The Bathurst Arms stands back from the road beyond the River Churn, which is on its way to Cirencester. There is a garden for fine weather. It is a seventeenth century coaching inn and looks inviting. Just after midday on a Friday in March, it was exactly that.
Entering, there was the fragrant warmth of a log fire and the convivial sound of lively conversation. We were given a friendly greeting at the bar and offered a table, if we wanted one. There was an enticing range of local beers, some cider and an interesting selection of wine. The Monday to Friday lunch and early evening menu (£12 for two courses and £15 for three) is good value and offers a short but rewarding choice of food prepared on the premises. We certainly enjoyed our three course meal and found it most rewarding. The service is good and we felt that the staff were enthusiastic about everything the Bathurst Arms does.
Across the road is a church, which is worth a visit for those interested in ecclesiastical architecture: twelfth century with additions. It was a useful transition between the warmth of log fires, good ale and comforting food before entering the so-called real world.More
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