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A Perfect Cotswolds Treat: Visit SouthEast England - 4 September

On a recent venture to the Oxfordshire Cotswolds - a beguiling region full to the brim with stunning countryside, lovely teashops and charming pubs – I decided to consult Great Country Pubs in search of a place to stay. Somewhere that would deliver top-quality food and drink while still retaining that charming pub atmosphere – and what a gem I found, The Feathered Nest in Nether Westcote. More ...

The expert selection: English pub gardens: Financial Times - 27 July 2013

David Hancock has been a pub and restaurant inspector for more than 25 years, writing for publishers including Egon Ronay’s guides, Which? and the AA, and serving as a judge on numerous panels. He edits the Alastair Sawday Pubs & Inns Guide, which has just celebrated its 10th edition. Here he picks five favourite pub gardens to enjoy in summer.
The Feathered Nest Country Inn - The village is tiny, the bar lively, the food a treat. This 300-year-old malthouse had a recent facelift and now shines. The view is the best in the Cotswolds, drawing you to the terrace where quilted fields run to a distant ridge. You get beds of lavender, swaths of lawn, and a vegetable garden that serves the kitchen. Bedrooms upstairs are gorgeous. More ...

Cotswolds and Oxfordshire Chefs Relish New Recipe Book - 18 June 2013

Relish Publications will be launching its latest fine dining guide and recipe book on 18th June 2013 at the prestigious Ellenborough Park. Relish Cotswolds and Oxfordshire brings together the finest selection of chefs and restaurants from across the region, in the first book of its kind to reach the area. The books feature wonderful food photography, exclusive chefs recipes (including Kuba Winkowski from The Feathered Nest) and a contemporary design making the book an ideal book for any committed food lover. More ...

2013 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence - 21 March 2013

The Feathered Nest has been named as a finalist in the 'Tourism Pub of the Year' category of the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2013. As a finalist, The Feathered Nest is guaranteed to receive either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award at the Awards Ceremony to be held on 20 May at The Point, Manchester.

Commenting on the finalists James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said “I would like to congratulate all those nominated as VisitEngland Awards for Excellence finalists this year. We received 320 applications and the quality of submissions was higher than ever. It is therefore no small achievement for The Feathered Nest to become a finalist and justifiably take credit and pride in earning a coveted place in the top five in their category in England. ”. Read full Press Release (PDF).

Cotswolds Escapes: Flavour Magazine - March 2013

In August 2009, Tony and Amanda Timmer saw the potential of the old Westcote Inn in the picturesque village of Nether Westcote.... Hurry along as word is spreading fast, especially since The AA recently awarded The Nest with three rosettes for culinary excellence (only a handful of pubs in the United Kingdom have achieved this level). More ...

The Feathered Nest wins GOLD at Beautiful South’s Awards for Excellence - 30 November 2012

"On Wednesday evening the 28th of November, I was invited to attend the 'Beautiful South Awards' ceremony in Dorking, hosted by Tourism SouthEast. At this Black Tie event for 300 guests, it was with sheer joy that The Feathered Nest had bestowed upon it, the Gold Award for ‘Pub Of The Year 2012-2013’. (Read PDF Press Release)

Once again I wish to thank you, our friends, for your continuous support." Tony Timmer

César Award, Good Hotel Guide - 9 October 2012

Friends, yesterday Amanda and I were invited to attend the award ceremony in London, hosted by “The Good Hotel Guide”, an annual book publication, founded in 1977, listing and describing what they profess to be the finest hotels in Great Britain and Ireland. The hotels, which are included within the book, are recommended by readers and supported by anonymous professional inspections.

I am delighted to inform you that last night we were honoured at the prestigious César Awards. This was totally unexpected and bears testament to the efforts of our team. We set out 2 ½ years ago to create a ‘pub with a twist‘. Today ‘The Nest’ forms the hub for locals and travellers from far and wide. More ...

Desmond Balmer, joint editor of the Guide, said: ‘Tony and Amanda Timmer have transformed this 350-year-old country pub into a smart inn and restaurant. The renovation was executed with a sure touch. They are friendly hosts who oversee the outstanding service from a well-trained young staff. Kuba Winkowski’s cooking is delicious.’ More ...

UK hotels: the best of the best? - Sunday Times, 7 October 2012

This week, the Good Hotel Guide names our finest bolt holes - Walter Stowy gives his verdict.
"Newcomer of the year: The Feathered Nest, Country Inn, Oxfordshire. Let’s not waste time...this year, make it this made-over country pub. The Cotswolds location is blissfully rural, the accommodation..." More ...

Bond comes home to roost at The Feathered Nest - Oxford Times October 2012

Denise Barkley writes: "Two sexy Aston Martins stood like sentinels as guest arrived, the Champagne flowed, exquisite canapes were followed by a delicious eight-course feast - it is all in aid of a very good cause. The Skyfall 007 dinner held ...." More ....

Britain's Top Affordable Hotels: Cotswolds - Telegraph Travel, 22 September 2012

Alex Polizzi, the presenter of Channel 5's The Hotel Inspector, introduces Telegraph Travel's top 100. "Feathered Nest: This attractive Cotswold stone village house in Nether Westcote is a triumph…" More ...

Press Release: Skyfall 007 Black Tie Charity Auction Dinner - 22 September 2012

"On 21 September, The Feathered Nest hosted a charity dinner in aid of “Breakthrough Breast Cancer”. This black tie event was sold out on the first day the tickets were released. The September weather was not in our favour but that did not dampen the spirit of our guests, whom upon arrival for the cocktail party, had the opportunity to view two Aston Martin Cars kindly made available by HR OWEN – Aston Martin and by Mr. Mitchell –" More ...

Chefs' inside secrets: Where the food experts go during their time off - Metro, 18 July 2012

Where do the chefs go when they finally get some time off? Steve Smith, David Craig Lewis and others reveal their favourite delis, cafés and locals. ... "COTSWOLDS: Matt Weedon holds a Michelin star at Lords Of The Manor in Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire: ‘For a quiet evening, you will find me at The Feathered Nest, a fantastic country pub in the village of Nether Westcote. It won AA Pub of the Year in 2011. My tipple of choice is Hooky Bitter, made in Chipping Norton. When I visit, I always have a quiet pint and cracking pub food.' More ...

Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2012

The 2012 Awards highlight the successes and achievements of Cotswold tourism businesses throughout the last year and we are proud to announce that The Feathered Nest Country Inn, has been awarded 'Silver' in the 'Pub of the Year' category. (View more on

B4 Magazine - February 2012

The Feathered Nest, winner of The 2011 AA Pub of the Year and the inaugural Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards, has caused quite a stir given its relatively short life. B4 went to join in the fun. [Read more....]

Oxfordshire Limited Edition Magazine - February 2012

Denise Barkley, of the Oxfordshire Limited Edition magazine, discovers a fantastic Cotswolds eaterie ….a foodie pub which deserves a Michelin star. "What a foodie haven I have discovered. I had heard people praising this pub – but I was not prepared to be so totally blown away!” [Read more....]

The Independent: 13 September 2011

Time to sit back and take it easy. Look no further than Great Country Pubs for a choice of inns with comfy bedrooms and mouth-watering food, making them great places to stay. It is a great British institution – the English country pub. Next time you are looking for that special place to rest your head or a great base to get out and about in the South East try The Feathered Nest Country Inn. [Read more ... (PDF)]

AA Pub of the Year (England) 2011/2012

The Feathered Nest Inn in Nether Westcote received nationwide recognition last night, 26th September 2011, when it was named AA Pub of the Year 2011/2012, at the AA Hospitality Awards 2011 – 2012, hosted by Sophie Raworth, at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Tony and Amanda Timmer, Proprietors, The Feathered Nest Inn, who received the award in front of an audience of over 700 members of the hospitality industry, commented, “We are ecstatic and over the moon. There are many worthy establishments within the UK, and to be chosen to receive this prestigious award in recognition of all the hard work from our team – is truly an honour." [Read more....]

2011 In Oxford and Oxfordshire Magazine Restaurant Awards

"Restaurant Of The Year" and "Best British Restaurant"

On the 12th of September, The Feathered Nest was invited to attend an awards ceremony held in Oxford. Both Amanda and myself are overjoyed with having bestowed upon The Feathered Nest not only "The Best British Restaurant" award but also the much coveted "Restaurant Of The Year" award. This is especially rewarding considering that we only opened our doors in early June last year! I would like to thank all our staff without whom this would not have been possible. These awards are a reflection of their hard work and dedication to "The Nest". I also wish to take this opportunity to thank you, all our customers-friends, for supporting us over the last year. Tony Timmer

City Escapes - Flavour Magazine, August 2011

The ethos of The Feathered Nest is one of relaxed luxury – “At your leisure” and “take your time” were comforting buzzwords of the evening. Opened in 2010 by Tony and Amanda Timmer, The Feathered Nest has undergone a transformation from your run- of-the-mill country inn to something really rather special indeed. The décor is understated, elegant and beautiful, with quirky features and a relaxed atmosphere. But it is the outside space that really takes the breath away; the view of the sun setting over the Evenlode Valley was beyond lovely. It is even better enjoyed with a Pimms or pint of local Hook Norton ale in hand. [Read more (PDF) or online issue]

The 50 Best Gastro Pubs - The Independent, 13 August 2011

From buzzing city bars to snug country inns, Sophie Morris raises a glass to the best places in Britain to wash down fine food with choice ales, scrumptious ciders and world-class wines. Jackie Bates, editor of the ‘AA Pub Guide’ ( reviews:
'Marvellous views over the Evenlode Valley,' says Jackie. 'The blackboard menu offers relaxed eating in the bar and garden terrace, and many of the herbs and veg are grown in the kitchen garden. Fish and chips and ploughman's in the bar are complemented by Cornish scallops with lemon curd and beetroot, and pea and mint risotto with roasted sweetbreads on the à la carte.' [Read more ...]

Fiona Duncan reviews The Feathered Nest - Sunday Telegraph, 7 August 2011

"As country house hotels find it ever harder to maintain their expensive buildings, fill their rooms and motivate their staff, yet another newly converted inn has popped up, luring weekenders away to somewhere smaller, less formal and, crucially, less expensive. In my opinion, the somewhat coyly named Feathered Nest at Nether Westcote is destined to become something of a beacon among this burgeoning breed of mid-price accommodation: the Manoir aux Quat'Saisons of its genre, you might say." [Read more ...]

Boutique hotel reviews Recommended by the Hotel Guru as one of the best hotels in Cotswolds

Afternoon tea with Cotswold Life and The Feathered Nest - August/September 2011

Clients and invited guests joined Cotswold Life for afternoon tea at The Feathered Nest in Nether Westcote. Surrounded by glorious views of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds guests were treated a selection of savoury finger foods, sweet tarts and cakes to accompany loose leaf teas and sparkling wine. [Read more ...]

Cool, dark, still and sideways - July 2011
The perfect way to keep your growing wine collection

Wine closures play an active role in preserving your favourite tipple. Back In the 1600s, a French monk called Dom Pérignon, took a giant step forwards by utilising cork as a wine   [Read more ...] (Reproduced by kind permission of Hine Marketing/Broughtons Magazine (Luxury Lifestyle Magazine from the Exclusive Retailer of Bentley, Aston Martin, Spyker and Koenigsegg Motor Cars)

The Wines of the Cape

Broughtons Magazine published an article written by Tony, on his love of wines and his trip to South Africa, in their Spring edition.

Tony Timmer regularly travels to South Africa to visit the wineries and vineyards to source and taste wines from boutique estates ... [Read more ...] (Reproduced by kind permission of Hine Marketing/Broughtons Magazine (Luxury Lifestyle Magazine from the Exclusive Retailer of Bentley, Aston Martin, Spyker and Koenigsegg Motor Cars)

Vine Magazine - December 2010

Located on the hilltop of Nether Westcote, boasting some of the finest views in the Cotswolds, The Feathered Nest has everything you could ever want from a pub, says Zara de Haldevang. Read more ....»

AA Restaurant Review - November 2010

Set in a beautiful location, with wonderful views over the Evenlode valley, this former malthouse has been carefully refurbished to offer a welcoming atmosphere, whether you've come to try the local ales in the cosy bar or explore the seasonal menu in one of the informal dining areas. On warm sunny days you can eat outside on the shady terrace. Fish is delivered daily from the west country, and many of the herbs and vegetables come from the restaurant's own kitchen garden. Read more ...»

Food & Drink Guide - Summer/Autumn 2010

Head to the village of Nether Westcote and you will find a gastropub that surpasses all expectations and desires - The Feathered Nest Country Inn. Following a hefty refurbishment, The Feathered Nest reopened its doors in the springtime of 2010. As flowers bloomed and the weather brightened, so too did the fortunes of this former malthouse. These days the bar and restaurant areas are constantly abuzz with diners, drinkers and ever-busy staff. At this beautifully renovated establishment you will sample fantastic food, indulge in carefully selected tipples, and bear witness to a country pub that has all the trappings of being the best this region has to offer. Read more ....»

HC Magazine - September 2010

Driving along the A424 between Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds, you’ll find a road sign, about midway between the two towns, directing you to Nether Westcote, just on the border of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. In this scenic and historic village in the heart of the country you come across The Feathered Nest Country Inn, which was bought in August 2009 by Tony and Amanda Timmer, and which they have turned into one of the most delightful hotels, pub and restaurant I have ever had the pleasure to stay in. Read more ....»

Preview Magazine - September 2010

All New at The Feathered Nest: Nether Westcote welcomes new owners at The Feathered Nest Inn and we can personally vouch for the deliciousness of the food and the warmth of the welcome. Read more ....»

Oxford Times - 25 August 2010

These days, the stunning view those holidaying folk enjoyed is shared by all visitors to what is now — following lavish and tasteful renovation — The Feathered Nest Inn. Owned by Tony and Amanda Timmer, who previously ran a successful restaurant in the Algarve, this lovely country inn has been open only 11 weeks but is already receiving tremendous acclaim. It’s getting a bit more from me today. ..." Written by Christopher Gray. Read more ....»

Press Release - Summer Jazz Evening 19 June 2010

The Feathered Nest Country Inn in Nether Westcote, hosts a Summer Jazz Evening to celebrate their opening. On Saturday, the 19th of June, overlooking the stunning views of the Evenlode Valley, Amanda & Tony Timmer greeted over one hundred guests with a glass of Champagne to the jazzy tune of sax and piano to make the official opening of the The Feathered Nest Country Inn. In doing so, they also raised £500.00 for Kate’s Home Nursing in Stow-on-the-Wold. Read more ....»

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    The Feathered Nest Country Inn appears in Alastair Sawday's guide and website

    The Feathered Nest Country Inn appears in the Sawday's guide and website. Read what Alastair Sawday writes about The Feathered Nest Country Inn here »