The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Inns

The Maytime Inn

11 Dec 2016

This review is a bit of a departure for me because it includes some  of my (*cough*) highly professional vlogging. Tis true I’m no Scorcese, though I’ve improved slightly since my early car reviews when I managed to film upside down. No seriously, remember this?! Anyway, hopefully you’ll agree that my new vlog offers something immediate and helpful , so do take a look as it will give you a good flavour for The Maytime Inn, a stylish, quirky-round-the-edges Cotswold inn set in some glorious countryside in Asthall in the Windrush Valley, only six miles from Witney but somehow feeling very timeless and rural.

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The Miller of Mansfield

5 Jul 2016

Even if you’ve never eaten at The Miller of Mansfield in the pretty riverside village of Goring, you may well have heard of it by now – this elegant 18th century country inn won Best Destination Pub in the Muddy Awards 2016, to add to the Waitrose Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year award it collected earlier this year.

I first reviewed the restaurant back in early 2015 when husband and wife team Mary and Nick Galer had recently taken over, having previously run the Fleur de Lys pub in Dorchester.

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Stay here: The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

25 Nov 2015

Well, this is a no-brainer. Anyone who lives in or near the Cotswolds has no doubt already heard of The Wild Rabbit, the super-chic 12 room boutique hotel that revolutionised the humble inn with its pretty stone,  Farrow & Balled ledges, and gorgeous reworking of rural luxury.

This one of those rare glorious features where the photos will do most of the talking – yeah baby, I’m gonna rest my fingers right here!

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Cotwolds Corker: The Swan at Swinbrook

14 Aug 2015

When you come across a pub with in a setting this pretty, you know things are going to work out just fine.

I’ve been dipping into the Cotswolds a lot over the last year, mostly for days out or sneaky nights away with Mr Muddy, and while the Cotswolds will never be accused of being edgy (unless referring to the perfect lines on a new Farrow & Balled barn conversion) there’s no doubt that the pubs, inns and hotels in the Cotswolds are chic, foodie and set in stonkingly beautiful countryside.

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