Guide to the best restaurants in the Cotswolds

The Potting Shed Restaurant in the Cotswolds

If you’re looking for Cotswolds restaurants to dine out at, then you’ll be completely bowled over by what this beautiful part of England has to offer. Those green pastures give you a hint regarding the fertility of the land in this area, and the fresh seasonal produce grown and raised here never fails to impress. 

The best restaurants in the Cotswolds include a clutch of Michelin-starred eateries, as well as some that come highly recommended by the foodies’ bible. Others are more up-and-coming, so get in while you can still benefit from great-value prices and not having to wait weeks for a table.

Here are 21 of the best restaurants in the Cotswolds. Which will you be dining at? 

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1. Lumiere, Cheltenham

Clarence Parade, Cheltenham GL50 3PA

Best for: A sweet tooth

Accolades: Michelin recommended

Lumiere can be found in the smart Regency town of Cheltenham, close to the main shopping district in the centre. This Michelin recommended pick offers a warm welcome and serves contemporary takes on British classics. 

The stylish, neutral interior sets the scene for a fine dining experience, ensuring the food takes centre stage. Make sure you save space for dessert, as the sweet treats can be the most memorable part of a meal here. 

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2. The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, Malmesbury

Malmesbury SN16 0RB

Best for: Vegans

Accolades: One Michelin star

Whatley Manor Dining Room
Whatley Manor Dish

Boasting a Michelin star to its name, The Dining Room at Whatley Manor offers a refined dining experience to discerning guests. The setting is magnificent, within an ivy clad country house surrounded by a dozen acres of glorious grounds. 

Ricki Weston has a strong commitment to locally sourced, seasonal produce, and the romantic, peaceful space is ideal for celebrating a special occasion. Set menus include options for vegans, pescatarians and vegetarians, while the wine list features biodynamic, vegan and vintage options. 

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3. Purslane, Cheltenham

16 Rodney Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1JJ

Best for: Seafood fans

Accolades: Michelin recommended

Purslane Cheltenham

Purslane is another of the top restaurants in the Cotswolds, and like Lumiere can be found in the heart of elegant Cheltenham. This is a great pick for seafood fans, as produce from all over the British Isles is used liberally within the range of imaginative dishes served here.

This eatery has a laid-back, neighbourhood vibe and service is attentive yet relaxed. Diners can order from an a la carte menu or opt for tasting menus of five or seven courses, with or without a wine flight. 


4. The Coconut Tree, Cheltenham

59 St Paul’s Road, Cheltenham GL50 4JA

Best for: Fans of spice

Accolades: N/A

The Coconut Tree

Though not yet included in the Michelin Guide, The Coconut Tree in Cheltenham is highly recommended. Particularly for those with a penchant for spice or cocktails. Sri Lankan street fare is the speciality here, and exposed brickwork within gives the restaurant a casual, contemporary feel.

This place is ideal for vegan diners as there are more meat and fish free options on the menu here than dishes featuring those ingredients. If you’ve never tried Kotthu, Hoppers or Wadey Wadey before, prepare for a taste sensation. 


5. Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham

24-28 Suffolk Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2AQ

Best for: A classic Michelin experience

Accolades: One Michelin star

You can expect seamless service and perfectly executed food every single time at Le Champignon Sauvage, as this Michelin-starred eatery has been run by a pair of experts for over three decades. 

Classic French dishes form the backbone of the menu, and are prepared with the freshest seasonal British produce. Owner and head chef David Everitt-Matthias isn’t afraid to add his own touches, however. Make dessert a priority as these are one of the menu’s highlights here. 


6. 5 North Street, Winchcombe

5 North Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5LH

Best for: A neighbourhood feel

Accolades: Michelin recommended


5 North Street Dessert

For a welcoming atmosphere and an intimate, neighbourhood feel, head to 5 North Street in mediaeval Winchcombe. The food is every bit as picture perfect as the streets in this beautiful Cotswolds town

There are four menus to pick from here, covering lunch, dinner, Sundays and vegetarians. While the food is constantly evolving here, the produce is always as fresh and local as possible. The unfailing aim is to treat diners to a taste of the Cotswolds


7. YOKU, Cheltenham

131 The Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NW

Best for: Superb sushi

Accolades: N/A

Recently opened YOKU is a stylish sushi restaurant located at the luxurious No.131 hotel. Dark, exquisite interiors meet exceptional Japanese sushi and Asian dining. This is one to visit before it becomes too well known.

Take a seat at one of the tables or sit at the bar, where you can witness the food being prepared right in front of your eyes. Discover exquisite flavours, beautifully presented dishes and superlative cocktails. 


8. The Lamb Inn, Burford

Sheep St, Burford OX18 4LR

Best for: A beer garden

Accolades: Three AA rosettes

The Lamb Inn Restaurant in the Cotswolds
The Lamb Inn Roast

The Lamb Inn also remains off the Michelin radar – for now! Book a table while you can still take advantage, as a plethora of culinary delights awaits. The restaurant in Burford does already boast three AA rosettes for the quality of its food. 

A gorgeous, grassy beer garden is yours to enjoy on a sunny day too. While tucking into the likes of cauliflower Mornay, broccoli and mushroom gnocchi, the catch of the day, beer battered fish and chips or a brisket beef burger. 

This restaurant also has rooms, so do consider booking an overnight stay at The Lamb Inn.


9. The Village Pub, Barnsley

The Village Pub, Barnsley GL7 5EF

Best for: Pub with rooms

Accolades: N/A

The Village Pub Barnsley

Staying with the theme of good pub grub, The Village Pub in Barnsley, Gloucestershire is prized for the quality of its sausage and mash. Among other dishes, such as a substantial and lip-smackingly delicious Sunday lunch.

This is a Cotswolds pub with rooms, too, so you can stay over if the wine list is just too tempting to resist. Or browse other hotels in Barnsley.


10. The Royal Oak, Whatcote

The Orchard, Whatcote, CV36 5EF

Best for: Local game

Accolades: One Michelin star

The couple running one of the oldest pubs in England are experts in exceptional local fare and fine wines between them. Which may explain why this Cotswolds pub holds a Michelin star.

Foraged and organic ingredients influence the menu at The Royal Oak, alongside local game. Dishes are understated, showing off the flavour of each component to its full advantage. Craft beers are available here, as well as a range of carefully selected wines.  


11. The King’s Head, Bledington

The Green, Bledington, OX7 6XQ

Best for: Great pub grub

Accolades: N/A

The King’s Head at Bledington is a real find, not least because it’s just a few miles from both Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Norton. English dishes made from fresh local produce are the order of the day here.

Portions are hearty, yet the food is elegantly executed and packed with flavour. Dishes like devilled kidneys, a melon starter and pork belly give the menu a retro feel.

Yet these are offered alongside thoroughly modern mains like tiger prawn linguine, Indian-style vegan curry and a dry aged beef burger. 

If you fancy staying overnight, book a bedroom at The King’s Head.


12. The Dining Room at Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter

Upper Slaughter, Cheltenham GL54 2JD

Best for: A laid-back lunch

Accolades: N/A

The Dining Room

A grand manor house constructed from the characteristic Cotswolds stone sets the scene for a most memorable meal in picturesque Upper Slaughter. There are two on-site eateries to choose from: The Atrium or the less formal The Dining Room.

The Dining Room is the more relaxed choice, and the ideal place for a laid-back lunch in a countryside setting. There are standard and vegan a la carte menus to pick from here, and both complement the Cotswolds location completely. 

Book an overnight stay at Lords of the Manor Hotel.


13. Ox Barn at Thyme, Southrop Manor Estate

Southrop School, Southrop, Lechlade GL7 3PW

Best for: Local provenance

Accolades: Michelin recommended

Ox Barn at Thyme

The converted barn building complements Ox Barn’s farm-to-fork philosophy perfectly. Many ingredients are sourced from the kitchen garden here, or the local estate. 

Children aged over 12 are welcome to dine here, so it’s a great way to introduce youngsters to the importance of food provenance. As well as flavour, of course. The menu is brief but offers sufficient choice, from baked chickpeas to sea bream or sirloin.

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14. The Atrium at Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter

Upper Slaughter, Cheltenham GL54 2JD

Best for: Dining like a Lord or Lady

Accolades: One Michelin star

The Atrium

The Atrium is the Michelin-starred restaurant at Lords of the Manor, where you can dine beneath a magnificent glass dome. Classic and modern influences work in synergy here to produce a range of carefully crafted dishes.

The Atrium’s tasting menu is offered as a vegan or standard variant. These comprise eight courses preceded by delectable canapes. Either can be accompanied by a finely-tuned wine flight. 

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15. The Double Red Duke, Clanfield

Bourton Rd, Clanfield, Bampton OX18 2RB

Best for: All-day dining

Accolades: Michelin recommended

Double Red Duke Cocktails

Housed in a 17th century Cotswolds inn, the Double Red Duke in Clanfield offers timeless appeal. Diners can enjoy their feast within a garden room or the more traditional restaurant with wooden beams.

There are pub grub and main menus here, or you can drop in for breakfast or Sunday lunch. Whatever time of day you visit, sublime food and superb service are assured. 

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16. The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

Church Street, Kingham, OX7 6YA

Best for: Organic produce

Accolades: Michelin recommended

The Wild Rabbit Cotswolds

If you’re planning a visit to the Daylesford Organic farm shop, don’t miss the chance to dine at The Wild Rabbit in nearby Kingham. This is a modern take on the classic Cotswolds country pub, and is Michelin recommended.

An open kitchen keeps you entertained while you wait for your food to arrive. The ingredients are often foraged, freshly picked and organic. From a Daylesford egg starter with nasturtium velouté via herb-crusted lamb saddle to an organic pear for pud.

This place is perfect for those who like to eat as naturally as possible. 


17. The Chequers, Churchill

Church Road, Churchill, OX7 6NJ

Best for: Grills

Accolades: Michelin recommended

A light airy space that somehow manages to create a cosy ambience – The Chequers has got it spot-on. Food-wise it’s the same story, and this place also has a welcoming local feel.

The food is classic and portions substantial. While the husband-and-wife team behind the helm runs things completely seamlessly. Vintage knick-knacks, craft beers and a focus on the Josper grill help to make this place stand out. 


18. The Bell Inn, Langford

Langford, GL7 3LF

Best for: Sharing menus

Accolades: Michelin Bib Gourmand

The Bell Inn Cotswolds
The Bell Inn Langford

Situated near Burford, this 16th century inn is also packed with character and local charm. The menus at The Bell Inn offer lots of choice, and include Sunday, a la carte, kids’,  pudding and feast menus. The latter are designed for sharing. 

Pizzas are also a highlight and feature plenty of meat-free toppings, as well as a few spicy, Mediterranean-style ones like nduja and salami. Do book at least a week ahead for the sharing menu and you’ll need a party of eight or more. 

Book an overnight stay at The Bell Inn.


19. The Potting Shed, Crudwell

The Street, Crudwell, SN16 9EW

Best for: Kitchen garden fare

Accolades: Michelin recommended

The Potting Shed Restaurant in the Cotswolds
The Potting Shed Cotswolds Restaurant

The Potting Shed in Crudwell is a Michelin-recommended Cotswolds restaurant with an on-site kitchen garden. Much of the food served here is based on the freshest produce. In any case dishes are invariably seasonal, filling and delicious. Menus do, of course, change along with the seasons. 

This place also offers lots of character. Think oak beams, barn-like buildings and a fireplace hewn from local stone. Menus offer sufficient choice without being overwhelming: you can pick between around five starters plus about nine mains. 

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20. The Old Butchers, Stow-on-the-Wold

7 Park Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1AQ

Best for: Fish and meat fans

Accolades: Michelin recommended

If you’re staying in the Cotswolds hub of Stow-on-the-Wold then you cannot miss The Old Butcher’s. The building was once the local meat store and today there’s a good selection of meat and seafood on the menu. 

An interesting layout adds appeal to the menu: dishes are categorised as shellfish, small plates, raw, fried or charcoal-grilled dishes. There’s also a list of around half a dozen other mains such as twice-baked souffle, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese or Yorkshire grouse.

The Michelin guide recommends trying the desserts, and having around 10 to choose from is a real treat. 

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21. The Painswick, Painswick

Kemps Lane, Painswick, Stroud GL6 6YB

Best for: Afternoon tea

Accolades: N/A

The Painswick

The Painswick is a beautiful boutique Cotswolds hotel with 17 bedrooms – and the food here isn’t half bad, either. In addition to the tasting or a la carte menus, you can also savour a sumptuous Cotswolds afternoon tea here. 

The seven course tasting menu offers good value, and allows diners to sample a range of dishes made with seafood, meat, fruit and chocolate paired with more unusual ingredients like monks’ beard (a spinach-like leaf), cime di rapa (a type of turnip) or the Asian yuzu citrus fruit. 


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