The Wheatsheaf Inn Pub with rooms in Northleach, Gloucestershire

Prices from:
£140 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Chic Cotswold bolthole
  • Smart country-style good looks abound
  • Great menus/cooking, robust flavours
  • Bedrooms – glamorous and affordable
  • Stunning garden – alfresco heaven
  • Great, cheery and knowledgeable staff
  • Attention to detail on all levels

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Overview

The Wheatsheaf Inn Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3EZ

The personal touch

Sam and Georgina Pearman’s creeper-covered Wheatsheaf Inn, situated in the market town of Northleach, cuts a dash, with the smart, country-style good looks of the bar and dining areas matched by 14 glamorous bedrooms. There’s lots of character inside and out, with a spacious dining area, cosy snug and a game bar where, if there’s a game on, it’s game on (Sam’s passions are food and rugby, not necessarily in that order). With well-chosen artworks, leather armchairs and open fireplaces, the Wheatsheaf Inn is the kind of place you can squirrel yourself away and spend all day (there’s even a treatment room on-site if you really want to be pampered). Staff are fresh-faced, super-cheerful and, most importantly of all, know their business. There’s a contemporary quality here, too, with dining that is both rustic and modern, and the sort of all-round attention to detail that elevates this inn above the opposition (check out the art on the walls).

Sticky fingers

The children’s menu has been designed by experts – the children from Northleach Primary School! In the bedrooms, cots, Z beds and baby monitors smooth the way, and there’s a babysitting service.

Muddy paws

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the main front bar and the game bar (deep-fried pigs’ ears and water bowls available). Three of the bedrooms are dog friendly.

Alfresco

The outside areas consist of several split-level terraces. The first is the smartest with hardwood furniture, attractive planters, pots and borders, plus outside heaters to extend the season. The next level up sees wooden tables on a neat lawn, before the top terrace with its long bench tables. The whole space is surrounded by a Cotswold-stone wall, with rows of pruned trees and country flower borders, and in summertime there’s a Wendy house to occupy young children.

What’s on?

The annual summer party is a regular event with live music from local musicians, plus a BBQ (2014 had a Wimbledon theme). Summer BBQs are a consistent feature, too, with a Farmers’ Feast to raise money for the Duchenne charity. During Cheltenham race week, there’s a pre-race evening called Mark the Card, with people like National Hunt trainer Kim Bailey and broadcaster Nick Luck talking about Gold Cup week, plus a few top tips of course (advance booking required). Steak night is a feature in the Game Bar, and there’s also a film club with a children’s film on a Sunday.

What’s the Damage?
14 doubles: £110-£340 (inclusive of continental breakfast). Cooked breakfast £11.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant and 3 rooms
  • Parking

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide; Tatler Restaurant Guide

Sleep

The Wheatsheaf Inn Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3EZ

Do not disturb

The 14 double rooms are a classy bunch with a mix of shapes and sizes and each decorated in a stylish and contemporary manner. The colours are fashionably muted, save for some splashes of colour from artworks and designer fabrics and wallpaper, with sturdy and well-chosen furniture such as hand-crafted beds ensuring a high quality feel throughout. The bathrooms really up the glam stakes with some rooms featuring roll-top baths, others with trendy modern showers and all stocked with handmade toiletries. There are three rooms on the ground floor with direct access to the garden areas, while wheelchair access is achieved with only a little assistance required.

Creature comforts

Egyptian cotton duvets and pillows; Hypnos beds; 100 Acres bathroom products; room service in restaurant hours.

Gadgets

Bang & Olufsen TVs; Sky TV; Free Wi-Fi.

Pampering

Treatments such as holistic Swedish massage, waxes, manicures and make-up lessons are available at the in-house 100 Acres Treatment Room. Booking is required www.100acres.com.

What’s for Breakfast?

Green juice: apple, fennel & cucumber; purple juice: beetroot & carrot; porridge with Cotswolds’ honey; pancakes with blueberries and crème fraîche; Burford Brown egg and soldiers; grilled kipper with butter; smoked haddock, poached egg; bacon & egg sandwich; eggs Benedict; The Wheatsheaf Inn full English breakfast (£11).

What’s the Damage?
14 doubles: £110-£340 (inclusive of continental breakfast). Cooked breakfast £11.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant and 3 rooms
  • Parking

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide; Tatler Restaurant Guide

Eat & Drink

The Wheatsheaf Inn Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3EZ

Mastering the menu

The daily-changing menu is focused on seasonal British ingredients and delivers robust and hearty flavours with a bit of refinement that wouldn’t look out of place in a slick metropolitan brasserie. Head chef Ethan Rogers’ kitchen turns out everything from a breakfast of French toast with streaky bacon (served from 8am) to evening main courses of grilled sea bass with salsa verde or a pie filled with ox cheek, bacon and mushrooms. If you book the private dining room the feast menu awaits, with the likes of a whole suckling pig served on large platter for sharing (live like Henry VIII for a day at least). The children’s menu delivers proper stuff such as mini shepherd’s pie.

On the menu

Devilled kidneys on toast
Twice-baked Cheddar soufflé with spinach & grain mustard
Ox cheek, bacon & mushroom pie with creamed potato & heritage carrots
Pan-fried stone bass with confit fennel, spinach & bourguignon sauce
Rhubarb & orange tart with pastry cream

Sunday Roasts

Always three meats on offer.

Foodie Extras

Summer BBQs are a warm-weather highlight, with alfresco dining a good option whether or not they’ve fired up the charcoal. Breakfast is available to residents and non-residents alike, turning out everything from pancakes with maple syrup and bacon to a full English breakfast.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm (3.30pm Sunday)
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm (10pm Friday & Saturday)

Local, local, local

New Wave Seafood (www.new-wave.co.uk) / The Really Interesting Crab Company (www.thereallyinterestingcrabcompany.co.uk)
Cheese – Neal’s Yard Dairy (www.nealsyarddairy.co.uk)
Organic Meat – Macaroni Farm, Eastleach (www.macaronifarm.co.uk)
Charcuterie – Trealy Farm Charcuterie (www.trealy.co.uk)
Poultry – Great Farm, Fairford (www.greatfarm.co.uk)
Bread – Hobbs House Bakery, Chipping Sodbury (www.hobbshousebakery.co.uk)
Vegetables – Mise en Place, Cirencester
Game – local shoots and farms
Real Ales – Cotswold Brewering Company, Cheltenham (www.cotswoldbrewing.com)/Bath Ales (www.bathales.com)

Behind the bar

There’s a good crew of three draught ales on board including the likes of Sharp’s seasonal Red Ale, Barnsey from Bath Ales, and a pale ale such as Monterey from the Beerd Brewery. They also have their own Bobby Brew, a premium lager, and over a dozen bottled beers and ciders from around the world. The wine list is a cracker, with over 300 bins to choose from and 15 available by the glass in two measures. There’s an excellent global spread, with the French big-hitters sitting alongside interesting options from Italy, the USA and just about everywhere else. There are plenty of sparklers, too, including some English stuff from Nyetimber. If you fancy something a little stronger, take a look at the cocktail list (with a page dedicated to gin cocktails), or stick to the neat stuff and try one (or two) of the 20 types of malt whisky (including rye and bourbon). They stock cigars if you intend going the whole hog.

Bar snacks

Olives & nuts
Charcuterie
Pan-fried nuts in a chilli coating

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?
14 doubles: £110-£340 (inclusive of continental breakfast). Cooked breakfast £11.

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant and 3 rooms
  • Parking

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide; Tatler Restaurant Guide

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Wheatsheaf Inn

2

The Cotswold Cheese Company, Moreton in Marsh GL56 0AH

A purveyor of an incredible selection of the finest cheeses with a good selection from local producers. They also sell other artisan and local produce such as local breads, biscuits and crackers, chutneys and local potted meats.

5

The Chequers, Churchill OX7 6NJ

Excellent gastropub where you can enjoy some fantastic modern British food from regularly changing blackboard menus. The beers are good, too, but you can also try a glass of wine from the very good menu or maybe a cocktail. The steak and chips is first class.

6

New Wave Fish Shop, 40 Dyer Street, Cirencester GL7 2PF

Being in landlocked Gloucestershire is no excuse to miss out on the best and freshest fish and seafood and New Wave fishmongers stocks a fantastic selection sourced directly from Devon, Cornwall and Shetland. The shop also sells a range of local and seasonal produce, such as Cotswold game, Wye Valley asparagus, and wild mushrooms.

7

Made By Bob, 26 Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NY

In the heart of Cirencester located in the former Roman Corn Hall building, this exceptional restaurant and deli attracts discerning foodies from all over the Cotswolds. Owner/chef Bob Parkinson previously worked under the great Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum restaurant in London and is regarded as one of the best chefs in the region.

8

The Organic Farm Shop, Cirencester GL7 5HF

Two miles from Cirencester on the B4425, this award-winning organic farm specialises in grass-fed beef, which is sold in the farm shop along with organic veg, local dairy products and much more. A daily-changing menu in the cafe includes lots of veggie options, with 'meat as a treat' Sunday lunches featuring beef from the farm.

9

The Tavern, Cheltenham GL50 3DN

Sibling to The Wheatsheaf, this bar and restaurant is a short walk from Cheltenham's Promenade and serves a range of craft ales, wines and cocktails to accompany a modern British menu with American and Asian influences.

10

The Woolpack Inn, Slad GL6 7QA

In the heart of the beautiful Slad Valley, this timeless 16th century inn is one of the most iconic Cotswold pubs and has long-enjoyed its association with Cider With Rosie author Laurie Lee, who was a regular here. The pub is still packed with Lee memorabilia but the excellent food and local ales are reason enough to pop in.

11

Butts Farm, South Cerney GL7 5QE

Master butcher Gary Wallace opened this award-winning farm shop in 2003 and now sells his rare-breed meats to many top restaurants in the UK, as well as via the shop located at the heart of this working farm. The shops sells fresh fruit and veg from the Vale of Evesham as well as local farm eggs, chutneys and condiments. The farm-reared dry-cured and oak-smoked bacon is to die for.

12

Cats Brewing Co, Shenington OX15 6HW

This new cask ale microbrewery run by friends Chris and Tom produces three excellent beers, including the 'unconventional amber ale' Tabby, which are sold in selected Cotswold pubs. Give them 48 hours notice and you can stop off at their brewery shop and buy it in bottles or boxes to take home.

13

Dolcetti Ice Cream Parlour, Love Lane, Cirencester GL7 1YG

If you've tasted the wonderful Dolcetti ice cream on the menu at The Wheatsheaf, why not pop into the factory's 'parlour', which serves 24 different flavours of gelato, sorbets and yoghurt ice cream, all handmade on the premises using milk from local pedigree Holstein cows.

14

Jolly Nice, Frampton Mansell GL6 8HZ

Located at the old White Horse filling station between Stroud and Cirencester, this farm shop and diner is run by local ice cream maker Harriet Wilson, whose award-winning frozen delights are available alongside local organic veg, milk, rare-breed meat and artisan bread. As well as the ice cream, stop at the cafe for excellent coffee, sourdough toasties, bacon rolls and burgers made from local beef.

15

Bath Farmers Market, Green Park BA1 1JB

Established in 1997, this was one of the very first farmers' markets to be set up in the UK and it's still going strong every Saturday. Close to the city centre and railway station, it features dozens of local producers selling a range of products, from meat and vegetables to cakes and preserves.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Wheatsheaf Inn

Activities

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Ian Coley Sporting (Shooting), Andoversford GL54 4AX

Not far from Northleach are several country estates and shooting schools where clay pigeon shooting regularly takes place, including Ian Coley's at Andoversford. With advice and guidance, this activity is perfect, whether you are an experienced shot or just a beginner.

4

Fishing, Coln St Aldwyns GL7 5AN

There's a choice of fishing on offer, including dry fly, nymph and chalk stream. The nearby River Coln, one of the prettiest in the Cotswolds, is a popular fishing destination.

23

Cotswold Archery, Batsford Arboretum GL56 9AD

Deep in the Cotswolds, at Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll find this dedicated archery range. There is a wide choice of bows to use and expert tutors are always on hand.

Shopping

15

The Borzoi Bookshop, Stow on the Wold GL54 1BB

Based in Stow-on-the-Wold, this well-established independent bookseller stocks a vast range of books, including many of the classics. Out-of-print books, attractively designed greeting cards and wrapping paper are also available.

16

The Maggie White Shop, Burford OX18 4QA

Long-established knitwear and clothes shop selling items designed by Maggie White as well as other designer brands like Flax and Rundholz. They also sell unique contemporary jewellery.

17

Burford Woodcraft, Burford OX18 4QU

Promoting contemporary British craftsmanship for over 30 years, the shop sells an extensive selection of creative wooden objects, furniture, sculpture, bowls, kitchenware, jewellery boxes, games and toys.

18

Woodcock and Cavendish, Burford OX18 4RG

Lovely throws and blankets in cashmere, pure wool and recycled wool, plus designer homewares, leather goods, bespoke jewellery, china and stationery. An ideal place to buy a present, they also have branches in Tetbury and Cirencester.

19

Vintage & Paint, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ

Nice interiors shop selling furniture, kitchenware, lighting, objet d'art and collectables They also sell Annie Sloan paint so you can have a go at creating this ‘look’ yourself.

21

The Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NW

One of the region's most stylish shopping boulevards and home to some of the country's leading fashion houses, shoe shops and booksellers.

22

Jungle Boutique, Brewery Court, Cirencester GL7 1JH

Among a host of prominent retailers at the heart of Cirencester is the Jungle Boutique, with a range of unique clothes, and accessories. French, Spanish and Italian designer ranges with an eclectic mix of striking jewelry and bags to reflect the latest fashions and trends.

24

Cox's Architectural Salvage Yard, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9NQ

This specialist supplier of architectural salvage is one of Britain’s oldest established reclamation yards. Called upcycling these days, expect to find an amazing assortment of items here – everything from Belfast sinks to stained glass.

25

Stone Gallery, Burford OX18 4QA

An impressive selection of antique and modern glass paperweights, plus beautiful Georg Jensen jewellery and antique and modern enamel boxes. There’s also jewellery made by resident jewellers, the Marshall family, and fine art by renowned and up-and-coming artists.

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Burford OX18 4QA

Burford is surely one of England's prettiest small medieval towns with some really beautiful buildings (the church is considered one of the best in the country) and is a busy and thriving community of about 1,000 people. The town merchants were granted a charter to hold their own markets over 900 years ago, and it’s still a great place for shopping, with loads of independent shops and galleries.

Places to visit

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Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh L56 9AD

There are now more than a thousand varieties of trees on display at Batsford. The colours are especially striking in spring and autumn. Expect to find cherries, azaleas and rhododendrons among the species.

7

Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, Toddington GL54 5DT

If you are looking to experience the unique thrill of steam travel, look no further. Though no longer part of the national rail network, these wonderful old trains have made a welcome comeback at Toddington and are a great way to discover the delights of the Cotswolds.

8

Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden GL55 6JE

This popular site at Chipping Campden tells the story of the Arts & Crafts Movement from the start of the 20th century to the present day. It was here in this delightful Cotswolds village that some of the era's greatest craftspeople gathered and worked together.

10

Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe GL54 5JD

Sudeley Castle was home to Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's last wife. She's buried here, as well, so this is the only private castle that's the final resting place of a queen. It's played an important role in England's often turbulent history and has royal connections stretching back over 1,000 years. Inside you'll find an interesting collection of furniture, paintings and unique artefacts, and the gloriously restored gardens are absolutely beautiful.

11

Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth GL54 3LJ

Situated in a secluded part of the Coln valley, the Roman villa at Chedworth dates from around AD 120 and is open daily from mid-February to the end of November and was originally believed to have been a farmhouse.

12

Sezincote, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AW

The distinctive dome of Sezincote is reputed to have provided the Prince Regent with the inspiration for Brighton Pavilion. Begun in 1805, the house was built by Sir Charles Cockerell, who made his fortune through the East India Company.

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Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AQ

With its picturesque stone buildings and pretty river Windrush running through the main street, it's easy to see why this spacious Cotswold village is so popular. Nearby at Lower Slaughter is the Old Mill Museum, which explains the history of this former flourmill, a key industrial landmark in the Cotswolds.

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Snowshill Manor WR12 7JU

A handsome Tudor building with later additions standing in glorious terraced gardens, Snowshill includes an impressive collection of items amassed by Charles Wade, its former owner, who gave the house to the National Trust in 1951.

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Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power GL54 5UG

Established in 1971 by the father of BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, this popular farm park is home to over 50 rare breeds, many of which you can see if you take the “safari" tour of the farm. Children can feed the chickens and pigs while grown-ups can listen to some of the talks about animal husbandry and general conservation.

Walking

www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cotswold-way
www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk/walking
The 100-mile Cotswold Way begins at Chipping Campden and is a great way to discover this lovely region. An assortment of walks websites and local guidebooks provides a multitude of long-distance trails and circular half-day routes, too.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Leave A40 at junction with A429, midway between Stow-on-the-Wold and Cirencester, and find inn on the high street in the village.

Address:

West End,, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3EZ

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