Where to eat in Stow on the Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold is a popular year-round Cotswold destination, thanks to the abundance of things to see and do as well as a huge choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants. Here are 10 of our absolute favourite restaurants near Stow on the Wold:

1. Old Stocks Inn

Whilst in the square head to the beautiful 17th century Old Stocks Inn and enjoy a lunchtime drink from the bar. Or arrive early in the evening and treat yourself to a pre-dinner tipple in the cocktail lounge before sampling the locally sourced, seasonal British cuisine on offer in the restaurant.

Old Stocks Inn

2. Stow Town Coffee

Coffee lovers will want to call in to the artisan micro-roastery, Stow Town Coffee. One of the smallest commercial coffee roasteries in the UK, they’ve been roasting beans in Stow since 2010. Here you can pick up your very own whole or freshly ground beans to enjoy on your own machine, or choose your favourite barista selection for a great takeaway of their signature house blend. At the weekend you can also treat yourself to an amazing, enormous, freshly baked pastry.

Stow Town Coffee and The Hive

3. The Hive

Touted as the best place for breakfast in the whole of the Cotswolds, it’s easy to see why The Hive is popular with locals and visitors. Their 5 star Trip Advisor rated breakfast is served until 11.45 throughout the week and until 3pm on a Sunday! Choose from homemade granola or porridge if you fancy a healthy start to the day, or The Hive Breakfast or perfect bacon sarnies if you prefer something a little more ‘hearty’. They also serve incredibly tasty lunches and handy children’s snack boxes. We recommend you return for lunch on a separate occasion.

4. Le Cordon Bleu

Who doesn’t love to start the weekend with freshly baked pastries? After studying classic French patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu and cooking at an array of London’s finest restaurants, we’re so glad that Will Alexander brought Otis and Belle to the Cotswolds – we’ve been in love with his croissants ever since! The delicious baked goods sell out almost every week so make sure to get there early to get the best selection of pastries. 

5. Alexiou

Alexiou’s is arguably the best Mediterranean restaurant in the Cotswolds. Their delicious range of Greek tapas is not to be missed – if it’s a date night for just the two of you, make sure to order the Mezedakia to share.  


6. The Old Butcher’s

The Old Butcher’s in Stow features in the Michelin Guide for a reason! Some of the traditional favourites are the stars of the show on their menu including their beef cooked over charcoal – obviously not forgetting the sides of chips, truffle fries or Aligot (cheesy garlic mash)! If you’re a seafood fan, the Old Butchers serves up some of the best fish dishes in the Cotswolds, one of our favourites being the Cornish monkfish! Whatever you choose to eat, everything can be washed down perfectly with their large selection of wines. 

The Sheep and The Old Butchers

7. The Sheep

Looking for a light pub lunch? The Sheep has a great selection of small plates to sample along with their yummy cocktails – our favourite being the blood orange margarita, trust us, it’s worth the hype! There are also plenty of gluten-free and vegan options so it’s a great place to take a larger group of friends.  If you’re there on a Sunday, make sure you go for a Sunday roast – they’re fantastic! 

8. Cotswold Baguettes

Cotswold Baguettes is the perfect place for a quick bite on your travels through the Cotswolds as they use locally sourced fresh ingredients to create the most amazing sandwiches – their classic BLT is the local favourite!  They also have a great range of vegan options including the avocado, sweet potato falafel and tomato chutney.

9. The Porch House

As the oldest inn in the country (dating back to 947 AD), The Porch House is a top destination when visiting the Cotswolds. The low beams provide a cosy atmosphere to sit back, relax and enjoy a local pint with a delicious bite to eat. If you’re feeling sophisticated, why not make your way through their cocktail menu? 

10. The Bell

The seasonal menu available at The Bell means that you can sample locally sourced produce in the Cotswolds at the right time of year – our current favourite is the roast breast of duck on the Winter menu! However, the best day to visit The Bell is without a doubt a Sunday as their roasts are to die for! The pork roast is particularly tasty obviously, not forgetting the beef dripping roast potatoes.

We hope our places to eat in Stow-on-the-Wold has inspired you, we have many holiday homes in and around Stow on the Wold from cosy one-bedroom apartments to typical Cotswold cottages and bigger barn conversions. Why not browse all our Stow on the Wold holiday cottages.