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Major's Retreat

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Sandwiches, British, English, Pub
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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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic hearty food

Paid a visit to the Major's Retreat during a Bank Holiday weekend stay at the local Best Western hotel. We visited Sunday evening for a meal and were very impressed by the quality of the food, price and speed of service. The landlord is a very distinguished character who runs a wonderful pub. I had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
Tom H
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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Paid a visit to the Major's Retreat during a Bank Holiday weekend stay at the local Best Western hotel. We visited Sunday evening for a meal and were very impressed by the quality of the food, price and speed of service. The landlord is a very distinguished character who runs a wonderful pub. I had the Gammon Steak which tasted... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Open fire, hearty portions of good home cooked food and a convivial atmosphere. Almost guaranteed plenty of banter if you're walking the Cotswold Way - or further). I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, and even picked up a new reading book from the charity exchange library.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Visited recently when we stayed nearby, great little country pub.Good honest food at a very fair price with good sized portions. Friendly welcome from the locals and the landlord is a real character, all in all we enjoyed it and will go back again, lovely place.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

A warm welcome, great pub food and the kids love it. This was our fourth visit as just off the M4 it is a great meeting place for the family if passing this way. Curry with rice & chips, a tasty burger and child meals that hit the mark and include free ice cream. Shame no chilli this time as... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We use this after working weekends,Food always been very good, Its a small but good menu.large meals.,we get on very well Roy the landlord always happy feeling here keep it up.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We have just got home from having a really good time at the Major's Retreat.. We met up there because it was about equidistant from the rest of the family. It turned out to be a really lovely, friendly local. It is just off the Cotswold Way, so I imagine walkers use it a lot. We just felt that there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Just a great ol country pub. Wide selection of pub classics on the menu. Food was nice and service was excellent. Will be back!

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Newbury
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I went here with my brother, wife and baby daughter and was very pleasantly surprised. The pub itself is quite dated in appearance - traditional "village pub". The décor is far from pretentious or "gastropub" - but don't be deceived. The Sunday roasts were fantastic - and offered in three sizes (even the small was generous!). A good selection of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Went here a few weeks ago after trying several other places for Sunday roast, and have been coming here ever since. The sirlion steak is excellent, and it was cooked how I like it (blue), full of flavor and realy tender...mmmm Mother loved her chicken roast dinner and so did my sister when she came here too. The people that... More 

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Major's Retreat Pub is a very traditional pub with a proper log fire and unspoilt decor. Greeted with a warm welcome by the Landlord (not many of them left). The menu offers a good selection of freshly cooked food (no sound of a microwave in the background). I chose the whitebait to start followed by 'Surf & Turf with a... 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: Sandwiches, British, English, Pub

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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