The Ebrington Arms Pub with rooms in Ebrington, Gloucestershire

Prices from:
£110 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Timeless Cotswold village setting
  • Cracking traditional beamed bar
  • Try a pint of own-brewed Yubby Ales
  • Menus brim with local produce
  • Cosy rooms; village or country views
  • Claire & Jim – perfect hosts

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Overview

The Ebrington Arms Ebrington, Gloucestershire, GL55 6NH

The personal touch

Jim and Claire Alexander picked a good ‘un when they jumped ship from the music business and took over the Ebrington Arms, a 400-year-old inn hidden away in sleepy Ebrington in 2007. After a good deal of hard work (and a steep learning curve), they’ve created an inn with genuine character and culinary ambition. It’s the sort of place where oak beams, exposed stonework and the glow of a log-burning stove help maintain the atmosphere of an old inn, and well-to-do locals prop up the bar and tuck into the inventive and impressive grub on offer. Jim and Claire have their own brewery, so the very local Yubberton ales are on draught, and everything about the place is rooted in the community – lucky locals. The stylishly simple bedrooms make a good impression and maintain that balance of rustic authenticity and contemporary comfort. It’s the kitchen, though, that is the real heart and soul of the Ebrington Arms, turning out food that is modern and exciting while remaining in keeping with the rural setting. Awarded Green Traveller’s ‘Best UK Escape 2016’.

Muddy paws

Dogs are very welcome in the bar and garden, but not in the dining areas or bedrooms.

Sticky fingers

Children have their own menu.

Alfresco

There’s no shortage of tables at which you can take a pew and gaze out onto open Cotswold countryside, distracted only by the arrival of your food, or the need to refill your glass. It’s a good spot for kids to play, too, and easy enough to keep an eye on them.

What’s on?

The annual beer festival in September is a great way to mark the end of summer, while live folk music brings a lively atmosphere to the first Monday of every month. The monthly quiz night brings out the competitive side of the locals, with the regular food feast evenings offering a communal and sharing experience.

What’s the Damage?
5 Doubles from £110.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (not Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide; Michelin Guide; AA 2 Rosettes; Green Traveller’s ‘Best UK Escape 2016’

Sleep

The Ebrington Arms Ebrington, Gloucestershire, GL55 6NH

Do not disturb

The five first-floor bedrooms have little touches as reminders of the antiquity of the building (some exposed stonework around the windows, for example), and are filled with well-designed wooden furniture and high-quality easy chairs to sink into. They’re all different shapes and sizes with views over either the village green, stone cottages or the open countryside, and a few of them have original beams on show. Rooms 3 and 5 have modern-style four-poster beds. The bathrooms match the rooms for contemporary good looks, with Victorian-style fittings and natural colour schemes, and some have free-standing roll-tops baths with views of the countryside on tap.

Creature comforts

Homemade cookies and a glass of sherry upon arrival; locally-made organic toiletries.

Gadgets

Flatscreen TV; Free Wi-Fi.

What’s for Breakfast?

Fruit smoothie; freshly baked Danish and toast with homemade jam and marmalade; full English: sausage, black pudding, smoked bacon, mushrooms, baked beans, grilled tomato, eggs (fried, poached or scrambled); vegetarian full English: veggie sausages and the rest; grilled kipper, poached egg and grilled tomato; smoked salmon Benedict; berry pancakes with maple syrup.

What’s the Damage?
5 Doubles from £110.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (not Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide; Michelin Guide; AA 2 Rosettes; Green Traveller’s ‘Best UK Escape 2016’

Eat & Drink

The Ebrington Arms Ebrington, Gloucestershire, GL55 6NH

Mastering the menu

Jonny Mills is modern kind of chef. He’s a proponent of the sous-vide cooking method, likes to forage for wild ingredients and sources most of the produce that arrives in his kitchen from the local area. The result is a menu packed with interesting (and successful) ideas that changes regularly and is backed up by daily specials. Whether you eat in the bar or one of the two informal dining areas, there’s lots of exciting things on offer: ham hock and pig’s head terrine, say, with black pudding, spiced pineapple and a quail’s egg, followed by breast of pheasant with salsify, prune purée, braised Red Cabbage and a spring roll filled with confit leg meat. And when it comes to commitment to provenance, you might like to know that the owners are rearing their own herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle on a local farm. The creativity continues at dessert stage with the likes of a warm dark chocolate tart with salted caramel ice cream and chocolate soil.

On the menu

Heritage beetroot salad, hay-smoked goats’ cheese, watercress pannacotta, crispy shallots
Fillet of mackerel, cauliflower bhaji, curry oil, melon and radish
Rack & ragù of Balmoral venison, parsnip purée, cep mushroom, cocoa nib
Fillet of cod, Puy lentils, seared squid, Jerusalem artichoke & salt-baked beetroot
Buttermilk pannacotta, rhubarb, streusel, brown sugar ice cream

Sunday Roasts

40-day aged sirloin of Angus beef, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish
Pulled shoulder of Tamworth pork, fennel-salt crackling, apple sauce
Breast & confit leg of pheasant, red cabbage, salsify, parsnip and redcurrant

Foodie Extras

The garden has views over lush countryside and is a great place for a contemplative drink or restorative lunch. If you’re heading off for the day on foot, the walkers’ picnic will sort you out nicely.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 9am (8am – 9.30am Saturday and Sunday)
Lunch 12 noon – 2.30 (3.30pm Sunday)
Dinner 6pm – 9pm (9.30pm Friday and Saturday, 8.30pm Sunday)

Local, local, local

Real ale – Yubberton Brewing Co., Moreton-in-Marsh (www.yubbertonbrewingco.com)
Fruit and vegetables – Drinkwaters, Chipping Campden (www.drinkwatersfruitveg.com)
Meat – Todenham Manor Farm, Moreton-in-Marsh (www.todenhammanorfarm.co.uk)
Seafood – New Wave Seafood, South Coast (www.new-wave.co.uk)
Milk and cream – Cotteswold Dairy, Tewkesbury (www.cotteswold-dairy.co.uk)
Meat – Martins Meats, Toddington (www.martinsmeats.com)
Biodynamic and organic wines – The Grape Store, Long Marston (www.thegrapestore.com)

Behind the bar

If you’re frustrated by the fact that these days most beers served in pubs are also available in supermarkets, make your own. That’s what Jim and Claire did. They didn’t just knock up a few barrels out back though; they set up the Yubberton Brewing Company. So at the handpumps you’ll find Yubby (best bitter), Yawnie (brown ale) and YPA (pale ale), and if you can’t choose between them, try the ‘beer flight’ option of three third-of-a-pint glasses on a wooden board. An excellent range of malt whiskies, rums, vodkas, ports and brandies will tempt lovers of the stronger stuff, while the European-led wine list focuses on small independent growers and has organic and biodynamic options. There are some English wines including a cracking Cotswold rosé, which is giving the French a run for their money. It’s the kind of place where you can pop in for coffee (good espresso) or tea anytime throughout the day.

Bar snacks

Sausage roll; Cotswold rarebit; Roll mop

Time at the bar

9am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?
5 Doubles from £110.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (not Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide; Michelin Guide; AA 2 Rosettes; Green Traveller’s ‘Best UK Escape 2016’

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 Ebrington Arms

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The Cotswold Cheese Company, Moreton in Marsh GL56 0AH

A purveyor of an incredible selection of the finest cheeses with a good selection from local producers. They also sell other artisan and local produce such as local breads, biscuits and crackers, chutneys and local potted meats.

3

Russells, Broadway WR12 7DT

This former furniture showroom is now an acclaimed restaurant serving modern British food with an ever-changing menu driven by local produce.

4

Toke's, Chipping Campden GL55 6AG

Opened in February 2015 in what for years was the town's wine merchants, this high quality new shop still specialises in fine wines, but also artisan cheeses, cured meats, ham cooked on the premises and upmarket ready meals from award-winning local business The Cotswold Traiteur.

5

North Cotswold Brewery, Stretton-on-Fosse GL56 9RD

A quality brewery specialising in champion real ales such as Windrush, Cotswold Best, Shagweaver or Hung, Drawn 'N' Portered. Time a visit with one of the monthly brewery tours and gain an insight into the art of making traditional ale and sample a few straight from the cask.

6

The Cotswold Food Store and Cafe, Longborough GL56 0QZ

This family-run, award-winning farm shop and delicatessen on the A424 stocks a huge range of locally sourced produce such as bread, fruit and vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs. They also have a large and airy cafe where you can sample homemade cakes, light lunches or their famous Cotswold cream teas.

7

David Moore Family Butchers, High Street, Mickleton GL55 6SL

A very good selection of mainly locally sourced meats and being a game specialist they always have a good selection including pheasant, partridge, pigeon and grouse when in season.

8

Huxleys Cafe & Bar, Chipping Campden, GL55 6AL

The building may be 500 years old but step inside and you'll find a buzzy Italian-themed bar and cafe that's the ideal bolthole for a glass of wine, quick espresso or antipasti sharing plates. They also have an attractive and private terrace.

9

Hidcote Manor Gardens, Hidcote Bartrim, GL55 6LR

A stone’s throw from the Ebrington Arms is Hidcote, one of the country’s greatest gardens, full of rare shrubs and trees, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the world. In addition, from Hidcote, there are superb views across the Vale of Evesham.

10

Farmers' Markets

You’ll find plenty of farmers’ markets in the Cotswolds, adding an extra dimension to the bustling streets of the region’s historic old towns. The website gives a full list of farmers’ markets in the area.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Ebrington Arms

Activities

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Boat Trips, Hamdsam Boat Company, Evesham WR11 4ST

Founded some two decades ago, the Hamdsam Boat Company at Evesham offers leisurely cruising on the River Avon aboard a 55-seater passenger boat as well as five self-drive motorboats and four rowing boats.

3

Sherdon Golf Centre, Tredington GL20 7BP

Open to the public at all times, the Sherdon Golf Centre at Tredington, near Tewkesbury, is just the place to visit whether you are an experienced golfer or a mere beginner. There's a 26-bay floodlit driving range, a golf academy and a 9-hole course.

Shopping

12

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.

13

Sheldons Wine Cellars, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4EN

Highly respected wine merchants with a history dating back to 1842 and extensive cellars, which are open to view. The business lists in excess of a thousand of the world's greatest wines, including fine and rare Bordeaux and vintage port.

14

The Little Black Dress Boutique, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BN

Since it opened in 2007, the LBD Boutique in Stow has gained a reputation as a place to shop for something stylish and different for day or evening wear - with handpicked collections, niche brands and designers, and often one piece in each size.

15

Dale House Antiques, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AD

Dale House Antiques at Moreton-in-Marsh comprises seven refurbished showrooms arranged on several floors. Browse among a good selection of quality 18th- and 19th-century town and country furniture, paintings, prints, ceramics, glassware, wall lights, copper and brass, and a good deal more.

Places to visit

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Hidcote Manor Gardens, Chipping Campden GL55 6LR

Hidcote is one of the country's greatest gardens, full of rare shrubs and trees, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the world. In addition, there are superb views across the Vale of Evesham from the garden.

5

Compton Verney, Kineton CV35 9HZ

This Grade I-listed residence which dates back 300 years, and was later remodelled with the interiors designed by Robert Adam, is a popular venue for international art exhibitions. There are many examples of British folk art and six permanent collections at the house.

7

Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, Toddington GL54 5DT

If you are looking to experience the unique thrill of steam travel, look no further. Though no longer part of the national rail network, these wonderful old trains have made a welcome comeback at Toddington and are a great way to discover the delights of the Cotswolds.

8

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.

9

Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden GL55 6JE

This popular site at Chipping Campden tells the story of the Arts & Crafts Movement from the start of the 20th century to the present day. It was here in this delightful Cotswolds village that some of the era's greatest craftspeople gathered and worked together.

11

Upton House and Gardens, Upton, Banbury OX15 6HT

Stroll beside sweeping lawns and colourful herbaceous borders and reenact Downton Abbey by imagining the world of weekend house parties and legions of servants at this imposing National Trust house near Banbury.

Walking

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/walks
One of the best ways to explore the Cotswolds is on foot. There are numerous attractive walks – including charming circuits on the doorstep at villages such as Blockley, Broad Campden and Honington – as well as a spectacular stretch of the 100-mile Heart of England Way, which cuts through the West Midlands to finish in the magnificent Gloucestershire hills. The Oxfordshire part of the Cotswolds includes stretches of the Wychwood Way, the Glyme Valley Way and the D’Arcy Dalton Way, as well as a wonderful network of over 500 miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore.

Cycling

www.cycle-route.com
www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/cycling
There are no end of cycling routes to choose from in this part of the Cotswolds, especially gentle rides through the picturesque Gloucestershire countryside. There’s a circular route of 41 miles, which starts at Moreton-in-Marsh and takes in Stow-on-the-Wold, Broadway, Chipping Campden and Shipston-on-Stour. For something a bit different, try a combination of bike and train, using the pretty Cotswold Line – the nearest station is Moreton-in-Marsh. Several cycle routes begin at Kingham railway station, also on the Cotswold Line.

Events

www.cotswolds.com/whats-on/festivals-events
Just about every theme is catered for in the Cotswolds – from cheese rolling in May, jazz at Longborough, near Moreton-in-Marsh, in July, and the Cheltenham Literature Festival in October. Worth noting is the Wychwood Festival at the town’s racecourse in early summer, a joyous celebration of music.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

Ebrington Village is 2 miles from Chipping Campden and the Inn is in the centre of the village.

Address:

Chipping Campden, Ebrington, Gloucestershire, GL55 6NH

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Reviews

Reviews

The Daily Telegraph, Food & Drink January 2014, Sophie Atherton
Our guide to the best British pubs. This week: The Ebrington Arms, Chipping Campden ‘On approach this looks like a tiny inn, but the Ebrington Arms is bigger than it appears — much wider than it looks from outside, with four large rooms running the length of the 17th-century building. The bar itself is small enough to look packed even if it’s not a full house. The owners, Claire and Jim Alexander, have chosen their staff incredibly, so service is efficient and friendly and any waiting is brief. A small fireplace makes for a cosy winter pint and locals appreciate a pub that’s “not snobby”, where you can wear your boots and bring your dog – the joy of flagstone floors….Free range pork belly with pheasant sausage, black cabbage and a pheasant consommé (£17), for example, proves a meaty delight and easily demonstrates why the Ebrington has two AA rosettes for its food. Starters are priced from £6.50; mains cost from £13 to £24. Ingredients are mostly locally sourced and seasonal – witness the quince jelly made from fruit from one of the locals’ gardens…’

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