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Published February 10th 2013
Enjoy a delicious meal at this 600 year old boutique inn
Old Swan, Minster Milll, Minster Lovell
Old Swan & Minster Mill

Nestled comfortably in the picturesque hamlet of Minster Lovell, surrounded by thatched cottages and close to the banks of the River Windrush is the delightful Old Swan and Minster Mill.

The Old Swan and Minster Mill is a delightful place to escape the city, enjoy a scrumptious meal and explore the Cotswolds.

Old Swan, Minster Mill, Minster Lovell, Cotswolds
A restaurant with period charm

Circa 1445, inside the restaurant is packed full of period charm, from stone floors, little nooks and real log fires, you can enjoy a visit in summer or winter.

Brakespear Oxford Gold, ale
Enjoy a quality ale

The cosy bar has a good range of drinks including local ales on tap. They have received the Cask Marque certificate for quality so you can be sure of a good pint.

Beer battered haddock
Posh Fish

On my visit, I couldn't decide between the Oxford Gold Beer battered Brixham haddock with not twice but thrice cooked chips and mushy peas or the chicken breast with a creamy mustard sauce from the daily specials. My husband and I ordered both and shared. Both dishes were delicious and our plates completely cleared. There's not a children's menu but there are high chairs available and my two year old tucked into and finished a bit of both of our meals.

Vegetable garden
You can't get fresher than vegetables from the garden

The Kenyan Head Chef, David Mwiti use local seasonal produce wherever possible and even goes one step further than many other gastropubs with many of the vegetables used from their own garden. They even have freshly laid eggs collected each morning from their hens which you can see outside.

Chicken, Duck, Fresh Eggs
Fresh eggs are collected daily from the free range chickens

On a sunny day, you'll want to spend sometime outside in their garden. I enjoyed wandering around the vegetable garden, the large chess set and throwing a few boule (petanque). You can also get up close to their free range chickens, the cuddly guinea pigs and keep an eye out for the cheeky ducks wandering around. There's even an assualt course for children to try out.

Old Swan, Minster Mill, Minster Lovell
Why not enjoy a G&T outside

Assault Course, Minster Lovell
Assault Course for kids in the garden

Giant Chess, Minster Lovell
Giant Chess

Hotel rooms are available at the Old Swan and Minster Mill (two separate buildings). The Old Swan has sixteen beamed rooms in a traditional style, perfect for a romantic getaway. For a contemporary twist try the Minster Mill. There are even a few rooms available if you want to bring your dog, who will also be warmly welcomed with their own bed and bowl.

There are great walks in the area and you're only a 5 minute stroll from Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote. After a long walk, why not have a relaxing massage at the Windrush Spa.
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Why? Enjoy lunch and then explore the Cotswolds
When: Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Phone: 01993 774441
Where: School Hill, Minster Lovell, OX29 0RN
Cost: Dinner mains around 16
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The fish and chips look great
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