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Major's Retreat

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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High Street | Gloucestershire, Tormarton GL9 1HZ, England
01454 218 263
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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114 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
Santa Cruz
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

While walking the Cotswold Way, I came into the untouched village of Tormarton. After some rest and a shower, but ventured into the quaint yet international Major's Retreat. A gathering place for local folks as well as international walkers, I was made to feel right at home. A few local clients engaged me in conversation, and before you know it,... More 

1 Thank Veronica S
Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Six of us had a great dinner here on 12th August. The welcome was warm, the menu was extensive and the service friendly. I had the pie of the day - steak and kidney - and it was excellent. Good value too. Well worth a visit.

Thank Graham B
Bath, United Kingdom
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246 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Met some friends for a walk and lunch in The Major's Retreat. I enjoyed it, lovely day so sat outside. Pretty large menu, we all had something different and we all enjoyed it. I thought pretty large helpings and good value. Four meals, three soft drinks and a pint, £40. Not bad.

1 Thank Ian B

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street | Gloucestershire, Tormarton GL9 1HZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Gloucestershire  >  Tormarton
  • Phone Number: 01454 218 263
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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