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Stepping out

Published on May 3, 2016
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If you’re anything like us, a warm early summer’s day is the clarion call for dining outdoors

Inn at Fossebridge

Rattan tables and chairs on a sweep of green lawn, some bathed in sunlight, others in the cool shade of a majestic tree; the peace of a country evening with just the quiet murmur and occasional laughter of groups of friends enjoying supper in the mellow warmth of day’s end …

If alfresco dining at a countryside pub is on your list of must-dos this month, you’d be hard pushed to find a more picture perfect place than the Inn at Fossebridge.

Its riverside garden has all the delights above – as well as great food, a fine selection of well-kept ales and those important little extras such as garden games for kids and treats for four-legged companions.

The elegant old inn, a famous Cotswolds stop off on the Fosse Way, is very popular with walkers, especially those in need of some luxurious down-time, and anyone looking for a good base to explore the surrounding countryside. Although, once you’ve enjoyed a spot of post lunch relaxation in its beautiful four acre garden with stunning lake, you may not want to go anywhere else.

‘There’s a two mile circular trail that goes from our garden and through a section of the Coln Valley,’ says Dee Ludlow, who co-owns the inn with her partner Geoff Collins. ‘Lots of people like to do the walk either before or after eating with us. We serve food all day so there’s never any rush – people can just relax and enjoy being here.’

There’s no better time to visit the Inn at Fossebridge’s beautiful pub garden as it’s just been named as Seasonal Pub of the Year: Spring by the North Cotsowld CAMRA.

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