As I live in such a beautiful part of the country, that is much visited by tourists, I’ve decided to share with you here on this blog, the places I’ve been going to. This post is all about food. Now I have your attention! Today I’m here to tell you all about The Fleece Inn, in Bretforton near Evesham in Worcestershire.
A couple of weeks ago it was the husband’s Birthday. We hardly ever go out, just the two of us, so we thought we would grab the opportunity to go out for a nice evening meal. We didn’t want to go too far, so we opted for The Fleece Inn. We had been there before but never for food. If my memory serves me correctly, we last visited on a scorching hot Summer’s day when the little man was around six months old. We sat in their packed beer garden. It was lovely.
So that was almost four years ago and we didn’t get to sample the food. We’d heard great things and on visiting their website we discovered that last year they had won The Good Pub Guide’s Country Pub Of The Year. It was a done deal.
If you’re after somewhere welcoming and rustic and typically Cotswold, then this is your place. It was originally a farmhouse, since converted and now belongs to the National Trust. It was dark when we arrived but with it’s open fires in every restaurant room, there was an instant cosy feel. There are three seated eating areas, each with it’s own log fire. With historical memorabilia everywhere, there certainly is lots to look at. From my seat I learnt about witches and why there were markings on the floor in front of the fire!
The food didn’t disappoint. With lots to choose from, from a menu full of locally sourced food. I opted for Beer Battered Cod and Twice Cooked Chips. What can I say? I’m a sucker for chips! The husband had a Rump Steak, cooked rare.
The Mr always asks for his steak cooked rare. Personally I don’t know how he eats it like it, but I can honestly say in the almost nine years we have been together, I have never known him to get one just the way he likes it. Until now. The steak at The Fleece was cooked perfectly, with no horrible, unedible fatty bits whatsoever. To say he was impressed was an understatement.
My Cod was also perfect. It fell to pieces when I cut into it. So you can guess how nice it tasted. And the chips? Well. They were double cooked. Of course they were going to be good!
For dessert, despite being well filled from the main, we had to have something from the menu. It all looked too good not to. I had Apple Crumble and homemade Custard and Mr J had the Chocolate Brownies.
It looks delicious doesn’t it? It was. Blimmin’ gorgeous in fact. I was so disappointed that I couldn’t finish my Crumble. There was a very generous amount, in fact I’m not actually certain the bowl had a bottom to it. I’m not a food critic, so I’m not going to go into detail about the food. It was just really tasty! I did have a cheeky taste of the Brownie too – for the purpose of this review, of course. It was gorgeous. Some Brownies can be too rich. This was just right.
We had a lovely evening and will definitely be going back next time our hectic lives as Mummy and Daddy allow us to. The staff were so welcoming and the pub itself was so cosy. It’s the kind of place I could quite easily sit in all night having drinks with friends. A real home from home feeling.
So if you’re in the area, I would highly recommend a visit. They have lots of events going on throughout the year so it’s well worth checking out their What’s On page on their website. You’ll also find details there about the accommodation they offer and how they can help you with the perfect wedding venue!
All that’s left to say is a big thank you to the staff at The Fleece Inn for a lovely evening. We will be seeing you again soon.
You can check out other places to go in and around the Cotswolds by clicking on Shakespeare’s England. Come and visit my beautiful local area!
We were gifted the food and drink during this visit in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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