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Major's Retreat

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Sandwiches, British, Delicatessen, 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
Made me proud to be British

Lovely landlord, I stumbled across this pub walking from Lands End to John o'Groats for Macmillan Charity, and the landlord not only let me pay for half my meal and drinks (the meal was superb and the best hearty meal I'd eaten in my two weeks of trekking!) he taught me some self-defence skills to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Lovely landlord, I stumbled across this pub walking from Lands End to John o'Groats for Macmillan Charity, and the landlord not only let me pay for half my meal and drinks (the meal was superb and the best hearty meal I'd eaten in my two weeks of trekking!) he taught me some self-defence skills to look after myself with me... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

One thing to know about the owner - he knows his wine. Unfortunately I was driving. House red was super!! Great steak. Medium rare amples of pepper corn sauce. All yummy. Other half had the rump - great value. I should come here more often.

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

Having last visited here nearly 30 years ago, we thought we would give it a try again. From the outside it looks quite shabby and in need of a lick of paint, weed and sweep...especially the guttering which was overflowing with greenery! The interior continued in the same theme...a bit shabby but the welcome from behind the bar made up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We popped in for dinner after 9 hours of walking The Cotswold Way. The publican, Roy (?) was great - real source of local info and had a great rapport with customers - locals and passing travellers. Food was excellent and quick. He ensured a great evening was had by all. Just what we always thought a British pub was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Enjoyed a meal here coming towards the end of the Cotswold Way. Was good English pub food and a nice selection of beers and ciders to choose from. Didn't look much from outside but nice and inviting once inside. Friendly and very helpful staff.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Unfortunately our last visit was unsatisfactory. After having several pleasant evenings and meals here, I received a meal yesterday evening with an inedible piece of chicken, which was so hard and leathery I wondered if had perhaps been living around in the kitchen for a couple of weeks! I informed the proprietor, but to my surprise he made no apology... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Stopped in on our way down south based on reviews on trip advisor. Certainly not disappointed. Lovely village welcome and outstanding pub grub! Will incorporate a stop here on our annual trips!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

After a long day walking the Cotwold Way, we were recommended the Major's Retreat. Warm welcome, great variety of food (not expensive!), generous portions and great atmosphere. Staff were humorous and friendly, and all other patrons seemed to be enjoying themselves too. Visited from afar, but would definitely recommend and if we are in the area, we wouldn't hesitate to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

Quaint little establishment set in a quiet village. Excellent portions and very friendly landlord. The only criticism was the service, no condiments offered or eye contact from waitress.. Would visit again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Excellent food and beer. Best steak I have had for a long time. & my companions thoroughly enjoyed their meal too. Decent portions also. Beats motorway services hands down. Plenty of character behind the bar and in the decort too.

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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, Delicatessen, 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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