The Village Pub, Barnsley | Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are a great place to head to if you need to escape London for a night and The Village Pub in Barnsley is a perfect place to stay - it is a mere hop, skip and jump down the M40/A40 and you can be there within an hour and a half of leaving central London, traffic willing.
The first thing you notice arriving on a winter's evening is how utterly dark it is. Proper, pitch black. The stillness of the night is instantly de-stressing and you very quickly feel the city falling off your shoulders.
The pub has just the right amount of rustic, old country charm - dark, cosy interiors, flagstone floors, crackling fires, Windsor chairs and settles - but it has some rather sweet updated touches too such as the papier-mâché animal heads replacing the more usual real ones. The food is very good, typical pub fare made with gratifyingly high quality ingredients.The bedrooms are nice, if a little bland, and the pub is super-dog friendly. Our dog Edward was given his own bed and water bowl and was generally made a fuss of wherever he went.
One of the best things about The Village Pub is that it is a five minute walk from the fabulous Barnsley House hotel (they have the same owners). We recommend staying at the pub - it's far cheaper than the hotel - taking your evening meal there and then lunching at the hotel the next day after a long, cobweb-busting walk. This makes for a rather perfect 24 hour escape and you are only a few minutes from the M40 so can get back to London with no trouble at all.
The Village Pub
Barnsley, Cirencester, GL7 5EF
Rooms start at £129