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All the charm, elegance and character you’d expect from a restored Georgian former rectory are present and correct here, and that includes a lovely gar...
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great food, the atmosphere was really buzzy and Abbey our waitress was amazing. This is our special place as we are from Malmesbury

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 13 March 2024

excellent service, attentive staff, good food , pleasant surroundings, lunch time mid week a good time to go as restaurant was quite ,

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 8 March 2024

Great for lunch or dinner. Rooms very impractical. No lift. Not one hook or cupboard in room or bathroom. Nowhere to store anything, had to hang clothes, coats etc over chairs. Bath in room. Clearly operated as foodie destination. And food and restaurant service was...ver good. Great Ambiance in public rooms and dining area. Sister pub in village very welcoming.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 8 January 2024

We came here on the back of a recommendation which proved to be a mistake, judging by our experience of many Cotswold establishments. Upon arrival, no one greeted us which didn't bode well, so had a chance to look around the reception area. As there...was no sign outside, we were beginning to have our doubts that we had actually arrived but knew this must be the place. The interior treatment of the restaurant is lovely with a Modernist twist and has views of the garden. A starter of Orecciette Venison ragout was acceptable although the pasta was a little dense and stodgy and the sauce had nothing to offer. Mains of Seabass with mussels and a Gremolata sauce was dreadful: the plate was very hot, as was the awful oily/buttery broth-like sauce that was certainly not gremolata, despite it containing the requisite ingredients that are in said sauce, namely parsley, lemon zest, garlic, etc. The result was a rather over-cooked small fillet of fish and 3 overcooked mussels. There seemed to be no option for sides on the menu which we would have liked. A desert of Creme Brulee and winter fruits was woeful - more like an over-sweet creme caramel, served stewed fruit - it reminded me of school! On another note, the waitress served our food wearing a food-splattered apron which was a little off-putting. The descriptions of dishes on the menu rather raises ones hopes but it doesn't live up to it and we left feeling disappointed.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

Well what a find ! This place has very little signage so is well hidden in the village ….even the main entrance has no indication of where you are !!! BUT once inside staff brilliant food excellent and service superb … can’t fault it ….

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 1 November 2023

We had heard so much about The Rectory and being devoid of our youngest decided to revisit parts of Cotswolds South, around Tetbury and Cirencester, where we used to live. The welcome was strange. As others have written, signage is not obvious. Front of house...was cold - perhaps we were going to get in the way but we didn't feel that welcome. Room appeared nice of which more later. We went for a walk around the grounds - adjacent to the church hence the name of the hotel. We did wonder if the hotel had been a school? Some of the layout felt as if the building had been reimagined from another use?? We dressed for dinner - other diners were a mix of smart to very casual. Pre dinner drinks were taken in the lounge. The atmosphere was distinctly chilly - others commented on this too. But the heating was soon turned on and extra logs added to the fire. Dinner - taken in the conservatory - was good for carnivores, less good for veggies/vegans. On heading up to bed it was clear that the warning in the hotel bedroom welcome guide as to the old nature of the building was spot on. There is quite a lot of noise given the creaks from old timbers and people moving about above and below. Things did settle down eventually as other guests headed to bed. Breakfast was very good. Overall, not bad but not as super as some other reviewers think. But then again, takes all kinds to make a world go around!!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 21 August 2023 via mobile

The family were looking forward to enjoying a remembrance Sunday lunch for my Mother in Law, We received a warm greeting and were seated by a window with a beautiful view of the garden. I will not write war and peace as the saga and...experience that followed cannot be imagined, Firstly the meals were beautifully presented and truly delicious, we enjoyed the meal despite incompetence of front of house. In brief -1) It took considerable time for the drinks order to be taken. 2) We were asked some time later if we were ready to order the food, the waiter was reminded that we still had not received the drinks, with apologies these were brought to the table and the good ordered. 3) I was told that someone would bring a spoon for my starter, after a while as the waiters were not ‘reading’ the room I had to leave the table and ask for the spoon. 4) One of the mains brought to the table was incorrect, I was challenged but eventually the correct meal was brought ( much later the waiter who took the order acknowledged his mistake and apologised. I will stop there as I am sure you have lost the will to live, imagine how we felt on the day. Once we resolved some incorrect bill issues including the service charge, we left and sadly I cannot see my family returning or indeed recommending The Rectory. A final point, please ensure that menus are proof read before printing…..spelling of strawberry and rhubarb incorrect, attention to detail and customer experience in thi type of establishment IS important.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 1 August 2023

The most delightful 2 night stay, our third visit and had the most lovely time. Elegance, super friendly service (particularly Claire), delicious dinners & beautiful grounds. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 7 July 2023

Fabulous for dinner lunch our local favourite always great food and service. Beautiful building and gardens never disappointed thank you to all the staff making it a great experience and beautiful food 😍

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 6 July 2023

Sunday was disappointing. The waitress was friendly and the conservatory welcoming. However we all found it rather pretentious. The descriptions of the dishes on the menu were quite convoluted and not comprehensive enough, and some were misleading. The starters were mediocre, and The venison was...good, but the pork described merely as Heritage Pork, was very fatty with little, if any, edible meat, and resembled pork belly, Both who had this dish were not at all impressed. On being asked by a waiter how the meals were we told him of our disappointment, showed him the large amount of fat meat left, and he assured us that our comments would be passed on to the chef for feedback which has not happened. We were all very disappointedMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 11 June 2023

Fantastic hotel. Probably the best I can remember staying in. Wonderful friendly staff who could not do enough for you. Beautiful bedrooms and hotel. Fantastic breakfast. Thank you so much to all the team. We will definitely be back as soon as we can. Cannot...waitMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 11 June 2023

We stayed two nights at The Rectory Hotel. The hotel has lots of character, yet is very cosy and intimate. The hotel was very clean, perfect for a short stay. The facilities are excellent, croquet, cricket and a small heated pool. The staff were excellent:...very attentive, helpful, welcoming, and professional. I would highly recommend this hotel, what a pleasant and relaxing stay. I will be back very soon!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 6 June 2023

We were staying with friends in nearby Baverston and they had booked dinner at the Rectory although they had not been recently. It appears that a new chef, Rob, came from the Michelin starred La Trompette in Chiswick at the turn of the year. His...influnence has certainly created an attractive menu with some dishes proving exceptional. We all had the Devon Crab Linguine with preserved lemon, chilli and parsley as the starter at £17. each. It was beautifully cooked and presented with the chilli sufficient to offer some heat without destroying the subtle flavours of fresh crab. Most opted for the Turbot dulse with shrimp butter, mussels and jersey royals for £33. The fish was firm flesh yet cooked to perfection and the sweet parsley s.uce was so good that spoons were demanded. I had the Iberico Suckling Pig with fresh borlotti beans, fennel and artichoke for £32 - another culinary triumph of ultra moist tender flesh under some crisp crackling. However, the stellar dish of the evening was the Rhubarb and custard crumble souffle at £10 which was definitely to Michelin standards - take note Inspectors please!! We drank a delicious organic sauvignon blanc from New Zealand at £39.00 plus a large galss of Montepulciano red at £10.50. Two things i especially liked about the evening were the bread basket with warm crusty homemade sourdough provided without charge and the service charge of just 10%. This was a superb dinner prepared and cooked by a chef at the top of his game with a total price of £327.80 offering great value - in our opinion.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 4 June 2023

Food poor for the price. Went with high expectations but sadly disappointed. If you’re a vegetarian you have 1 choice only for starter and main, so if not what you like that’s it! They were both poor, too much dressing in salad starter and main...pasta was watery. Husbands steak very fatty. Drinks good. Love staying here as hotel grounds etc are beautiful but wouldn’t eat there again.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 24 May 2023

A delightful country hotel in beautiful surroundings. The staff are friendly and efficient and the food is delicious.

Date of visit: March 2023
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The Rectory Hotel is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5