New Cotswold Instagram Workshop

New Cotswold Instagram Workshop

Very excited to be announcing the first in a series of Instagram photography workshops with @her_dark_materials at our country pub in the North Cotswolds. Ros Atkinson is a Cotswold based photographer with a portfolio spanning far and wide thanks to her success in the world of instagram and this will be the first time she has offered a class to divulge some of her tricks of the trade.

Time & Date: 10am - 4pm on Tuesday 14th August 2018

Venue: The Ebrington Arms, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6NH

The day will consist of two workshops, a Cotswold National Trust tour and lunch at The Ebrington Arms.  Full details:

Morning Workshop - Introduction to Food Photography - Ros will reveal some of her techniques and skills to help you find your own photography style. Learn how to take good photos for instagram, develop your own brand and build your following. This workshop will give plenty of photography tips around lighting and styling. Fuelled by proper coffee & homemade cookies.

Lunch - Two course set menu at the pub, which has two AA Rosettes for food and last year won The Times No 1. UK Village Inn. The set menu will include a choice for you to both eat and photograph! 

Entry into Hidcote Manor Garden - Includes tickets into the National Trust house and garden, one of UK’s most celebrated Arts & Crafts English country gardens designed by Lawrence Johnstone.

Afternoon Workshop - Cake styling demo workshop. There will be a questions & answers session with time to have your photos critiqued.

Details: Price £250 (includes 2 workshops, 2 course lunch, entry into Hidcote Manor Garden). Once booking form is received, 50% deposit due (non refundable). Final amount due Mon 16 July. Spaces limited. To secure your place email claire@yubbyinns.com for a booking form.

- Accommodation (NOT INCLUDED, please book separately  - we are holding rooms at the pub for those travelling to the event. If you need a room please please email claire@yubbyinns.com to book. 

Who will this course suit? - This course will suit people who predominantly use their smartphone or DSLR camera for photography to develop their food shots and and learn some new skills in the beautiful North Cotswolds. It will also appeal to those who want to develop photography for exteriors and outside photography - check out @her_light_materials if you haven’t already. Most importantly it will be a laidback, small group with plenty of 1:1 time. Ros and Claire will be with you throughout the day to answer any queries.

We are so excited about our new venture and look forward to welcoming you to the Cotswolds, truly one of the most beautiful spots to photograph. 

Claire & Ros

(click on the wisteria pic to see a gallery of her recent work)

Going Global

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Going Global

It's not often you find out you're making big waves.... across the pond!

So we were delighted to hear - from numerous sources - that we were splashed all over the New York Times as the go to pub on a visit to the Cotswolds. 

Check out number 6. Oh and 'have a nice day!'

View the article here

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All about the Cotswold 'Graaasss'

All about the Cotswold 'Graaasss'

No not that funny wacky backy stuff.... but our famous seasonal vegetable, asparagus! It's the season when everyone in the 'shires' goes a bit mad for our local green stuff we like to call 'graaasss'.

It has such a short season, we all go a bit gaga for it and it's on our menus for as long as we can get our country bumpkin Cotswold mits on it.

And with good reason, it's delicious. So we're celebrating with an Asparagus Feast at The Ebrington Arms on Tuesday, 5th June. And you're invited. Check  the full menu here. 

We've only got one room left if you fancy plotting up for the night and making a minibreak of it - Room 5 which has a lovely view over the beer garden and Cotswold hills. Check our rooms here.

On the night, there will be some asparagus canapes to kick off the evening and an optional wine tasting with each of the three courses. To book a table call one of the team on T: 01386 593 223.

And right after that we're also having a Yubbyfest on Saturday 9th June with live bands, DJs, BBQs, wine bar and Cotswolds Distillery Gin bar too! Get involved peeps!

Follow Your Dreams

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Follow Your Dreams

Jim and I hatched our plan to escape London life when we were on honeymoon nearly 13 years ago. Sick of the city and craving the countryside, we took a giant leap of faith that we could change our lives and run a business together. And not just any old business, a struggling pub in the Cotswolds...

Eager and determined after a health scare, we tried not to let it bother us when the locals rolled their eyes and said, "It's a couple from London who've never done it before..." It was at a time when you could still convince a bank manager to lend you a load of dosh but literally a few weeks later... everything crashed. While the value of the building fell overnight, we had just got in just in the nick of time. No bank manager would have given us a second look just weeks later when pubs started closing.

A lot has changed since then, tripling business rates, 53p of every pint now tax, VAT at 20% so a fifth of everything again tax to collect for the powers that be. And those powers that be are still allowing pubs to be sold off to developers who don't care about the pubs they own, just the bottom line for their shareholders. We continue to lose 20 pubs every week in our country. 

But somehow we've ridden the wave and managed to bring two kids into the world and get another pub along the way (one of those rotting derelict Pubco ones). We've traded The Killingworth Castle for 5 years now. Check it out on Facebook and Instagram.

So we're passionate about pubs and their place in our heritage. It's one of the reasons people want to visit the UK. 

Last year we celebrated the pub's 300th anniversary and won Village Inn of the Year in The Times newspaper. We also celebrated our 10th year at the pub, in which time I've learnt that some villagers will always roll their eyes but that most brighten my day.

So this blog is about taking stock and encouraging anyone thinking about it to take that leap. I feel extremely lucky to have done mine with the man sat at this table and to have built a business and family together I will forever be proud of. 

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Top tips & banter - Cheltenham Preview Huge Success

Top tips & banter - Cheltenham Preview Huge Success

The 10th annual preview night was such a rip-roaring success, this year we decided to make a mini film of the evening.

Click here to see some of Paddy's top tips...

Huge thanks to Gold Cup winning jockey, Paddy Brennan for joining us at the beginning of race week, trainer Milton Harris and of course Talksport commentator and local, Rupert Bell for all the insider knowledge. Horse racing fans were also delighted to meet Talksport's Alan Brazil who was there to enjoy the evenings entertainment. 

Around £600 was raised in the raffle on the night for the Injured Jockeys Fund and hopefully much more through these amazing experiences up for grabs on ebay.

Click here to bid on the items, time is running out so good luck.

The Ebrington Arms hosts 10th annual Cheltenham Preview Night

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The Ebrington Arms hosts 10th annual Cheltenham Preview Night

Monday 12th March

To book a table call: 01386 593 223
The Ebrington Arms, Ebrington, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6NH

**The event is free to all who book dinner with us on the night but please note space is limited**

The event is a firm favourite in the Cotswold race week calendar and attracts race professionals and fans from all over the world. 

The ever popular charity night returns with its favourite experts to dish out the top tips on the Monday night before the whole Cheltenham Race week kicks off. Race fans, trainers and owners all clamour for a table on the night to get the insider knowledge and top tips. Experts own the night are:

Rupert Bell - Talk Sport’s top commentator (and pub regular)
Paddy Brennan - Gold Cup winning jockey
Horse trainer - Milton Harris

We will be raising money for the marvellous charity, The Injured Jockey Fund. Keep an eye on the pub facebook page for more information!

Claire Alexander, pub owner, commented; “Can’t wait. It’s always such a fun night with loads of banter. Some of the tips over the years have held very true and it’s such a fun kickstart to race week. We’re very thankful to Paddy, Rupert and Milton for making it such a memorable night every year and helping us support such a wonderful charity, The Injured Jockey Fund.”

Talk Sport commentator, Rupert Bell, added; “The Cotswolds is gearing up for the biggest week of the year with the Cheltenham Festival. There are preview nights all over the country and Ireland but I can promise you, this is the best. Where else can you hear Gold Cup winner Paddy Brennan giving his last minute thoughts, and in the pub of the year too!”

We will be holding an auction with some amazing prizes which fans can bid on until the end of Cheltenham Festival week. 

Items are now live on eBay...

Auction 1
VIP trip to the world’s most famous race in St Moritz including flights, hotels & VIP ‘meet & greets’ and access.
Click for auction page

Auction 2
Morning on the gallops for two at Dan Skeltons followed by afternoon at Stratford races with owners badges and use of a box.
Click for auction page 

Auction 3
Tickets for two in private box at Irish champion hurdle to include luncheon and drinks, and vip tickets.
Click for auction page

Auction 4
Enjoy a Saturday afternoon feature meet in the company of Alastair Downs.
Click for auction page

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Narnia Usurped by the Cotswolds

Narnia Usurped by the Cotswolds

2017 was special. Jim and I celebrated 10 years at our Cotswold pub & its 300th year in business!

The Times awarded us 'No 1 UK Village Inn' too but perhaps most magical of all was the blanket of snow that covered our pocket of the Cotswolds near Chipping Campden. 

Guests who were snowed in seemed pretty chuffed the 'act of God' meant missing work in London the next morning... more hot chocolates, wee drams, snow walks & cosy night by the roaring fires...

We celebrate every season in the Cotswolds. Our instagram took off this year with people from all over the world (thank you). Click here to follow our daily shenanigans

Our Cotswold pub is a perfect holiday spot if you fancy a foodie break with stunning countryside and architecture in spades. Whether soaking up the atmosphere with a pint by the fire on a romantic break or walking the Cotswold Way in the Spring or Summer, it's a spectacular spot to visit for a weekend away or holiday.

Check our Offers page. On Valentine's night (Wednesday 14th February) we have a special Cotswold accommodation deal including bottle of Prosecco on arrival, dinner, bed & breakfast, only £195 per couple. 

Or if you fancy a Cotswold pub with rooms for a longer break check our Winter deal. 3 for the price of 2 (extended until 29 March). Click for Offers.

We hope you get to escape for a night or three soon. Sign up for our newsletter below to hear about our seasonal deals first.

Claire & the team

 

 

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 The Ebrington Arms, 2017, Claire & Jim's 10th year here and the pub's 300th birthday!

The Ebrington Arms, 2017, Claire & Jim's 10th year here and the pub's 300th birthday!

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Bit chilly for a pint in the beer garden

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For middle aged ravers who loved Ibiza.... you should see the sunsets in the Cotswolds :)))

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Fireplace in the Bakers dining room at The Ebrington Arms, once of the Cotswolds' finest

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The open fire roaring at The Ebrington Arms

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Winter's coming... Cotswold night on us!

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Winter's coming... Cotswold night on us!

If you're passionate about the seasons there's nowhere better to be than in the Cotswolds. While I'll present my sorry Scottish skin in front of the sunshine at any given opportunity, autumn and winter bring a different magic to the English countryside. A cosy Cotswold pub to fall into is key, of course...

I've just had the pub chimneys swept at The Ebrington Arm so that can only mean one thing... Roaring log fires, cosy corner catch-ups, roast dinners and clearly a lot more red wine than white! 

 Our fire in the bar...

Our fire in the bar...

We love countryside walks to take in the changing colours and our subsequent indulgent foodie splurges are much easier to hide under baggy woollen knits. Nearby Batsford Arboretum is a must in the autumn but the best walks are ideally circular walks from the door of the pub... with rewards at the end!

This week we welcomed back a couple who have been staying with us for 8 years. They join the bar after a year or two's absence like old friends, having witnessed battles to save schools, moaning farmers and the banter of locals. It's this part of the good old British pub we love the most, the people.

Most of our regulars know about our newsletter (you can sign-up at the footer of our website home page).  If you haven't already signed up you might be interested to know about our Winter Deal - a free nights B&B when you book two nights with us (See website for Ts & Cs). All you have to do is eat dinner with us on at least two of the three nights (such hardship :)). You can book this directly on the website or give us a call to take advantage T: 01386593223.

https://www.theebringtonarms.co.uk/rooms/

So if you're a Jon Snow and truly dread the winter ahead, maybe you're just doing it wrong? 

Claire x

P.S. If you like the blog please share. Follow the pub on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/TheEbringtonArms/

And on Instagram here www.instagram.com/theebringtonarms

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No 1 UK Village Inn - The Times

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No 1 UK Village Inn - The Times

We received an amazing accolade this weekend. Not only did The Times announce us as the 2nd best Summer UK Pub, they also named us.....No 1 UK Village Inn!

And in a year where we are celebrating 10 years at our Cotswold pub and 300 years of licensed trade.

We'll never forget how our first Summer started at The Ebrington Arms, back in 2007. It was on this very July day that our county was subjected to some of the worst flooding in recent UK history. Cars literally floated down Chipping Campden and Moreton in Marsh High Streets. It all happened very quickly and I remember our chef at the time getting a call for help from his wife and young kids, terrified, because the water was rising so quickly in their home.

In Ebrington, or Yubberton, the old village name our locals still use, we were incredibly lucky. As one of the highest Cotswold villages, the water ran down the road and the pub wasn't touched. Within a matter of hours we were inundated as all walks of life flocked into the pub, people stuck with no onward passable route. We received the most amazing bunch of people - holiday-makers with a caravan on their way up north, a young girl who had encountered so many dead ends she ended stuck in Ebrington on her own, worried as she had a place to catch to start a new life in Australia in two days time and suited businessmen who had lost all faith in their satnavs and found themselves in the safe 'Arms of Ebrington'. 

The villagers gathered, they're buggers for getting together to discuss what's going on and its like some rite of passage for the tractor drivers to head out in the worst weather possible, so they can impart their local knowledge of road blockages over a pint afterwards. Locals love to say "all roads lead to Ebrington or Yubberton" and on that night it was certainly true.

Strangers shared our guest rooms, the girl on her own stayed in our little pub flat and many lovely locals gave up their spare rooms to anyone that needed one. Some of our older generation said "it was just like the blitz". Out of something so bad, where people had to leave their homes and lose belongings, the sense of community was stronger than ever and everyone had such a laugh in the pub that night. Everyone was fed and people started singing. 

Bu some twist of fate, the floods went on all around us but The Ebrington Arms escaped it all.

We will also never forget this week, when we were crowned No 1 Village Inn in the whole of the UK by The Times newspaper. We're chuffed to bits to receive such an amazing accolade after a decade in the trade. So with memories literally flooding back (no pun intended) today I feel as strongly as ever that pubs remain the hub of our communities, places to celebrate and come together, bad or good. Cheers to that. 

#PubsTheOriginalSocialMedia

#pubsrock

Claire x

 

We are The Times' UK No 1 Village Inn

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Yubbyfest Celebrates Decade

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Yubbyfest Celebrates Decade

Yubby Family 2017

So two pubs, two kids and a dog all in, I finally got around to starting The Ebrington Arms' blog!

I'm going to keep you up to date pub on news and events, backstage shizzles and the odd ramblings of a landlady right here. 

While it might have taken a decade to get blogging, we're starting on a very special year for all of us in The Ebrington Arms or the 'Yubby' as our locals call it. And, just so we're clear, 'Yubby' is derived from the old village name, Yubberton and yes we have since named our beer after it too!

It's 300 years since The Ebrington Arms had its first licensed landlord, William Kyte, in 1717. And in 2017 Jim an I are also celebrating our 10th anniversary at the pub. 

When we left the bright lights of London for the 'stars only' night lights of Ebrington a decade ago, we became the latest in a long line of custodians of this historic Cotswold stone building - and we never looked back. You see we believe very passionately in our country's pubs and their place in our heritage. They are the glue in keeping communities together and tourism alive and well.

So what more of an excuse do we need for a party than that? We've pencilled in Saturday September 16th. Are you in? You heard it here first and I'll see you down the front. Please save the date and share this with your buddies for a raucous night of beer swilling, music and dancing! YUBBYFEST IS BACK!

Claire Alexander x

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