I am about to share with you a stunning country Inn that I recently experienced on the Wiltshire border called “The Feathered Nest” in Nether Westcote, situated off a country lane via main Stow on the Wold to Burford road.
Personally I am always in search of that idealistic country pub retreat that we can so often dream about, but seldom find. For so many years I have read fluffed up write ups of so many supposed perfect Cotswold country Inns and pubs only to find that the authors were all obviously wearing rose tinted glasses, didn’t get out much beyond the M25, or had too much to drink during their research!
Having read these articles I have travelled miles only to be disappointed on all fronts, however I can now honestly say that I have found the holy grail of country Inn’s!
Yes it has that roaring log fire with huge comfy sofa’s, it has a stunning wine list with over 200 worldwide wines to choose from, (including a good selection by the glass) as well as local ales and large wooden beams.
Dedicated and Passionate owners Amanda and Tony Timmer have a brilliant eye for detail and have decorated the establishment in a stylish, creative manner, It is quirky with a splash of antiquity and all with the physical and aesthetical comfort and pleasure in mind. Although the horse saddles used for seating around the bar area possibly needs some getting used to if planning for the festive long haul, on a more positive note, they are not easy to fall off!
If you chose to saddle up then you will find the convivial banter of Carl Morgan with his profound knowledge and ability to share it on all things wine, beer and spirits (a rarity in many establishments in the UK today).
Needless to say you need the food to support such an environment and location, and what a joy to be able to report that they have developing talent in the form of Chef Kuba Winkowski and his team that strive to deliver a quality restaurant menu with food, that I must admit, exceeded several Michelin star restaurants that I have frequented in the past.
Chef Kuba proudly showed me around his newly built kitchen as well as smoke house and game larder, deer and trout from their own land, and at this point, I must add from the restaurant area, views across the Cotswolds, to die for! couple this with friendly, polite and relaxed front of house restaurant team led by Marianne Caitillon (the restaurant manager) who delivers the feeling that you are a regular despite it being your first visit certainly ticks all the necessary boxes.