A swift motor along meandering roads from Cirencester – or a paddle up the River Coln from Bibury – lies The Inn at Fossebridge, a splendid spot from which to explore the Cotswolds, discovers Kathryn Lewis
At the first sign of sunshine, rural ramblers, dog walkers and families in need of refuelling flock to the expansive beer garden at The Inn at Fossebridge. And with a kitchen dishing out dashing local fodder, along with nine cosy bedrooms in which to retire after a day in the country, there’s more than well-kept ales and shady patches by the private lake awaiting visitors at the historic free house.
VISIT FOR time out. Give the alarm clock a lie in and mosey down to a brekkie of fresh fruit and yoghurt followed by a hearty plate of grilled black pudding, sauteed mushrooms and poached eggs.
Whether the day is spent clocking up miles on the network of nearby nature walks, or making a dent in your latest thriller in the 17th century bar, make sure to schedule in a late afternoon session watching the swans on the lake.
DON’T VISIT for avant garde dining. A crowd-pleasing bar list and menu of rustic classics to rival mum’s – succulent beef shin encased in crumbly hot water pastry, comforting cottage pie and pan seared seabass with creamy spring onion mash – feel right at home within The Fossebridge’s Cotswold stone walls.
WE LIKED post dinner belly rubs with Gibson the pub pooch.
INSIDER’S TIP Round up the troops and reserve Lakeside House for a couple of greedy days in the countryside. The gorgeous Grade IIlisted former stable will accommodate nine of your chums and a few four-legged friends.
What we ate (dinner)
Starter Pan fried king prawns and chorizo, fresh chilli, red pepper pesto
Main Devon duck and gammon hot water pastry pie with broad beans, fennel and oregano
Dessert Sicilian lemon tart, raspberry coulis, white chocolate shard, vanilla ice cream