Southrop and the surrounding countryside is full of special places to eat and drink. You will find copies of the Good Pub Guide and Alistair Sawday's Special Places to Eat and Drink at the cottage, plus details of some of our personal favourites. Here is just a taste of where we like to go. Remember if you really want to eat in any of these places or you are a large party, it’s always advisable to book; the Cotswolds is a very busy area particularly at weekends and during holiday times.
The Swan at Southrop is technically a pub but the main dining area is really a restaurant and is a lovely restaurant with great food and wines.Tel: 01367 850 205, www.theswanatsouthrop.co.uk
The Rose and Crown - Shilton, this is just ten minutes drive from Culls and right opposite our sister property The Chestnuts. The owner, Martin loves his food and as a consequence the pub is now featured glowingly in both the Good Pub Guide and Alistair Sawdays book. Shilton is very lucky to have Martin. Tel:01993 842280
The Wheatsheaf - Northleach, A 20 minute drive away but really worth the ride. Situated in the centre of the town, this beautifully restored pub now has some of the best food in the area and has gathered an armful of awards and recommendations. Do book a table, so that you don't miss out. Tel: 01451 860244
The Five Alls - Filkins, Lana and Sebastian used to run The Swan at Southrop but have now found a new home at nearby Filkins. Great ingredients and imaginative menus, well worth a visit and just ten minutes drive from the Chestnuts. Tel:01367 860875
The Lamb Inn , Sheep Street, Burford, we like this place for its cosy snug bar for a quick drink or a snack in one of the lounges. Tel: 01993 823155
The Highway Hotel, Burford, this is a recently converted pub and has well priced, good food in a gastro pub environment. We prefer to sit upstairs rather than having a table in the basement.
The Village Pub, Barnsley is a real favourite of ours. 25 minutes drive away but go on the back roads and you will have a lovely country drive and be well rewarded when you get there. Tel: 01285 740421
There are many cafés in the Cotswolds, we like the Maison Blanc cafe, Huffkins Bakery and The Priory Tea Rooms in Burford. One particular favourite of ours is the Daylesford Café at Daylesford Organic Farm Shop, which is about a 25 minutes drive away. It also has great local produce for sale, a small garden centre, chic clothing, homewares and a spa. Tel: 01608 731700, daylesfordorganic.com
The Plough at Kingham is only about 20 minutes away. Its restaurant is headed by Heston Blumental protegee Emily Watkins. The restaurant is in an historic Tithe Barn in the centre of the village. www.thekinghamplough.co.uk Tel: 01608 658327
Barnsley House is a very exclusive country house hotel with distinctive bar area and restaurant, it’s for a truly special occasion. The house used to belong to the renowned gardener Rosemary Verey, so the gardens are worth looking at too. Tel : 01285 740000
It’s a Cotswold tradition to have Afternoon Tea, sadly too many places serve stale scones with synthetic cream from a can and jam in a plastic pouch. We prefer the following; The Burford House Hotel - situated half way down Burford High Street, this old hotel has three rooms with chairs and tables or comfy sofas that serve probably the best Cream Tea in Burford.
The Swan Hotel and Bibury Court in Bibury (tel: 01285 740337) are both good and in a beautiful village, afterwards take a stroll along the river and up Arlington Row to walk off the indulgence.
Barnsley House Hotel in Barnsley serve afternoon tea with up-market aplomb. Go there for the real country house experience.
Going out for Sunday lunch is very popular in the Cotswolds. As a result some restaurants get booked up quickly, so it is always best to call as early in the week as you can to reserve your table. We particularly like Sunday lunch at:
The Village Pub, Barnsley (Tel 01285 740421), The Swan, Southrop (Tel 01367850205) and The Fox, Lower Oddington (Tel: 01451 870555)
YOUR OWN CHEF - many guests like to celebrate at Culls Cottage and although we can't allow parties, we are happy to recommend a chef who can come in and cook a special meal or prepare delicious canapés for your group. It's a nice way to celebrate a family birthday or get together with friends without the pressure of having to cook yourself.
We have a special relationship with the Leiths School of Food and Wine who would happily organise the very best chef for your needs. Just contact Alison or Hilary on 01225 722983 or e mail email@example.com
A recent guest had this great feed back when they booked a chef - The Leiths Chef was brilliant. She arrived promptly, the food was cooked beautifully and she cleared and cleaned up after us and herself, I would recommend the evening to your other guests.