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How to Spend a Weekend in the Cotswolds

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By Niamh Walsh on 4th September 2023

Experience the beauty of the Cotswolds while indulging in exquisite offerings of Ingleside House and the newly launched Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden in Cirencester.

The picturesque Cotswolds, with its charming villages and rolling hills, is a dream destination for those seeking a relaxing weekend getaway. If you're looking to immerse yourself in the beauty of this region and savour delectable cuisine, a visit to Cirencester should be on your list. Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, Cirencester offers a blend of historical allure and modern culinary delights that are sure to make your weekend truly special.

Where to Stay: Ingleside House in Cirencester

When it comes to finding the perfect place to stay in Cirencester, Ingleside House stands out as a charming and comfortable choice. A very stylish 11-room boutique hotel within a large, 18th-century house, the charm of this historic gem sets the perfect tone for a weekend escape in the Cotswolds.

To make your stay even more enticing, room rates at Ingleside House start from just £120 a night for a double room, inclusive of bed and breakfast. This provides an affordable yet luxurious option for your weekend getaway. The combination of the hotel's sophisticated ambiance, comfortable accommodations, and proximity to Cirencester's attractions makes Ingleside House an ideal choice for your Cotswolds retreat.

To secure your stay and explore the Cotswolds in comfort, simply visit inglesidehouse.co.uk to make your booking.

Ingleside House, Cirencester
Ingleside House, Cirencester

Where to Eat: Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden

To truly indulge in the Cotswolds experience, a visit to the Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden is a must. This newly launched cafe and restaurant, situated within the scenic Cirencester Park, offers an unparalleled dining experience that celebrates the region's finest produce and culinary artistry.

Led by head chef Sam Idione, Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden showcases the best of Cotswolds' artisanal products, all sourced within a 25-mile radius. The Modern British menus, enriched with creative French touches, are a testament to the chef's commitment to high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Open daily for coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea, as well as offering takeaways, the restaurant provides a diverse range of dining options. In the evenings, the atmosphere becomes more refined, offering an elevated restaurant dining experience. The full bar serves seasonally changing gin cocktails, English sparkling wines, Old and New World wines, and beers produced by nearby breweries.

What sets Roots + Seeds apart is its dedication to sustainability and community. The restaurant's kitchen garden supplies fresh produce daily, enhancing the culinary experience with a garden-to-table approach. The venue also serves as a community space, offering talks on growing your own produce and hosting local school children, volunteers, and mental health charities during the week.

The restaurant's location within the Grade 1 listed Cirencester Park adds an extra layer of enchantment to the dining experience. A new, beautifully designed, light-filled space,  boasting vaulted ceilings, large windows overlooking the kitchen garden, and chic rustic furnishings.

Roots & Seeds Kitchen, Cirencester
Roots & Seeds Kitchen, Cirencester

Exploring Cirencester and Beyond

Beyond indulging in culinary delights, Cirencester has much to offer. Explore the town's historical sites, including the striking Cirencester Parish Church of St. John Baptist and the Corinium Museum, which houses an impressive collection of Roman artefacts.

For nature enthusiasts, Cirencester Park presents an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Grade 1 listed landscape. Enjoy leisurely strolls along tree-lined avenues, take in breathtaking views, and bask in the tranquility of the outdoors.

Cirencester Park
Cirencester Park

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