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Overview

Big changes have been rung at this Georgian coaching inn since Brunning & Price secured a long lease in 2019 from the Alscot Estate, who own this striking village inn between Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds.

Inside, the bar and dining rooms have been cleverly reconfigured in typical Brunning & Price style - several rambling eating areas refurbished in contemporary style yet retaining the original character of the old building. Expect head-cracking low beams, rugs on board floors, an eclectic mix of old dining tables, walls festooned with old prints and photographs, deep sofas and armchairs by the fire in cosy nooks, and folding doors leading to the stunning flower adorned terrace with comfortable wicker sofas and chairs. Tables and chairs in the garden beyond enjoy peaceful views across watermeadows.

In addition, there's a crowd-pleasing daily menu, an upstairs private dining room and eight lovely bedrooms - the perfect stop-over for exploring all things Shakespeare with Stratford just 10-minutes away.

Rooms from:

8 doubles: £110

Good to know

Major credit cards accepted

Disabled access (downstairs)

Alfresco & private dining

Parking available

Dogs welcome overnight

A touch of culture

Other than being Shakespeare's birthplace and the home of the Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon offers leisurely river boat trips, excellent shopping, historic landmarks, and beautiful parks to stroll around.

Hidcote Manor Garden

Don't miss this Arts & Crafts masterpiece featuring a series of outdoor 'rooms' each with its own unique character. Wander amongst ancient roses, unusual plants and trees from around the world and all set against a stunning panorama across the Vale of Evesham.

Rooms

Eight thoughtfully designed and decorated bedrooms are scattered about the inn - five are located above the bar and three occupy the smartly converted barn that flanks the terrace.

They vary in size and shape - two are quite compact - and all are decorated/equipped in similar style, yet ooze comfort and charm with striking statement wall-coverings (botanical & landscape scenes), and sofas or armchairs and perhaps a roll-top bath in the larger rooms. The two suites are huge with exposed beams and super bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and deep tubs for those who fancy a long soak. One suite has its own terrace with country views, while the downstairs room in the barn welcomes dogs.

Rooms also feature big bedside lamps, eye-catching botanical prints, Smart TVs and detail touches include a telephone, decent teas and coffee, full-length mirror and a well-researched guest information folder. Bathrooms are smart and modern, with trendy brick-tiled walls, walk-in showers and luxury L'Occitane toiletries.

Restaurant & bar

There's something for all tastes and appetites on the crowd-pleasing all-day menu, which includes chef's specials, good gluten free options and decent Sunday roasts.

Starters or lighter dishes range from smoked duck, roasted beets and Berkswell cheese custard to garlic and rosemary baked Camembert with fruit chutney. Main dishes take in pub classics like chicken, ham leek pie and a substantial rump steak sandwich with Dijon mustard and tarragon mayonnaise and chips. Alternatively, perhaps tuck into mussels, cider, leeks, bacon and cream or venison pave, celeriac, potato and braised haunch terrine, red cabbage puree and peppercorn sauce. Perhaps round off with hot waffle, caramelised banana, toffee sauce and honeycomb ice cream.

The impressive bar dispenses a good choice of ales on tap, including local Purity, North Cotswold and Hooky beers, and a raft of boutique gins, plus a short, global list of wines (17 by the glass).

Private dining

The upstairs private dining room has its own private terrace and can seat up to 20 in comfort. It's ideal for intimate get-togethers with friends or family, or equally suitable for business meetings with teas, coffees and the full daily menu available.

Things to do

Chastleton House just outside Moreton-in-Marsh is a fine Jacobean mansion with a striking south front. The house was built by a local wool merchant in the early 17th century, who purchased the estate from Robert Catesby, one of the conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

The Cotswold Food Store & Cafe is a family-run, award-winning farm shop and delicatessen on the A424 at Longborough. It stocks a huge range of locally sourced produce such as bread, fruit and vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs. They also have a large and airy cafe where you can sample homemade cakes, light lunches or their famous Cotswold cream teas.

The Cotswold Distillery at Shipston-on-Stour is an artisan small-batch producer of fine Cotswold Whisky and Gin, offering daily tours of the distillery, during which you can sample their products. They also have a well-stocked shop.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Stratford-upon-Avon

Taxi from station: 9min

Drive: Stow-on-the-Wold 23min; Banbury 30min; Birmingham 50min

Address

Alderminster, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 8NY

Enquire to book

To make a booking enquiry, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11am - 3pm.

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