The inns of Bourton
I've included some shots of the hotels in Bourton-on-the-Water. Quite a few of them are in Victoria Street which sits astride the River Windrush.
The first hotel was built for the first baptist minister in 1748, hence its name, the "Old Manse Hotel". I wonder what the church would think of its use now!
The second one is the Old New Inn that originally came into being as an amalgamation of two cottages and a barn in 1714. This became a lodging place for travellers on their way via Burford to Oxford across Westcote Heath.
The Heath at that time was renowned for footpads and robbers who came from the Wychwood Forest, on the Oxfordshire side of the hill, and it was not safe to cross except in broad daylight. (So much for the good old days!)
Since then the Inn has built its reputation for hospitality and good cheer for totally different reasons. In fact, in 1860, it was given, as a present, by Mrs Florence Bloss, mother of John Alfred Bloss, in recognition of the love of a mother for her son (we know not what the Inland Revenue thought of that).
After the railway arrived, the Inn became a stop over for Commercial Travellers, who would hire horses and traps to visit the local villages with their samples. Today the inn's location at the front of the Model Village, one of the ex-owners bearing responsibility for that, makes it just as popular as it ever was.
Lunch in a Pub
Thursday we ate lunch in a Pub. I don't remember which one it was, but it was right by the river, so it might have been the Duke of Wellington. This pub has a family room and the website says Small hotel with busy pub trade. Good pub atmosphere - rare for Bourton.
The lunch menu includes
Served with Potato Crisps & Salad Garnish.
Add 40p to have any sandwich toasted
Tuna Mayonnaise £4.50
Ham Plain or Pickle or Onion or Tomato £4.25
Ham & Cheese £4.50
Beef Plain or Tomato or Onion £4.50
Cheddar Plain / Pickle Or Onion Or Tomato £3.95
Prawn & Marie Rose £4.95
Fish Finger £3.95
Chicken, mayonnaise & black pepper £4.75
Served with Potato Crisps & Coleslaw
Bacon, Brie & Cranberry £4.95
Chicken, Bacon, Cheese & BBQ Sauce £5.25
Ham & Cheese £4.75
Cheese Plain or Tomato or Onion £4.45
Steak, Onion & Cheese £5.50 But it could also have been the
OLD NEW INN
High Street, GL54 2AF
Tel. Cotswold (01451) 820467
Popular Hotel dating from 1709 adjacent to model village and model railway.
OLD MANSE HOTEL
Victoria Street, GL54 2BX
On the river bank
Tel. Cotswold (01451) 820082
Hotel bar in Cotswold tourist trap. Prices reflect the picture book location. Adjacent to the river Windrush. Built in 1748, the hotel is former manse of Rev. Bedham. Enthusiastic landlord offering a wide range of guest beers. Lively and friendly atmosphere.
Village tearooms (chap outside is no relation)
St Lawrence church
The Dial House, from the 1600s
The river in the village