A few hours in Stow in the Wold, The Cotswolds Review
Stow in The Wold
We went to Stow on the Wold for lunch, specifically at the popular Old Bakery Tearoom.
A bit too popular it seemed, the place was fully booked by the time we’d found a parking space and located the restaurant.
Stow on the Wold was the first time we had issues finding parking and we ended up doing two rotations around town before finally grabbing a spot. It wasn’t free but very affordable at under a fiver for our stay.
The Porch House
We ended up going to The Porch House for our meal. It claims to be one of the oldest pubs in Britain and part of the building was constructed in 947 AD.
The front part of the building had the traditional pub look with low ceilings and dark wooden beams, but there was a very bright and modern extension which was where we were seated for our meal.
We ordered a hot and sweet fruit tea and a cappucino for £3 each.
The meal started off well when we ordered the scallops of the day for £11.95. The scallops were the perfect texture to me, soft, kept its shape and not stringy. The flavour was very subtle and you could taste the scallops without any distracting condiments.
My main was the king prawn and chorizo linguine, garlic, chilli lemon and olive oil for £16.50. This was a huge disappointment, the linguine was dripping and tasted mainly of oily wet noodles with a hint of chilli. There was no other flavour and even the prawns were ruined with the oil. I’m not that picky with food, you could tell because most of my reviews are pretty positive, but this was awful.
My bf ordered the Ale-battered sustainable haddock, traditional chips and mushy peas for £13.95. The peas were sufficiently mushy but I found the fish very ordinary and not juicy enough. It was at least edible.
Our meal came to £53.24 including service charge and it was the worst meal I’ve had in the Cotswolds. This was such a shame since The Porch House had decent reviews, but the meal just wasn’t good.
Afterwards we quickly explored town before the light completely faded, this made for some quite beautiful photos.
We visited a few stores within traditional charming Cotswold stone buildings and Stow in the Wold had one of the more impressive looking library/visitor information centres out there:
St Edward’s Church
We passed by St Edward’s Church really quickly but I didn’t take the time to look around and kind of regret it knowing that it was a famous landmark in the Cotswolds.
A brisk walk through the village and we were back in our car to go to Moreton in Marsh. This was a shame since Stow in the Wold was perfectly lovely and I wished we’d spent a bit more time there to look around.
Stow on the Wold
Address: Stow on the Wold
The Porch House
Address: Digbeth Street, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1BN
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 8:00 – 23:00, Sun: 8:00 – 22:30