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“Hidden gem, just don't trust your satnav”
Review of The Fleece Inn

The Fleece Inn
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Bretforton
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Fleece Inn is the perfect rural retreat just a stone's throw from the beautiful Cotswold's boasting roaring open fires for the winter months, open garden and apple orchard for the summer sun and a friendly welcome all year round. With real ales and traditional ciders aplenty this historical pub is a favourite with CAMRA members and the welcoming atmosphere and good food attract visitors from all over the world.
Reviewed 1 June 2021 via mobile

Still wondering how could they have a slot for a couple for lunch on a glorious bank holiday day, yet glad they had. And glad we found it, despite satnav saying our dedtination was in the middle of nowhere (don't trust it and check your way beforehand).
Not your regular pub - much more restaurant quality, and I loved the asparagus specials. Very good local ales, while wine selection was small but good and very honestly priced. Service was great and the inside dining room looks like a Tudor period drama set - apart from the fact that it is original.
Only negative side, it's not closer to home to visit regularly!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 1 June 2021

We were drving around the Evesham area trying to find one of the old asparagus pubs, and the name of the Fleece popped up. So off we went to find it. Tucked away in a corner off the main road. The parking was difficult as the inn does not have its own parking.But we made it and went into the yard area. There was plenty of seating here and in the garden, so we were happy to be directed to a table. Two or three young women were serving very efficiently and there was a good choice of local bitters and ciders. The pub had a feel of Old England about it and this was a most enjoyable visit.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 26 May 2021 via mobile

We had read very mixed reports about this place so unsure what to expect. We needn't have worried the food and service were excellent.
It is tiny but full of atmosphere, stone floors, open fire, genuine oak beams.
We both ordered their famous steak and ale pies with chips, peas and gravy. These were served very promptly by a a pleasant cheerful lady. They were the best steak and ale pies ever. Packed ful of melt in the mouth beef. We asked for extra gravy and 2 minutes later a jug arrived at our table.
Deserts were quite nice. My pana cotta was a bit solid but very tasty. Hubbies sticky toffee pudding was light and delicious.
All in all lovely meal with excellent service. Will return if we visit this area again.

Date of visit: May 2021
2  Thank Jasmin
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Reviewed 23 May 2021 via mobile

We chose this as National Trust members who were going to be in the area and it looked like a nice treat for the first meal out since Lockdown ended. Parking is difficult (nothing in the Inn itself so it has to be on nearby roads) so please allow plenty of time.
Inside we got the feeling the main problem was lack of staff. As soon as we sat down we were rushed to give our full order. Usually you order drinks first and then get time to read the menu. We had looked online beforehand so had a idea. I asked for pizza because of this, and it was available but we were not offered a pizza menu on the day so we wouldn’t have known otherwise. The asparagus soup was delicious and came with generous butter for the bread. There was quite a wait for the main meal. My enormous pizza was delicious (too much for one!) but my husband’s fish and Chips were disappointing with the ‘hand cut’ chips thick and very dry inside. Then we waited and waited for our plates to be cleared and a second drink to arrive. We then waited a further long time for our desserts (ordered at the beginning if you remember). Due to COVID Regs you don’t feel you can get up and go looking for staff. Finally someone came and asked if we wanted anything else. This made us realise our pudding wasn’t coming so as we didn’t feel like waiting any longer we paid and went. We were also chilly inside and had to ask for a blanket. It was rather dark too. Perhaps the fire is usually lit but wasn’t allowed at the present time. With all that has happened this year it seems churlish to complain and hopefully there will be improvements as the season goes on. It looked very attractive outside and we wish all the staff the best.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 14 May 2021

First visit to the Fleece while stying at the Old Wash House in the village, a short walk away. We were fortunate to be able to book in advance one of the horse boxes complete with heater! We dined here for two nights, the first one we both decided to go for the Sunday roast and chose lamb. It was excellent and almost melted in the mouth and the portions were more than adequate. The second evening we shared the ham hock and asparagus starter, for our main course I had the beef burger on a sourdough bun and husband had the chicken, pancetta and asparagus pie.
The food was delicious and good value, the only thing I would mention was the poached egg on the starter wasn't runny, but didn't mention it at the time as everything else was so good. Great choice of ales and wine which we were able to enjoy as we were staying so close. We found the service excellent and nothing was too much trouble, and were surprised at some of the less favourable views we had read. It's been a difficult time for the catering industry, and I would have thought people would have been more understanding of the situation.
We highly recommend it and would certainly return in the future when possible.

Date of visit: May 2021
1  Thank ShelleyWil
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