We’re big fans of The Lucky Onion as many of you know and have seemingly made a home from home within their portfolio of stylish and chic country retreats. There’s many reasons for this but most of all, we’re still suckers for the green pastures of where we grew up and sometimes there’s no better way of leaving the stress of city life behind than jumping on a train and gunning it to the heart of the country.
Having previously stayed at the wonderful No.131 and No.38, located in the heart of Cheltenham, this time we were sampling the delights of Northleach’s Wheatsheaf Inn. Set in a quaint little country village, it’s worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just what we needed after a long week.
As soon as you enter, you’re met with a buzzing atmosphere and the feeling of cosiness that all good old country pubs ooze. Check-in was quick and easy with a friendly greeting and an offering of a drink at the bar, whilst our bags are taken to our room. A nice gesture indeed but on this occasion we were too excited to explore the property and more importantly, see where we’d be resting our heads that evening.
What we found was a beautifully finished room set well away from the buzz of the main restaurant. Finished with the same level of details that we experienced at No.131 and No. 38, we were happy to see the free standing bath in our en-suite, adorned with many 1000 Acres products for us to play with.
Before dinner, we set about investigating the local area. It’s a small village, so we didn’t have to travel far before we found The Northleach Wine Company, a great little spot for excellent wines with delicious food pairings. However, if you’re not afraid of traveling further afield, we’d suggest timing your stay at The Wheatsheaf with one of the Cheltenham Race meetings. It serves as the perfect base for a day at the races, one of our favourite past times.
Having finished our wine, we headed back to The Wheatsheaf for dinner. It’s worth booking a table as the restaurant is open to the public and is extremely popular, so hotel guests can’t always be sure a table will be waiting for them and take it from us, you don’t want to miss out on this!
It was a tour de force of great Autumnal feasting, starting with a Wood Pigeon Salad and the Duck Liver Parfait with Brioche & Red Onion Chutney. Both rich and flavoursome but not too heavy that they would scupper what was to come. For our mains we indulged in a beautifully cooked 10oz Rib Eye Steak and the Slow Cooked Dexter Meatballs with Homemade Pappardelle & Parmesan. Real hearty cooking, the kind of food that promotes the finest of food comas!
We finished the night with finished with two fine puddings. First was quite possibly, one of the finest Rhubarb Crumbles with ever had the pleasure of devouring and the other was a great little dish of Caramelised Bananas with Toasted Hazelnuts, Spiced Maple Syrup and Gingerbread Ice cream! Quite the party on the palate, if we do say so ourselves!
Having reached our fill, there was only one thing for it. A short crawl up the stairs to our room for a dip in the roll top tub with the delicious 1000 Acres, shortly followed by collapsing into a heavy slumber on our ginormous bed!
If you yearn for the country as much as us and are looking for a perfect retreat, The Wheatsheaf Inn will not let you down. With accolades from the likes of Tatler and Mr & Mrs Smith, the résumé has all the qualifications you require for a deliciously relaxing weekend in the Cotswolds. And if you want to make it even more relaxing, they even have a treatment room at the bottom of the garden!
We The Food Snobs x