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The Wheatsheaf Inn

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Cotswolds The Wheatsheaf Inn
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Four Paws
Dine With Dog
Garden
Bowl Provided
Setting: Countryfile restaurant
Cuisine: Modern British
Paws: All welcome

This honey-coloured, seventeenth century coaching inn is packed with character. Old and new are effortlessly combined alongside stylish, on-trend decor, and life’s little luxuries certainly aren’t spared at The Wheatsheaf Inn. Wonderfully welcoming to four-legged companions, they’ll be sure to spot more than the occasional sniffing nose. This dog-friendly restaurant celebrates its Cotswolds surroundings, and is proud of supporting local producers and farms who take a real pride in their produce. You will find the type of wholesome fare it is hard to refuse, made from quality ingredients, all carefully sourced. And remember, don’t forget to give one of the cocktails a whirl.

 
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Food and Drink

At The Wheatsheaf Inn

This is about enjoying life. Excellent ingredients, locally sourced and whipped up into simple but glorious rustic meals will greet you. The restaurant prides itself in doing what they can to work with local producers, and support rare heritage breeds and farms that love to take a pride in their produce.

Doggy delights

Fido will be delighted he can join you in this dog-friendly restaurant, and he’s sure to spot another sniffing nose or two in this popular spot.

By day

Daily, for guests and locals alike, tantalising hearty breakfasts are on offer, from a Full English to Grilled Scottish Kippers, or for those with a sweet tooth, try the French Toast. Either way, enjoy a fresh, oh so good for you juice along with a French Press coffee.

Locals, guests and more than the occasional dog-walker pop in for a delectable lunch.

On Sundays, join for a roast, or share a Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with friends.

From dusk

Sit back and snuggle in for a cosy supper. Start with a Sloe Negroni aperitif before sampling tantalising modern British dishes such as Twice Baked Cheddar Soufflé with Grain Mustard, Organic Chicken, Mushroom & Tarragon Pie, or a speciality steak. Leave room for the Neals Yard Dairy cheeses, or indulge in a Victoria Plum Crumble.

The wine menu is worth a ponder; with many a French offering and a good selection from around Europe, there is also a smattering of new world wines to keep you deliberating over that Rioja or Malbec.

The extra bits

Make sure to reserve a table in the restaurant. This is a loved local!

Alongside the restaurant, the beguiling bar area is a meeting place for locals and guests alike. Don’t miss one of their cocktails, or alternatively try one of their ciders from their Humble Apple menu.

Secure the private dining room for a special occasion for up to 20, or for an intimate gathering of up to 6, try the Poker Room.

Fancy bedding down? Book one of The Wheatsheaf Inn’s wonderful dog-friendly rooms.

Essentials

  • Cuisine: Modern British
  • Breakfast: 8am to 10am
  • Lunch: noon to 3pm daily
  • Dinner: 6pm to 9pm daily
  • Relax and dine with your dog after a walk in the stunning surrounding countryside

Where We Are

LOCAL AREA

Explored the delightful market town of Northleach, and fancy heading further afield? You are spoilt for choice in this neck of the Cotswolds.

If you fancy a spot of town life, the historic capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester, with the Bathhurst Estate, are perfect for walkies with fido and just 20 minutes away. Alternatively, enjoy the beautiful, regency town of Cheltenham and take your pup for a walk around the racecourse, or explore Pittville Park together.

A spot more country? Just a short drive away are the famous Cotswolds towns of Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Broadway. For a walk with a view, try Broadway Tower, perfect to work off that dessert.

Also well worth exploring is the Cotswold Water Park. With 150 lakes set over 40 square miles, there are a multitude of walking options and activities on offer.

For younger visitors, the Cotswolds Wildlife Park is only 20 minutes drive away, and fido can accompany you on a lead through many of the attractions. For inspiration see our dog-friendly Cotswolds destination page.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below. Also worth a read are the North and South Cotswolds guides on Dog Digest.

LOCATION AND CONTACT

Address: The Wheatsheaf Inn, West Road, Northleach, Cheltenham, GL54 3EZ

Hit the road

Put the postcode in your SatNav and you will easily find The Wheatsheaf Inn, just off one of the main Cotswolds’ tributaries, the A429. Parking is available towards the rear of the building; look for the driveway next to the entrance to the Inn.

All aboard

Arriving by car will be your most straightforward option. If you do take the train, the nearest stations are Kemble and Kingham, the former served by fast trains from Paddington. Alternatively, use Cheltenham Spa station, although if coming from the capital, this is a slower train route. Book your taxi or hire car for the onward journey (approximately 25 minutes) in advance to accommodate fido.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.

The Wheatsheaf Inn

Rigby’s Review

Friends and feasts for all!

On a drizzly day, unfortunately not unheard of on these fair isles, Rigby and I pulled off the A40, grateful to be almost at our paw-stop. Just a few minutes from the main road in the Cotswolds’ village of Northleach, we spotted the ivy-festooned frontage of The Wheatsheaf. Managing to restrain Rigby from puddle-jumping en route, we made our way through the pretty garden, perfect for a dry day, to the warm and welcoming bar, where Rigby immediately made friends with another spaniel, securing his first wag of approval.

Bustling, bubbly and atmospheric, the understated yet stylish bar was filled with locals of the human and hound variety. Rigby had many a paw to greet, before the enticing smells emanating from the restaurant won the day, and we made our way to dinner. No sooner had we ensconced ourselves at our corner table, perfect for Rigby to stretch out his paws and keep an eye on the happenings, was a saucer of biscuits delivered for Lord Rigglesworth, as he may well now be known. A cleverly thought-out menu, full of firm favourites and classics with a contemporary twist, means taking your pick is no easy matter. After much ado, I plumped for the twice baked cheddar soufflé with spinach and grain mustard, followed by whole Torbay sole with sampler, brown butter and capers, and some fries on the side. After a good peruse of the sizeable, heavily European-focused wine list, the Berrys White Burgundy form Collovray & Terrie was my choice.

With the warm crusty bread tempting me, my soufflé arrived. Light, fluffy, and oh so moreish, this naughty but very much worth it treat was soon gone, with the bread now deployed to make sure all the sauce was finished. After a superlative start, the sole did not disappoint. Cooked just enough, and a serious size, with more than enough sides to go around, I was defeated after more than my fill, while locals and visitors from neighbouring tables gave a pat of hello to Rigby, and much neighbourly chit chat was had.

While I debated if I had any chance of doing justice to the summery desserts on offer, I ordered a coffee and sat back to take in the laid back, welcoming atmosphere in this easy to enjoy posh pub. With tummies more than full, Rigby and I went for a potter in the garden. Filled with picnic tables nestled amongst leafy borders, Rigby made the most of the many plants to sniff.

Wonderfully friendly to humans and hounds alike, and laid-back and enticing, this upscale country pub is well worth a stop. Once sampled, we suspect it won’t be your only visit.

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4 Paws Barry, February, 2018.

Dining at the Wheatsheaf with your hound is a nice experience. It has a very good menu and it is a really cosy place to be whatever the weather. The staff are very welcoming and there always seems to be a vibrant atmosphere.

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