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We've won Pub of the Year!

We've won Pub of the Year!

Over the moon and utterly raising a glass or 6 to the news that we have been voted ‘Gloucestershire Pub of the Year 2019’ in the National Pub and Bar Awards.

It follows hot on the heels of an award from The Good Pub Guide, which awarded the pub Gloucestershire Dining Pub of the Year 2019 which sees the pub win a county title twice in two different awards schemes!

Tristan O’Hara, from the National Pub & Bar Awards commented; “The Ebrington Arms is just one of those beautiful, quintessential Costwolds pubs that continues to raise the bar. The investment in the team, as well as in the property itself, is testament to the passionate operation going on at this pub. The events schedule is enticing, and the menus are intricately thought through. A worthy winner.”

It’s been an incredibly crazy time for us. Last month The Soil Association accredited us and our other pub, The Killingworth Castle, THREE stars in their ‘Organic Served Here’ awards scheme. This means that both pubs have committed to sourcing 50-75% organic ingredients on our menus. Our pubs now join only 10 other pubs and restaurants throughout the whole of the UK to achieve 3 stars or above in the scheme.

The Pub of the Year gong is the icing on the cake. We have the best team and look forward to celebrating next month when we receive our latest award from Jay Rayner!

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Tour of Britain takes in the Yubby

Tour of Britain takes in the Yubby

The World's best cyclists will be zooming past the pub on Wed, 5th September at lunchtime as part of the Tour of Britain. There's no more famous or exciting race in the World apart from the Tour de France. And the race is a competition our local Cotswold MAMILS (Middle Aged Men in Lycra - yes, it's a thing!) can only dream of....

We are one of the only vantage points in Gloucestershire where you can catch the skills of Geraint Thomas who has joined the line-up fresh from his Tour de France win. Sadly neither him, Chris Froome or any of the others will have time to stop for a pie and a pint, but we do offer the perfect vantage point to catch them from the pub, village green and thatched cottage lined lanes of Ebrington.

We have three rooms left the night before on 4th if you'd like to make a night of it and enjoy the race the following day. We'll be showing it live on ITV4 as the hundreds of cyclists, camera crews and filming helicopters approach the pub.

And the timing's spot on as they're due to pass through between 1320 and 1348 - so you can plan in lunch before or after (we serve food 12-2pm but are open all day as always). Come, bring your cheers and flags and celebrate this cycling tour de force with us in the Cotswolds!

Click here to see the promo video of what to expect. 

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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!

Bit chilly for a pint in the beer garden

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 :)))

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

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

The open fire roaring at The Ebrington Arms

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.

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

Claire x

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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. 

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#pubsrock

Claire x

 

We are The Times' UK No 1 Village Inn

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