Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Howard Arms - Cotswolds

This year I spent my August bank holiday exploring the beautiful Cotswolds for a few days. I can't tell you how amazing it was to get out of London and walk around the English countryside in the open fresh air. One thing I wanted to do was eat at a country pub and the Howard Arms in Ilmington hit the spot.

The Howard Arms is located in a small idyllic village where there are only two pubs in the area. You could tell from the people in the pub that many were visitors, the Red Lion down the road was more for the locals. Nonetheless, the restaurant had a great feel to it with its old wooden furniture decorating the pub and stone walls. What I liked most about this pub was that the ingredients were sourced from local suppliers.

I visited on a Sunday so chose to have a roast dinner, which was priced at a modest £13. My meat selection was beef served with a homemade Yorkshire pudding, vegetables, crispy potatoes and gravy. Oh, it was so good and gave me that nostalgic feeling of how Sunday roasts should be at home. The portions were a good size and the potatoes were crispy on the outside and fluffy inside.

The service was good and the staff were very friendly who kindly gave us more gravy when I asked. I would highly recommend this lovely establishment for any of those travelling through Ilmington. 

The Howard Arms
Mix vegetables and gravy
Beef and a Yorkshire pudding

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