Local Restaurants

In addition to our onsite restaurant, Ballihoo, we are surrounded by wonderful, award-winning country pubs. Here is a selection of our favourites.



Ballihoo, Lower Mill Estate

Our Ballihoo Restaurant and Clubhouse is exclusively for the use of Lower Mill Estate homeowners and holidaymakers and offers a comprehensive breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and takeaway menu. Diners can enjoy the finest and freshest local produce in a modern, eco-friendly environment. Also recently opened is a fabulous new Takeaway Pizza Shack. Behind its stylish copper counter, you will see our chefs preparing and spinning the pizzas, before cooking them in the rustic wood burning oven. We advise pre-booking your table or takeaway slot in advance to guarantee a table. Another exciting addition to Lower Mill Estate is the brand-new Ballihoo zero-waste shop, built from sustainable cross-laminated timber. The shop offers food grown and foraged on the estate, alongside items from local producers.


Bakers Arms, Somerford Keynes – 1 mile

The Bakers Arms at Somerford Keynes is a traditional 15th century village pub in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park.  Home-cooked food is a speciality and there is a substantial menu to choose from. Real ales such as Charles Wells Bombardier are on tap along with a good selection of wines and champagnes to tempt the taste buds. There is a large garden and a terraced seating area for fine days whilst during the winter the low beamed ceilings and warm open fires should make customers feel welcomed on cold, dark nights.


Old Boathouse, Cotswold Water Park – 2 miles

Styled like a traditional boathouse, but with a stunning contemporary twist, The Old Boathouse Bar and Restaurant specialise in home cooked food, using fresh and, where possible, locally sourced ingredients. Relax and unwind in the modern surroundings, marvel at the picturesque views with a refreshing drink, and enjoy the seasonal menu with produce selected from the finest local suppliers – all with service that is second to none.


Potting Shed, Malmesbury – 7 miles

Championing beautiful food made from the finest locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce.

The Potting Shed Pub is a top country dining pub which aims to provide
• great seasonal British food
• well-kept beers on tap
• a concise and interesting wine list
• a fun and convivial atmosphere… the proper pub experience

Awarded National New Pub of the Year 2010 and National Dining Pub of the Year 2011 by THE GOOD PUB GUIDE


The Wheatsheaf – 2 miles

The Wheatsheaf Inn, located in the centre of the village of Oaksey, is a quintessential 700 year old Cotswold stone building that has a long tradition of serving as a public house. Inside the pub, along with its traditional charm and big beams, it has been very tastefully refurbished and brought back to its position as a locals’ pub; with cosy nooks, a great big log burner, great home cooked food and Cask Marque Accredited ales.


The Royal Oak – 4 miles

The Royal Oak makes every effort to make people feel at home in their pub & restaurant, which welcomes four-legged friends in the bar and garden and children who adore the play area.

Located in the heart the Cotswold Water Park close to the Roman town of Cirencester, and set in the historic Cotswolds, the light and airy bar is well stocked with real ales and wines. The spacious restaurant, with its log fire blazing in the winter, makes a welcoming setting in which to enjoy a freshly prepared, regularly changing menu.


The New Inn – 9.5 miles

The New Inn is a 16th-century coaching inn, set in a beautiful sleepy corner of the Cotswolds. Run by Baz and Fred, The New Inn is a cracking place to eat and drink and is known for great burgers and mean cocktails. The New Inn is the sister pub to The Stump near Bibury.


The Wheatsheaf Inn at Northleach – 22 miles

A honey coloured seventeenth-century coaching inn, clad in wisteria and vines, and nestled in the Cotswolds hills in the historic market town of Northleach. The menus are all about great quality, locally sourced, simple rustic food. The inn champions local producers, supporting rare heritage breeds and farmers that care about what they’re doing.

With a private dining room for up to 24 people, feast like there is no tomorrow with large sharing pies and whole cuts of meat served family style at the table.

Finalist Mr and Mrs Smith Awards; Best of British Tatler Restaurant Awards; Top 101 Hotels in the World Conde Nast Traveller.


Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham – 1 Michelin Star

Situated within the historic spa town of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, Le Champignon Sauvage is the perfect place to relax whilst visiting the Cotswolds. David Everitt-Matthias and his wife Helen have been running the restaurant since 1987. In that time they have been quietly amassing a range of accolades, including one Michelin star and four AA Rosettes.

Recognised as one of Britain’s leading craftsmen, David is always in the kitchen and has never missed a service. His food is a cross between the ‘terroir’ and modern French with very original touches. The menu changes seasonally with great care taken to source the finest local ingredients.


Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe - 30 miles

Inspired by such classic restaurants as Shaun Hill’s former Merchant House, he created an informal dining room, devoid of pretence and fuss.

Sensational flavours are served in his unstuffy dining room in a variety of menus, from lunch through to a la carte dinner and degustation. Under Gus’s expert tutelage, flavours sing. Dishes are presented in forms that are as pretty as a picture.

His exceptional contacts with the region’s finest producers enable him to cook with the seasons, bringing the best of local food and drink to the table. Canapes are a riot of flavour, mains are robust and underpinned by starry cooking while dreamy desserts live long in the memory.


The Bell at Sapperton - 11 miles

The Bell at Sapperton is a family owned, beautiful country pub, situated in the heart of the Cotswold Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy one of dozens of walks in the stunning surrounding countryside and then pop into the family-friendly, award winning pub for a drink or some top-notch food. With roaring log fires and cosy corners in the winter, and a beautifully landscaped garden and courtyard in the summer, The Bell has something for all seasons.


The Rectory Hotel - 5 miles

Set in the charming Cotswolds village of Crudwell, you will find a lovely low-key country house hotel with a beautiful English garden. The Rectory Hotel’s restaurant serves classic food with a contemporary edge, presented and served in the elegant dining room and striking glasshouse. Jackets are definitely not required; make yourselves at home. The restaurant offers a separate lunch menu Monday to Saturday and a A la Carte dinner throughout the week.

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