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The creeper-covered and country-smart Wheatsheaf Inn is a fabulous Cotswold bolthole, drawing a discerning crowd for its 14 glamorous bedrooms, innovative modern British pub food and its chilled out vibe.

With well-chosen artworks, leather armchairs and open fireplaces, The Wheatsheaf is the kind of place you can squirrel yourself away and spend a day or two. Expect a contemporary quality here, too, with dining that is both rustic and modern, and the sort of all-round attention to detail that really elevates this inn.

There's plenty of charm inside and out with winter log fires in the cosy bar and the informal dining room, alongside a stunning terrace garden for sunny summer days. For those fancying some alfresco dining, choose from the lower terrace with its hardwood furniture, attractive planters, pizza oven, and outside heaters, or relax on one of the wooden tables on the neat terraced lawns edged with country flower borders, or the upper terrace where you will find the shepherd's hut bar serving summer Nyetimber fizz.

Rooms from

14 doubles: £110

Good to know

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Private and alfresco dining
  • Pizza oven/garden kitchen
  • Parking available
  • Dogs welcome overnight

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the main front bar and the game bar. Dogs can also stay overnight in three of the bedrooms.

A touch of culture
With the vibrant city of Cheltenham a short drive away, as well as a number of National Trust properties close by, there's plenty to keep culture and history buffs entertained.


The 14 double rooms are a classy bunch with a mix of shapes and sizes and each decorated in a stylish and contemporary manner, yet retaining all the charm of an original coaching inn.

The colours are fashionably muted, save for some splashes of colour from artworks and designer fabrics and wallpaper, with cool, industrial-style lighting, original beams, exposed brickwork, stripped plank floors, and sturdy and well-chosen furniture such as hand-crafted Hypnos beds ensuring a high-quality feel throughout. There are three rooms on the ground floor with direct access to the garden areas.

The bathrooms really up the glam stakes with some rooms featuring roll-top baths, others with trendy modern showers in the bedroom, and all are stocked with organic Bramley toiletries.

Restaurant & bar

Focusing on quality British ingredients, the seasonally evolving menu delivers robust and hearty flavours along with a touch of sophistication.

The kitchen serves a real range of food from breakfast through till dinner - from avocado and poached eggs on sourdough toast at breakfast to more refined dishes at lunch and dinner, perhaps very moreish devilled kidneys on toast, or twice-baked cheddar souffle, spinach and grain mustard, followed by calves liver, creamed potato, streaky bacon, sage and onion jus, or Hereford ribeye steak from the grill. For pudding, perhaps try Cambridge burnt cream, raspberries and shortbread. Good Sunday roasts, and pizzas from wood-oven in the garden - try the chorizo and n'duja.

There's a good selection of real ales and craft beers on tap and the wine list is a cracker, with over 300 bins to choose from and 15 available by the glass in two measures. If you fancy something stronger, peruse the cocktail list or try one of the 20 types of malt whisky on offer.

Private dining

The Gun Room, seats up to 20 boardroom-style. With high ceilings, eclectic decor, and state-of-the-art facilities including Apple TV, this unique event space is perfect for larger meetings, presentations, or away days in the countryside. The stylish and secluded Poker Room seats six around a large round table and has views over our gardens. It's the ideal place to host a smaller meeting.

Things to do

History buffs should head to Chastleton House and Garden, a Jacobean house where little has changed in 400 years. Built in the early 1600s and owned by the same family until 1991, the house serves as a fascinating time capsule - you'll really feel like you've stepped back in time.

Situated in a secluded part of the Coln valley, the Chedworth Roman Villa, run by the National Trust, dates from around AD 120. Open daily from mid-February to the end of November, it was originally believed to have been a farmhouse.

Not far from Northleach are several country estates and shooting schools where clay pigeon shooting regularly takes place, including Ian Coley's Sporting at Andoversford. With advice and guidance, this activity is a perfect way to get a little shooting practice, whether you are an experienced shot or just a beginner.

Getting here


Nearest train station: Cirencester
Taxi from station: 16min
Drive: Cheltenham 30min; Gloucester 35min


West End, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3EZ

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