There are hundreds of high-quality restaurants in The Cotswolds that are worth visiting. However, some restaurants offer such a unique fine-dining experience that they stand out amongst the crowd. Here are five restaurants that combine beautiful surroundings with delicious food to create unforgettable fine-dining experiences.
Cutlers Restaurant at Number Four
Cutlers restaurant combines a relaxed ambience with outstanding service and food. Located in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, the restaurant combines English and continental culinary influences to create extraordinary dishes. The decor in the restaurant is modern contemporary and very elegant.
The dinner menu contains many classic English meals with creative twists. Most ingredients are locally sourced and seasonal. Starters include Parfait of chicken livers with rhubarb compote and the Salmon confit with spiced lentils and curry oil. The English influence can be noticed in the mains, which include: Supreme of Cotswold chicken in parma ham with asparagus risotto, Calves liver and bacon with mashed potatoes and Medallions of venison with woodland mushrooms, sauce poivrade and potato pancakes.
The restaurant has been lauded for its high-quality service and friendly staff.
My Great Grandfathers
Located in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, My Great Grandfather’s offers diners an authentic British fine-dining experience. The restaurant’s decor resembles that of an old British inn, with exposed beams, character-filled artwork and antique furniture. The ambience is warm and welcoming. Portions are generous, the food is always fresh and the flavour is indulgent.
The restaurant prides itself on using English beef which has been aged for a minimum of 5 weeks for maximum flavour and tenderness. They also specialise in fresh fish, using locally caught seafood.
The A la Carte dinner menu includes:
- Garlic King Tiger Prawns With Chilli & Mango, Salad With Sesame & Coriander Dressing,
- By Braised Lamb Shank With Dijon Mustard & Herb Crust with Creamy Mash, Madeira & Sherry Sauce
- Pan Fried Wild Sea bass, Yuzu & Wasabi Butter, Baby Vegetables & Purple Shiso
The restaurant offers a wide range of home-made ice creams and sorbets for diners with a sweet tooth.
The Rectory Hotel
One of the more spectacular restaurants in The Cotswolds is the Rectory Hotel. Located just outside the village of Crudwell in Wiltshire, the hotel-restaurant describes itself as “the perfect country escape coupled with a real foodie treat”. The hotel is set amongst 3 acres of beautiful gardens which make it a lovely location for lunch or dinner.
The menu features a range of dishes created from “local, organic and foraged produce”. The dining room is very glamorous and highlights the architecture of the old hotel.
The menu has a distinct British influence and features: Slow Roasted Hake (with White Bean Cassoulet and Spiced Couscous), Rabbit and Pea Pie (with Morteau Sausage and Pea Mash) and Sesame Roasted Duck with Honey Poached Pear Salad.
Lords of The Manor
The Lords of The Manner is a spectacular country house set in the village of Upper Slaughter. It is surrounded by eight acres of landscaped gardens and undulating hills, making it a lovely location for a getaway. The hotel also contains a Michelin-starred restaurant which offers a gourmet dining experience influenced by French cuisine.
Dinner mains include:
- Turbot — Braised, Lardo Glazed Turbot, Celeriac, Greens, Ox-tail, Roast Turbot Consommé
- Partridge — Pot Roast Partridge, Croustillant of Leg, Creamed Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Blackberries
- John Dory — Roast Fillet of John Dory, White Beans, Jerusalem Artichokes, Glazed Veal Sweetbread
Lords of the Manner is an expensive dining experience, but one that you won’t forget.
Lumiere is an intimate restaurant that prides itself in serving the highest-quality locally available produce. The restaurant is located on Clearance Parade just of the promenade in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Lumiere is a highly-rated restaurant that specialises in Seafood, British, Vegetarian and Contemporary cuisine.
Some of the creative starters offered by Lumiere include: Loch Duart Salmon (with Cucumber, Crab, Lapsang Souchong and Miso) and Diver Caught Scallops (with Pork Belly, Carrot, Orange, Star Anise, and Cumin). Mains include Butts Farm Spring Lamb (with Baby Gem, Pea, Cep, Pancetta, Wild Garlic) and Rabbit (with Cider, Leek, Mustard, Morels, Raisin).
The presentation is gorgeous and the staff are very highly rated by diners. Lumiere offers an exceptional fine-dining experience.
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