The Lamb Inn, Burford

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The Hotel

Burford is a very quaint Cotswold Village and The Lamb feels like you really are staying in a proper country Inn. It’s situated on the main high street and is part of the Cotswold Inn group, which also owns The Bay Tree next door. Our dog-friendly room on the ground floor was small with low beamed ceilings, but I have to say that it just added to its charm.  We were in room ‘Violet’, described as a ‘Good double’,  which overlooked a side street. I thought it was going to be noisy as Burford is in fact a rather busy village, but the only annoyance in the night was Barnaby who woke me every hour….I’ve no idea why! If your dog likes its own space, you can book room ‘Rosie’ which has its own enclosed garden!

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I think they like dogs!

The Restaurant – Three AA rosettes

Dogs are allowed in the bar, lounges and garden, where there is even a doggy menu available for them! However, as we had eaten in the bar on a previous visit, we thought we’d give the restaurant a try. It was actually rather a pleasant surprise as it felt more like we were in a grand old house rather than a pub! The restaurant has a huge original stone fireplace but has a contemporary feel (with lots of funky pictures of sheep and dogs). The food was good pub grub! I had local goats cheese (very salty) as  a starter and crab rolled in plaice as a main course, whilst Anthony had pigeon. The sticky toffee pudding was to die for! We did also have an excellent breakfast in the bar with Barnaby in the morning.

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Only sheep allowed

Nearby walks

Well, it always sounds ideal to go for a country walk in the Cotswolds, but I have to say at one point I said it’s so much easier and nicer in Hyde Park! We headed for the river on a public footpath from the village but were thwarted by cows. We then tried another path, through the very pretty Manor Farm, but which then dumped us on a main road, so we had to turn back! We actually met another couple who were also trying to find somewhere to walk too. They were from the US and had lived in Burford thirty years ago. They couldn’t believe how many more cars there were … and shops! Anyway we all decided that we should have got a map from the Tourist Office and done it properly!

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Nice touches

  • Nespresso machine
  • Home-made flapjack

Our verdict

Accommodation: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Dog-friendliness: 3.5/5

For more information visit: https://www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/the-lamb-inn/

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Cafés/restaurants SW6

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He’s behind you!

The Harwood ArmsWalham Grove, London SW6 1QP – ‘It’s not your average pub’, states their website, and indeed it’s not. It is the only pub in London to have a Michelin Star. They offer a set price menu for both lunch and dinner which is pretty reasonable, although the wines are quite pricy. It’s quite a meaty menu (with just one fish dish), so do ask to take a look at the vegetarian set menu too. My advice would be to make sure that you save enough room for the divine sticky toffee pudding.

 

Gastropubs

 

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Cheers!

The Alfred Tennyson – 10 Motcomb St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8LA (dogs aren’t allowed in the upstairs restaurant)

The Orange   37-39 Pimlico Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 8NE

The Phene –  9 Phene Street, Chelsea, London SW3 5NY

The Surprise  – 6 Christchurch Terrace, Chelsea, London SW3 4AJ

The Thomas Cubitt  – 44 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PA (dogs aren’t allowed in the upstairs restaurant)

All places have been tried and tested by Barnaby!