The Bower House
Country Idyll loves The Bower House, overlooking the main square, The Bower House sits at the of centre of the historic market town of Shipston on Stour, at the northern edge of the Cotswolds, just 10 miles south of Stratford upon Avon.
The Grade II-listed building, originally built in 1731, has been painstakingly and lovingly restored, and now houses a stylish and welcoming bar and restaurant over the ground floor, and five beautiful and very comfortable en-suite bedrooms on the first and second. The bar, clad in antique pink tiles, serves dangerously good cocktails, featuring those made from renowned local Cotswolds Distillery whisky and gin, and a lengthy and thoughtful wine list. There are squishy banquettes on which to linger with a glass of wine and a snack, or with the newspaper and an excellent coffee from award-winning local roasters, Monsoon Estates.
The restaurant spans the original Georgian rooms, one of which has an enormous fireplace at it heart, and others which look out through the floor-to-ceiling 18th century windows over the town square.
Informal and Friendly
Service is informal and friendly, and the kitchen is presided over by celebrated chef Paul Merrony, who serves a broad menu of originals and classics, from steak and chips, to duck breast with chicory and cauliflower, to shallot crumble with horseradish cream, described by The Times as “a piping-hot delight”. Puddings are knock-out, cheeses are local, and there is a much-loved daily set lunch menu, which is £18 for three courses. The restaurant is open all day from 9am, serving indulgent breakfasts of freshly-baked pastries, freshly-squeezed juice, eggs with haddock and potato, toast with ricotta and avocado, and toasted banana bread with salty butter.
The quality of the food has just been recognised by The Michelin Guide, who have named The Bower House in their 2018 guide as one of their “best addresses”, and the guest rooms by The Sunday Times as one of the “100 Best British hotels”, describing the bedrooms as
A Gorgeous Setting
“a gorgeous setting for dining or chatting over coffee…” – Country Living Magazine“foodie flair with elegance and pleasing prices…” – The Daily Telegraph
The Bower House restaurant and bar is open: Tuesday to Saturday from 9am, with last food orders at 9.15pm Sunday from 9am, with last food orders at 2pm. It is closed on Mondays.
The Bower House
Market Place, Shipston on Stour, CV36 4AG
01608 663 333 www.thebowerhouseshipston.com