Plan your perfect day trip to ‘The Gateway of the Cotswolds’. Burford was named by Forbes as one of the most idyllic places to live, this medieval market town is steeped in history and beauty with old stone houses, eclectic independent shops and great pubs to boot.
Distance from Cheltenham: 30 minutes via A40
Distance from Northleach: 15 minutes via A40
Distance from Ewen: 35 minutes via Cirencester
ART AND ANTIQUE HAVENS
Manfred Schotten, 109 High Street, 01993 822302
One of the best sporting antique shops in the country, its handsome showroom is filled to the brim with rare finds from valuable golfing artifacts to hunting prints and from ancient wooden tennis rackets to autographed cricket bats.
Antiques at The George, 104 High Street; 01993 823319
Award-winning antiques centre set in a 15th century coaching inn. Everything you could possibly want is here: furniture, glass, jewellery, pictures, pottery, rugs, silver, toys and textiles. For added distraction, spot Samuel Pepys’ graffiti etched onto an old window panel.
Brian Sinfield Gallery 127 The Hill, 01993824 464
The gallery specialises in 20th century work by artists including landscape artist Fred Cuming RA, portrait painter Robert Wraith and renowned Scottish floral artist Ann Oram.
Burford Woodcraft, 144 High Street; 01993 823479
Burford Woodcraft is the place to go for one-off exquisite handmade pieces. With an extensive collection of goodies, pour over unique furniture, sculptures, jewellery boxes, kitchenware and gifts.
The Cotswold Cheese Company, 113 High Street; 01993 823882
With over 80 artisan and farmhouse cheeses, you’re spoilt for choice at this shop just half way up the hill. Enjoy a strong collection of local cheeses along with some British favourites and European classics. There’s a wonderful towering selection of wedding cheese cakes, too.
Mrs Bumbles, 31 Lower High Street, 01993 822209
Recently under new ownership with a husband and wife team including Sally, a trained Cordon Bleu chef, the food at this grocers and deli is all-out scrumptious. Independent producers are the name of the game here with the counter groaning with meats, cheeses, pies and eggs – don’t miss the sausage rolls.
Madhatter Bookshop, 122 High Street, 01993 822539
A marvellously unique set-up which sells great books and fine hats. All the best fiction and non-fiction is here along with top designer headpieces and a recently introduced vintage hat collection.
GREAT GARDEN CENTRE
Burford Garden Company, Shilton Road, 01993 823117
The queen of garden centres, it’s eye-wateringly exciting walking in here. It’s the type of place where you want to snap up everything be it lush plants, a charming shepherd’s hut, gorgeous kitchenware or elegant country clothing. The award-winning greenhouse-based cafe ticks all the boxes, too.
The Wheatsheaf Inn, West Road, 01451 860244
The Lucky Onion’s, The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach is 10 minutes away but if you’re after something in Burford then try these…
Huffkins, 96-98 High Street, 01993 822126
Since 1890, Huffkins has been keeping the people of Burford happy with their many delights from steak and ale pie to freshly baked scones. Over a century later and they are still going strong – you’ll want to gobble up everything but their Cheesy Fish Cobbler, a Cotswolds take on Fish Pie, is particularly excellent.
The Lamb Inn, Sheep Street, 01993 823155
Sofas, games, scallops, dog bowls… It’s all pretty perfect at this Cotswolds favourite. And the good stuff doesn’t stop there: the restaurant was recently awarded a third AA rosette. Tuck in and treat yourself to the tasting menu with paired wines.
The Angel at Burford, Whitney Street, 01993 822714
An award-winning local favourite which should not to be missed. Curl up by the fire inside this 16th-century former coaching inn before sampling the locally-brewed Hooky and the pub’s excellent local fare, including Fish and Chips, Sirloin Steak and Chicken Supreme.