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May 21, 2018 — Stow-on-the-Wold

We've often heard of Stow-on-the-Wold. Today we got to see it. Really cute . . .


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Lilacs in Stow-on-the-Wold

Lilacs in Stow-on-the-Wold


We fought construction traffic out of the immediate area thankful we weren’t going the other direction which was a parking lot. Finally past that and on to the A429 north, we drove to Stow-on-the-Wold and found free parking for town beside a Tesco supermarket. Parked and walked into town where we followed a Rick Steve’s walk for Stow-on-the-Wold, checking every restaurant menu as we walked. One highly recommended Inn had a very uninspiring menu so we kept walking. Found a nice art gallery and talked to the owner for a while but lunch was calling. We would return.

*****

The Fountain

The Fountain

The Market Square with the Market Cross

The Market Square with the Market Cross

The Cotswold Cheese Company

The Cotswold Cheese Company

Local butcher and the Porch House

Local butcher and the Porch House

Walking down Digbeth Street

Walking down Digbeth Street

The Bell Inn at Stow-on-the-Wold

The Bell Inn at Stow-on-the-Wold

House across from The Bell Inn

House across from The Bell Inn

Walking up Park Street

Walking up Park Street

Walking up Sheep Street

Walking up Sheep Street

Entry to Stow Lodge Hotel-Restaurant

Entry to Stow Lodge Hotel-Restaurant


We continued back to the center of town to Stow Lodge Restaurant where the bar menu was fine. We got a cute table in a front corner and ordered. It was the most elegant bar I’ve seen. Ed got the BBQ chicken that came with new potatoes, carrots, portobello mushrooms and broiled tomatoes. I got very tender sliced lamb with new potatoes, carrots and peas. Ed gave me his mushrooms! Excellent meal topped off with ice cream. Stow Lodge Hotel-Restaurant, The Square, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1AB, UK; tel: +44 (0)1451 830485; Click here for the Stow Lodge Hotel-Restaurant web site

Bar area at Stow Lodge Hotel-Restaurant

Bar area at Stow Lodge Hotel-Restaurant

Outdoor Dining at Stow Lodge Restaurant

Outdoor Dining at Stow Lodge Restaurant

Ancient yew trees at entrance and a stained glass window

Ancient yew trees at entrance and a stained glass window


Leaving the Hotel-Restaurant, you pass through a lovely stone arch and gate to the church yard of St. Edward's Parish Church. We can't resist a church so wandered in to enjoy the stained glass and some lovely kneeling cushions. A lot of love went into those cushions. We returned to the Red Rag Gallery to look through their collection. We both really liked Martin Llewllyn, a Welsh artist . . . oils with palette knife. Very rich, textured paintings. Next tried to find our evening baguette and walked all over town ending at the Baguette Shop which turned out to be an upscale Subway sandwich shop but they did sell us a mini-baguette, bless their hearts.

Stained Glass and an altar in St. Edward's Church

Stained Glass and an altar in St. Edward's Church

Lovely needlepoint kneeling cushions at St. Edward's

Lovely needlepoint kneeling cushions at St. Edward's

Interior of St. Edward's Church facing either direction

Interior of St. Edward's Church facing either direction

St. Edward's Parish Church

St. Edward's Parish Church

The Market Cross on Market Square

The Market Cross on Market Square

Ice Cream Man on Market Square

Ice Cream Man on Market Square

Retreated to parking and, since it was so convenient, decided to go into Tesco for orange juice, cereal and cookies. Drove home and by virtue of a wrong turn, Google routed us around the huge construction backup. Sometimes a wrong turn is good!

Our wifi wasn’t working so I called our hostess who came over and the two of us managed to fix it. If I can find the router, I can usually fix it but people are very good at hiding routers. Had a very brief thunderstorm.

Posted by Beausoleil 11:23 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged art uk cotswolds gloucestershire stow-on-the-wold welsh_artists

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I'm rather fond of Stow on the Wold - glad you liked it too :) And I know what you mean about hiding routes. We rented a flat in Tynemouth a few summers ago - a lovely place on the first floor (second to you!) of an old house overlooking the river. The wifi worked fine for the first day but part way through the second the signal disappeared completely. We hunted high and low for the router, and in the end gave in and called the owner. She knew immediately what the problem would be. They also own the downstairs flat and have a single router which is located there. The downstairs tenant had gone out for the day and thought it would be a good idea to switch the router off while she was out!! I did suggest they put a label on it requesting that it be left on all the time - hopefully they did do that!

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