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Birthday Weekend in the Cotswolds - Four Eating Spots

For my last birthday, I decided I wanted a nice weekend in the Cotswolds with my childhood friends, my sister and my husband. I tried to give enough notice to my friends to join us, but it just didn't quite happen. It was four of us you see, in high school and we have been friends ever since. Long story short, only one made it, not for lack of trying but we all live in different countries and we just happen to be in different stages of our lives right now. 
Anyway, my birthday was a couple of months ago, but I still wanted to share all of the lovely restaurants we went to and all of the delicious food we had.
The Chequers, Churchill - Friday night dinner
... my favourite cocktail to date: Chocolate Martini served out of a teapot! It's a warm cocktail and it's a delicious end to a great meal!  And what a great idea for a dinner party too!

We couldn't have asked for a nicer place to have dinner at, after a full day's work and a drive through Friday evening's M40 traffic. The pub is the only one in the tiny village of Churchill, so book ahead because it gets busy. To be honest nothing prepared us for our round table, in the middle of this barn-like room, with double-height ceiling, exposed beams and period decorations, grand enough to satisfy any countryside dandy. Mains evolve around game that is caught locally and prices are more London-like, rather than countryside pub, but it's all worth it!

 The Wild Rabbit, Kingham - Saturday evening dinner
 ... if you are after the "country club", movie-like setting, this is the place for you.
Sandstone tiles, a double-sided open fireplace linking the inside with the outside and a glass floor opening to the cellars below. All very sleek! My favourite part off course, was hugging the rabbit bush just outside the front door, so cute!
If you've heard of Daylesford Farm, which you must have if you are a Notting Hill regular, this is the newest venture in the same group, all very elegant and crisp.

Cod with crispy cauliflower at the Wild Rabbit

The food was impeccably presented.
I preferred the starters over the main, but that's probably my own fault for picking duck, before cod. Is it silly that we got excited over the onion fries that covered our starters?
The lamb and beef dishes were both exceptional, as the rest of the party kept saying in-between greedy mouthfuls.

The Old Stocks Inn, Stow-on-Wold - Saturday brunch
... a cosy and colourful place to stop for brunch or coffee, with great view over the market square. You can sip on cocktails and watch Saturday afternoon country-life unfold around busy Stow-on-Wold.  Pulled-pork burgers,  scrambled eggs with chorizo and lots of giggles.  

The market square at Stow-on-Wold
A map of the Cotswolds in Old Stocks Inn, in Stow-on-Wold
Brunch at Old Stocks Inn

The New Inn, Coln St Aldwyn - Sunday roast
... all I'm going to say is that this boutique hotel is that it gave me the reason to write my first blogpost, four years ago.

It's the epitome of a Cotswolds weekend away: The rooms are the perfect corner for your insta-perfect, shabby chic stay, the bar downstairs is always busy with jolly people and the roast is to be relied upon whether you are with your sweetheart or with a whole group of friends and babies - just like we were the first time we came around this place! (read about it here)
Sunday basics, no messing about!

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