The King's Arms

Pub with rooms in Didmarton, Gloucestershire

From £135 per night

Curator's notes:

  • Quintessential English countryside setting
  • Seasonal menu based on local produce
  • Cosy rooms with bold decor
  • Wood-fired pizza oven in garden
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Speak to us on +44 (0)20 8161 0100

Overview

When it comes to a quintessentially English countryside setting, the rural splendour of the Cotswolds is the classic choice and this stylish 17th-century coaching inn is at the heart of it all.

Crackling fires, stag heads adorning the walls and a distinct charcoal-black colour scheme provide a relaxed but refined setting for enjoyable wining and dining. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu using local produce, including fresh game that comes direct from neighbouring estates (we particularly recommend the Badminton venison) and in summer, wood-fired pizzas are served direct from the oven in the peaceful garden.

When the evening draws to a close, rest your head in one of the well-appointed upstairs rooms where four-poster beds and crisp linen and cosy duvets ensure a good night's sleep. Or, stay in one of the two self-catering cottages, suitable for families and larger groups.

Rooms from

6 doubles & 2 cottages: £135 & £275


Good to know

  • Amex not accepted, Visa / Mastercard / Maestro all accepted

  • Disabled access

  • Alfresco & private dining

  • Wood-fired oven

  • Parking available

  • Dog stay: £15

Scenic and serene
The Cotwolds is a walkers' paradise so you'll find plenty of trails through spectacular countryside and picture-postcard stone villages to delight you.

Dog-friendly
Book in a dog stay and there will be a bed, treats and even a dog beer waiting for your four-legged friend on arrival. Dogs are also very welcome in the bar and casual dining areas.

Rooms

Combining modern comfort with rustic elegance, each of the six cottage-style rooms above the inn have their own individual character.

Named after the prize-winning hounds from the nearby Beaufort Hunt, each room includes king-size beds, antique dressing tables, ivory sheepskin rugs and luxurious Feather and Black mattresses and duvets to ensure a comfortable night's sleep. Walls adorned with George Stubbs' paintings give a nod to the inn's equestrian heritage, and each room includes good teas and coffee with shortbread biscuits from local award-winning Marshfield Bakery.

Two spacious self-catering cottages are also available - Saracen sleeps six and Bobtail sleeps four - in the former stables of the original King's Arms in the 17th century. These are ideal for families and larger groups looking for their own private hideaway in the Cotswolds.

Restaurant & bar

Dine on creative British dishes made using the freshest, locally sourced produce - all the game is provided by local country estates that surround the inn.

Interesting menus evolve with the seasons, so typically tuck into pork, fennel and garlic scotch egg with Bloody Mary ketchup, crab mac 'n' cheese , fennel salad, hazelnut and wild garlic pesto, classic battered haddock with chunky chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce, or rare roast beef sirlion with all the trimmings on Sunday. Puddings may include lemon tart with raspberry sorbet.

For a relaxing drink, head to the main bar where you can sink into comfortable leather armchairs and warm your toes by the wood-burning fireplace, or nestle into a window banquette to take in the views of the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

For something more intimate, check out the charming Local's Bar decorated with historical trinkets, or if the weather's fine bag a seat in the classic English garden for an alfresco meal. In the summer months the chefs get the outdoor oven going and serve wood-fired pizza every weekend.

Private dining

The private dining room (seats 24) combines classic style with contemporary touches and is ideal for private parties, dinners and meetings. The lovely garden can be used for cocktail and canape receptions or other private events.

Things to do

If you're seeking true Cotswolds charm, The King's Arms is the ideal base for exploring those quintessential English villages that look like they've been lifted from a postcard. Tetbury, renowned for its pretty streets, boutiques, galleries and teashops, is close by. Or visit Lacock Village, a picture-postcard village, mostly owed by the National Trust, which has starred in many film and TV shows, including Downton Abbey, Cranford and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

For country walks, head to Woodchester Park, which includes the 3.5 mile Boat House Trail circular walk that begins and ends at the pay-and-display car, ideal if you need to take the dog for some exercise.

For a spot of birdwatching, head to Slimbridge Wetland Centre, the only place in the world where you can see all six species of flamingo, but if heritage and culture is your thing, then we recommend visiting Berkeley Castle, the oldest castle in the UK to be continuously owned and occupied by the same family.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Yate, Kemble or Chippenham
Taxi from station: about 15min; 25min; 28min, respectively
Drive: Bath 30min; Bristol 25min; London 2hr

Address

The Street, Didmarton, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL9 1DT

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