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Major's Retreat

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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High Street | Gloucestershire, Tormarton GL9 1HZ, England
+44 1454 218263
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch with my young Spanish friend and her young son. We have both learned from experience to order a 'single meat' lunch. We ordered the 3 meat plates in the past and whilst excellent, just too much to eat. It is a really nice homely pub. Old fashioned? Yes. What's wrong with that?? The prices are... More 

Thank michaelf0ley1
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

We were meeting friends for a long overdue lunch. Unfortunately the dining experience was disappointing. The place is very tired and badly in need of a tidy up/refresh. When entering it was a good ten minutes before anyone appeared to serve us. The food was average and after the meal rather than stay and have another drink and chat we... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

Looks good on the website, but in reality the place is very 'tired'. Although we received a jovial welcome, the service was terrible and the food was very average. We were sat a a table near the kitchens and the relationship between the staff is clearly 'tense'! A special evening was a great disappointment.

Thank Sue A
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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312 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

We met up with our friends for lunch here recently and we all enjoyed our meals. The staff were very friendly and our friends were allowed to take their dog in and they supplied a bowl of water for her while we ate lunch. 3 of the group had the pie of the day which was very tasty and filling... More 

Thank jlynch841
Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

We hold our annual chaotic family lunch reunion here. Major's Retreat always very welcoming and accommodating. Traditional looking older style country pub. Great pub food, big portions. lovely beers. Highly recommend.

Thank Philippa G
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

Lovely friendly staff, but that is about as good as it gets. The place is a bit run down and the meal was one of the worst I have eaten in a long time. My fish was grey and jelly like, the better half's gammon was beefy. The second point is only for the friendliness of the staff.

Thank DevonBoy75
Worcester, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

What a pleasant surprise! First, the owner: a friendly man who started by helping us both decide on the proper drinks for dinner, and who recommended skipping the appetizers as nobody had ever complained about the portion sizes. As we settled the bill, the owner walked us through the trail to Cold Ashton and gave us tips for avoiding dangerous... More 

Thank Legare
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

I had a glorious roast beef dinner @ this pub/restaurant. I will certainly be calling there again. There was no fat on the beef & I had loads of beef along with a boiled potato 3/4 roasti potatoes with carrots & peas, Yorkshire pud & some safe And onion stuffing. It was glorious and for a pudding I had a... More 

Thank Arlene B
Southport, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful welcome from the landlord and the chef! Just 3 minutes off the motorway, cosy proper old style pub. Dogs very welcome- they are promptly brought a bowl of water! We all had the gammon- delicious with a large fresh mixed salad, mountain of chips with your own choice of eggs/pineapple. Can clearly see why such a high... More 

Thank Karen M
United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

We were visiting Dyrham Park and wanted to go somewhere else for lunch as the café was quite busy. My husband looked out for somewhere nearby and we came across this pub. It is a family-run pub and they were lovely and welcoming. Our son is 2 and they didn't mind him running around or trying to climb on the... More 

Thank Laura M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $16
Bar, British, Pub
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street | Gloucestershire, Tormarton GL9 1HZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Gloucestershire  >  Tormarton
  • Phone Number: +44 1454 218263
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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