Had a delicious English lunch...
Had a delicious English lunch inside this 16th century pub/ hotel (see pic below).
The KING'S ARMS PUB (pictured below) claims to have had King Charles as a Royal Guest at the time of the Battle of Naseby and this Royalist Hotel has had timbers carbon-dated to as far back as 987 A.D.
It is believed to be the oldest inn in England! Cool!
Hey, how often do you get to dine inside a 16th century pub huh?! English fare... like Yorkshire pudding... Fish & Chips.... etc. Real yummy too!
But be warned: The portions aren't very large though. :-((
If you're an American, you may not be used to the 'bite' sized portion of food here!
"ONE LAST GLIMPSE...."
One last look at Stow-on-the-Wold..... before we moved on to our next Cotswold Village.....
"THE SCENIC BEAUTY OF BOURTON"
"THE QUAINT KNIGHTSBRIDGE INN..."
"BARCLAYS BANK HERE IN BOURTON!"
Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest town in the Cotswolds.
It's Royal Charter was granted in the year 1107 and since then, it has been an important Cotswold crossroads for almost a thousand years.
Eight roads intersect here, so I don't foresee you'd face much trouble finding Stow.
There is a local rhyme which goes: "Stow-on-the-Wold, where the wind blows cold".
Stow-on-the-Wold is located roughly at 800 feet above sea level and visitors are recommended to spend at least a week to get themselves accustomed to the altitude level before venturing out into the Market Square!
IF by any chance you do feel faint after inquiring about the price of a Jacobean oak refectory table here, that is more likely to be caused by the exhorbitant price than a lack of oxygen! :-))
Visitors from the Andes (in South America) can of course dispense with these high-altitude precautions. Still, they should (at least) be seated when inquiring about the price of these oak tables!!
If you want to visit this part of the Cotswold, a good time to come is during the Stow Fair, held in May and October every year.
The annual Stow Horse Fair is a grand affair when the town sees thousands of horses being bought and sold.
And round the picturesque square.... the many pubs and tea-rooms, shops and quaint hotels jostle for space.
Truly a great place to spend an idyllic holiday... Far from the maddening crowd!
"THE KING'S ARMS PUB"
We had a sumptuous English meal at this 16th century pub.
The King's Arms Pub (pictured above) claims
to have had King Charles as a Royal Guest at the time of the Battle of Naseby and the Royalist Hotel has had timbers carbon-dated to 987 A.D.!!! It is believed to be the oldest inn in England.
"THE BEAUTIFUL ENTRANCE TO ST EDWARD'S CHURCH...."
The Church of St. Edward's located in Stow-on-the-Wold, like most Cotswold churches, deserves a visit.
Dating back from Norman times, this church includes a 15th century 28 meter high tower. The North Porch (above) and its two flanking Yew trees look so magical.... almost as if it came straight out of a Tolkein fantasy!
The village centre
Early Medieval carving 2.
Yew trees protecting the church.
Stow On The Wold, England