There are many good food outlets in the Cotswolds, whose farming traditions go back centuries. Pubs restaurants and cafes are plentiful with many using the wealth of produce from the doorstep. There is an enormous choice of local seasonal and organic food that is produced in the Cotswolds
Selling direct to the consumer at the Farm Gate has become very popular in recent years. Farm shops are a great way to buy high-quality produce straight from the source. The Cotswolds are fortunate to have a number of Farm shops that genuinely sell their own produce, Meat, Lamb, Fruit vegetables, Bread, Ice Cream, Cheese. The most notable is Daylesford, at Kingham, Jolly Nice near Cirencester, Newton Farm shop near Bath, and Butts near S.Cerney.
Due to the region's history for the wool and cloth trades, the Cotswolds have a long tradition of markets. There are farmers markets all over the Cotswolds on a weekly basis. For example, there is one Sunday in the month at Bourton on the Water, and once a month in Stow on the Wold. Stroud's (Saturdays) is one of the largest in the country and has featured on many television programmes. Cirencester second and fourth saturdays of the month.
Woodchester Valley is a family owned boutique vineyard and winery in the South Cotswolds, with 45 acres across three sites in the Stroud valleys. Growing ten different grape varieties, they produce a range of award-winning still white, rosé and sparkling wines. Offering Tours; Tastings year round, where you can learn about English wine-making, Woodchester Valley provides a most memorable experience in the most idyllic setting.
Cotswold Lavender now have 35 different varieties, with some 140 miles of rows and over 500,000 plants in total. At the peak of summers sunshine (July) the lavender is harvested and distilled by traditional methods and the oil is aged for a year before use. Produce can be bought at the shop.
Cotswold Distillery, established in 2014produces Cotswolds Single Malt Whiskey and Cotswold Gin. Cotswold Brewery in Bourton on the Water produces a lager similar to a Bavarian lager. Guided tours can be booked to either. However, it is not possible to tour Donnington Mill (Brewery) perhaps one of the Mills of Broadwell Manor, which dated back to 1291. In the 16th century it was used as a Cloth Mill which the Lord of the Manor of Donnington rebuilt and converted into two Corn Mills circa 1580. Today the brewery has 17 pubs.
The Cotswold Farm Park was founded in 1971 by Adam Henson, the owner’s father. The Farm Park helps to protect rare breeds of all farm animals. Adam is also an arable farmer and is dedicated to delivering all the best of British Farming, through a sustainable and authentic approach. The Farm Park is the perfect venue to visit with over 50 different types of rare breed animals on display. Visitors of all ages can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming past and present.
I will collect you from your Hotel, B&B, train station within the Cotswold Area at a time to suit you. I will transport you in the luxury of my Mercedes to visit beautiful Cotswold Villages, Panoramic views, Magnificent Gardens, Manor Houses, Castles or wherever you might want to visit. After a coffee or comfort break mid-morning I will take you to have lunch in one of the many wonderful Cotswold pubs, cafe's, or Farm Shops where you will have a delicious lunch of locally grown produce. The afternoon I might take you to one of the many gardens, or one of the numerous historic houses of your choice. The day is designed exclusively for you and your family and will be at your pace. I will return you to your hotel, B&B or train station late afternoon/early evening. A typical day might last from 9.00am to approximately 6.00 pm. My aim is for you to have a memorable relaxing day in the Cotswolds to "Explore the Cotswolds"
By train, The Cotswolds are well served with quick and efficient services from London, Paddington and Marylebone. There are mainline railway stations at Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble (serving Cirencester and the South), Moreton-in-Marsh, Charlbury, Kingham and Oxford.