Celebrated gastropubs and chic farm cafes are scattered all throughout The Cotswolds, a foodie haven where local produce reigns supreme. The area’s famous exports include pork from Gloucester Old Spots, Single Gloucester Cheese and Bibury Trout, and the unique tradition of cheese rolling on Cooper’s Hill, Brockworth, remains a lively annual activity to this day!
BabyBreaks has researched the best child-friendly restaurants in The Cotswolds, so you can plan your mealtimes with ease.
1. The Bell at Sapperton
A multi award winning pub located between Stroud and Cirencester, in the idyllic Cotswold village of Sapperton. The Bell offers everything you would expect from a charming country pub, such as roaring log fires in the winter, a pretty courtyard and garden and top quality local food and drink. The pub is very welcoming to children, dogs and even horses, who have their own ‘parking’ spots! The kids will love exploring the gardens in the summer, whilst you sip on Cotswold Cider.
Phone: 01285 760298
2. Thistledown Farm Café
Set in acres of beautiful countryside, Thistledown Farm’s cafe is a wonderful place to stop for lunch, with ample space for cartwheels and handstands. The small, seasonally changing menu is influenced by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours, using lots of freshly picked herbs and locally sourced meat and vegetables. Throughout the summer holidays they are open every day, serving artisan coffee and homemade cakes. Fridays and Saturdays have late opening hours for pizza nights, when visitors who are camping on the farm and locals come together to enjoy sourdough pizza fresh from the clay oven, in a welcoming, family friendly atmosphere.
Phone: 01453 860420
3. The King’s Head Inn
Named ‘Pub of the Year 2018’ in The Good Pub Guide, you can expect a memorable meal at The King’s Head Inn. The 16th century inn built from honey-hued Cotswold stone, sits on the edge of Bledington village green, next to a meandering river- there’s no doubt this is one of the most photogenic pubs you’ll find. The kids will love going to feed the ducks while you wait for your food – traditional English dishes using locally sourced, organic produce. There is no children’s menu but the open sandwiches (served with chips if you wish) are sure to please them.
Address: The Green, Bledington, Oxon. OX7 6XQ
Phone: 01608 658365
4. Daylesford Farm
The Cotswold’s most famous farm is a must visit for foodies, who can taste its award winning organic produce in the cafe, restaurant or bar. Vegetables, fruit and herbs are picked each morning from the Market Garden, and dairy is sourced from the cows who roam freely on the surrounding land. Make a day of it with the kids and explore over 2,000 acres of fields and orchards – all the walks are clearly signposted and mostly suitable for buggies. The Kingham site also encompasses a cookery school, farm shop, rental cottages and a luxury spa, so you could spend a whole weekend or more here, if you wish.
If you’re staying in The Cotswolds for a special occasion, why not pay a visit to The Wild Rabbit, Daylesford’s sister pub nearby, which was recently awarded a Michelin Star.
Phone: 01608 731700
5. The Hive
A quaint cafe serving amazing cakes, in one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds – Stow on the Wold. The fully licensed eatery is dog and child friendly and has some pretty outdoor seating that’s perfect for people watching. The children’s snack box has a healthy selection of nibbles that will keep them full, while parents can enjoy homemade soups, sandwiches, deli boards and scones.
Phone: 01451 831087
Visiting The Cotswolds with children is a great opportunity for a Family Break. The area features great kids-friendly restaurants, exciting outdoor activities, indoor attractions for young children and last but not least a great selection of accommodations that will satisfy parents with a large family or with their toddlers.
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