The Old Stocks Inn Pub with rooms in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

Prices from:
£139 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Classic stone inn on Stow’s square
  • Boldly and stylishly revamped
  • Old and new combine effortlessly
  • Confident modern British cooking
  • Passion for niche products & suppliers
  • Super-comfy rooms; kids welcome
  • Little Stocks – cool café next door

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Overview

The Old Stocks Inn Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1AF

The personal touch

When Jim Cockell first set eyes on the Old Stocks, a classic 17th-century Cotswold coaching inn smack on the Square in chocolate-box Stow-on-the-Wold, it was faded and forlorn, unloved for years and stuck in a 70s time-warp. Excited, undaunted and fully aware of the potential of the beautiful Grade 11 listed building in such a honeypot setting (it ticked all the boxes), he spent the next 12 months (and a cool £2 million) refurbishing the place from top-to-toe and breathing new life back into the old inn. The result is hugely impressive, a bold, modern and quirky hotel set within the original timbered framework and one that oozes fun, style and panache. Think, splashes of bold colour, leather banquettes, painted panelled walls, retro Scandi-style furnishings, trendy hanging light fittings, wooden floors, and a cool contemporary bar. Old and new blend effortlessly such was passion to retain all the historic features of building. Sixteen stunning rooms, a secret terraced garden and Little Stocks, a super little coffee shop next door, complete the pleasing picture.

Sticky fingers

Families can expect a big welcome and the family bunker room is perfect for kids – they have their own space with bunk beds, TV and a games console. ‘Great Rooms’ have space for an extra bed (£10) and travel cots are available. There’s a kid’s menu and the Library area has a good range of games.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar area and the three garden rooms are dog friendly (£10), with beds, treats and bowl provided for each pooch.

Alfresco

The reared terraced garden comes as a surprise, a peaceful haven away from the bustling square, replete with trendy heaters, smart benches, cane furnishings and cream brollies, good planting, and an amazing pizza oven.

What’s on?

Look out for the regular wine tasting evenings, the monthly chef’s table evenings (£55 per head), and the great value steak and Malbec nights. They have also teamed up with The Cotswold Cheese Company for occasional cheese and wine evenings.

What’s the Damage?

16 doubles/twin £139 – £289. Winter offers: four nights for price of three; Winter dining escape £200 per person; Summer Stow Away (midweek) £250 (2 nights), £345 (3 nights)

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking: 8 spaces to rear; in Square (free 6pm-9am, otherwise 2hr stay); free 24hr car park at Tesco’s 8 minutes walk

Gongs

AA 5 Gold Stars & 1 Rosette

Sleep

The Old Stocks Inn Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1AF

Do not disturb

The quirky, fun and contemporary style extends upstairs and throughout the 16 stunning bedrooms – they ramble across three floors of the 17th-century building and are reached via wonky staircases and corridors, all brighten up with colour, quirky signs (note the Mind the Gap sign) and tasteful artwork. All rooms are individual and full of character, blending with the original beams, timbers and stone walls, so expect vibrant hues, rich fabrics, retro phones and furnishings, big super comfy beds topped with quality linen and down, and a host of detail touches, from Penguin books, local magazines and Nespresso machines, to claw-foot baths in the ‘Amazing Great Rooms’. Many have lovely views across the Square to the church; more peaceful rooms overlook the terraced garden.

Creature comforts

Books & magazines; bathrobes (Great Rooms); Aromatherapy Associates toiletries

Gadgets

Retro telephones; Ruark digital radio; Smart TVs; Nespresso machine; free mini bar; free wi-fi

What’s for Breakfast?

Toasted Hobbs House bakery muffin hot smoked salmon & hollandaise; scrambled egg, smoked salmon, chives & lemon; American-style pancake with bacon or maple syrup (or both); porridge, cinnamon sugar; baked avocado & poached egg on sour dough; Old Stocks Cotswold breakfast.

What’s the Damage?

16 doubles/twin £139 – £289. Winter offers: four nights for price of three; Winter dining escape £200 per person; Summer Stow Away (midweek) £250 (2 nights), £345 (3 nights)

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking: 8 spaces to rear; in Square (free 6pm-9am, otherwise 2hr stay); free 24hr car park at Tesco’s 8 minutes walk

Gongs

AA 5 Gold Stars & 1 Rosette

Eat & Drink

The Old Stocks Inn Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1AF

Mastering the menu

Having previously plied the stoves at The Chapter in Cheltenham and the Kings Head in Cirencester, head chef Wayne Sullivan, who did very well on Masterchef: The Professionals in 2016, delivers hearty British cooking with a modern twist. His simple approach to cooking top-notch local ingredients allows the key flavours to shine through and his fine dining evening carte may offer Longhorn beef carpaccio with parmesan, horseradish, rocket and truffle, followed by hake with risotto, crab and tarragon, and apple tart Tatin with blackberry ice cream for dessert. Lunch is a simpler affair, with menus focused around updated pub classics, delicious pizzas, salads and sharing platters. Don’t miss the Chef’s Table Evenings, where Wayne gets to show off his skill and flair during a memorable five-course feast.

On the menu

(Starters: £7-£9; Main Courses: £12.50-£18; Desserts £6.50)
Mackerel, saffron, orange, olive oil
Potted crab, pickled cucumber, chilli, mayo, sour dough
Whole Bibury trout, fennel & garlic butter
Beetroot risotto, feta, capers & sage
Venison, salt-baked beets, heritage carrot, parsnip, cavolo near, onion, chocolate
Martin’s Longhorn beef rib-eye, roasted tomato, bone marrow & parsley
Banana: iced parfait, banana bread, custard, peanut ice cream
Chocolate: donut, salted caramel, coffee, bacon, yoghurt

Lunch menu
(£8-£14)
Pulled pork, charred apple brioche bap
Ploughman’s sharing platter
Old Stocks burger, chilli jam, Dijon mayo & fries
Beef Bourguignon

Afternoon Tea

Don’t miss the range of cakes, sandwiches and treats (from £18) for an afternoon tea picnic in the garden.

Little Stocks Café

If you fancy a coffee and mid-morning snack or a light lunch, then the adjacent café is place to go for pastries, freshly made sandwiches, a hearty bowl of soup, delicious cakes and excellent coffee and tea. Perfect after a morning’s stroll around Stow’s shops. Open: 10am-6pm.

Time to eat

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

Cafe: 10am – 6pm

Local, local, local

Meat: Todenham Manor Farm (www.todenhammanorfarm.co.uk) & Martins Meats (www.martinsmeats.com)
Bibury Trout (www.biburytroutfarm.co.uk)
Bread: Hobbs House Bakery (www.hobbshousebakery.co.uk)
Asparagus & Strawberries: Alan Cox (smallholding)
Purity Ales, Warwickshire (www.puritybrewing.com)
Wine: S H Jones, Banbury (www.shjones.com)
Joe’s Tea (www.joesteacompany.com)
Extract Coffee Roasters (www.extractcoffee.co.uk)

Behind the bar

Attention to detail continues through the range and quality of drinks dispensed from the sleek copper-topped bar, so don’t expect your usual pint of lager or whisky snifter before bed, for this ‘watering hole with a difference’ is chock full of specialist spirits from boutique distilleries (Chase, Cotswold), local and unique craft-brewed beers (Purity Ales, including Lawless Lager and Mad Goose Ale); exciting New and Old World wines (12 by the glass; great tasting notes), and an amazing choice of bespoke cocktails created from local spirits – anyone for a Lemon Butter Cookie; Zubrovka, Cotswold Honey Orgeat and apple.

Time at the bar

11am -11pm

What’s the Damage?

16 doubles/twin £139 – £289. Winter offers: four nights for price of three; Winter dining escape £200 per person; Summer Stow Away (midweek) £250 (2 nights), £345 (3 nights)

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking: 8 spaces to rear; in Square (free 6pm-9am, otherwise 2hr stay); free 24hr car park at Tesco’s 8 minutes walk

Gongs

AA 5 Gold Stars & 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 Old Stocks Inn

2

The Big Feastival, Kingham OX7 6UJ

An annual party on the farm owned by local pop star turned farmer/cheese maker Alex James of Blur. This August Bank Holiday weekend event is co-hosted by Jamie Oliver and is a festival of food and music, with famous chefs demonstrating their cooking skills while you listen to live music from some of the best musicians in the country. A cracking day out for all the family.

3

Upton Smokery, Upton Downs Farm, Burford OX18 4LY

Located in the rolling Cotswold countryside outside of Burford, this family business smokes just about everything from game to fish. They also stock fresh game, paté, potted terrines, charcuterie and olives.

5

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.

8

The Chequers, Churchill OX7 6NJ

Excellent gastropub where you can enjoy some fantastic modern British food from regularly changing blackboard menus. The beers are good, too, but you can also try a glass of wine from the very good menu or maybe a cocktail. The steak and chips is first class.

10

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.

11

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 Old Stocks Inn

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.

23

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.

25

Cotswold Archery, Batsford Arboretum GL56 9AD

Deep in the Cotswolds, at Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll find this dedicated archery range. There is a wide choice of bows to use and expert tutors are always on hand.

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.

16

Burford Antiques Centre, Burford OX18 4JA

Loads of great antique furniture from the 17th to the 20th century, plus high quality reproduction refectory tables made to any size, chairs, sideboards and dressers.

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Burford Woodcraft, Burford OX18 4QU

Promoting contemporary British craftsmanship for over 30 years, the shop sells an extensive selection of creative wooden objects, furniture, sculpture, bowls, kitchenware, jewellery boxes, games and toys.

19

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.

26

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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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.

6

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.

8

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.

9

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.

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Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AQ

With its picturesque stone buildings and pretty river Windrush running through the main street, it's easy to see why this spacious Cotswold village is so popular. Nearby at Lower Slaughter is the Old Mill Museum, which explains the history of this former flourmill, a key industrial landmark in the Cotswolds.

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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.

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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.

13

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.

22

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

Dale House Antiques, in Moreton-in-Marsh's handsome High Street, consists of seven refurbished showrooms arranged on several floors. Here, you'll find a good selection of quality 18th- and 19th-century town and country furniture, paintings, prints, ceramics, glassware, wall lights, copper and brass and much more.

Walking

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/walks

The 102-mile Cotswold Way National Trail takes in some of the best scenery the region has to offer. There are thousands of miles of footpaths and the area has a reasonable claim to be a walkers’ paradise. The Oxfordshire Way starts in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire and takes you to the banks of the River Thames in Henley. The route passes through a variety of contrasting landscapes and settlements including two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the rolling Cotswold Hills and the Chilterns.

Cycling

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk

Let the train help take the strain and enjoy a combination of bike and rail, completing a day’s cycling coupled with a train journey or two on the pretty Cotswold Line. The nearest stations close by are at Moreton-in-Marsh and Kingham. Elsewhere the Cotswolds region offers many miles of exhilarating and scenic cycling along a safe network of quiet lanes and off-road routes.

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: Stow-on-the-Wold is located on A429 between Leamington Spa and Cirencester. The Old Stocks Inn is located in The Square

By Rail: The nearest stations are at Kingham and Moreton-in-Marsh (Paddington line), a short taxi journey away

Address:

The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1AF

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