The Village Pub Pub with rooms in Barnsley, Gloucestershire

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£109 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Cotswold stone gem in idyllic village
  • Rustic-chic; rich fabrics, earthy hues
  • Classy pub food; seasonal menus
  • Cozy, boutique bedrooms
  • Dream location for gardeners

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Overview

The Village Pub Barnsley, Gloucestershire, GL7 5EF

The personal touch

A casual offshoot of swanky Barnsley House across the road – once home to horticultural doyenne Rosemary Verey – this self-proclaimed ‘village pub‘ in picture-postcard Barnsley certainly lives up to its name and is something of a local asset hereabouts. Stone floors, rustic timbers and earthy colours set the tone, open fires blaze away merrily and there are real ales on tap in the bar. Rich, thick curtains hang between the drinking and dining areas, where bare wooden tables are prettily decorated with flowers and candles. Meanwhile, the menu offers a kindly mix of well-executed pub classics plus a few more perky ideas – all based on local and seasonal produce where possible. Those wanting a breath of fresh air and some alfresco vibes can repair to the little stone terrace at the back. If you’re staying over, you can also gain complimentary access to Barnsley House’s glorious gardens – a must visit.

Sticky fingers

Children are well looked after, with their own mini menu and lots of extra beds in the rooms.

Muddy paws

Very dog-friendly throughout, including the bedrooms.

Alfresco

There is plenty of space on the terrace, with attractive hardwood tables and chairs plus posh parasols and patio heaters.

What’s on?

At Christmas time, they arrange a candlelit walk with carollers in costume, as well as singing in the church with actors performing readings – a happy, jolly affair.

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles: smart from £109; even smarter from £129

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs
AA 1 Rosette; Harden’s; Michelin; Waitrose Good Food Guide

Sleep

The Village Pub Barnsley, Gloucestershire, GL7 5EF

Do not disturb

The six beautifully refurbished bedrooms are a cut above the pub norm: three are ‘smart’ and three are ‘even smarter’, but all are fully equipped and prettily decorated in boutique style – think colourful cushions and throws, antique mirrors and lamps as well as exposed beams and cream-painted walls. Two of the bright, modern stone-tiled bathrooms are fitted with roll-top baths with claw feet. A separate three-bedroom cottage next door is perfect for families.

Creature comforts

Homemade cookies with tea and coffee; Aromatherapy Association bath products.

Pampering

Spa treatments can be arranged at nearby Barnsley House. Midweek movie nights: supper at the pub, followed by a film at Barnsley House’s private cinema.

Gadgets

iPod docking stations; Wi-Fi throughout; large flatscreen TVs.

What’s for Breakfast?

Freshly baked croissants with Paddock House jam; toasted home-baked bread and organic porridge; Scottish smoked salmon with scrambled Burford Brown eggs; The ‘Full Works’ including Paddock Farm sausages, dry-cured local bacon, black pudding, etc.

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles: smart from £109; even smarter from £129

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs
AA 1 Rosette; Harden’s; Michelin; Waitrose Good Food Guide

Eat & Drink

The Village Pub Barnsley, Gloucestershire, GL7 5EF

Mastering the menu

With Barnsley House and its bountiful gardens just across the road, it’s no wonder that chef Graham Grafton’s food has a fresh seasonal accent. He also has access to a raft of local producers, farmers and growers – including the Duchy Home Farm at regal Highgrove (some 25 miles away). The result is a repertoire that could run from organic beef and ale pie with mash and greens to whole plaice with new potatoes, green beans and nut-brown butter – classy pub food for locals and visitors alike. There are some fine British regional cheeses too, plus puds including chocolate St Emilion.

On the menu

Cornish fish soup, saffron mayonnaise and garlic croûtons
Ham hock and roast chicken terrine with parsley salad
Slow-roasted pork belly, roasted squash and caper sauce
Whole sea bass, new potatoes and buttered spinach
Plum, apple and hazelnut cobbler

Sunday Roasts

Rare roast rump of beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and vegetables
Roast pork, apple sauce, roast potatoes and vegetables
Char-grilled calf’s liver, champ and bacon

Foodie extras

Eat outside on the terrace or go foraging with the long-serving head gardener at Barnsley House, who worked under horticultural icon Rosemary Verey.

Time to eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (3pm Saturday & Sunday)
Dinner: 6pm-9.30pm (10pm Friday & Saturday; 9pm Sunday)

Local, local, local

Vegetables and herbs – Barnsley House gardens
Game from their own estate and local shoots
Beef – Duchy Home Farm, Highgrove Estate (www.duchyofcornwall.org)
Gloucester Old Spot pork – Butts Farm, South Cerney (www.buttsfarmrarebreeeds.co.uk)
Real ale – Hook Norton Brewery (www.hooky.co.uk)

Behind the bar

True to its boozy name, the pub has a decent line-up of real ales on tap, including Butcombe Bitter, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Hook Norton Old Hooky. Wine buffs are also well served, with plenty of options by the glass (including Prosecco and Barnsley House own-label Champagne), plus a decent collection of reasonably priced bottles from around the globe. Meanwhile, teetotallers and drivers can take advantage of the pub’s espresso coffee and big selection of fragrant and herbal teas.

Bar snacks

Little pots of nuts are on the bar
Smoked mackerel pâté, pickled cucumber, dill and soft egg
Smoked haddock Welsh rarebit fritters
Quail and black pudding Scotch eggs
Mixed olives

Time at the bar

11am -11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles: smart from £109; even smarter from £129

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant
  • Parking

Gongs
AA 1 Rosette; Harden’s; Michelin; Waitrose Good Food Guide

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Village Pub

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Daylesford Farm Shop and Cafe, Daylesford, Kingham GL56 0YG

Known locally as 'Fortnams in the field' Daylesford Organic is so much more than an award-winning farm shop, with a cookery school, cafe, clothes shop and spa. The farm shop offers the best in organic and food produced with the best environmental and livestock husbandry credentials. They have their own bakery and serve up vegetables from their own market garden.

4

The Cotswold Brewing Company, College Farm, Bourton on the Water GL54 2HN

This award-winning independent brewery retains a hand-crafted approach to making beer and is also well-known for its lager and stout, as well as its cider, gin and vodka. You can pop into the brewery to buy bottles and polypins of beer and there are twice-daily brewhouse tours by prior arrangement.

5

Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton OX15 5NY

A proudly independent and family brewery since 1849, Hook Norton now sells its beers to pubs all over the UK, including 40 of its own in around the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire. The visitor centre and cafe welcomes over 10,000 visitors per year and there are daily brewery tours seven days a week.

7

Made By Bob, 26 Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NY

In the heart of Cirencester located in the former Roman Corn Hall building, this exceptional restaurant and deli attracts discerning foodies from all over the Cotswolds. Owner/chef Bob Parkinson previously worked under the great Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum restaurant in London and is regarded as one of the best chefs in the region.

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Jesse Smith Butchers, Long Street, Tetbury GL8 8AA

Set in one of Cirencester’s ancient streets, Blackjack Street, just off from the church, this well-stocked butchers specialises in locally sourced meats including Hereford beef and Gloucester Old Spot pork. A selection of roast meats, cheeses and olives is also available.

9

The Trouble House, Tetbury, GL8 8SG

For years a pub with as troubled a reputation as the name suggests, this roadside building on the busy London Road between Tetbury and Cirencester is now a smart and elegant cafe with low beams and open fires. Enjoyable home cooked food is served all day, including Sunday lunchtime, and the afternoon teas and cakes come highly recommended.

10

The Organic Farm Shop, Cirencester GL7 5HF

Two miles from Cirencester on the B4425, this award-winning organic farm specialises in grass-fed beef, which is sold in the farm shop along with organic veg, local dairy products and much more. A daily-changing menu in the cafe includes lots of veggie options, with 'meat as a treat' Sunday lunches featuring beef from the farm.

11

House of Cheese, 13 Church Street, Tetbury GL8 8JG

Established in 1982 this tiny, award-winning little shop stocks over 120 different cheeses. Some of the finest artisan British cheeses, French cheeses and European cheeses are stocked here, all in great condition, and there’s also a huge range of cheese accessories, cheese knives, cheese boards, gift items and hampers.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Village Pub

Activities

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Cheltenham Racecourse GL50 4SH

Cheltenham racecourse plays host to some of the best jump racing in the country. The Cheltenham Festival in March is the highlight of the jump season.

17

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, Toddington GL54 5DT

West of Stow, this is the perfect destination for anyone who still savours the unique thrill of steam travel. Though no longer part of the national rail network, these wonderful old trains have made a welcome return to the tracks and are a great way to discover the delights of the Cotswolds.

Shopping

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The Borzoi Bookshop, Stow on the Wold GL54 1BB

Based in Stow-on-the-Wold, this well-established independent bookseller stocks a vast range of books, including many of the classics. Out-of-print books, attractively designed greeting cards and wrapping paper are also available.

12

Jester Antiques, Church Street, Tetbury GL8 8JG

With over 20 antique shops in Tetbury there are plenty of specialists, including Peter Bairsto and Lorna Coles's Jester Antiques, which deals in antique clocks (longcase, wall and mantel).

14

Jungle Boutique, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH

Among a host of prominent retailers at the heart of Cirencester is the Jungle Boutique, with a range of unique clothes, and accessories. French, Spanish and Italian designer ranges with an eclectic mix of striking jewelry and bags to reflect the latest fashions and trends.

15

Hortensia, 1 Market Place, Tetbury GL8 8DA

Located in the centre of Tetbury, Hortensia is a vanilla-scented shop bursting at the seams with the finest chocolates, including brands such as Maxime, Charbonnel & Walker and the Norfolk Truffle Company.

Places to visit

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Chastleton House, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SU

Near Moreton-in-Marsh, Chastleton House is a fine Jacobean mansion with a striking south front. The house was built by a local wool merchant in the early 17th century, who purchased the estate from Robert Catesby, one of the conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

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Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon SN2 2EY

Swindon's fantastic steam visitor attraction, a great destination for the family, is based in a superb restored Grade II-listed building in the heart of the former railway works. Learn all about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and discover how the Great Western Railway was born.

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Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury GL8 8QS

Just over three miles to the south of Tetbury lies Westonbirt, one of the largest collections of trees and shrubs in the world. It's one of the best-known visitor attractions in the Cotswolds.

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Chavanage House, Tetbury GL8 8XP

Virtually unchanged for 400 years, Chavanage is a splendid Elizabethan manor dating. Particularly striking are the Great Hall, with its stained glass windows, and the Oak Room, which has striking late 16th-century panelling.

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Owlpen Manor, Uley GL11 5BZ

Near Stroud, this romantic Tudor manor house is set in a picturesque valley and surrounded by formal terraced gardens dominated by magnificent yew trees dating from the 17th-century.

10

North Leigh Roman Villa, Witney OX29 6QE

This English Heritage site at North Leigh, near Witney, consists of a large, well-constructed Roman courtyard villa with a historically important, near complete mosaic floor, which can be seen through a viewing window.

18

Tetbury Police Museum, GL8 8AA

Learn all about the role of the local police force down the years at this tiny but fascinating museum situated in Tetbury’s original police station, in the heart of town. In the first floor courtroom you can find out all about a 1940s court case.

Walking

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/walks
The Macmillan Way, the Monarch’s Way and the Cotswold Way are prime examples of routes that are linked to form long-distance trails. Close to Barnsley is the Wychwood Forest, a lovely spot for walking in any season; for gentler walking try the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester. At nearby Fairford you can even follow in the footsteps of two of Britain’s most famous writers – CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien – who stayed here in the 1940s and walked to the neighbouring villages of Quenington and Coln St Aldwyns.

Cycling

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
This part of the Cotswolds has plenty of off-road cycle rides which explore some of the loveliest countryside. One option involves the use of the Cotswold Line, which provides regular train services between Oxford and Worcester. It’s very user-friendly and you can hop-on hop-off at a number of stations along the track.

Events

www.cotswolds.com/whats-on/festivals-events
The Cheltenham Folk Festival takes place in February; there’s the famous Cotswold tradition of cheese rolling in May; the Cotswold Show and Food Festival at Cirencester in July; Blenheim Horse Trials and Stroud Food Festival in September; and the Cheltenham Literary Festival in October. If you’re planning a visit to the Steam Museum at Swindon, bear in mind that it’s also the venue for the annual Swindon Railway Festival in September.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Leave the M4 at junction 15, take the A419 to Gloucester, then follow the B4425 to Barnsley. The pub is in the centre of the village.

By Rail: The nearest mainline station is Kemble (9 miles) – a one-hour journey from London Paddington

Address:

Cirencester, Barnsley, Gloucestershire, GL7 5EF

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