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“Good food and good beer”

The Golden Ball Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$32
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: A traditional Cotswold Public House in the picturesque village of Lower Swell, near Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire
York, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good food and good beer”
Reviewed 20 February 2014 via mobile

During our stay in the Cotswolds we were determined to do some walking. The clouds parted on Sunday and the sun came out to answer our prayers. Unsure how the recent deluge had affected the terrain we chose a route around Stow that would take in The Golden Ball at Lower Swell. At the bottom of the village there were plenty of sandbags, proof that things had been rough for some. The pub was easy to find and was bathed in sunlight making the terrace at the back an easy choice (there were 6 of us plus 2 large dogs). I can't comment on the interior as there was a polite notice requesting the removal of muddy boots which mid walk, mine were muddy but staying on. It should be noted that a big walking party arrived after us and they had the blue overshoes which may have been issued by the pub. Back to food- good menu with lots many different award winning burgers and lots of local produce. All portions are generous and the burgers were very well cooked, still moist and juicy. The beer battered fish was also very good. The perfect accompaniment was a pint of the Donnington Ale, simply delicious. Everyone left satisfied and refreshed, ready for the remainder of the walk. A good pub in a pretty village.

  • Visited February 2014
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Cheltenham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lovely Burgers”
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Went here using a Groupon voucher, first time we have been here, and the pub was very cosy and welcoming. Mostly locals there, but very friendly atmosphere. Both of us had the burgers, made from local beef, these were lovely. Beer was good too, although could only have one as driving. Would recommend, and will probably visit again.

  • Visited January 2014
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Local Produce at its Best”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

Just had lunch with a Groupon, but would happily have paid full price for such prime quality freshly-cooked food. Both the dense, meaty burger with thick rashers of bacon and the succulent chicken breast with cheese & parma ham were excellent in all respects: quality, flavour, cooked to perfection. The staff informed us that the chef sources all ingredients locally - obviously very successfully.
It is a delightful old country pub warmed with a log fire burning in a huge stone fireplace to provide rustic charm. A pleasant, relaxed atmosphere with helpful, friendly, efficient staff. Walkers, children & dogs all welcome plus great bitter from local Donnington brewery.
Thanks for a delicious meal; we intend to return & hope others will follow our recommendation to eat here.

  • Visited November 2013
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Gloucestershire
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good Pub Grub and Donningtons Beers”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

Its a long time since we were last in the Golden Ball and we were delighted that the food and service were as good as we remembered when we stopped in for lunch a couple of weeks ago. I had the beer battered fish and chips and my wife had the fish cakes. Both were delicious and obviously freshly cooked and the tartare sauce tasted home made and delicious. The pub itself is a nice old country pub owned by Donnington's Brewery. The brewery is within a few miles of the Golden Ball and brews some of my favourite beers, particularly SBA. I can thoroughly recommend the Golden Ball for traditional pub grub and good beer. The other Donnington's pubs I have tried are pretty good as well.

  • Visited October 2013
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Burntwood Staffs UK
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“Two visits both good”
Reviewed 31 October 2013

Two recent lunch time visits proved enjoyable.

Good pub food well presented and plentifull

We were working in Lower Swell and thought we give the Golen Ball a try.

Glad we did.

If we lived nearer it would become a regular haunt.

Never mnid we may be back one day.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank j200way
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