Nestled in the heart of the Cotswold’s Golden Triangle, in the sleepy village of Nether Westcote…
The Feathered Nest Inn
“Cotswold charm and complex, thoughtful dishes.” - AA Inspector
NETHER WESTCOTE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
A fantastic old building, The Feathered Nest dates back some 350 years and spent time as a malthouse, before being converted to the village inn and eventually this delightful restaurant with rooms – there’s still a bar, though, if you fancy a pint. The mellow golden stone suits its wonderful Cotswold setting, looking over the Evenlode Valley on the border of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. There are beautiful rural views from the canopied terrace and garden, making a wonderful setting for alfresco dining. Inside, it’s just as picturesque, full of lovely details, like stone flagged floors, huge beams, chunky rustic tables, cosy candlelight and walls hung with interesting art. You can expect frequent changes and daily specials on the sharp, seasonal menu of modern British dishes – and the wine list is excellent. Take either the à la carte route or the tasting menu (there’s a veggie version too) – neither will disappoint. After all, you really can’t go wrong with a starter of barbecued wood pigeon and pear, cooked on the Konro grill. There’s great smoky depth to the bacon-crumbed, well-timed pigeon that is served with barbecued pear slices and smooth pear purée – the sweet macerated golden sultanas bring a nicely judged fruity contrast to the intense, reduced pigeon jus. A complex dish of roasted Skrei cod is seared top and bottom, with Jerusalem artichoke crisps and purée adding textural contrast while Japanese mushrooms and Exmoor caviar bring salty, umami bursts. Earthy spinach flavours, a bitter note from sea purslane, and a rich, reduced Shiraz and beef jus, all contribute to the impressive depth and clarity of flavours found in this dish. Round things off with a light and airy blood orange and bitter chocolate soufflé, with almond chocolate crémeux and blood orange ripple ice cream.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 20
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 3
- Wines over £30: 50
- Wines by the glass: 15
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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