The best pubs around Badminton

As Badminton Horse Trials approach on the 8 to 12 May, it’s time to start planning your visit. After a long day of competing, observing and enjoying the atmosphere at the horse trials, riders and spectators will have surely worked up an appetite. Below is a selection of delicious pubs and restaurants in the surrounding Badminton area, perfect for a pit stop break, celebratory meal or a leisurely reunion!

The Old House at Home, Burton
Just an eight minute drive from Badminton lies an ivy-covered free house nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the village of Burton is the perfect place for a scenic post-meal walk.
The Old House at Home serves British favourites such as ‘Cider Battered Haddock’ alongside sensational small plates like ‘Crab and Mascarpone Fritters’. For a mix of classic and contemporary, The Old House at Home is hard to beat.

The Old House at Home provides a picturesque setting for your next meal, or relaxing overnight stay in one of their six exquisite rooms.

The King’s Arms, Didmarton
For a true taste of countryside charm, The King’s Arms is one of the cosiest inns in the Cotswolds area. Offering exciting events such as a Cocktail Club and an Illy Coffee Club, The King’s Arms is a buzzing hub for locals and visitors alike.
Working with incredible local produce, guests can expect dishes like ‘Brown Crab and Butcombe Gold Rarebit’, and ‘West End Farm Pork Ribeye with Smoked Sausage Cassoulet, Black Cabbage, Harissa Butter and Burnt Lemon’. With their focus on local ingredients, you’re sure to sample the best flavours that Gloucestershire has to offer.

Six rustic-chic rooms cement The King’s Arms as a true countryside escape.

The Castle Inn, Castle Combe
Situated in a 15th-century village that repeatedly wins the title of “Prettiest Village in England”, The Castle Inn is a must-visit venue. Surrounded by sparkling streams and quaint honey-coloured houses, Castle Combe is a peaceful village that has hardly changed since its medieval origins.
Mouth-watering dishes on the menu include ‘Satay of Broham Cauliflower, Chilli Pak Choi & Cucumber, Toasted Peanuts & Coriander’, and the delightful ‘Belly of Sandridge Pork, Bubble & Squeak Croquette, Hand Dived Scallop, Beetroot & Apple’. The Castle Inn promises food that looks (and tastes) as good as its award-winning surroundings.

Boasting 12 character-filled rooms with gorgeous period features, why not extend your stay at The Castle Inn?

The Holford Arms, Tetbury
Situated within five acres of lush green, the orange door of the Holford Arms welcomes you into a pub that truly does it all. The Holford Arms proudly grow their own produce in a vegetable garden, orchard and poly-tunnels on site, creating an authentic ‘farm to table’ menu that’s utterly delicious.
Guests can get a taste of Badminton with the ‘Badminton Estate Venison Faggots with Horseradish Mash and Winter Greens’, and sample the exquisite ‘Herb Roast Chicken with Pumpkin Mash, Chimichurri and Parsnip Crisps’.

Whether you choose the inviting inn rooms, cosy chalets or luxury glamping bell tents, The Holford Arms is a must-stay.

The Snooty Fox, Tetbury
Established in 1594, The Snooty Fox stands proudly in the Cotswolds second largest town. Full of antique and independent shops, rich history and royal connections, Tetbury is the ideal place for a leisurely wander.
The Snooty Fox serves quintessential pub classics such as ‘Lamp Rump with Parmentier Potatoes, Carrot Puree, Tenderstem Broccoli and Rosemary Jus’ and a sumptuous ‘Roasted Duck Breast with Duck Fat Confit Fondant Potato, Chantenay Carrots, Celeriac Puree and Plum Sauce’.

Beautifully styled rooms that create a contemporary yet vintage feel make The Snooty Fox the perfect base for exploring Tetbury.

The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury
Although not a pub like previous locations, The Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury is too indulgent not to include. Hailed as the ‘oldest hotel in the UK’, The Old Bell Hotel shines amidst the town of Malmesbury, a buzzing hotspot for ancient culture.
The decadent Abbey Row restaurant serves delights such as ‘Seared Scottish Scallop with Black Pudding, Nashi Pear and Parmesan Foam’, and a sensational ‘Evesham Asparagus with Fricassee, Velouté, Pastry Nest and Confit Egg Yolk’.

The range of gorgeous townhouses and charming suites are the crowning glory of The Old Bell Hotel, perfect for a mini-break to remember.