Famous for a sustainable, locally sourced approach to cooking, the Cotswolds host some fabulous places to eat. Organic produce, seasonal ingredients and farm-to-table cooking inform most dishes, from delectable cafe breakfasts and gastropub feasts to Michelin-starred delights. You'll find organic delis, farmers markets and oh-so-English tearooms at every turn. It’s always advisable to book ahead, especially for upmarket restaurants but also for the best-known pubs, which attract diners from miles around.
Cotswolds Food & Farmers Markets
When the seasonal locavore food movement took off, the Cotswolds were already there. Organic, ethically produced produce has long been a staple in its villages, where restaurants thrill with wonderfully fresh local ingredients. In delis and independent food shops all over the region, visiting food-lovers will make tempting discoveries.
Edible goodies to look out for include cheese from Simon Weaver Organic (www.simonweaver.net), from a farm near Upper Slaughter; organic beef from LoveMyCow (www.lovemycow.com) outside Bourton-on-the-Water; smoked fish and meats from Upton Smokery (www.uptonsmokery.co.uk) in Burford; and fantastic ice cream from Chedworth’s Cotswold Ice Cream Company (www.cotswold-icecream.co.uk).
Regular farmers markets take place in many Cotswolds villages and towns, with a multitude of local producers selling their seasonal delights to the public. Cotswolds.org (www.cotswolds.org) publishes an online schedule, but it’s best to check locally. The best market is held every Saturday morning in Stroud.