Arguably one of the best things about going away is the food. Being able to try new food in new places helps to create wonderful memories, whilst getting together with family and friends for some family feasting is an ideal way to spend time together. One of the things which the Cotswolds is well-known for is its food offerings, with a range of dining experiences to suit all kinds of getaways. Try one of its many fabulous restaurants, pubs and food festivals or enjoy a home cooked meal in a luxury Jigsaw Holiday kitchen whatever you choose, were sure youre in for a satisfying experience.
Late summer picnicking in spectacular surroundings
The Cotswolds has many stunning locations to enjoy a picnic and sometimes theres nothing better than preparing some home cooked treats or sampling some goods from village stores and heading out to enjoy a picnic. Broadway Tower is one of the best places to enjoy a picnic, as the highest point in the Cotswolds, meaning youll get some beautiful panoramic views. Theres a red deer herd which can also be seen as well as a chance to explore the Nuclear Bunker. Meanwhile, Bourton-on-the-Water offers some gorgeous spots along the River Windrush with plenty of picturesque picnic places to enjoy. Feed the ducks and enjoy a spot of people watching and then take the time to explore Bourton-on-the-Waters many great sights.Where to stay:
For Bourton-on-the-water, Pear Tree Cottage makes an excellent base, situated in Oddington which is a short drive away. It sleeps 8 meaning theres plenty of room for all the family or a large group. For Broadway meanwhile, Jasmine Cottage is a classic Cotswolds country cottage with plenty of homely features to help you relax after a day of exploring.
Top restaurants and pubs offering feasts for all the family
Finding restaurants suitable for family feasting can be difficult, especially if you're a large party and looking for quality dining experiences. However, there are plenty of welcoming eateries in the Cotswolds which not only keep the kids happy, but mum and dad too.
- The Porch House in Stow-on-the-Wold is best-known for its title of Britains oldest inn, dating back to circa 947 AD! The dining menu offers a variety of delicious dishes which have reasonable prices, whilst children can earn their free dessert by drawing a picture of the chef a great way to keep them occupied whilst you tuck into your mains!
- The Old Bakery Tearoom, also in Stow-on-the-Wold is a great place to enjoy a spot of lunch whilst exploring the local area. There are plenty of choices to suit little appetites as well as a great afternoon tea offering, making it a great place for all the family to find something they enjoy.
- The County Kitchen in Cheltenham is another family-friendly restaurant which comes highly recommended by visitors. The childrens menu is extensive, whilst theres plenty of high quality food for adults to enjoy too. The restaurant is open from breakfast until dinner, making it the perfect stop for families at any time of day.
- The Olive Tree in Nailsworth is the ideal place for families looking to enjoy a high quality dinner at a reasonable price. With a fantastic outdoor seating area, its perfect for enjoying the sunshine and enjoying some quality family time. The childrens menu is great and offers plenty of variety.
If however, you prefer the comforts of home cooking our Jigsaw properties offer spacious kitchens and dining areas to help you cook the perfect family meal and enjoy some quality family feasting time.Tyne Hill Barn and Cottage near Banbury sleeps up to 12 people and has an amazing kitchen and dining area to cater for your large family get together. With a swimming pool and cosy bedrooms, plus many other modern features a stay at Tyne Hill Barn will provide unforgettable memories.
Family feasting at The Big Feastival
Whilst the summer music festivals may be drawing to a close, there are still plenty of other festivals to look forward to, and what better way to enjoy a festival than at a food festival? The Cotswolds is home to some of the countrys top food festivals, including The Big Feastival which takes places this weekend from 26-28th August. One of the best food festivals in the UK, The Big Feastival is run by none other than Jamie Oliver and Alex James, with the festival taking place at James Cotswolds farm. Described as a feel good festival of food and music for all the family, there is plenty to see and do as well as a great musical line up to enjoy. Whether you go for the whole weekend or just for the day, youll have a memorable time sampling some delicious foods.Missed out or made other plans this bank holiday? Don't worry! Use the Food Festival Finder to find out when the next big foodie event is taking place near you.The Cotswolds is a treasure trove for food lovers, with plenty of great family feasting experiences to enjoy. From fine dining from top restaurateurs to authentic country fair, theres something to delight and suit everyone, regardless of your culinary preferences. For families, theres a wide choice for places to go and things to do adding further enjoyment to your Cotswolds escape. For more feasting inspiration, head to our News Page where youll find further articles on dining in the Cotswolds as well as details of other sites and activities you can enjoy in the area.