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Major's Retreat

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High Street, Tormarton | Gloucestershire, Tormarton GL91HZ, England
01454 218 263
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Description: Welcome to the Majors RetreatThe Majors Retreat pub and rooms is in the...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
The Troops Loved it

Once again the Major led the way& satisfied the troops, what better than a family Sunday lunch for 10 persons, the menu pleased the younger troops as well as the battler hardy. Roast dinner with all the trimmings fab, choc fudge cake to finish it off yummy. Ever tried chilli for Sunday lunch, one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Bath, United Kingdom
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English first
Bath, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Once again the Major led the way& satisfied the troops, what better than a family Sunday lunch for 10 persons, the menu pleased the younger troops as well as the battler hardy. Roast dinner with all the trimmings fab, choc fudge cake to finish it off yummy. Ever tried chilli for Sunday lunch, one member did and declared it the... More 

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southampton uk
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

My wife and i stayed at the Majors in January. My sister lives in the village and its her local so she had fore.warned me about its colourful characters. The pub itself is very much like an old English pub should be. If you want Wetherspoons then dont come here. The pub itself is no frills. The room was what... More 

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We had a great night, cosy accomodation with spacious room. Fab landlord, showed us to our room and explained everything. He lit the fire in the pub at night and we had a lovely starter and main course, washed down with real ale. Lots of choice and he makes his own hot mulled wine with brandy and cider with rum... More 

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Irvine, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

It was a drizzly October (2014) day when we stepped off the Cotswold Way to rest our sodden selves at the B&B we were staying at. Unfortunately, no one was home since we were early so we went on to the Major's Retrat in search of dry warmth. What a welcome. Good food, cozy seating to relax in, and cheerful... More 

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184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I had yet another solo road trip to Devon and back and get so fed up with the motorway services. So I tried this little village pub for lunch on the way. We used to go the Compass Inn, nearer M4 J18, years ago because it was child friendly. This pub is very different - a little further from the... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The Major's Retreat has the charm and feel of an old English pub. The landlord and staff are welcoming and friendly, there's a good selection of ales and the food is hearty and satisfying. Worth a visit.

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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

If you enjoy an historic setting, warm fire and no glitz, you will love this pub. If you enjoy first quality ingredients deliciously prepared and of generous size, you must try it. Our first visit today opened with a warm welcome even though part of our group was running late. The warmth and good humour from the staff led to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Just enjoyed a lovely meal with friends. Excellent customer service and lovely food. Cannot recommend highly enough!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: High Street, Tormarton | Gloucestershire, Tormarton GL91HZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Gloucestershire  >  Tormarton
  • Phone Number: 01454 218 263

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 16
  • Cuisine: English, British, Pub, Sandwiches

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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