The George Townhouse Pub with rooms in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Refurbished Georgian building
  • Tardis-like; big bar, snug dining rooms
  • Quirky décor throughout; elegant feel
  • Seasonal menus; classics & modern
  • Stylish contemporary rooms
  • Dog-friendly bar and two rooms
  • Great base for Stratford & Cotswolds

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Overview

The George Townhouse Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4AJ

The personal touch

Situated off-the-beaten track in rolling countryside and perfectly placed mid-way between the Cotswolds and Stratford upon Avon, the charming small town of Shipston-on-Stour and the striking 18th-century George Townhouse make the ideal base for exploring Shakespeare’s birthplace and the beautiful Cotswolds. Brakspear snapped up the tired and faded George in early 2016 and totally transformed the building with a stylish yet sympathetic makeover. Tardis-like, the High Street’s tallest building opens up to reveal a spacious bar and warren of snug dining rooms, all spruced up in contemporary style. Think, acres of oak flooring, bold painted panelled walls, rich red, gold and bright blue cushions on upholstered wall benches and leather sofas, quirky modern light fittings (hanging bulbs) and wall coverings (fish), and an eclectic mix of stools and chairs at rustic tables. The décor is fun and the place has a casual, elegant feel, which extends upstairs to the 15 refurbished bedrooms.

Sticky fingers

Expect a big welcome to families; children have their own menu and z-beds and cots are available for those staying overnight

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in the bar and can be accommodated in two rooms for an additional £20

Alfresco

Sheltered rear patio garden with posh teak furniture and brollies for super alfresco sipping

What’s on?

First Thursday Music Club; Second Sunday Jazz Brunch; Fourth Friday DJ; Rack Attack Monday, Wednesday burger club, Bubbles & boards every Friday

What’s the Damage?

15 doubles/twin £100-£240

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining (The Pantry)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Small car park; two free car parks close by

Gongs

AA 4 Stars

Sleep

The George Townhouse Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4AJ

Do not disturb

A mix of Cosy, Superior and Deluxe rooms, and a vast Suite, ramble across three floors and make the most of the Georgian period features – two rooms have bow windows overlooking the High Street. Stylishly refurbished by Brakspear’s in-house design team, the rooms ooze home comforts and welcome detail touches, whether you’re in a small ‘cosy’ room, or you have splashed out on one of Deluxe Plus rooms; one boasts a tub in the room and a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower. Expect soothing heritage hues on part-panelled walls, king-size Feather & Black beds topped with colourful throws and cushions, and smart tiled bathrooms, with Nespresso machines, 26-inch Freeview televisions, homemade biscuits and Temple Spa smellies as standard throughout. The loft Suite wows with a vaulted ceiling, painted beams, a vast sleigh bed, a seating area with upholstered chairs, and a big bathroom with storm shower and separate roll-top tub. Wake up a to a fantastic breakfast spread in the Garden Room

Creature comforts

Feather & Black beds; Temple Spa toiletries; Nespresso machine; homemade shortbread; good information pack; roll-top tubs in deluxe room and suite

Gadgets

Retro phone (internal calls); Freeview TV; Roberts radio; clock; free wi-fi

What’s for Breakfast?

Impressive spread in the Garden Room – Full English; eggs Benedict; smashed avocado, bulgar wheat & poached eggs; buttermilk pancakes, smoked bacon, maple syrup; granola, raspberries, natural yoghurt, honey; fresh fruit salad

What’s the Damage?

15 doubles/twin £100-£240

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining (The Pantry)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Small car park; two free car parks close by

Gongs

AA 4 Stars

Eat & Drink

The George Townhouse Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4AJ

Mastering the menu

Having plied the stoves at nearby Ettington Park Hotel and the Le Bistrot Pierre in Stratford upon Avon, Matthew Hiscoe joined the George team as Head Chef in September 2016. Passionate about sourcing local seasonal ingredients and cooking fresh fish, his modern British menus suit the informal atmosphere of the George, successfully combining well-cooked pub classic (salmon & herb fishcakes; beer battered haddock), with more innovative dishes, especially the daily specials, which might include Matthew’s favourite dish – pan-fried hake with purple sprouting, capers and brown shrimps.

On the menu

(Starters: £6.50-£8.50; Main Courses: £11-£18; Desserts £6)

Salt & pepper squid with aioli; ham hock & apple terrine, fig and apple chutney, toasted brioche; salmon & herb fishcake, pea puree, poached egg & hollandaise

Roasted sea bass, pesto crushed potatoes, grilled fennel, sauce Vierge; duck breast, dauphinois, buttered kale, blackberries; Townhouse burger; Todenham Farm rump steak, triple-cooked chips, peppercorn sauce

Sunday roasts

(£16.50)

A roast platter of chicken, Angus beef, Todenham Farm pork or Lighthorne lamb with Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets, glazed apple, beef dripping roast potatoes, roasted root vegetables, cauliflower cheese & lashings of gravy

Time to eat

Breakfast: 8am – 11am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9.30pm

Food all day Saturday 12 noon – 9.30pm;  Sunday 12 noon – 8pm

Local, local, local

Meat: Todenham Manor Farm (www.todenhammanorfarm.co.uk)

Bread – Blackman’s Bakery, Stratford upon Avon (www.blackmansbakery.co.uk)

Rapeseed oil – Cotswold Gold, Moreton-in-Marsh (www.cotswoldgold.co.uk)

Gin – Cotswold Distillery, Stourton (www.cotswolddistillery.com)

Beer – Wychwood Brewery, Witney (www.wychwood.co.uk)

Behind the bar

Attention to detail extends to the bar and the excellent drinks offering for locals and guests, which includes the full range of tip-top Brakspear ales, brewed at the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, and guest beers from Ringwood Brewery. If gin is your tipple, then you have 10 to choose from, with Hawthorn’s, Portobello Road, Tarquin’s Cornish Gin, and Cotswold Gin, distilled four miles away using lavender botanicals, all perfect with Fever Tree Tonic. Look to the chalkboard for the list of pre-dinner cocktails, perhaps kicking off the evening with a White Russian or a French Martini, both made with Stolichnaya vodka. The carefully curated global wine list includes some of the top Chateaux in Bordeaux, selected for their value and ever-drinkable styles.

Bar snacks

(£3-£4.50)

Homemade sausage roll & piccalilli; Blackman’s artisan bread board

Time at the bar

8am – 11; 12 midnight Friday & Saturday; 10pm Sunday

What’s the Damage?

15 doubles/twin £100-£240

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining (The Pantry)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Small car park; two free car parks close by

Gongs

AA 4 Stars

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 George Townhouse

2

The Chef's Dozen, Chipping Campden GL55 6AL

Richard Craven's acclaimed restaurant offers bang up-to-date modern British seasonal food which relies on a small amount of local suppliers and gamekeepers who care about their produce. The restaurant may be small but it has gained rave reviews from national food critics.

5

The Chequers Inn, Ettington CV37 7SR

On the A422 between Banbury and Stratford-upon-Avon, classic British meets country French in the bar and Provencal-style dining room of The Chequers. Alternatively, just sup a pint or choose a glass of wine from the extensive wine list.

6

Toke's, Chipping Campden GL55 6AG

Opened in February 2015 in what for years was the town's wine merchants, this high quality new shop still specialises in fine wines, but also artisan cheeses, cured meats, ham cooked on the premises and upmarket ready meals from award-winning local business The Cotswold Traiteur.

7

The Cotswold Food Store and Cafe, Longborough GL56 0QZ

This family-run, award-winning farm shop and delicatessen on the A424 stocks a huge range of locally sourced produce such as bread, fruit and vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs. They also have a large and airy cafe where you can sample homemade cakes, light lunches or their famous Cotswold cream teas.

8

The Big Feastival, Kingham OX7 6UJ

An annual party on the farm owned by local pop star turned farmer/cheese maker Alex James of Blur. This August Bank Holiday weekend event is co-hosted by Jamie Oliver and is a festival of food and music, with famous chefs demonstrating their cooking skills while you listen to live music from some of the best musicians in the country. A cracking day out for all the family.

12

Cacao Bean, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AT

High quality, hand made mainly chocolate-based pastries, cakes, truffles, tarts, fudge, chocolate bars, as well as seasonal chocolate figures. Celebration and wedding cakes are made to order, and there's also a good cafe selling organic or Fair Trade coffees and teas.

13

Lapstone, Westington Hill, Chipping Campden GL55 6EG

A stylish lifestyle shop, cafe and spa all rolled into one. Come for interesting furniture, outdoor and indoor home ware accessories, or relax in the excellent cafe, which uses as much local produce as possible, and there are beautiful views over rolling Cotswold countryside.

15

Huxleys Cafe & Bar, Chipping Campden, GL55 6AL

The building may be 500 years old but step inside and you'll find a buzzy Italian-themed bar and cafe that's the ideal bolthole for a glass of wine, quick espresso or antipasti sharing plates. They also have an attractive and private terrace.

16

The Old Butchers, Park Street, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ

Chef Peter Robinson believes in nose to tail cooking and nothing goes to waste at his small, intimate restaurant in an old butcher’s shop. All dishes are lovingly made from scratch with flare and expertise – expect charcuterie, tapas and modern British cooking.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The George Townhouse

Activities

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Horse Racing, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9SE

Cheltenham's natural amphitheatre makes a perfect venue for horseracing and the course even has its own railway station. As well as Cheltenham, meetings are held regularly at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Worcester.

23

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, Toddington GL54 5DT

West of Stow, this is the perfect destination for anyone who still savours the unique thrill of steam travel. Though no longer part of the national rail network, these wonderful old trains have made a welcome return to the tracks and are a great way to discover the delights of the Cotswolds.

24

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.

26

Daylesford Cookery School, near Kingham GL56 0YG

This is a must for anyone with a passion for real food. At Daylesford, south of Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll find an excellent choice – from classic courses such as quick and simple suppers and seasonal dinner parties to something niche and specialized – for example, nose-to-tail butchery and artisan bread making.

Shopping

16

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.

17

The Richard Harvey Collection, Shipston on Stour CV36 4AP

Based in a former Baptist church, the Richard Harvey Collection specialises in home furniture and accessories, with a range of Knole sofas and classic occasional chairs. There is also a choice of designer-led accessories - everything from stylish mirrors and lamps to striking wall art and gifts.

18

Sheldons Wine Cellars, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4EN

Highly respected wine merchants with a history dating back to 1842 and extensive cellars, which are open to view. The business lists in excess of a thousand of the world's greatest wines, including fine and rare Bordeaux and vintage port.

21

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.

22

Dale House Antiques, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AD

Dale House Antiques at Moreton-in-Marsh comprises seven refurbished showrooms arranged on several floors. Browse among a good selection of quality 18th- and 19th-century town and country furniture, paintings, prints, ceramics, glassware, wall lights, copper and brass, and a good deal more.

25

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.

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.

6

Chastleton House, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SU

Near Moreton-in-Marsh, Chastleton House is a fine Jacobean mansion with a striking south front. The house was built by a local wool merchant in the early 17th century, who purchased the estate from Robert Catesby, one of the conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

7

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.

9

Upton House and Gardens, Upton, Banbury OX15 6HT

Stroll beside sweeping lawns and colourful herbaceous borders and reenact Downton Abbey by imagining the world of weekend house parties and legions of servants at this imposing National Trust house near Banbury.

10

Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury GL8 8QS

Just over three miles to the south of Tetbury lies Westonbirt, one of the largest collections of trees and shrubs in the world. It's one of the best-known visitor attractions in the Cotswolds.

11

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.

12

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.

13

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.

14

Old Mill Museum, Lower Slaughter GL54 2HX

One of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, Lower Slaughter is famous for its Old Mill Museum, detailing the history of this former flour mill, a key industrial landmark in Gloucestershire.

15

North Leigh Roman Villa, Witney OX29 6QE

This English Heritage site at North Leigh, near Witney, consists of a large, well-constructed Roman courtyard villa with a historically important, near complete mosaic floor, which can be seen through a viewing window.

Walking

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk

The 102-mile Cotswold Way National Trail takes in some of the best scenery the region has to offer. There are thousands of miles of footpaths and the area has a reasonable claim to be a walkers’ paradise. The Oxfordshire Way starts in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire and takes you to the banks of the River Thames in Henley. The route passes through a variety of contrasting landscapes and settlements including two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the rolling Cotswold Hills and the Chilterns.

Cycling

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk

Let the train help take the strain and enjoy a combination of bike and rail, completing a day’s cycling coupled with a train journey or two on the pretty Cotswold Line. The nearest stations close by are at Moreton-in-Marsh and Kingham. Elsewhere the Cotswolds region offers many miles of exhilarating and scenic cycling along a safe network of quiet lanes and off-road routes.

Events

www.cotswolds.com/whats-on/festivals-events
The Cheltenham Folk Festival takes place in February; there’s the famous Cotswold tradition of cheese rolling in May; the Cotswold Show and Food Festival at Cirencester in July; Blenheim Horse Trials and Stroud Food Festival in September; and the Cheltenham Literary Festival in October.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Shipston-on-Stour is located on B3400 and is signposted off A429 between Stratford-upon-Avon and Stow-on-the-Wold.

By Rail: The nearest stations are Moreton-in-Marsh (Paddington line), a short taxi journey away (6.8 miles) and Stratford upon Avon (11 miles)

 

Address:

8 High Street, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4AJ

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