Note to readers: Our stay was complimentary; however, the views and opinions expressed are genuine and this post was produced without any external editorial control.
We arrived at the Horse and Groom at the end of a long day that began with a 2 hour drive followed by hours spent walking around a few of the cute little Cotswold villages. We were tired and we were hungry so we were looking forward to having a relaxing evening and some good food…fortunately the Horse and Groom delivered both!
The pub was easy to find and has its own car park.
Check-in took no time and we were shown to our room which had doors that opened up directly into the large garden area at the back – perfect for staying with a dog because it meant that we didn’t have to go back through the pub with Elsa to take her out for loo breaks.
Elsa wasted no time in making herself right at home, jumping straight onto the dog bed!
Even though she is quite comfortable sleeping on a blanket, the bed was a lovely surprise because we don’t find many places that offer special touches like this for their canine guests.
There was also a large bowl of water waiting for Elsa and (even though she is normally a bit of a snob about drinking out of strange bowls) she had a big, satisfying drink as soon as she found it.
The human accommodation was of an equally good standard, there was a large comfortable bed and a few added extras including magazines and a coffee pod machine. The bathroom was enormous. This is definitely somewhere that you could stay with dogs of any size.
After a short rest we took Elsa out to explore the outdoor area. Even though the pub is adjacent to a main road, we could hardly hear any traffic on this side of the building and I can imagine that it would be a lovely place to sit and sip a glass of rosé on a summer’s evening. There is even a small garden where the chefs can pick fresh ingredients to use in the kitchen, although sadly not in February – this is more of a seasonal treat!
Dining at the Horse and Groom
Dogs are welcome in the main bar area of the pub and there are several tables to sit at so we made ourselves comfortable with Elsa and ordered dinner. The a la carte menu changes daily to make the most of the local produce, dependant on what is available. They also offer table service, so there was no need to leave Elsa to go to the bar and order.
I was intrigued by the ‘hot gin’ cocktails on the menu so I just had to try one… I have to say I am converted! The citrus flavours of the gin were really enhanced by the warmth, just what I needed at the end of a long day.
The menu had a selection of dishes from steaks to ‘naked beef burgers’ and beer battered fish and chips. I decided to try the ‘parsnip gnocchi’ which was served with butternut puree, pickled turnips and toasted walnuts – absolutely delicious! For dessert, we couldn’t resist the homemade apple and cinnamon pie with vanilla ice cream.
After a comfortable night’s rest, we started with a short walk around the village before we headed back to the Horse and Groom for breakfast. This was served in the bar area and includes a continental selection of cereals, granola and pastries along with cooked breakfast items.
Both the food and service at the Horse and Groom were exceptional. The pub has a very relaxed atmosphere and we felt completely comfortable with Elsa. She was always offered fresh water and I can honestly say that she’s never drank so much in her life… I don’t know what it was about the Cotswold water but she just couldn’t get enough of it.
With special thanks to everyone at the Horse and Groom for their hospitality!
The Horse and Groom is part of The Epicurean Collection, a group of countryside inns and city pubs dotted around London and the South. Regular travellers can join The Epicurean Club to enjoy exclusive benefits including a complimentary welcome drink, room upgrades, members’ rates on rooms and selected wines and champagne, and much more! For more information please visit www.epicurean.club
There is normally a small additional charge for staying at the Horse and Groom with your dog. Members of The Epicurean Club can bring dogs along for free.
There was no WiFi available for guests so we had the perfect excuse to ‘switch off’ and enjoy the food & drink in the cosy surroundings of this 18th century building. (The 4G reception was pretty decent though so you won’t feel completely cut-off!)
Paws across the Cotswolds…
There are lots of attractions and activities that you can enjoy with your dog in the Cotswolds! While we were in the area we took Elsa to Broadway Tower and village, explored The Rollright Stones and the Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection in Bourton-on-the-Water.
Other dog friendly attractions include Batsford Arboretum, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Birdland, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway and Cotswold Lavender. We hope to pay these places a visit with Elsa on our next trip to the Cotswolds!
For more inspiration and details of walking routes in the area, please have a look at The Outdoor Guide’s walks in the Cotswolds.
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