Conveniently located for business and leisure guests, this family-run inn has a convivial…
The little Cotswolds town of Berkeley is where you’ll find 12th century Berkeley Castle, scene of the imprisonment and eventual murder of King Edward II in 1327, and still home to the Berkeley family, who’ve lived there since 1153. The town is also home to a museum devoted to immunologist Edward Jenner, who pioneered the smallpox vaccine and was born here in 1749. The Malt House is a traditional and popular free house, usefully placed for walkers on the Severn Way that runs along the river’s highly scenic estuary shoreline, as well as for visitors to the nearby Slimbridge Wetland Centre. Once ensconced in the copiously beamed old bar, check out the choices on the sausage board (pork and apricot, honey roast pork and more) or consider a menu rich with classic and modern British dishes, represented by a starter of black pudding glazed with Stilton; and main courses of pork steak with forestière sauce; sizzling chilli beef; halibut steak with lime and butter; and roasted vegetable lasagne, one of several vegetarian options. In addition, are grilled steaks, curries, daily specials and a busy Sunday carvery. Comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation is available for those staying in the area.
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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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