Travel

The Porch House

by GreeksConnect Team



Inside England's oldest inn: The Cotswolds pub that charms guests with timber beams, uneven door frames, stone walls and a cosy bar where London's rat race is the last thing on your mind

With scenes that belong on a postcard, pretty little Stow-on-the-Wold is the kind of place that charms you at first sight, even when it’s full of tourists. A popular stop for coach trips, the historic market town has everything the Cotswolds are famous for: signature stone houses, rolling hills, friendly locals - and inviting pubs where punters are more than willing to lose themselves in a pint or two. That scenario has been happening for parts of the last 1,000 years at a site now occupied by the Porch House, a beautifully restored Grade II-listed pub with lovely guest rooms. Said to be England’s oldest inn, the Porch House is quintessentially English, with parts of the building dating back to 947.

Back then, according to local legend, the original Saxon timber-framed structure, ordered by Aethelmaer, Duke of Cornwall, on Evesham Abbey land, provided lodging for travellers. In that sense, nothing has changed - the site is still playing host to travellers, although it has undergone many transformations over the last 11 centuries or so.

My girlfriend, Anucyia, and I paid a visit a few years on from the most recent refit and rebrand, and were left smitten even though the weather was also quintessentially English - light snow in the morning followed by rain, ice pellets, glorious sunshine… and more rain.No matter. After ducking into cheese, wine and chocolate shops to escape the topsy-turvy conditions we made our way back to the pub at the Porch House and eased into a cosy nook as ice pellets bounced off the window behind us. London's rat race was the last thing on my mind while downing a pint of Porch House 947, the Brakspear pub's very own craft ale.


Between drinks and conversation we admired the exposed timber beams in the low ceiling, uneven door frames, stone walls and framed black-and-white portraits of rifle-toting moustachioed men and Stow-on-the-Wold’s olden days.

The following morning, a Sunday, the weather behaved itself as we had breakfast in the conservatory under bright skies. The generous full English left little stomach room to graze from the breakfast bar, which was stocked with staples such as bread, pastries, cereal, cheese and yoghurt. We weren’t in a hurry to leave, which turned out to be a good thing. By mid-day the tourist coaches had returned to Stow-on-the-Wold and a tailback signalled the village’s popularity at the weekend. The thought of returning to the hustle and bustle of London dawned on me while we were stuck in traffic. I immediately wished for simpler times - not from 1,000 years ago, when visitors to this area didn’t have to worry about traffic jams - but from 24 hours earlier when the only thing in my way was a pint.

Source: Daily Mail

GreeksConnect Team

We are a team of Greek professionals who love London and have chosen to make it our home. A city with a great vibe that never ceases to surprise you; exhibitions, theatres, restaurants, nightlife, parks, and much more! Yet, keeping connected to Greece and the Greek community in London is something that you need and want while living in London


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