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“Excellent food.”
Review of Cotswolds88 Hotel

Cotswolds88 Hotel
Ranked #9 of 10 Restaurants in Painswick
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We came for a meal at the Cotswold 88 following a review in the daily mail. We were staying at a near by hotel for my husbands birthday and fancied somewhere a bit special to eat. We were not disappointed, superb food, lovely atmosphere. Canapés were served to us in the bar area whilst we enjoyed a pre-dinner cocktail, followed by a goats cheese mouse before at our table, before our 3 course meal. We will definitely be back, next time to stay at the hotel as well!

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Thank Carlymuphy
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Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

I did wonder if the 88 referred to the number of times I was going to have to manoeuvre through the narrow village streets with the deadly one-way system, but I found it after only three circuits.

Worth putting in the satnav for next time.

The tourist office in Stroud had recommended coming for lunch on a weekday, when you get three courses for only £15. Might be £15,99, I cannot remember. So we did, and it was a Wow experience.

We would have paid more than twice that for a lunch of comparable quality in London. Excellent ingredients, well cooked, beautifully presented, in luxury surroundings with professional service that also managed to be warm. Drinks were pricey, but we didn't mind.

TIP Parking is limited,you might have to go round and round the village

TIP Access is difficult for anyone with reduced mobility. Steep narrow stone steps to entrance, and then a further two flights to the lavatories from the dining room.

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Thank Turista-Inglesa
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Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

Recently stayed at Cotswolds88 on the livingsocial deal. The room was excellent, impressive 4 poster bed and very large room. The bathroom was amazing with huge freestanding bath.
We ate in the restaurant on the tasting menu. The food was excellent, although the menu different to the tasting menu on the website - so don't expect this or you will be disappointed. However the service was not good. I don't know if it was because we were on the deal but the restaurant staff didn't make us feel at all welcome. Infact they made us feel like we were an inconvenience. We ordered a bottle ofsparkling water but got just a glass of flat water. We ordered red wine which came to the table freezing cold. They did rectify the problems but not without a grimace. We don't expect amazing service but it was very disappointing.
The breakfast food was great and service a little better.
Check-out is 11, we asked if was possible to get a late check-out and they said it was fine, but didn't tell us until we settled-up that the extra hour cost £15. Don't be caught out on this!
Overall - the room was great, food was good but service disappointing. But when on a deal guess you can't complain too much.

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Thank Tommyhearn
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Great tasting food but we left hungry and didn't feel like we had eaten even one course which is disappointing for the price you pay. We complained and the complaint was dealt with very professionally and to our satisfaction. Fantastic flavours, very much let down by the tiny portions. I've never left a Michelin Star restaurant even feeling slightly hungry so this for me was a huge let down. If you're looking for something more of a tasting competition, then this is the place for you.

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Thank Jasmin B
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

We ate here on a Sunday evening to celebrate a birthday after being recommended by a friend. We were shown through to the bar but no bar staff appeared for quite some time. We eventually ordered drinks and went to sit on the beautiful terrace for an aperitif, with sublime views over the valley. Some canapes were brought and despite emphasizing several dietary requirements both when booking and on arrival, these were not acknowledged when serving the canapes nor any suitable alternatives offered. We were very disappointed to learn that the tasting menu was not available on Sundays, and there was no mention of this anywhere on the website or when booking.

The food was inventive and well cooked, with some unusual choices. I very much enjoyed my starter of summer truffle salad and main course of Halibut and Chicken, but they were rather sparse. Amuse bouche were served without explanation. The dessert was rather disappointing but others praised theirs.

Wine we ordered was poured in a haphazard order and some expensive wine we were surprised to see had not been decanted despite pre-ordering this to allow time for aeration. The waitress seemed fairly clueless about ingredients, dietary requirements and service etiquette which is surprising in a restaurant that is clearly trying to be high end.

The decor was not to everyone's taste however I very much liked the decor in the hotel, it is bright and quirky and makes for a pleasant and unusual setting. The restaurant was quite quiet and lacking in ambience but it was a Sunday evening so only to be expected.

If they up their service levels and staff training this could be a great restaurant.

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Thank m00sey1
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