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.
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