The Howard Arms Ilmington

“A popular base for walkers”



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Overlooking the lower green and pastures at the fringe of this charming North Cotswolds village, the 400-year-old Howard Arms is a great base for local walks, detailed in a guide sold here in support of church funds, and handy for the renowned National Trust gardens at Hidcote, just along the lane. Well-appointed residential rooms allow guests to indulge these passions at leisure. The flagstoned bar, diverse mix of timeworn furnishings and open-plan dining room create a civilised yet informal atmosphere; a crackling log fire ensures additional warmth for much of the year. Top notch beers from the likes of Purity whet the whistle; whilst fine food sleuths will be rewarded with a stylish menu drawing on local, seasonal produce as available. Kick in with duck liver parfait, rabbit and apricot ballotine, plum jam and toast; leaving room for mains ranging from pub classics ham, egg and chips or ploughman's boards to modern dishes like pan-fried fillet of stone bass with polenta, kale and beetroot; or Stilton arancini, polenta chips, ratatouille and roast garlic.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The Howard Arms Ilmington
Lower Green, ILMINGTON, SHIPSTON-ON-STOUR, Warwickshire, CV36 4LT


About the area

Discover Warwickshire

The sparkle of sunlight on a gentle river as it meanders through beautiful countryside; the reflections of sailing boats on a lake; relaxing with a pint in the garden of an old English pub in a picturesque village; brightly coloured narrow boats making their way through a flight of lock gates; the imposing silhouette of an historic castle. These are the scenes that make Warwickshire a delight. 

There may be few seriously high hills in this fertile plain, but it is an area full of attractive walking in rolling countryside, blessed with a fascinating history and wonderful places and buildings to visit. This is Shakespeare’s county, and the footprint of the famous Bard appears almost everywhere. He was born and brought up around the beautiful Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and many of his plays draw upon his own experiences in the area.

Warwickshire has a history that embraces the Civil War, castles and large country houses are scattered over the county. Warwick Castle is the home of the Earl of Warwick, Kenilworth Castle was a stronghold for lords and kings of England in the 11th and 12th centuries, and so the list goes on.

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