The Horse and Groom: A True Village Local

271Overlooking the mellow village of Bourton-on-the-Hill in Gloucestershire, The Horse and Groom is a Grade II listed Georgian building made of honey coloured Cotswold stone. It has fine views from its back garden and five tastefully furnished rooms to let. The main floor of the interior is divided into a pub, accessed by the front door, and a dining room beside that. This pub serves memorable meals freshly prepared such as Asiatic salmon or pinkish duck breast with suitable vegetables. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The private parking lot, however, can get busy and crowded.

On the beer front, there are three cask ales, with the malt-accented Jouster from Goff’s Brewery usually on, with two rotating taps from such local notable brewers as the North Cotswold Brewery, Cotswold Lion Brewery, Prescott Ales, Stroud Brewery, Butcombe, Purity and Wye Valley. 262

I’ve been coming to the Horse and Groom for a good few years now, though maybe not all 10 years it has been in the very capable hands of the welcoming Greenstock family, and I have never been disappointed with the impeccable food and fresh ales. This is a pub of and for the people, whether you are a lucky local or a yearly visitor, the high standard of hospitality is served up in equal measure, making it a true village local.

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