The Butchers Arms
“Rural Cotswold gem with stunning views”
Tucked into the western scarp of the Cotswolds and reached via narrow winding lanes, pretty Sheepscombe radiates all of the mellow, sedate, bucolic charm you’d expect from such a haven. The village pub, dating from 1670 and a favourite haunt of Cider with Rosie author Laurie Lee, lives up to such expectations and then some. Views from the gardens are idyllic whilst within is all you’d hope for: log fires, clean-cut rustic furnishings, village chatter backed up by beers from Prescotts of Cheltenham, Wye Valley and Otter. Walkers, riders and locals all beat a path to the door beneath the pub’s famous carved sign showing a butcher supping a pint of ale with a pig tied to his leg. The pub takes its name from its association with Henry VIII’s Royal Deer Park, which was located nearby, when deer carcasses were hung in what is now the bar. The fulfilling fodder here includes locally sourced meats. To drink, there’s a cracking range of ales, and Westons Stowford Press and Rosie’s Pig ciders. Following a sympathetic extension, there is now more room to enjoy the delights of this lovely pub.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £1
- Open all year
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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