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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
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wow, what a fab country pub. The welcome was so warm and genuine. I took my elderly parents here on the way back from Chippenham. I got the impression that if they had it in the kitchen they would cook it, nothing was too much trouble. We had sandwiches, a prawn cocktail and an omelette. The atmosphere was buzzing with... More 

Thank deenadowns
London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Owner couldn't have been friendlier! Had a smashing pub lunch with plenty of menu choice including fish chips and mushy peas! Burgers, salads and golden syrup pudding. Fresh coffee and prosecco to wash it down in a traditional country pub with atmosphere. Gorgeous little village too!

Thank Sunworshipper16
Thame, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Long drive on the M4. Needed a break and some lunch. Used Around Me to see what was near. This is 5mins from junction 18. A proper traditional pub with an outstanding chef. Food highly recommended.

Thank DavidCDawson
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 December 12, 2016

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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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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 14 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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318 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 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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5 reviews
3 restaurant 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 37 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 

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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
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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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