Our 5 Favourite Cotswolds Cafes
Updated: Mar 26
The Cotswolds. Rolling hills, gamboling sheep, honeystone cottages, Wysteria and cream teas. Very good cream teas.
The Cotswolds brings together the best of British. We run several road trips through the region every week - when we're not on lockdown - and we love it. In preparation for the good times returning, we've picked our 5 favourite places to stop for lunch, afternoon tea or morning coffee.
In response to a few angry viewers, just to clarify: we're not encouraging you to go out and visit these places now. We're celebrating them and encouraging you to come and enjoy them when restrictions are eased. Goodness knows they'll need it.
1. Morris & Brown, Broadway Tower
Broadway Tower, Broadway WR12 7LB Tel: 01386 852945
Nestled high above Broadway and just a few steps from Broadway Tower, Morris & Brown is much more than just a great cafe. It's got panoramic views, excellent walks from its doorstep and there's even a good gift shop.
The food is all made on site, from light lunchs to, of course, cream teas. The coffee is also very good. We stop here on all of our Cotswolds Road Trips - for a good reason. It's great.
There is a big car park but it gets busy at weekends. The cafe will refund the parking charge if your order is £5 or over.
2. Caffeine & Machine
Caffeine and Machine Ltd, Ettington CV37 7NS Tel: 01789 740640
Ok, so technically it's just outside the Cotswolds, but Caffeine & Machine is easily worth the couple of mile detour to Ettington.
Since it was launched in October 2018 C&M has become the go-to destination for any petrol head in need of a personal refuel. At weekends its car park is absolutely rammed with every possible version of four wheeled transport, but even mid week you're likely to park next to a prototype Jaguar, just-launched Morgan or pampered classic.
Once you've oggled the cars, inside there's great artwork and, of course, good food and drink. Their range of burgers are excellent. C&M is the perfect lunch stop on our Cotswolds Highlights Tour and Jaguar Driving Day.
Daylesford, Kingham, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0YG Tel: 01608 731700
It may be a little piece of Islington in the heart of the Cotswolds, complete with black Range Rovers in the car park and David Cameron mincing around, but Daylesford is also popular because it's really good.
Ignore the shops selling scented candles, spa treatments and a million and one variations on 'tea' and instead head straight for the farm shop and cafe. The former is worth it just for the way it artfully displays vegetables and cheeses and meats. And the cafe is a real treat - very good food, fresh ingredients and a pleasant setting.
Daylesford is certainly Instagram heaven, but there's also nowhere else quite like it in the Cotswolds.
4. The Slaughters Country Inn
Lower Slaughter, Cheltenham GL54 2HS Tel: 01453 822143
There are many gastro-esque pubs in the Cotswolds, so picking one was never going to be easy. We've plumped for The Slaughters Country Inn in Lower Slaughter because it's location is hard to beat. It's in one of our favourite villages and the pub's location on the River Eye is picture perfect. Plus lunch here gives you access to the only car park in the village.
The Slaughters is good for pub lunches or afternoon tea on the patio. The food and service are pretty good - although the place does get very busy - and the prices are reasonable (well, you are in the Cotswolds).
5. Broadway Deli
St Patricks, 29 High St, Broadway WR12 7DP Tel: 07483 404497
Its picture-perfect fresh produce displays and Fiat 500 in the front window may please the Instagram generation, but there are more solid reasons to seek out this delicatessen on Broadway's picturesque High Street.
Broadway Deli serves really good food and drinks - to take away or eat in. It grew out of a much smaller establishment further along the street, which favoured great fresh produce displays. They caught the attention of social media influencers and soon it was a must stop on any Cotswolds itinerary.
The new, larger shop continues the commitment to quality and flavour. It's still well worth a detour.
We run road trips to the Cotswolds every week between April and October. Find out more here.