The Bear of Rodborough, Stroud
A country pub with serious charm, a superb menu and a fairytale setting, the Bear at Rodborough is the perfect place to hang up your coat - Muddy loves this unique pitstop.
You could barely get a more fairytale setting than the Bear of Rodborough. This popular and welcoming pub sits majestically in the the middle of the Cotswolds’ famous Rodborough Common, with its 300 acres of rolling National Trust land and herds of free-roaming Galloway cattle (who even pop their heads in sometimes). Owned by the stylish Cotswold Inns & Hotels brand, its six sister pubs include The Swan in Bibury, Manor House in Moreton-in-Marsh and the Hare & Hounds in Tetbury. This quirky watering hole and hotel is a fabulous place for great food, drinks or a relaxing stay over.
A former 17th century coaching inn, you’ll be wowed by the countryside charm – full of historic features, including its (stuffed) namesake bear which sits by the reception. But it’s sprinkled with a fabulous touch of contemporary chic too, from the stylish patterned wallpapers to the deep, enveloping armchairs you just want to sink into with a good book.
Head to the Library Restaurant for a light lunch or hearty dinner or one of the cosy corners inside the Bear Bar, just the place for a pint of craft beer, a hot chocolate with marshmallows, or a pot of English tea with one of chef’s homemade cakes, as well as a full bar food menu on offer.
We’re huge fans of the Pavilion Bar – the alfresco garden terrace which has a fabulously Balearic-vibe all year round. It’s dotted with fairy lights, deckchairs, parasols and giant patio heaters for curling up under when it’s chilly and garden games to keep the kids entertained. There’s even a popcorn machine and slushies for grown-ups – in short this inn is Cotswold hang-out cool at its best.
The rooms have views as far as the eye can see (over to the Severn Estuary and Wales on a clear day) and there are 46 beautifully designed bedrooms and suites to choose from, located both in the Main House and the neighbouring Country House. The Bear does everything with a touch of quirkiness and charm, and each has its own individual character with antique furniture and paintings so no room is the same. And you’re just a hop and skip away from the artistic town of Stroud too – dubbed ‘The Covent Garden of the Cotswolds’.
Rodborough Common, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 5DE
Bear at Rodborough
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