A selection of the best restaurants in the Cotswolds

Eat & Drink

As well as the onsite Ballihoo restaurant serving food and drink throughout the day, there are a variety of restaurants, pubs and brasseries within a stone’s throw from The Lower Mill Estate. 

Enjoy quintessential Cotswolds dining in the nearby villages or sample seasonal menus at local traditional pubs.

For filling breakfast, pit stop lunches, indulgent dining or a cheeky cocktail or two, whether you’re go go go, completely laid back or undecided, there’s a local eatery experience for you. Below, we've listed a handful of the best restaurants in the Cotswolds.

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The Waterside Kitchen and Bar

Situated within 10 minutes of The Lower Mill Estate and located on the peaceful banks of Walters Lake, Waterside Kitchen & Bar is the perfect place to relax with friends and family. 

From the farm, land and sea, there's something for everyone on their sustainability-focused menu. Sip a cocktail and enjoy a glass of wine. 


The Baker's Arms

Experience traditional pub dining at The Baker's Arms. Located in an idyllic village in the heart of the Cotswolds, this rural pub offers great food and a relaxed atmosphere for dining and drinks. Warm up on a Winter's evening by the fire or soak in the Summer in their large garden.  

The Baker's Arms is within 10 minutes of your lakeside lodge. 


The Potting Shed

Find beautifully crashed dishes made from the finest locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce at The Potting Shed.

Try dishes from their seasonal menu or bring the family together on a Sunday for a classic Sunday roast.

The Potting Shed is within 10 minutes of your holiday home. 


The Rectory

For contemporary dining, The Rectory offers a relaxed country house restaurant experience in the Cotswolds. Sample classic food with a modern edge, served in an elegant dining room and striking glasshouse. 

The Rectory is perfect for special occasions and located within 10 minutes of The Lower Mill Estate. 

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The Thai Emerald

The Thai Emerald recreates the welcoming atmosphere of Thailand in their Cirencester restaurant. Sample their A La Carte menu which includes a variety of delicious dishes, such as succulent seafood and duck specials. Finish the evening with a drink and something sweet. 

Enjoying the comfort of your lodge? The Thai Emerald also offers a takeaway service. 

The Thai Emerald is located within 10 minutes of The Lower Mill Estate.


The Gateway Cafe

Fancy a tasty breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea? The Gateway Cafe is the perfect pitstop. Enjoy delicious homemade food, coffee and cake, all while taking in a breathtaking Cotswold lake view.

Expect locally sourced produce and fair-trade, hand-picked whole bean coffee from Clifton Coffee Roasters in Bristol.

The Gateway Cafe and Infomation Centre is located within 10 minutes of your lakeside lodge.