Cotswolds Produce, delicious delights

Discovering the Delicious Delights of the Cotswolds (2023)

Delicious Delights

The Cotswolds is a haven for nature lovers and architecture enthusiasts, but there’s another aspect to this region that’s hard to be overlooked – the locally produced food and drinks.

The Cotswolds is in southern England and covers an area of 800 square miles across five counties and is truly a beautiful region with stunning rolling hills, charming towns, and picturesque landscapes, and also a huge foodie paradise.

If you’re a mad about food, a gourmet chef, a fine dining enthusiast, or anyone looking to discover (and sample) delicious delights, then the Cotswolds will not disappoint your palate or your appetite.

Locally sourced ingredients and regional specialities are in abundance throughout the region and found in restaurants, pubs, bakeries, supermarkets, independent shops, and even online for worldwide shipping.

If you’re looking for farm to fork, plow to plate, seed to table, field to feast, pasture to plate, harvest to home, garden to grill, earth to eatery, the Cotswolds has it all.

Here are 11 sumptuous, locally produced foods and drinks you’ve got to try in the Cotswolds.

1. Cheese
The Cotswolds produces some of the UK’s finest cheeses, which are renowned for their unique flavors and textures. These include Double Gloucester, Gloucester Blue, and Single Gloucester made from the milk of local cows and with a distinctive flavor that reflects the region’s unique terrain.

2. Cider
There are many local producers crafting delicious dry, crisp, sweet, and fruity ciders from locally grown apples. Look out for them in pubs, bars, restaurants, and supermarkets.

Cirencester butcher, Cotswolds food and drink
Cirencester butcher

3. Meat
The Cotswolds is home to high-quality meats, including lamb, beef, and pork and many local farms use traditional rearing methods, while the animals are left to graze on grass and get fed other natural foods.

4. Bread
With a long tradition of bread-making, the region has many local bakeries producing delicious artisanal breads. Visitors can enjoy a range of breads, from sourdough to rye, as well as a range of sweet treats such as cakes and pastries.

Often you’ll find the bakeries offering a wonderful selection of freshly baked and always mouthwatering cakes, pasties, breads, and more.

5. Honey
Home to a range of honey producers, Cotswolds bees are special because they produce honey with a unique flavor profile.

Visitors can sample honey varieties, from light and floral to rich and complex, at local markets and specialty shops.

6. Beer
Like cider, the Cotswolds has a thriving craft beer scene, with a range of local breweries producing delicious and innovative beers from hoppy IPAs to smooth stouts, at local pubs and breweries.

7. Gin
Artisanal gin producers craft delicious gins using locally sourced botanicals and visitors can sample a range of gins, from classic London Dry to unique and experimental flavors, at local distilleries and bars.

delicious delights

8. Wine
The region’s winemakers are also gaining recognition, particularly for their sparkling wines and there are tasting sessions, wine tours and experiences.

9. Vegetables
The Cotswolds is home to a range of small-scale vegetable growers, producing delicious and nutritious produce using organic and sustainable methods. Visitors can enjoy fresh vegetables at local farmers’ markets and restaurants.

10. Fruit
Apples, pears, and plums and other fruits are grown in the region, giving visitors the chance to enjoy fresh fruits at local markets and farm shops, or pick their own at one of the many pick-your-own farms in the region.

11. Ice Cream
Perhaps not surprisingly, there are many ice cream producers using locally sourced ingredients to create delicious and creamy ice creams.

Food Festivals

If you’re visiting in the summer months, don’t miss out on The Cotswold Food and Drink Festival in July, with over fifty exhibitors, offering craft beers to artisan chocolates and everything in between. The Big Feastival offers delicious delights and great music (a winning combination!).

If you’re looking for a way to sample the region’s locally produced food, then visit the farmers’ markets. With several towns hosting markets throughout the month, it’s an excellent opportunity to meet the producers and taste their goods.

The Cotswolds is an ideal destination for foodies looking for a unique culinary experience. With its locally sourced produce and sustainable farming practices, the region offers an array of delicious delights that will satisfy any foodie palate.

Whether you’re an adventurous eater or enjoy fine dining, the Cotswolds has something for every taste. From local cheeses and farmers’ markets to Michelin-starred restaurants and food festivals, there’s a feast awaiting with your name on it.

So come and discover the beauty and bounty of the Cotswolds!

Enchantment Awaits
Enchantment Awaits

The Cotswolds region is home to many charming villages and towns, churches, historic landmarks, outdoor activities, in a beautiful part of England. After visiting the region many times, we created the Travel Cotswolds website dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.

Please see the food category for more about the great culinary delights found in the region.


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