The Falkland Arms, Oxfordshire

A couple of years ago, me and my wife went for a nice romantic weekend in the Cotswolds, and after a bit of searching found a beautiful little pub with rooms. It was The Falkland Arms, and we have since stayed there again, and are will be going for dinner and a few drinks in a few weeks’ time.

The pub itself is in a little village called Great Tew, nestled in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. It is old, quaint and covered in ivy – a perfect country pub, if you ask me. It’s cosy interior is filled with all sorts of pub paraphernalia, and the roaring open fire on a cold evening is very welcoming. There are 4 hand pumps with a nice selection, and I think at least one featuring a Wadworth ale, as it’s a Wadworth pub.

The staff were very friendly, and showed us to our room upstairs – a small stone staircase leading to a creaky landing and into our room with a beautiful 4 poster bed, complete with curtains. Very cosy (again) and very romantic – uneven floor and lots of dark wood.

But back to the bar: very nice beers, great atmosphere (you may even spot a celeb or two) and a selection of country wines too, if you feel that way inclined. Oh, and the food…excellent. Ham hock and fish pie, so very good but so much – couldn’t finish them, though we tried. And  the breakfast the next morning, full English done wonderfully.

They have live folk music on a Sunday too, and we were lucky enough to catch some the last time we were there. A nice pint of beer, crackling fire, full pub and one man with a guitar – absolutely perfect for the setting.

If you’re ever nearby, stay for a night or two. Or go for dinner. Or just a drink. Wonderful English countryside pub that’s not to be missed.

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