The Potting Shed
On Friday night I went to The Potting Shed in Crudwell. The food was pretty good (seasonal British), the staff were friendly and the pub had a jolly atmosphere (nice to see some locals propping up the bar – unusual these days in a foodie pub). The gardening theme – including up-turned antique wheelbarrows filled with lights, a display of vintage watering cans, and fork handles replacing door handles – is fun rather than cheesy.
Some friends were staying across the road in The Rectory Hotel, also run by the owners of The Potting Shed. Before we went to the pub, we had a (rainy) walk in the countryside and then spent an hour relaxing in the hotel, drying off in front of the fire and having cups of tea. This gorgeous 17th‑century Cotswold‑stone house has beautifully proportioned rooms decorated in a cool, eclectic style with plenty of personality. I wasn't surprised to hear that one of its owners is an antiques/art dealer and interior designer.
I'd love to go back in the summer to have a drink in the beautiful garden...