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The Feathered Nest Country Inn

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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A country inn with a real sense of its past

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Tony and Amanda Timmer have undergone what for many would be the reverse journey of their dreams, forsaking a restaurant berth on the sun-washed Algarve for the Evenlode Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Cotswolds. 'Beauty' is no hyperbole. The surrounding countryside unrolls about the place in placid acres, crossed by drystone walls, the hills undulating gently against the distant skyline. On fine days, you might settle in one of the wicker chairs outside under the sycamore, and allow the ambient serenity to work its magic. The Timmers' project, a makeover of an old malthouse turned village inn, has borne fruit in the shape of a modernised country billet with four guest rooms. Inside, solid walls of exposed stone frame a pleasingly old-world set-up with antique furniture and clocks, equestrian prints, landscape paintings and a hulking inglenook fireplace. Naturally enough, the kitchen sources plenty of its prime materials from the environs, and although Kuba Winkowski cooks in the contemporary fashion, his style also displays an undoubted anchorage in various European traditions. Veal sweetbreads with white asparagus and onion is garnished dashingly with scarlet elf cup wild mushrooms, and might be followed by a pairing of turbot and mussels with all the voguish greenery you can handle – sea kale, monk's beard and parsley roots. When the menu ventures outside Europe for inspiration, the results can be quite as striking, as when a first course of pollock comes with tropical notes of passionfruit, papaya, aji chilli and pisco, while local fallow deer might turn up with beetroot, salsify, radicchio and a sauce incorporating cocoa beans. Desserts try out innovative spins on familiar themes: crème caramel comes with salt-baked pineapple and coconut; passionfruit and banana soufflé is anointed with South Africa's creamy Amarula liqueur. Well-kept Home Counties cheeses are worth a gander too. The shorter lunch menu, offering a pair of alternatives at each stage, is good value, perhaps turning on a main-course choice of either stone bass with fennel, taramasalata and lemon or hogget with bulghur wheat, peas and wild garlic. Nor does the appeal end with lunch and dinner. If you're passing through at not quite the right time for either, the afternoon teas are the stuff of local legend, supplied as they are with towering cakestands, scones and clotted cream, and trimly turned-out sandwiches. A well-stocked wine list with over two dozen by the glass, and a range of cask-conditioned ales, should keep everyone happy.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Kuba Winkowski

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 29
  • Wines over £30: 260
  • Wines by the glass: 19

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from29
  • 3-course lunch from35
  • 2-course dinner from55
  • 3-course dinner from68
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Facilities

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14

Getting here

On A424 between Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold, signed

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Kingham
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