How to Have a Romantic Foodie Weekend in the Cotswolds

A romantic weekend in the Cotswolds
A romantic break can be full of expectation and nerves. To make sure that your romantic weekend away is full of magic, old-world charm and glamour, we have researched the coolest places to stay and relax in the Cotswolds.
Where to Stay - Cotswold Style
To set the scene for a romantic weekend away you need a beautiful backdrop to while away the time. May we introduce you to one of the most enchanting bowers in the Cotswolds - Lower Slaughter.  Visually this is one of the most romantic villages in the country. Don't just take our word for it, Copse Hill Rd, the main rd in Lower Slaughter was voted the most romantic street in the country by over 20,000 voters in a Google poll. Not convinced. Set the sat nav to come in via Kings Well Lane to the east of the village to really appreciate its beauty, pausing to witness the river Eye as it meanders delicately through the village.  Need more? Try the delightful walk from Lower to Upper Slaughter through beautiful countryside. or float off together for a walk around the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' - Bourton on the Water.

But where to stay? One of the most stunning, glamourous hotels in the area is The Slaughters Manor House, a contemporary luxury country house hotel. With luxe rooms padded out in Cotswold tweeds and velvets, it really is something special for your true love. There is even a bedroom with it's own private garden called Valentine!

Across the road is the very relaxed and cosy The Slaughters Inn - a classic Cotswold country pub. With comfortable rooms looking out towards the river and good quality country cooking, this is an ideal place to get cosy for the weekend away.
 
After a sleepy morning visit a chocolate box town...
Tear yourself away from the warmth of your hotel and take the car for a 10 minute drive up the ancient Fossway to coat yourself in cotswold honey coloured stone and indulge yourself in the chocolate box village of Stow-on-the-Wold.

Find yourself in the hidden market square, where there are artisan eateries on every street. Take brunch at The Hive and indulge in a local Gloucester Old Spot bacon sourdough sandwich with bloody mary sauce. Buy your love some chocolate from the local chocolatier, Cotswold Chocolate Company, and take to the narrow alleyways where you will find vintage dress shops, artisan jewellers and antique shops intermingled with fine art galleries. If you are feeling luxe, you can pick up a piece from a local artist. Take an hour or so with tea in hand at the independent book store Jaffe & Neale, where you will find inspiring books to read and you can chat with owners for their own recommendations. Of course if you and your beau are foodies, take them on a 'Chocolate Box Town Foodie Tour' in the morning for a taster of the best local food, with a chance to meet local chefs, a taster of artisan teas, coffees, rare breed meats and cheeses while introducing you to life in the Cotswolds.
 
For late lunch, indulge in moules et frites and a crisp white wine at The Old Butchers while you watch the light warm up the golden browns of the 15th century cottages along the square. With blankets on knees, this is simple romance at its best.
 
An Afternoon Riding or Rendezvous at the Distillery...
If you are the sporty type, do what the locals love to do and take a hack around the Slaughters. Put your tweeds on and ride around in style on one of the beautiful horses at Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre. This is a wonderful, invigorating way to see the beauty of the Cotswolds, and convenient to book online. If you prefer to try something foodie rather than horsey, take a Gin and Whiskey Tour at Cotswold Distilery for a full spirit immersion.
A Romantic Gastro Pub Dinner...
What better way to end the day in a warm, log fired pub with twinkling lights, candles and rustic charm. The Chequers in Churchill in a tiny village in the heart of the Cotswolds offers great charm and exceptional local, artisan food in a way that is quite unlike anywhere else.  Try their twice-baked cheddar soufflés, or, if you are daring, their devilled kidneys on toast. Something robust and earthy -the roast partridge or Chateaubriand are simply delicious. It is a gastro pub frequented by visitors, celebrities and local farmers alike, but you are sure to feel at home. Get a table in the heritage restaurant area, and make sure to sample a platter of cured brizola ham or one of their famous Bloody Marys while you ponder over the menu.
 

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