One of the quintessential pleasures of early summer is to head off on a Friday night for the country. Leave the lawn mowing, cooking and chores behind for a weekend with your fave person and the good things in life
If walks in vibrant countryside ending with supper in an inviting dining pub – with a glass or two to complete the relaxation – sound like your kind of day, then The Catherine Wheel in the Cotswold village of Marshfield is a great find.
Not only does it have all the essentials like comfy rooms above the inn, a hearty menu of homecooked food and a lovely choice of ales and wines, it’s also got the charm of higgledy-piggledy Cotswold stone streets – with the grandeur of Bath just eight miles away.
When it comes to walks, there’s the famous Cotswold Way of course, or Roo Allison and her team at the inn can point you in the right direction for a ramble through the field and stone wall landscape on one side, or the wooded valleys to the south.
And once you’ve worked up an appetite, let the kitchen team, led by Chris Hicks, delight with quality pub classics from ham, egg and chips to steaks, as well as a seasonally inspired menu of dishes such as pan-fried sea bass with seared asparagus and fennel, or wild garlic falafel with cucumber yoghurt.
Can’t bear to leave the dog at home to miss out on all that walking? You’ll be pleased to know that the warm welcome extends to them too.