The Green Dragon offers all the charm and character of an English country pub combined with a…
The Colesbourne Inn
“Georgian country inn full of character”
This handsome, stone-built inn is just a short meadow walk from the source of the Thames and the perfect meeting place located between Cheltenham and Cirencester; you can sit in the two-acre grounds with a pint of Wadworth 6X or Swordfish and savour the glorious country views. Dating back to 1827, the inn oozes historic charm and character with its original beams and roaring log fires aplenty. The seasonal menus combine traditional pub classics, including fish and chips, with modern ideas, perhaps gilthead bream on chorizo, saffron and sun-blushed tomato risotto; venison burger, pancetta, toasted brioche bun with chips and onion rings; or pumpkin tortellini with walnut and rosemary burnt butter sauce.
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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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