Once again, we’ve headed out in to North Cotswolds for a mini-tour, to visit some of the fantastic local businesses the district has to offer.
The Cotswold Food Store & Cafe, Longborough
Our first stop is just outside Longborough, where Joanne and Bernard Williams have created the fantastic Cotswold Food Store & Cafe. Hot off the back of a two-page feature in Cotswold Life magazine, the cafe was bustling, but Joanne and Bernard still made time to play the perfect hosts.
^ Joanne and Bernard Williams
Lovely cakes (including a suitably gooey, fudgy tiffin – pictured below) for a quick snack, or a full breakfast and lunch menu are available in the cafe, and a range of local produce in the adjoining shop, which was gearing up for Easter when we popped in. Fill your shopping basket with local brew, cheese, wine, vegetables, bread and cakes, pies and savouries and cards and unique, handmade gifts from Cotswold crafters.
^ Gooey and delicious tiffin (notice the base layer of chocolate!)
We were suitably impressed, and given their solid 5-star Trip Advisor rating, so is everyone else that pays them a visit!
Vegetable Matters, Ebrington
After unsuccessfully trying to visit Blockley Cafe and The Ebrington Arms (both full!), we stopped at Vegetable Matters – another farmshop/cafe hybrid. Nearly a year-old having launched in Spring 2017, the shop has a simple but well-stocked selection of local veg. The cafe was suitably busy, and had a selection of very reasonably priced lunch options. All of the produce looked amazing and fresh, including the stunning strawberries below.
^ Some *wow* Strawberries
The Bantham Tea Rooms, Chipping Campden
We then headed to Chipping Campden for a browse of the quintessentially Cotswolds town. Buzzing as always (despite most shops being closed on Sundays) we headed for The Bantham Team Rooms for a cream tea to round-off our Cotswold’s tour. The building itself was built in 1693 and with low ceilings and rustic beams and is right in the heart of Chipping Campden, opposite the 17th century market hall selling ‘Persian’ rugs and sheep skins when we visited.
^ Cream tea
For under a fiver, we each had the cream tea which consisted of a suitably crumbly, fist-sized scone and decent serving of cream and jam. The tea was plentiful (I hate it when you get a tiny, half-full pot!) and the scones delicious.
They offer a full menu of in-expensive lunch items as well, which we’ll try next time. I remember the sandwiches were only £5.95 (refreshingly not overpriced, baring in mind the location!).
Chipping Campden is always interesting to wander around. One encounter we won’t forget was a red telephone box that on closer inspection was something out of Midsomer Murders with the evidence still inside. Despite that the small highstreet is lined with quirky shops, deli’s and independant businesses, with typical Cotswold views in every direction.
Where shall we go next?