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There is something for everyone at our 16th Century traditional Cotswold country inn. Situated in the heart of the Cotswold’s and in a beautiful location between Brimpsfield and Birdlip, our centuries-old pub sits alongside the A417 and is easily accessible from the M4 and M5. Stop by & enjoy a real ale or coffee, put your feet up & relax, read the newspaper by the log fire or the patio overlooking the beautiful valley, also great for walking. Our wide ranging menu offer dishes to suit all tastes, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten free & exotic dishes as well as traditional fayre. We are dog & child friendly with treats on the bar for our furry friends. Open all day for food Friday, Saturday
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Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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British, Pub
FEATURES
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very poor. Staff were nice enough,and there was a good fire going, and the wine was good but, dearie me, the food is terrible. Have been here a couple of times (there’s not a lot of competition round here) and it never fails to disappoint....The burger is simply disgusting, greasy, grey, appalling, while the roast looked dire. I would suggest that the slices were not hewn from an on-site, lovingly cooked piece of beef, but slipped from a frozen pack pre-sliced and brought to heat. Really needs to up its game because it could be very good with a little love and effort.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This pub wasn’t exactly what we were expecting. My partner and I had seen pretty good reviews so chose to visit during our stay in the Cotswolds. We walked in and there were 0 vibes, the atmosphere was completely dead. We asked the staff if...we could get a table for two and they were pretty unhelpful and seemed more annoyed that we’d bothered her, they just gestured and said “yeah if there’s not a blackboard on there”. We found a small table where we sat for all of 5 minutes before agreeing it was too uncomfortable to stay for a meal. Can’t express how awkward it felt. When in the car park googling other local pubs we also saw another couple do exactly what we did (walk in, sit down, almost immediately get up to leave…) We visited The Green Dragon instead which had a great atmosphere and food!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a favourite for us. Great place to finish a walk with our dog. Varied menu and never been disappointed with the quality of the food. Good hearty meals. Excellent for vegans and vegetarians as great choice. Tried crocodile there a few years ago...and although now not on the menu it illustrates the breadth of choice. Recommended!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 9 March 2024 via mobile

This is a fantastic traditional pub serving a good range of unusual food along with pub classics. Cosy rooms with log fires. Efficient service. We have visited as a family and with a group of 25. Every time the food is freshly cooked and delivered...with a smile. Well worth trying the ostrich or kangaroo! Relaxed environment, good car park, footpath from the door. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 6 February 2024

Our party was 18 people we had our own separate dining area , we pre ordered a member of staff checked all of our orders before they were cooked to make sure everything was correct, All of our meals arrived pretty much together, we have...visited the Golden Heart with a large party on a few occasions we have always received excellent food and service as we did this time, would definitely recommendMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

We have not visited for several years ago, when we thought the food was good but prices a touch high. Now, I think that other places have increased their prices more than the GH. Very comfortable, rustic country pub: it can be a little chilly...on cold winter days, but perfect if you can grab a spot by the fire as we did today. Ignore the printed menus and check out the extensive blackboard list of very original dishes, with a very impressive vegan choice. Also daily specials: today, beef stew and dumplings (obviously enjoyed by someone on nearby table), or an impressive venison pie which we had, both at £12.50. Included sides plentiful, fresh, and served in separate dishes. Order at the bar, but service at the table was perfectly timed (no long wait but no rush either), friendly people. One small issue, item involved immediately removed from the bill without a request. We will not leave it as long before we return! Small gripe: "service not included", when food and drinks must be ordered at the bar, but tips are at customers' discretion after all.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023 via mobile

Delicious food, attentive service and cosy seats next to log fire. We felt very welcome. Particularly recommend the ostrich steak. A lovely New Year’s Eve meal.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 November 2023 via mobile

Cold pub, cold food. The roast pork was reminiscent of a school dinner and was disappointing! So many pubs and farm shops do roasts well, don’t waste your time and money here

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

Lovely Ribeye, attentive staff and enjoyed the atmosphere. Sorry didn’t get waitress name but very good

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023 via mobile

Really decent menu. We had lamb shank x 3, beef pie and kids spag bol. All excellent. Theres a good selection vegan menu too. The staff are really friendly, and there was a roaring fire to warm us up on arrival. Highly recommend this lovely...pub.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023

Great service, very welcoming and friendly staff and excellent food. The menu has a wide variety of both vegan and vegetarian options catering for everyone. Great experience highly recommended!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 14 August 2023

Food was spot on!! We came for dinner and both had zebra burgers which were amazing!!! Staff were very welcoming and the pub had a lovely warm feeling to it. We will definitely be back, thanks guys!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 14 August 2023 via mobile

We have stopped at this pub a couple of times to eat when halfway to the South. If we lived in the area we would visit much more. The staff are first class. Very friendly and appreciative of custom. The menu is extensive with lots...of specials too and some imaginative dishes. Our meals have been delicious. So thank you to all concernedMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 13 August 2023

Absolutely horrendous, atrocious and mind bogingly expensive. I heartily (irony intended) that you avoid this at all cost (pun intended) I'd be more insulting but my belly can't stomach anymore of this indigestible (and apparently what passes for) food.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 9 August 2023 via mobile

There is a very varied menu and a good choice of veg and vegan, along with some unusual options - like zebra burgers! We had a steak and Stilton pie with Mash and lots of veg and a tasty veg Kerelan curry. Staff were friendly...and they serve good pale ales.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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yes, they are very dog-friendly. Even have a dog menu.
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Yes, The Golden Heart Inn offers takeaway services.

The Golden Heart Inn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4