2/5 The Churchill Arms, Gloucestershire

We fall it love with gastropubs because of the food, but it’s impossible not to love this olde worlde pub for its quaint charm. For starters, it’s in one of those devastatingly good-looking locations in the Cotswolds – all green, rolling fields and eye-catching sunsets. And when it comes to serious food, The Churchill Arms sets the standard, with chef Nick Deverell-Smith at the helm, an alumnus of Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and Eric Chavot. Having said that, there’s nothing stuffy about the atmosphere: the place has the essence of a cosy country pub, but with top-notch foodie credentials. Here you can dine on superb plates of modern British cooking that highlight the region’s natural larder – think braised lamb shank and pork T-bone. There’s also a very reasonable and faultless food and wine pairing menu for £40. Kids can get stuck into pub grub favourites such as mac ‘n’ cheese, scampi and chips, and sausage and mash after working up appetites whilst pottering around historic villages and Blenheim Palace. And when it comes to bedding down in one of the three handsome and lovingly restored rooms, your little ones can drop off in the provided cots or in an adjacent room.

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