When we decided to make the move to the Cotswolds one of the main things I believed (albeit incorrectly!) I would miss about London was the top notch grub. Nothing comes close to the plethora of foodie options in our beloved capital, but the quality and craftsmanship of the food out here in the English countryside is proving to be rather sublime.
A recent visit to The Swan at Ascott-under-Wychwood offered further confirmation that if you know where to go, the Cotswolds can be a real foodie’s paradise. This unassuming 16th-century pub is set in the depths of the Cotswold countryside in a tucked-away honey-stone village that oozes English charm and countryside character. Ascott-under-Wychwood itself is still a working agricultural village complete with a community shop and a green and the term quaint doesn’t quite cut it!
The shortish, carefully devised menu offers a sense of adventure for those who want it. This is a place of modern dining, with a range of options from sharing plates to comfort dishes that wow – think 24hr slow cooked pork belly or a chicken and leek pie with creamy mash.
To start with I’d strongly recommend the ‘A Bit Of Everything’ from the sharing section, ideal for sharing between 2 or 3 people and a collection of delicious butters and dips that only serve to whet the appetite. The truffled cheese Gougeres are also a MUST and Tarte Flambee Au Munster is the perfect comfort dish to share on a cold Winter’s day.
For the main event, look no further than the pie and mash or lamb rump for some serious comforting and be sure to order a side of triple cooked chips with curry sauce, they are immense! It’s well worth leaving room for a dessert such as the Jaffa Cake chocolate pudding, a desserting triumph if ever there was one.
When booking a table, ask to be seated near the roaring open fire. Dogs are allowed and cosiness isn’t optional.