Celebrated gastropubs and chic farm cafes are scattered all throughout The Cotswolds. That is to say, 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. Also the unique tradition of cheese rolling on Cooper’s Hill, Brockworth, remains a lively annual activity to this day!
BabyBreaks has researched the best family restaurants in The Cotswolds, so you can plan your mealtimes with ease.
Also take a look at our selection of activities in The Cotswolds for the perfect stay.
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 certainly everything you would expect from a charming country pub. Such as roaring log fires in the winter, a pretty courtyard, a garden and top quality local food and drink. That is to say, 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. However, Fridays and Saturdays have late opening hours for pizza nights. Visitors camping on the farm and locals come together to enjoy sourdough pizza fresh from the clay oven.
Phone: 01453 860420
3. The King’s Head Inn
Named ‘Pub of the Year 2018’ in The Good Pub Guide, you can above all, expect a memorable meal at The King’s Head Inn. The 16th century inn is located on the edge of Bledington village green, next to a river. That is to say, this is one of the most photogenic pubs you’ll find. In addition, 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.
Phone: 01608 658365
4. Daylesford Farm
The Cotswold’s most famous farm is a must visit for foodies. You can taste its award winning organic produce in the cafe, restaurant or bar. Most importantly, vegetables, fruit and herbs are picked each morning from the Market Garden, and dairy is sourced from the cows 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. In other words, you could spend a whole weekend or more here, if you wish. One of the best family restaurants in The Cotswolds.
If you’re staying in The Cotswolds for a special occasion, visit to The Wild Rabbit, Daylesford’s sister pub nearby, which was recently awarded a Michelin Star.
Phone: 01608 731700
5. The Hive
A great 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. Also parents can enjoy homemade soups, sandwiches, deli boards and scones.
Phone: 01451 831087
At BabyBreaks, we hope you will experience some of our best family restaurants in The Cotswolds.
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