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Nov 13, 2008 08:42 AM

Cotswolds Advice needed (esp. Stow-on-the-Wold)

We'll be in the Cotswolds for a few days later this month, staying in Stow-on-the-Wold, and would love some advice on good places to eat. We plan to spend our days taking leisurely drives and looking at the scenery, so we'd be grateful for any place you can recommend in the general vicinity. We're interested in top notch food, but will have a toddler with us. She's well behaved, but 2 hour lunch-type places might try her patience. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

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  1. Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons is about an hours drive away from Stow and I can highly recommend it especially with little ones in tow. We had a truly memorable lunch for my mother's birthday there a few months ago with a seven month old and a two and a half year old. Le Manoir has a reputation for being child friendly and that is exactly what we found. The staff were delightful with the youngesters and nothing was too much trouble - not an eyelid was blinked when food was thrown on the floor (by the children I hasten to add!). They do a special children's menu and of course we all had to sample the chips from Raymond Blancs egg, sausage and chips! The set lunch was excellent value with a choice of two per course, possibly more if you look at the vegetarian menu.

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    1. re: zedman_1

      This is absolutely priceless advice (and I promise not to throw food). I'll see if they have a website, but in the meantime, can you help me any with what town it is near? Thank you so much.

      1. re: LulusMom
        It's in Great Milton east of Oxford. If the weather is nice a walk around the gardens of the Manoir is wonderful.

        Another place that I have had recommended but have yet to try it is The Lamb Inn in Burford. It seems to have mixed reviews so perhaps someone else could comment.

        1. re: LulusMom

          Be warned, though - it's definitely not cheap!

          I think you got a series called The Restaurant in the States? Where couples compete to open a restaurant with a renowned chef? It's Raymond Blanc, who runs Le Manoir.

      2. In Broadway, there a re a cple of choices. There's a very fancy place who's name escapes me, if it isn't something like the Broadway Arms or something like that. There are are also several more liesurely family-inclined places around the central square. Sorrt, it's been almost 20 years since we brought our 10 and 8 year old there

        1. Have you checked out my Cotswolds post?

          I think these would work for you. On past trips we have also enjoyed the Lamb Inn in Burford, though it is a bit pricey. Very charming and good traditional food. The Churchill Arms in Paxford is a pub with serious food in a very casual atmosphere. I would avoid the Lygon Arms in Broadway. We were not wowed by the food a few years ago, and it is very expensive. It's in a hotel which seems to have gone through a lot of changes of ownership.

          1. I haven't been there for a few years, but The Village Pub (that's it's name ...) in Barnsley was always reliable - we have had several lovely meals there, both lunch times and evenings. It's run by the same people as Barnsley House, which is a much more expensive and fancier place over the road, but is obviously more relaxed.

            1. I would second the Churchill Arms in Paxford. We had some good meals there, although that was about 3 years ago. I seem to remember the management has changed, but I'm not certain at all. It could be the food is even better now!