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Major's Retreat

High Street, Tormarton | Gloucestershire, Tormarton GL91HZ, England
01454 218 263
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Tormarton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $16
Cuisines: English, British, Pub, Sandwiches
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Description: Welcome to the Majors RetreatThe Majors Retreat pub and rooms is in the middle of the traditional Cotswold village of Tormarton in South Gloucestershire, just off the M4 motorway, junction 18, Find Us, and offers plenty of car parking space.The Virginia Ivy covered independent 18th century Cotswold stone pub is on the Cotswold Way walk and provides a warm welcome at lunchtime and evenings Opening Times for all hungry and thirsty walkers, families, locals and visitors to the area.The Majors Retreat, formerly the Portcullis Inn, changed its name to avoid confusion with the Portcullis in nearby Chipping Sodbury.The spacious main bar has large tables providing plenty of seating and connects through to a large oak panelled dining room. During the winter a very large log fire keeps everybody warm, including Mutley, the pub’s old dog!The friendly landlord, Roy, takes great pride in his fine selection of real ales, ciders and lagers, sourced mainly from local breweries. Drinks A broad range of wine and soft drinks are also offered. On cold days, ask for a glass of Roy’s secret recipe mulled wine to warm you up in front of the log fire!The Majors Retreat has an extensive menu of traditional pub food, offering freshly cooked and generously sized bar snacks to full meals, at modest prices. Great value children’s menu too.Starters ~ Snacks and light bites ~ Main Courses ~ Catch of the day ~ From the grill ~ Burgers ~ Side orders~ Traditional Sunday lunch roast ~For those warm and sunny days, there is a large beer garden at the back of the pub.Picture of beer garden)The Majors Retreat offers basic (1 star) accommodation of 4 ensuite rooms: three twin bedrooms and one family room with a double bed and two singles, at very reasonable prices.As well as being on the Cotswold Way, the Majors Retreat pub is surrounded by the best of what the Cotswolds offers Local Attractions, with Badminton House, Badminton Horse Trials, Dyrham Park & Horton Court National Trust, Westonbirt Arboretum, Castle Combe historic village and the city of Bath, all just down the road.
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a proper old fashioned pub, do not come here if you are expecting fast food or gourmet fare. It is great for standard pub fare with good portion sizes. The gentleman (the Major) behind the bar is full of personality and will tell you a tale or two. The place is of traditional décor, and is not the... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Please ignore any negative reviews about The Major's Retreat. From the time of booking to the time of departure the customer was excellent and friendly! Nothing was too much trouble. I called up last week to book a table for 11 people!! After a bit of juggling and the proprietor (Roy) speaking to the chef (Chris) they slotted us in.... More 

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Inverness
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11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Stayed here with a couple of friends in October - the accommodation is 1 star as per their website, the outside is a bit run down and the beer garden is overgrown. Who cares!! The "Major" is 5 star - could not have asked for a better host. Roy(?) is welcoming, helpful and a wonderful dry sense of humour. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Friendly, traditional village pub, one of a dying breed. Nothing "chain-pub" about this little gem, the landlord and all staff are so friendly and helpful, the place is full of character ( and characters!) and the food is delicious. I totally disagree with the last review below this one...I had the Leek and Potato soup today and it was very... More 

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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We visited on a Monday lunch time in December having read some good reviews. The Major's Retreat looks a bit run down from the outside and this was not enhanced by an old armchair in the car park and a beer garden which looked very sad. At this point we should have retreated. Inside the decor is a bit jaded... More 

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Minehead, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We chose this pub to meet up with family as it was a half way point just off the m4. very welcoming staff and great Sunday lunch, will definitely return and recommend.

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We popped in here on Sunday to meet friends heading the opposite way on the M4. We were won over initially by the location (3 minute detour off the M4) but then the 4 / 5 * reviews sealed the deal. The place didn't disappoint. We enjoyed a great Sunday lunch, with a very hospitable crew waiting on us. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We stopped here with for lunch with the kids on the way back to London from Wales. Good old fashioned pub food and pleasant surroundings. The owners and chef were very friendly and made an effort to make the children feel welcome. Good selection of real ales too. Absolutely not a gastropub, which makes a pleasant change these days. I... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Friendly staff, landlord definitely 'mine host' made to feel very welcome. I had fajita veggie partner had meat pie both excellant.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Travelling from Liverpool in August to visit family we stopped off for a meal. Absolutely amazing food and hospitality.Can highly reccommend the stuffed chicken. Very reasonable prices too.Expecting to visit again at the end of October. Well done. Darren,Liverpool.

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Address: High Street, Tormarton | Gloucestershire, Tormarton GL91HZ, England
Phone Number: 01454 218 263
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Gloucestershire  >  Tormarton
Average Prices: USD 8 - 16
Cuisine: English, British, Pub, Sandwiches

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