You will struggle to find a better spot than the panoramic view of the rolling hills of Cotswold from The Feathered Nest Country Inn. Enjoy it while indulging in crispy buttermilk chicken or tender lamb chunks washed down with a glass of wine. You will need to be patient with the service, but there is no rush to go anywhere while you are here.
What is the food like?
Inspiring modern British dishes, masterfully cooked and beautifully presented by Michelin-star decorated chef, Matthew Weedon. It serves up crispy buttermilk chicken, gin-infused smoked salmon, brioche bun beef burger, with duck fat roasted carrots, truffled cauliflower cheese and Parmesan fries. Make sure to try the lamb from nearby Gawcombe Woods cooked in the fancy charcoal grill Josper oven. Love the fact that there is a vegetable and herb garden onsite, can’t get fresher ingredients than that.
How is the drinks selection?
Standard gastropub offering. The top of the range red wine is a bottle of Barolo Bussia, “Colonello” from Italian winery Poderi Aldo Conterno (poderialdoconterno.com) for £200 while the white is a bottle from Domaine La Roquete from Châteauneuf de Pape in France for £70. As expected, the fragrant Cotswolds Dry Gin is on the list.
What is the place like?
The Feathered Nest Country Inn is a cosy English pub with a restaurant and a magnificent view of the rolling hills of Cotswold. Inside, exposed brick walls is paired with exposed roof beams with random ornamental items adding character. Outside is an expansive garden lounge and al fresco dining space with the enviable view taking centrestage. Enjoy a G&T on the garden swing before seating down for dinner.
Who are the patrons?
Well-to-do care-free retired Cotswoldians as well as families and couples on holiday looking for a place to soak in the natural beauty. The beautiful view offers a romantic backdrop while the open space is great for the younger ones to expense some energy.
How is the service?
Good effort but lacking in rigour. The staff were helpful and pleasant. Decent knowledge of the dishes and was able to provide fitting recommendations. Finished plates took abit too long to be cleared away. Staff also tend to be unavailable and out of sight although we were seated at the middle of the outdoor terrace.
Is it child friendly?
Yes. While there isn’t a children menu, portions are sufficiently generous to share with little ones.
Is it dog friendly?
Yes, dogs are welcomed indoors and outdoors.
Decent. The dishes are on the higher end of the price scale with main dishes at £26 to £32, but you pay for the food quality and the enviable view of Cotswold. It charges an optional 10% service charge.
See below for what my dining companions and I indulged in for this review:
2015 Château Peyre-Lebade
The château was acquired in 1979 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild. This 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon red is a rich, dense and harmonious wine from the Haut-Medoc appellation in the Bordeaux wine region. Liquorice with berries on the nose and long fruity finish on the palate. £58
Crispy Buttermilk Chicken
This is the star of the night. The chicken strips were perfectly cooked, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Beautiful with the delicious smoked garlic & spicy harissa aioli. £10
Salted Pig Co. Charcuterie Board
Slighty disappointed with this. The cured hams were underwhelming. We do love the beer bread and the sumptous fruit chutney. £20
Gin Cured Salmon
If you don’t like gin, stay away from this. We have always been intrigued by this after seeing it in cookbooks and cooking shows, but we found the gin flavour too overpowering. It does come with a rectangular slice of Pumpernickel bread that has been meticulously decorated with salad leaves. £12
Hearty chunks of potato gnocchi served with brassicas and truffled leeks, sprouting broccoli and wild mushroom. Delicious crispy gnocchi with earthy mushroom flavours. £26
Lamb from Gawcombe in the Josper Oven
Tender and perfectly cooked portion of local lamb with a generous serving of sprouting broccoli, courgette flower, peas and hearty lamb jus. £32
Chargrilled Aberdeen Angus Rump Steak
A juicy chunk of beautifully chargrilled steak accompanied by fries and bèarnaise sauce. £29