I will make any excuse to go spend some time exploring the Cotswolds, I just can’t get enough of their picture perfect villages and vast open countryside. Recently we were invited to spend a night away in the gorgeous Cotswold town of Shipston-on-Stour, at The George Townhouse.
The George, is a charming townhouse in the centre of Shipston. A fabulous place for you and hour hound to stay, or just to enjoy a meal and soak in the atmosphere. The award winning bar is a popular attraction, often hosting live music and themed nights or you can dine in style in the Pantry. Their restaurant prides themselves on delicious meal, using only locally sourced ingredients.
I could not be more excited upon arrival, The George really did stand out, we received the warmest of welcomes before being shown to our room. The bar was already buzzing, with such a great atmosphere. Alfie may have been the only dog in the building but he was welcomed with open arms by everyone who spotted him.
The George Townhouse has 15 wonderfully furnished rooms, Two of these are dog friendly. Recently refurbished these rooms really do provide that little bit of luxury.
All the rooms have a super cosy king sized bed, with a Feather and Black mattress, seriously comfy! perfectly finished with the gorgeous teal cushions. They have thought of everything, the room is equipped with a Nespresso coffee machine, and a kettle for those tea drinkers! Will a selection of Canton Tea Company drinks. Nothing will wake you up better in the morning.
In true Alfie style, he claimed the bed. But who can resist that face?
For the Pooches
At The George Townhouse dogs are welcome in two of their rooms at an extra cost of £20. They will also provide a cosy bed and dog bowl for you to use during your stay – So handy! As these are the two larger items that can be a pain when traveling!
Being in the centre of Shipston you may have to walk to the outskirts to find a patch of grass, but it is no trouble at all... I’m very lucky to have a dog that really isn’t fussy when it comes to toilet time, haha!
Dining at The George Townhouse
Once James had joined us from work we headed down to the bar/restaurant area for dinner… We had seen the menu online so we were excited for the meal ahead… We ordered a bottle of house wine then made the easy decision of starters.
James had already decided on the Pork & Apple Croquettes in a panko crumb with sweetcorn salsa and garlic mayo, he said it was great! But really, can you beat a homemade sausage roll? They are honestly my Kryptonite… I can honestly say it was the best sausage roll I have ever had, I even considered wording one to take home with me the next day!
We were so impressed with the selection on the menu for mains, I can honestly say it is one of the best we have seen. Nothing too fancy, but still elegant dining. In the end I decided to go for the fillet of Pork with black pudding, crackling, roasted apples, sautéed potatoes & a chive cream sauce. Oh boy! It was good!
It was a tough decision for James, but really can you go wrong with streak? James had the 8oz Rump Steak with fries & peppercorn or Béarnaise sauce… It must have been good, Alfie didn’t even get a look in!
You will know by now that dessert is a must, for me I just could not resist the treacle tart – A childhood favourite for me! It was delicious.
James is a sucker for the cheese board, and when in the Cotswolds it is always a winner. I swear they have the best cheese selection. The cheese board came with four local farmhouse cheeses; Fowlers Warwickshire Truckle, Cotswold organic Brie, Stilton and Carney Ash. All such great cheeses …Of course, I just had to help taste them!
James had to head to work first thing, so we were up bright and early for breakfast. We were seated in a cosy nook in the bar so Alfie could join us, and offered fresh tea and coffee while we took a look at the menu.
The cooked breakfast menu actually didn’t start until 8am, meaning that we thought James was going to have to miss out. Much to our surprise this wasn’t the case, they kindly prepared a bacon sandwich and coffee for the road… Talk about good service!
Alfie and I enjoyed our breakfast together, some biscuits for him and i went for a cup of coffee [It was very early] and then waffles with bacon and maple syrup – A first for me! It was delicious!
Even though it was fairly early in the morning there was such a wonderful atmosphere, with a whole range of people. Some popping in for a coffee before work others up bright and early ready to explore.
We had the most wonderful stay at The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour. Great food, fabulous location. I highly recommend you stopping by with your four legged friend!
Emma & Alfie xox
* We were sent to review The George Townhouse, all opinions remain my own.