Shilton 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 Rose and Crown - Shilton, this couldn’t be more convenient for you. The owner, Martin is relatively new to the village and 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.
The Swan at Southrop is technically a pub but the main dining area is really a restaurant. Recently awarded Best Restaurant Pub in The Cotswolds by Cotswold Life Magazine 2016. It's just a short walk from Culls cottage, sister cottage to The Chestnuts
The Wild Rabbit - Kingham - Michelin Guides UK PUB OF THE YEAR 2015 - we are just so spoilt in our special area of the Cotswolds to have so many fabulous places to eat and drink. We love The wild rabbit, its Cotswold Chic at it's very best.
The Wheatsheaf - Northleach, A 20 minute drive away but really worth the ride. Situated in the centre of the town, this recently restored pub now has some of the best food in the area and has gathered an armful of awards and recomendations. Do book a table, so that you don't miss out.
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.
The Plough - Kelmscot, now also owned by Lana and Sebastian, its another terrifc pub and one of our favourites. It is also only a stones throw from kelmscot manor so perfect for lunch.
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.
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. www.thevillagepub.co.uk
Kushi Indian Restaurant - Lechlade. 15 minutes drive from Culls cottage, we feel this is the best Indian in the region. The food is freshly cooked and always delicious. Tel: 01367 252952
There are many Cafés in the Cotswolds we like the Maison Blanc, Huffkins Bakery and The Priory Tea Rooms in Burford One particula 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. www.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.
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.
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 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, The Swan, Southrop and The Fox, Lower Oddington
Specialist Food Shops and markets nearby
Castle Butchers Burford - established in a beautiful building half way down the high street in Burford this traditional Butchers sells excellent meat, it also sells particularly good black pudding.
Daylesford Organic Shop - Daylesford - all you need from organic meats, produce, cheeses, breads in beautiful stylish surroundings.
The Burford Garden Centre - also has an extensive range of organic produce - just a five minute drive from the Chestnuts
There are numerous Farmers Markets close by, check them out on www.farmersmarkets.net The two closest are Stow on the Wold and Witney.
Your Own Chef - many guests like to celebrate at The Chestnuts 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 - e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Have Your Food Delivered
Many of our guests like to have their food delivered and all the major supermarkets regularly deliver to The Chestnuts, just tell them we are opposite The Rose and Crown in Shilton and they will find you. Waitrose are particularly used to delivering to The Chestnuts (and have a convenient two hour delivery slot) and if you unpack there and then they will take away all your plastic bags for recycling. Daylesford organic emporium also have a delivery service.