea. The whole game changed and changed dramatically for the better when Daylesford Organic farm shop opened in 2002. Daylesford is a one of the “must visits” for guests at our Cotswolds B&B.
Daylesford had been farming organically for 35 years and the shop and restaurant were a natural extension to their great ethos. However I don’t think that anyone expected the shop to have the impact that it has had.

Daylesford products are of […]

Dining out – The Fuzzy Duck in Armscote

One of the most important aspects in our life at our Cotswolds B&B is food! We are very fortunate to have a lot of good options close to us. It is a challenging market and restaurants have to stay on their toes as standards of food and service are usually high.
One of the top restaurants around here that consistently maintains high standards is The Fuzzy Duck in Armscote.
The restaurant is located in a beautifully renovated building where everything has been finished to the highest standards.

They have a well thought out seasonal menu (an example below).

One of the best starters […]

Dining out  – Buckland Manor

Choosing your dining options while staying at our Cotswolds B&B is important. Restaurants around here get booked up quickly and the idea of booking a restaurant and taxi at 6pm on a Friday is not an option. It is important to book ahead and I am more than willing to book restaurants and taxis ahead of time for my guests.
Although there are many quality dining options around Shipston-On-Stour, one of the best fine dining options is Buckland Manor.
Buckland Manor is a 13th-century manor house set in 10 acres of beautiful gardens. The restaurant won the Cotswold Hotel Restaurant of […]

Great new bar in Shipston

We have had another great new addition for the Shipston after hours crowd.

The excellent El Cafe has long been a favourite of our guests. In fact this weekend we had two lovely guests from San Francisco who went along for dinner and absolutely loved the food.

Well David, el maestro from el Cafe has started another exciting venture, La Vinoteca.
With excellent decor, very nice, friendly staff and a good selection of unusual wines, this is going to become a firm Shipston favourite. In fact, all of the guests whom we have suggested La Vinoteca to have been most impressed.

Definitely worth a […]

Dining out – The Churchill Arms, Paxford

Paxford is another beautiful village about seven minutes from Shipston-On-Stour where we have our Bed and Breakfast.

The Churchill Arms is a lovely pub which has recently been revamped and it also features a great portrait of my husband’s hero, Winston Churchill.
We visited the pub last month to try out their new menu and were suitably impressed.
The decor is smart but sympathetic and the menu a good take on modern English.

The service flowed well and we really enjoyed our dishes especially the Haddock Souffle starter.
All in all an excellent experience and we will definitely be recommending this restaurant to our […]

Dining at Sheldon’s Wines – 2

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about our friends Elisa and John staring a new venture at Sheldon’s Wines an independent wine merchant in a beautiful, interesting building in Shipston-On-Stour. Sheldon’s is just two minutes walk from our Bed and Breakfast.
Well, it is a triumph! The décor is excellent, very sympathetic to the building but also chic and the food excellent.
Friday night was very busy with Elisa and John’s burger wagon serving up a storm. If you […]

Another Shipston dining option at Sheldon’s Wine Cellars

Some more good news for Shipston.
Our friends Elisa and John who run a lovely Cotswolds catering company called Lord and Lady food are going to start offering food at Sheldon’s Wine Cellars.

Sheldon’s is a good wine merchant located in a very interesting building in  the heart of Shipston. Sheldon’s has vast cellars where wine used to be bottled and which are now used for catered dining events. The cellars extend under the surrounding roads and also lead to tunnels under Shipston which lead who knows where .  The building has fascinating history (amongst other things, it was once used […]

Eating out – El Cafe’ Tapas Bar, Shipston

El Cafe’ is another Shipston enigma.
One of the best tapas bars we have eaten at despite our many visits to Spain.
I remember how disappointed we were on our last visit to Madrid as we tried several tapas eateries and didn’t find anything remarkable.
The best meal we had (if you ever find yourself in Madrid!) was at the lhardy which seems to be a local power broker’s restaurant (definitely not a tapas establishment) with several businessmen and politicians doing their thing while we were there.
The first place we ate when we came to Shipston was El Cafe and we have […]

Pub review – The Red Lion, Long Compton

Long Compton is about a seven minute drive from Shipston-On-Stour where our luxury Bed and Breakfast, The Old Kiln House is located. Long Compton is a lovely village surrounded by beautiful scenery and with the world famous Rollright Stones right next door.

 It is also home to the wonderful Red Lion Pub .
On Sunday, after getting some rave reviews from guests,  we wondered over with CotswoldsCharlie (as it is a dog friendly pub). CotswoldsCharlie was given a huge welcome by the lovely manager Lisa and he was even more excited when he saw that there were Pig’s Ears on the […]