The Wheatsheaf, once an ancient coaching inn, is a deservedly popular resrauant with rooms (unseen by me)in a very attractive small Cotswold town. Notthleach attracts far fewer tourists than many other of the area's beautiful villages, despite its handsome stone C16-C18 houses, a fine church and stunning walks in the area (Turkdean particularly lovely)..
Food is from a relatively small, seasonal menu (always a good sign!): imaginative and well cooked dishes, perfectly presented. The young serving staff judge everything exactly right they are friendly, helpful, professional but not intrusive. The interiors are stylish but in a subtle way that reflects the age of the building, the garden redesigned to incorporate rising terraces, providing privacy between beautiful flower beds. It is no cheap but certainly worth the prices and the car park was full (of expensive cars!) on a midweek lunchtime.
The only problem we encountered was that on a very hot July day, the cool, stone-flagged interior seemed to hold most appeal. But we were driven out by the music - which the manager was reluctant to turn down (despite there being only one other table occupied-and that bya quite elderly couple and a child). Of course some like music, some don't- but it seemed incongruous here and at one point the heavy reggae beat meant that we had to raise our voices to hold a normal conversation and so we fled to the garden where just the bees and the subdued conversations of other patrons let the peace of a rural summer day prevail.