The Five Alls Pub with rooms in Filkins, Oxfordshire

Prices from:
£95 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Revitalised Cotswold coaching inn
  • Foodie hotspot – discerning crowd
  • Sound modern British cooking
  • Full flavoured dishes; local ingredients
  • Quirky, country-rustic interior
  • Gorgeous new bedrooms out back

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Overview

The Five Alls Filkins, Oxfordshire, GL7 3JQ

The personal touch

Following a stylish makeover in 2012, the handsome 18th-century Five Alls in sleepy Filkins has thrived as a locals bar, dining pub and a brilliant Cotswolds bolthole – there are nine stylish bedrooms. Injected with a warm, quirky and personal touch throughout, with rugs on stone floors, cool Farrow & Ball hues, an eclectic mix of old dining tables topped with fat candles, jugs of fresh flowers on old dressers and colourful modern art adorning the walls. Arrive early to sink into the deep sofas with a pint by the blazing log fire. The main bar is simple, comfortably rustic and popular with local drinkers. In 2018 niche pub group, the Barkby Group took over the Five Alls and it’s sister pubs, The Plough Inn at nearby Kelmscott and The Bull at Fairford, both have been beautifully restored and are equally brilliant – see Inn Places entries.

Sticky fingers

This is a family friendly pub and children can expect a big welcome through the inn; they have their own menu of freshly prepared dishes and there’s a family suite sleeping two adults and up to three children. Please bring a travel cot with you if you have a baby or small child.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar but not in the bedrooms

Alfresco

On sunny days the place to be is on the sun-trap side terrace and garden replete with posh picnic benches and brollies.

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles/twin: from £95

What Else?

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

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Waitrose Good Food Guide

Sleep

The Five Alls Filkins, Oxfordshire, GL7 3JQ

Do not disturb

Smart, tastefully decorated rooms are split between the inn and a new building (added in 2015) to the rear of the inn. The five rooms above the bar and restaurant are simple and thoughtfully kitted out in keeping with the character of the building, with super comfortable mattresses, down duvets, thick pillows & woollen blanket throws, painted furnishings, travelling boxes for bedside tables, big lamps, bold paintings, upholstered chairs and fresh coffee and milk and homemade cookies. The four new-build rooms are more contemporary in style with painted panelled walls, matting floors, oodles of space and big bathrooms with walk-in showers and Ren bathroom products.

 

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles/twin: from £95

What Else?

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

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide

Eat & Drink

The Five Alls Filkins, Oxfordshire, GL7 3JQ

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6.95-£12; Main Courses: £13-£23; Desserts £6.50-£9)

Expect rustic modern British cooking that delivers gutsy dishes with bold flavours from a mouthwatering menu that offers pub classics with a twist alongside more inventive dishes with European influences. For example, kick of with wild mushroom risotto, or a plate of charcuterie and antipasti to share, then perhaps tuck into game pie with caramelised root vegetables and creamy mash, or chicken Milanese with grilled vegetables, salsa verde and leaves, leaving room for raspberry bread and butter pudding with crème anglaise. Ingredients are sourced where possible from artisan suppliers across the Cotswolds, including pork reared at nearby Kelmscott. In the bar, snack on devilled kidneys on toast, or tuck into Guinness roast gammon, free range eggs, mustard sauce and fries – perfect with a pint following a bracing country stroll. Ale drinkers will find four beers on handpump including Brakspear Bitter and Oxford Gold, alongside the Five Alls house session bitter and a changing guest ale, perhaps Otter Bitter. There’s Thatcher’s Gold Cider, a good range of bottled beers and an eclectic, well-chosen list of 60 wines, which favours France and features 15 by the glass. Post-prandial tipplers are spoilt for choice, the back bar groans with a raft of malt whiskies, brandies and ports. Don’t miss the seasonal cocktails and fresh juices.

Time to Eat

Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (3pm Sunday)
Dinner: 6pm – 9.30pm (no food Sunday evening)

Time at the bar

12 noon – 11pm (9pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles/twin: from £95

What Else?

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

Gongs
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 Five Alls

2

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.

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.

8

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.

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 Five Alls

Activities

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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.

15

Off-Roading, Cotswold Water Park, GL7 5GF

If you enjoy a taste of adventure, the Cotswold Off-Road Driving School provides expert guidance from 4x4 competitors and instructors. Sample a day’s fun and excitement in a safe, controlled environment at the Cotswold Water Park, south of Cirencester.

16

Indoor Climbing, Northleach GL54 3AP

Enjoy a great climbing experience at this excellent venue where you’ll find indoor climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities. This really is the place to reach new heights.

17

Cotswold Falconry Centre, Batsford GL56 9AB

Falcons, eagles, vultures and several other birds of prey swoop above you at the Cotswold Falconry Centre. You can even pose for pictures with an owl on your arm. The flying displays are especially memorable.

18

Daylesford Cookery School, near Kingham GL56 0YG

This is a must for anyone with a passion for real food. At Daylesford, south of Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll find an excellent choice – from classic courses such as quick and simple suppers and seasonal dinner parties to something niche and specialized – for example, nose-to-tail butchery and artisan bread making.

Shopping

8

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.

9

The Christmas Shop, Lechlade GL7 3AD

Established in 1985, the Christmas Shop in Lechlade is the oldest retailer in the UK specialising in all things festive. Open all year, this is the place to hunt out those elusive Christmas presents well ahead of the predictable December rush.

10

Teddy Bears of Witney, 99 High Street, Witney OX28 6HY

If you love teddy bears, a visit to this charming shop is a must. Established in 1985, Teddy Bears of Witney has the finest and most collectable teddy bears in the world. On permanent display, among other familiar old friends, is Aloysius, featured in the 1980s television series, Brideshead Revisited.

13

The Old Pill Factory, 53 High Street, Witney OX28 6JA

Spread over two floors, the Old Pill Factory in Witney is the place to visit for furniture, glass, toys, clothes and garden pieces. You’ll find a group of dedicated antiques experts who are passionate about antiques and vintage homeware.

14

Tickitty Boo, 6 Middle Row, Chipping Norton OX7 5NH

A children’s boutique with its own brand of clothing, designed by its award-winning owner, Julia Cook. There’s a wide selection of other labels, too, such as Hatley, Frugi and Toby Tiger. This is a treasure trove for children up to the age of eight.

22

The Apple Store, Batsford GL56 9QB

The Applestore, just a short drive from Moreton-in-Marsh, is just the place for beautiful, shabby chic interiors. Before leaving, you’ll be filled with ideas and within the store you’ll find antiques, quirky ephemera, candlesticks, soft furnishings, a range of gifts and plenty more besides.

23

Jungle Boutique, Cirencester GL7 1JH

Among a host of prominent retailers in the historic town of Cirencester is the Jungle Boutique, offering a range of unique clothes and accessories. French, Spanish and Italian designer ranges,with an eclectic mix of striking jewellery and bags reflect the latest fashions and trends.

24

Fresh, Witney OX28 6GW

Well worth a visit, this independent, design-led, contemporary greetings cards and gift store was established by the residents of this charming old town at the heart of Oxfordshire.

Places to visit

2

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.

3

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP

One of Britain's largest and most famous stately homes, Blenheim Palace offers a host of treasures to discover. There are guided tours of the staterooms and a chance to explore the estate's sumptuous parkland. A new Winston Churchill Memorial Garden and Footsteps Trail opened in 2015, taking visitors on a journey through the key achievements in the great statesman's extraordinary life and his early years in this area. Churchill's grave can be seen in the churchyard at nearby Bladon.

4

Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe GL54 5JD

Sudeley Castle was home to Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's last wife. She's buried here, as well, so this is the only private castle that's the final resting place of a queen. It's played an important role in England's often turbulent history and has royal connections stretching back over 1,000 years. Inside you'll find an interesting collection of furniture, paintings and unique artefacts, and the gloriously restored gardens are absolutely beautiful.

5

Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth GL54 3LJ

Situated in a secluded part of the Coln valley, the Roman villa at Chedworth dates from around AD 120 and is open daily from mid-February to the end of November and was originally believed to have been a farmhouse.

6

Cogges Manor Farm, Witney OX28 3LA

Cogges Manor consists of a 13th-century house and 17th-century farm buildings. These days it's a popular heritage centre with a strong emphasis on horticulture, rural crafts and family-friendly entertainment. It's also just the place to help understand the origins of early rural life and put the past into perspective.

7

Chastleton House, Chastleton GL56 0SU

Chastleton House, near Chipping Norton, is a fine Jacobean mansion with a striking south front. Now managed by the National Trust, the interiors of the 17th-century house may be familiar to television viewers as the family home of the Seymours in the BBC drama Wolf Hall. The small stone courtyard doubles for Putney, where a young Cromwell is attacked by his father.

19

Pendon Museum, Long Wittenham OX14 4QD

This meticulously detailed model of the Vale of White Horse in Oxfordshire is a breathtaking spectacle. Everywhere you look there are quaint thatched cottages, olde-worlde pubs and exquisite churches. Pendon is where the English countryside comes to life under one roof.

21

Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford OX18 4JP

A day out at this popular visitor attraction is always a memorable experience – not least for the 260 different species of animals to be found here. Covering 160 acres of parkland and garden, the Cotswold Wildlife Park represents the largest privately owned zoological collection in Britain. There’s also a narrow gauge railway.

Walking

www.walkinginoxfordshire.co.uk

www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org

www.nationaltrails.co.uk

One of the best ways to discover the delights of the Cotswolds and upper Thames is on foot. There are numerous picturesque walks to be enjoyed here, as well as scenic stretches of the Thames Path, which follows the river from its source all the way to the Thames Barrier in London.

Cycling

www.walkandcycle.co.uk/oxfordshire

www.cycle-route.com

Two local landscapes, the upper Thames Valley and the Vale of White Horse, are perfect for cycling. Here, you’ll find plenty of quiet lanes and off-road routes. Not far away is the popular Oxfordshire Cycle Way. For something a bit different, try a combination of bike and train, using the lovely Cotswold line, which has a string of country stations from which to choose.

Events

www.cotswolds.com/whats-on/festivals-events

www.airtattoo.com

This is a part of the country where there is always something happening. There are many modest, small-scale occasions but there are also plenty of bigger events to draw the crowds, including the spectacular Fairford International Air Tattoo, held annually in July. Elsewhere, there’s the Chipping Norton Music Festival in March, the National Mills Weekend in May and the Charlbury Street Fair in September. Other fixtures throughout the year include traditional festivals and theatrical performances at Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, the Blenheim Horse Trials, Stroud Food Festival and the prestigious Cheltenham Literary Festival.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Filkins and the Five Alls signposted off A361 between Burford and Lechlade

By Rail: The nearest station is Swindon – 25 minutes by taxi

Address:

, Filkins, Oxfordshire, GL7 3JQ

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