There’s a large open fireplace in the bar and old photographs of the village and pub back in the day. Not much has changed, with locals rubbing shoulders happily with walkers and their dogs popping in for a pint; on a rainy day it’s the sort of place you could sit by the fire and read a book or play cards. In the dining room you’ll find a menu of old favourites, together with more visionary and ambitious dishes, sometimes foraged, always local. Hand pumped ales and a thoughtful wine list complete the picture.
Bedrooms, up quite steep stairs, are full of charm with chunky wooden beds, colourful throws, plump pillows and deep windowsills with village or country views; bathrooms all have tubs for a good soak after a walk. The Cotswold Way can be joined just 2.5 miles down the road at Chipping Campden.
Breakfast is a feast – from Eggs Royale and Benedict to the full English or veggie versions.