The Wheatsheaf Inn

The Wheatsheaf Inn

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Rustic charmer The Wheatsheaf Inn hotel in the Cotswolds brings the trad British coaching inn bang up to date, with stylish design, tasty regional food and beer, and even a petite spa room. Once weary wayfarers called in at this 17th-century bolthole to refuel and recuperate. Now you can do the same, provided Kate Moss' posse hasn't got there first.

Highlights:

  • Stylish design and art gives this trad coaching inn a chic update

  • Beautiful copper baths in upper-tier rooms

  • Locally sourced produce and killer cocktails

  • Central Cotswolds location, within easy reach of historic towns and rolling countryside

Smith extra

A cream tea for two with Cotswolds clotted cream and home-made jam

In the know

Also need to know:

Canine companions can stay in the three larger ground-floor rooms (10, 11 and 12) for £10 a night, with dog beds, bowls and treats provided.The Wheatsheaf doesn't host weddings but would make a swell spot for a reception dinner, with bespoke banquets including whole hogs for a rollicking rural send-off. Guests at Cotswolds-fan Kate Moss' nuptuals bedded down here, and it would also be stylish for a stag or hen do. If you’re staying here on New Year’s Eve, you’ll be expected to attend the hotel’s Arabian-themed shindig (tickets are £50). Expect booze, food and a lively crowd.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Honestly? I was a tad disappointed when Mr Smith said he’d booked a pub for the weekend. Being seven months pregnant, I was hoping for something luxurious for our last weekend à deux for some time. Turning off the motorway, we swung onto a country road shrouded by dark forest, punctuated with glints of cute, hidden cottages. I wondered if Mr Smith had thought this one through. He knew my litmus test for an overnight stay by now – amazing beds, huge bathtubs, brilliant but unfussy food, and sophisticated but not too try-hard. Could the unassuming-sounding Wheatsheaf Inn deliver? 

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Accommodation details

Address:

West End, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3EZ, United Kingdom
Northleach
United Kingdom

Dining information

Restaurant:

Chunky wooden tables and leather-backed chairs tempt you to linger in the Inn's inviting dining room, where paintings of historic Brit tabacco barons add to the olde worlde feel. By contrast, German artist Sebastian Krüger's pop art portrait of Kate Moss factors in the funk. Nosh is rustic and regional, with seasonal produce the star in a daily-changing menu. Chef Anthony Ely's signature devilled kidneys on toast take some beating but the Colchester rock oysters and chocolate 'Balthazar' dessert give them a run for their money. The full cooked English breakfast is a must, and the all-day brunch at the weekend is best washed down with a Bucks Fizz. Make dinner reservations when booking – the restaurant is packed every night (but please note you can't book an 8pm slot, only before or after).

NB: Christmas Day lunch is £75 a person (£20 for children) and an evening buffet is included in the room rate. A limited menu will be on offer on Boxing Day, and on New Year’s Eve, a gala supper is included in the rate.

Top table:

Park yourself at a cosy table beside the long banquette for top people-watching. The private dining room, which seats 18–24, is pretty magical, should you be in party mode.

Last orders:

Lunch in the restaurant is served from 12pm–3pm, tea from 3pm–6pm, and dinner from 6pm–10pm. The pub pulls pints until 11pm, and the back-garden bar keeps the same hours.

Room service:

Available through the day, with cracking breakfast and tea (think scones and cake), but the team will try to accommodate any requests.

Hotel bar:

Beside the dining room, the Wheatsheaf Inn's convivial bar is a relaxed affair, popular with loyal locals. As well as a changing roster of regional beers, including Cotswold Lager and Festival Pride bitter, you'll find delicious Dunkertons organic cider on tap. The staff also mix killer cocktails and have taken out the title of Cotswolds Bloody Mary champions. Miss the mean Bellinis, glammed up with rum-flambéed peaches, at your peril. Expect a backing track of Pavarotti in the morning, segueing to Johnny Cash come the afternoon.

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