Beautiful Cotswold Villages: Stow-On-The-Wold

St Edward's Church, Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswold, England
The beautiful market town of Stow-On-The-Wold is the highest of all Cotswold villages standing on 800-ft high Stow Hill. Beautiful ancient buildings, independent tea shops as well as the oldest pub of England awaits you here.

We arrived at the very windy Stow-On-The-Wold on our last full day of our holiday. The wind was of biblical proportion, being the highest of the Cotswold villages – it’s definitely not the best place to visit when it’s windy and raining. But if you don’t mind struggling with your umbrella from being blown away then maybe it’s the place for you. 🙂

Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswold, England

The Greek Mister decided to just sit this one out because of the rain and the cold wind so it was just me who ventured out, all for the ‘gram they say. My first stop was of course St Edward’s Church’s north door – it’s been popping up my instagram feed for so long now that I actually added Stow-On-The-Wold in our itinerary so I could see it myself.

St Edward's Church, Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswold, England

The door is flanked by yew trees and it’s rumoured to be the inspiration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Doors of Durin which appeared in a scene of the The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. It’s only a rumour though, nobody can verify it but seeing it myself – it did give me some Lord of the Rings vibe. :p

St Edward's Church, Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswold, England

As with any Cotswold villages, the High Street is filled with so many beautiful buildings that’s just insta-worthy. Tea rooms were abundant, I feel like it had the most tea rooms I’ve seen during this holiday. Then there’s the Porch House which is one of the oldest pubs in Britain.

Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswold, England
Lucy's Tea Room, Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswold, England
Porch House, Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswold, England

As I was walking around, the husband sent me a message to tell me that he’s at The King’s Arms – a pub in the middle of the market square. I joined him at the pub shortly after since the rain was not stopping and the wind was becoming unbearable.

Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswold, England

We decided to sit there for lunch which we never really do. We normally just eat breakfast or brunch and dinner, but it’s a good thing that we did otherwise we would have missed the extraordinary dishes they serve there.

Food served at The King's Arms, Porch House, Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswold, England

The husband had a ribeye steak which was cooked to perfection. I immediately had food envy when it arrived, thankfully he was nice enough to give me a piece of it. Lol.

Ribeye steak with chips at The King's Arms, Porch House, Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswold, England

I wasn’t really very hungry at the time though so I just had fried breaded whitebait and warm goat cheese with rosemary and cherry tomato stuffed mushroom. Both were incredible! The whitebait was the best I’ve had ever, which does sound weird but it really was so good. It didn’t have a very fishy taste that will leave your mouth smelling like fish for hours after eating it and it was also perfectly fried with a crunch in each bite.

The warm goat cheese was so tasty when it’s combined with the stuffed mushroom. I could see the couple sitting opposite us watching me as I devour this dish with my ooohs and aaahs after every bite, I bet they wish they ordered it instead of what they were eating. Lol.

Warm goat cheese with stuffed mushroom at The King's Arms, Porch House, Stow-On-The-Wold, Cotswold, England

We left the pub with a full stomach and a satisfied taste buds and it’s a good thing that we ate something then because we didn’t find anywhere to eat for dinner that night. Lol.

The King’s Arms

Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1AF

We paid a total of £34.45 for 1 main course, 2 starters and 4 drinks. This includes a £20 discount from the #EatOutToHelpOut scheme.

For more information, visit their website here.

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Food served at the King's Arms in Stow-On-The-Wold, England

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  • Tanja/The Red Phone Box travels October 21, 2020 at 13:54

    so that’s a door of the church? very Tolkien’s world like:)

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