The White Hart Royal Pub with rooms in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

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£125 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Beautifully restored old coaching inn
  • Perfect base for exploring Cotswolds
  • Bustling bar at its heart
  • One menu – classic British food
  • Traditional and boutique rooms
  • Splash out; book the King Charles suite

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Overview

The White Hart Royal Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0BA

The personal touch

King Charles I laid low here in 1644 after defeat at the battle of Marston Moor, and apparently left without settling the bill; there’s a plaque in the lobby to commemorate this act of petty larceny. With its rich history and imposing façade of honey-coloured stone, the White Hart Royal Moreton-in-Marsh is the archetypal Cotswold inn. Right in the heart of the pretty town, it’s easy enough to visualise what the place was like in the olden days, with its ancient beams, stone walls and warming log fires, particularly in the snug bar with its displays of period weaponry and implements on the walls. But when it comes to comforts fit for a king, take a gander at the two elegant lounges, filled with antique furniture and comfy chairs, and opt to stay in one of the bedrooms kitted out with chunky a four-poster bed. There’s a satisfying lack of stuffiness at the White Hart Royal.

Sticky fingers

Children have their own menu if required and can be accommodated in the bedrooms (the American Twin room with its two double beds is an ideal family space).

Muddy paws

Dogs are very welcome in the bar and some of the bedrooms (where they get their own welcome pack), but not in the restaurant.

Alfresco

The cobbled terrace is a bit of a sun-trap, so you might need one of the parasols if you’d rather eat out of the sun’s rays. When there’s a nip in the air, grab a blanket and defy the chill.

What’s on?

A popular wedding venue, the inn can host up to 65 people in its function space in the late-Georgian part of the building looking over the courtyard garden. There’s space for less exuberant functions, too, with seminars, conferences and various events hosted with full catering if required.

What’s the Damage?
28 doubles/twins/suites £125-£175

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant and some bedroomsParking

Gongs
AA 3 Star Hotel & 1 Rosette

Sleep

The White Hart Royal Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0BA

Do not disturb

The 28 bedrooms are spread between the main building and the former stable block, and they vary in style from boutique glamour to traditional elegance. The two ground-floor rooms in the stable block are ideal for disabled guests, with one of the rooms having a private garden and the other its own courtyard (they’re ideal for dog owners, too). Four-poster beds bring a touch of old-school refinement to a number of rooms, and many of the spaces have original features in the shape of oak beams. The bathrooms are uniformly smart and well kitted-out, with the best of the bunch offering walk-in showers and roll-top baths, and they’re all stocked with H2K products.

Creature comforts

Bathrobes and slippers; pamper hamper including Champagne (at a cost); complimentary doggy treat hamper.

Gadgets

Flatscreen TV; Internet radio and iPod docking; Free Wi-Fi.

What’s for Breakfast?

Croissants and Danish pastries; omelette (ham, cheese, mushroom or tomato); smoked salmon with scrambled eggs; eggs Benedict; smoked haddock with poached egg; full English – smoked bacon, sausage, tomato, black pudding, baked beans and choice of egg.

What’s the Damage?
28 doubles/twins/suites £125-£175

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant and some bedroomsParking

Gongs
AA 3 Star Hotel & 1 Rosette

Eat & Drink

The White Hart Royal Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0BA

Mastering the menu

When it comes to dining, flexibility is the name of the game, with one menu up for grabs in the bar, restaurant (open evenings and Sunday lunch) and sunny courtyard garden. Wherever you chose to sit, the menu delivers classic British dishes alongside more refined and contemporary offerings, plus some traditional sandwiches (including a hot minute steak version). The restaurant to the rear overlooks the courtyard garden and looks spruce with its exposed stone walls, colourful tapestries and contemporary-styled lilac banquettes and chair covers. It has a smart brasserie appeal. Go for the bar if you want a more pubby experience, and bag a table in the courtyard for a warm-weather treat. The kitchen really does aim to please, with fashionable sharing platters (a good starter option for two people), and feel-good stuff like beef and Hooky ale pie or beer-battered fish and chips. There are more modern-minded alternatives, too, such as a winter salad of goats’ cheese with pickled mushrooms, candied walnuts and balsamic pearls, or a main course of baked fillet of hake in a mussel and ale broth.

On the menu

Crisp shepherd’s pie croquettes, Aunt Valerie’s beetroot and apple chutney
Pan-fried mackerel fillet, sweet pickled shallots, chicory, peas, rye crisps
Oven-roasted venison haunch, Bramley apple purée, beetroot, swede, turnips, baby carrots, red wine jus
Baked hake fillet, mussel and ale broth, saffron potatoes, spinach, white wine cream
Orange polenta cake, orange curd, mulled wine sorbet

Sunday Roasts

Roast beef with duck fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy
Roast leg of lamb with duck fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy
Roast chicken, sage and onion stuffing with duck fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy

Foodie Extras

A picnic can be made up if you’re off out.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 9.30am (8am – 10am Saturday & Sunday)
Lunch: 12 noon – 9pm (9.30pm Friday & Saturday; 5.30pm Sunday)
Afternoon Tea: 3pm – 6pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9.15pm (no food Sunday evening)

Local, local, local

Pork – Kelmscott Pork (www.kelmscottcountrypork.co.uk)
Cheese – Cotswold Cheese Company (www.cotswoldcheese.com)
Wedding cakes – Cacao Bean, Moreton-in Marsh (www.cacaobean.co.uk)

Behind the bar

The snug bar provides a touch of rusticity in contrast to the sophisticated finish of the place as a whole, with its huge inglenook fireplace, stone floors and chunky wooden tables. You’ll find Hook Norton at the pumps, joined by a regularly changing guest, and the wine list offers up around 20 or so options by the glass, including four sparkling wines. Homemade lemonade is a good non-alcoholic bet, with coffee provided by Grumpy Mule and tea from the Teapigs company.

Bar snacks

Crispy whitebait with tartare sauce
Spicy lamb koftas
Honey & mustard chipolatas
Smoked cheese arancini

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?
28 doubles/twins/suites £125-£175

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant and some bedroomsParking

Gongs
AA 3 Star Hotel & 1 Rosette

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 White Hart Royal

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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

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.

7

Cacao Bean, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AT

High quality, hand made mainly chocolate-based pastries, cakes, truffles, tarts, fudge, chocolate bars, as well as seasonal chocolate figures. Celebration and wedding cakes are made to order, and there's also a good cafe selling organic or Fair Trade coffees and teas.

8

Lapstone, Westington Hill, Chipping Campden GL55 6EG

A stylish lifestyle shop, cafe and spa all rolled into one. Come for interesting furniture, outdoor and indoor home ware accessories, or relax in the excellent cafe, which uses as much local produce as possible, and there are beautiful views over rolling Cotswold countryside.

9

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.

10

The Old Butchers, Park Street, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ

Chef Peter Robinson believes in nose to tail cooking and nothing goes to waste at his small, intimate restaurant in an old butcher’s shop. All dishes are lovingly made from scratch with flare and expertise – expect charcuterie, tapas and modern British cooking.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The White Hart Royal

Activities

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Horse Racing, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9SE

Cheltenham's natural amphitheatre makes a perfect venue for horseracing and the course even has its own railway station. As well as Cheltenham, meetings are held regularly at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Worcester.

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Handsam Boat Company, Evesham WR11 4ST

Founded 20 years ago, the Handsam 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.

18

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 Richard Harvey Collection, Shipston on Stour CV36 4AP

Based in a former Baptist church, the Richard Harvey Collection specialises in home furniture and accessories, with a range of Knole sofas and classic occasional chairs. There is also a choice of designer-led accessories - everything from stylish mirrors and lamps to striking wall art and gifts.

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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

Borzoi Bookshop, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BB

A friendly independent bookshop offering a huge range of books, with knowledgeable staff on-hand to help, and regular events including book signings.

15

Vintage & Paint, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ

Nice interiors shop selling furniture, kitchenware, lighting, objet d'art and collectables They also sell Annie Sloan paint so you can have a go at creating this ‘look’ yourself.

16

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.

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The Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NW

One of the region's most stylish shopping boulevards and home to some of the country's leading fashion houses, shoe shops and booksellers.

19

Cox's Architectural Salvage Yard, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9NQ

This specialist supplier of architectural salvage is one of Britain’s oldest established reclamation yards. Called upcycling these days, expect to find an amazing assortment of items here – everything from Belfast sinks to stained glass.

Places to visit

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Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh L56 9AD

There are now more than a thousand varieties of trees on display at Batsford. The colours are especially striking in spring and autumn. Expect to find cherries, azaleas and rhododendrons among the species.

5

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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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.

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Sezincote, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AW

The distinctive dome of Sezincote is reputed to have provided the Prince Regent with the inspiration for Brighton Pavilion. Begun in 1805, the house was built by Sir Charles Cockerell, who made his fortune through the East India Company.

9

Snowshill Manor WR12 7JU

A handsome Tudor building with later additions standing in glorious terraced gardens, Snowshill includes an impressive collection of items amassed by Charles Wade, its former owner, who gave the house to the National Trust in 1951.

10

Old Mill Museum, Lower Slaughter GL54 2HX

One of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, Lower Slaughter is famous for its Old Mill Museum, detailing the history of this former flour mill, a key industrial landmark in Gloucestershire.

Walking

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
There are numerous scenic footpaths and bridleways to give you a totally different perspective on the Cotswolds. Another option is to try sections of the Cotswold Way and the Shakespeare Way, both of which offer great scenery.

Cycling

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
www.cycle-route.com
There’s plenty of cycling potential in the North Cotswolds – from easy rides through picturesque countryside to something a bit more adventurous. One option is a combination of bike and train, using the charming Cotswold Line. There is a station at Moreton-in-Marsh, just yards from the White Hart Royal.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: You” find the inn right in the middle of the high street, close to A429/A44 junction, you can not miss it.

By Train: You can walk from the train station, which is a mainline into London Paddington.

Address:

High Street,, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0BA

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