The Fox Inn
“Seasonal food in riverside Cotswold pub”
GREAT BARRINGTON, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
With a garden overlooking the River Windrush, this busy centuries-old former coaching house is a perfect base for lovely walks and cycle rides in summer. Set in the picturesque Windrush Valley, the pub is popular with race-goers visiting Cheltenham. A quintessential Cotswold inn built of mellow local stone, the bar offers a range of well-kept Donnington beers and a concise wine list. The conservatory dining bar and alfresco eating area contribute to the friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Landlord Paul Porter’s enthusiasm for tasty food shines through with the menu’s descriptions: examples are slow-cooked knuckle of Cotswold lamb with rosemary sautéed potatoes and seasonal vegetables; and fresh chargrilled Barbary duck breast with autumnal berry sauce, potatoes and vegetables. Vegetarians are well catered for, with typical dishes including brie, spinach and cranberry wellington. Barbecues and pig roasts are held in summer.
Facilities – at a glance
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Sports TV
- Credit Cards Accepted
- 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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