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Sublime Cotswold free house

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu

It's axiomatic that people make pubs – on both sides of the bar. They certainly do here. On one side, long-term owners Archie and Nicola Orr-Ewing; on the other, their customers, drawn by a reputation for well-kept real ales and top-quality, locally sourced food. Facing the village green, this stone-built pub dates back to the 15th century; it's been called the quintessential Cotswolds inn. Original structure survives in the low-beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, exposed stone walls and an inglenook fireplace. On the beer pumps, the labels of Hooky Bitter, Purity Gold and Wye Valley appear alongside local lagers; 10 wines are served by the glass. Among choices in the AA Rosette restaurant are deep-fried Windrush goats' cheese salad; vodka-and-tonic soft-shell crab; wood pigeon tart; seafood and saffron risotto; and Tamworth pork and black pudding burger. For dessert, how about affogato?

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-2, Saturday to Sunday 12-3
  • Dinner: Sunday to Thursday 6.30-9, Friday to Saturday 6.30-9.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Hook Norton Hooky Bitter, Purity Gold, Wye Valley, Butcombe, Butts, Bath Ales, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Getting here

On B4450, 4 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold

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