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Courgette and Artichoke £27. Diners can also choose from a Selection of Cheeses from the British Isles, Homemade Wafers and Biscuits, Quince Jelly and Plum Chutney, or for those with a sweeter tooth: 56 Artisan Chocolate Plate, Michel Cluizel, Duffy, Original Beans £10, Vanilla Custard and Apple Slice, Bramley Apple Sorbet £9.50, Warm Popcorn Cake, Salted Peanut Mousse, Popcorn Ice Cream, Banana £9, and Yoghurt and Cherry Cannelloni, Pistachio Flapjack, Morello Cherry Sorbet £9.50. The waiting staff were, like all the staff at the hotel, very attentive and informed, but not intrusive, and the dishes were beautifully presented. For readers who are spirits enthusiasts, (the alcoholic spirit rather than the ethereal one!), then a destination to visit is The Cotswolds Distillery, set in five acres of beautiful Cotswolds countryside. Even though it is just over a year old, it has already been cited as one of the top distillery tours by The Telegraph. It’s easy to understand why as the entire experience is designed with the visitor in mind. The tours begin in the working distillery with a discussion of the custom-made stills and the distilling process.  The Cotswolds team uses traditional handmalting techniques, starting with organic barley sourced from an estate less than 20 miles away. They use custom stills and fermenters capable of producing over 100,000 bottles of Cotswold Single Malt Whisky annually. The challenge with whisky distilling, however, is that it takes at least four years to age in casks, so in the interim, the distillers have been making gins and other liqueurs in limited edition bottlings.  The tour continues in the shop and cosy tasting room which features comfortable chairs and settees arranged around a stone fireplace. The well-stocked bar has whiskies from around the world including Balcones Texas Single Malt and Deacon Seat American Single Malt, but the focus is on the distillery’s own spirits. Not to be missed are the walnut and honey liqueur and the camomile and hops gin. Tours are given twice daily, April through October, and once a day the rest of the year. Tours fill quickly and must be booked in advance. 8

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It is worth getting on the newsletter distribution list for notification about interesting events like a recent summer supper which featured five gin-inspired courses with paired cocktails, including a memorable beetroot, homemade cheese and hazelnut salad with a watercress gin garden cocktail. They also recently hosted a book signing and gin-tasting with Ian Buxton, author of ‘10 Gins to Try Before You Die’. The distillery is on the edge of Shipston-onStour near Banbury; it is hard to find and satnav connections are sporadic, but have patience and watch for road signs.

“The Cotswolds is the largest of the UKs 47 ‘Acres of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, covering 790sq miles, and is the second largest landscape in England after the Lake District National Park.” For history enthusiasts, a trip to The Old Prison is worth putting on your itinerary, and is free to visit. A history of The Cotswolds is housed in this building, along with a history of the prison itself and the agricultural history of the area. There is also a coffee shop which sells a few local products made from local ingredients. We rounded off our trip with the best fish and chips I have had, in a corner café/restaurant in Bourton on the Water, a beautiful town, known

as The Venice of the Cotswolds, which is also home to a Model Railway Village and a Car Museum, before heading back up the M40 and around the M25 home. I cannot recommend highly enough a trip to The Cotswolds, be it for a day, long weekend or holiday, as there is something for everyone. I have personally been four times, and will be returning in the not too distant future. For further information on Sudbury House Hotel, please visit Restaurant 56 – Cotswold Wildlife Park – Cotswold Distillery

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American in Britain Autumn 2015  

The Autumn 2015 issue features theatre reviews of Bend It Like Beckham, McQueen and Three Days In The Country; restaurant reviews of Smith &...

American in Britain Autumn 2015  

The Autumn 2015 issue features theatre reviews of Bend It Like Beckham, McQueen and Three Days In The Country; restaurant reviews of Smith &...