The Epicurean

An online magazine
dedicated to the finest in
british food, comfort and culture

Horse and Groom

Bourton-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire

A firm favourite of the residents of this small village, the Horse and Groom sits atop a hill looking out onto rolling Cotswolds countryside and rows of honey-hued 17th and 18th century buildings. Embrace the offbeat charm and award-winning cuisine of this beloved pub with rooms.

From the Cotswold stone interior walls and exposed beams to the roaring log fires and mis-matched furniture; this is a pub that exudes warmth, comfort and character. Menus are chalked up daily on a blackboard and in the spacious garden a small fruit and vegetable patch grows some of the ingredients you’ll find in their country-fresh dishes. Sip on a pint of local ale while you watch the world go by at a slower pace or settle into one of their intimate dining spaces for your evening meal.

Highlights

  • Its location in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds; Bourton on the Hill itself is delightful and the pub is ideally placed for exploring the surrounding countryside and villages

  • The multiple award-winning food celebrating a minimalist style that allows natural flavours to sing
  • The large garden offering superb views of the surrounding countryside
Description
Things to Do
Map

Rooms

Eschewing any established order, each of the five en-suite bedrooms is individual in colour and style. Whether it’s a bay window seat overlooking the village, a luxurious and newly refurbished bathroom or doors opening directly out onto the garden, every room has its own special touch. Sumptuous bedding and complimentary tea-and-coffee-making facilities add to the ‘home from home’ feeling throughout.

The Food

Rustic simplicity is key to their culinary appeal. Pull up a chair in one of the three Cotswold stone-clad dining areas, each a different shape and size, before placing your order at the bar in the traditional pub style. With their very own vegetable patch and fruit cage in the garden and an allotment in the neighbouring countryside, the focus is on fresh food made from the finest local and in-house ingredients. Expect to choose from dishes such as grilled fillet of Loch Duart salmon with steamed pak choi, ginger, lime and sultana and Dexter beef, ale and mustard pie.

The Drink

A pub for all seasons; in winter retreat from the harsh weather and warm your hands by the wood burning fire in the bar whilst enjoying a pint of local ale or a glass of full bodied red wine, and in summer sip a crisp glass of fizz or cider in the spacious garden. Stools surround the bar should you wish to get into the country spirit and strike up a conversation with the friendly staff.

COUNTRY PURSUITS

CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE

If you’re looking to add a touch of glamour to your Cotswolds stay, then this racecourse offers plenty of thrilling race days and fixtures to enjoy. Often lauded as the ‘Home of Jump Racing’, Cheltenham hosts some of Britain’s major racing events including The Open in November and the Festival and Gold Cup Day in March which you could venture to if you time your stay right.

 

Also visit:

  • Sezincote House: simulated shooting
  • River Coln & Blenheim Palace trout lake: fly fishing
  • Broadway village: golf
  • Long Marsden Airfield: aviation

CULTURE & HERITAGE

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Take a 30 minute tour through the Cotswolds’ country roads to explore the hometown of England’s most revered bard at this historic riverside city. With Stratford-Upon-Avon as your stage, you’ll be able to trace Shakespeare’s favourite local haunts, enjoy a performance from the Royal Shakespeare Company and find poetic inspiration as you glide across the River Avon in your classic rowing boat, soaking up the Tudor architecture as you go.

 

Also visit:

  • Sezincote House: mentioned in the Doomsday book and immortalised by John Betjeman in “Summoned By Bells”
  • Chipping Camden, Broadway & Stow-on-the-Wold: cream teas, antiques and postcard-perfect Cotswolds villages
  • Evesham Abbey
  • Bourton House & Gardens

NATURE

THE COTSWOLDS

One of the most beautiful areas in England, the Cotswolds is the largest of 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Renowned for its warmth and clarity, the landscape is characterised by its stone walls and buildings, open skies, rolling grasslands, beech woods and captivating villages, which make it an outstanding English landscape.

 

Also visit:

  • Hidcote Manor Garden – one of the finest gardens in the country
  • Batsford Arboretum
  • Cotswold Falconry Centre
  • Cotswold Farm Park

Cotswolds’ country roads

Getting Here

Nearest train station: Moreton-in-Marsh 1h33min from London
Taxi from station: approx. 6min
Drive: 1h51min from London, 33min from Stratford-Upon-Avon. 44min from Cheltenham, 53min from Worcester

Horse and Groom

Bourton on the Hill, Moreton in Marsh
Gloucestershire, GL56 9AQ
01386 700413