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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
01454 218 263
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Santa Cruz
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank CaliRNPlus4
Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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233 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Ian B
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a road trip looking for somewhere to eat. Happened across this pub and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great sized meals, great value and tasted great. Lovely old pub with great character

Thank Krys S
Dursley, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Didn't have any food but believe the good reviews but there is no excuse for the decor. The outside area is the worst I have ever encountered in the UK. Spend a few bob and get it sorted.

Thank Andy M
Bath, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

We stopped off on Saturday for a country drink. we were driving a collection of vintage cars. We received a really warm welcome and were made to feel special. The landlord was a lovely guy and was a good friend for the time we were there. Thank you.

Thank Martin D
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Ok the Major's Retreat needs a lick of paint but don't let that fool you. The range of meals served here is impressive and cooked to perfection whilst the portions would satisfy the heartiest appetite. There is a good range of wines, spirits, ciders and ales (including Pigs Ear which was introduced to me as a pint of anaesthetic!) all... More 

Thank Pilgrim1970
Preston, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Please support this local pub, the outside of the pub maybe misleading, very cosy inside. We went for a meal when were on the Cotswold Way, the landlord was very friendly and helpful, the food was delicious, as the was the beer, which the landlord let us taste before we bought. We do not eat meat, and our choices at... More 

Thank Christine S
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Stopped off of M4 for lunch as we prefer adventure and stumbled across the major and his retreat. A convivial host, fine ales and a hearty lunch of steak and kidney pie (delicious) and very large burgers. Plenty of good conversation with the eponymous one. We will be back one day as it half way between Devon and the rest... More 

Thank Devonciderboy
Brassington, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Many thanks to the landlord of the Majors Retreat for holding open the kitchen so we could have a meal what can I say the meal was outstanding portion size right and local ales perfect many thanks will definitely call again when in the area and if I do win the lottery that 2.5 million is yours once again many... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $16
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Bar scene, 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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