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The Major's Retreat
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Tormarton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$16
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Description: Welcome to the Majors RetreatThe Majors Retreat pub and rooms is in the middle of the traditional Cotswold village of Tormarton in South Gloucestershire, just off the M4 motorway, junction 18, Find Us, and offers plenty of car parking space.The Virginia Ivy covered independent 18th century Cotswold stone pub is on the Cotswold Way walk and provides a warm welcome at lunchtime and evenings Opening Times for all hungry and thirsty walkers, families, locals and visitors to the area.The Majors Retreat, formerly the Portcullis Inn, changed its name to avoid confusion with the Portcullis in nearby Chipping Sodbury.The spacious main bar has large tables providing plenty of seating and connects through to a large oak panelled dining room. During the winter a very large log fire keeps everybody warm, including Mutley, the pub’s old dog!The friendly landlord, Roy, takes great pride in his fine selection of real ales, ciders and lagers, sourced mainly from local breweries. Drinks A broad range of wine and soft drinks are also offered. On cold days, ask for a glass of Roy’s secret recipe mulled wine to warm you up in front of the log fire!The Majors Retreat has an extensive menu of traditional pub food, offering freshly cooked and generously sized bar snacks to full meals, at modest prices. Great value children’s menu too.Starters ~ Snacks and light bites ~ Main Courses ~ Catch of the day ~ From the grill ~ Burgers ~ Side orders~ Traditional Sunday lunch roast ~For those warm and sunny days, there is a large beer garden at the back of the pub.Picture of beer garden)The Majors Retreat offers basic (1 star) accommodation of 4 ensuite rooms: three twin bedrooms and one family room with a double bed and two singles, at very reasonable prices.As well as being on the Cotswold Way, the Majors Retreat pub is surrounded by the best of what the Cotswolds offers Local Attractions, with Badminton House, Badminton Horse Trials, Dyrham Park & Horton Court National Trust, Westonbirt Arboretum, Castle Combe historic village and the city of Bath, all just down the road.
Reviewed 19 August 2011

My wife and I recently walked the Cotswold Way. Tormarton was our last overnight stop before we got to Bath. The Major's is the only pub, though there is a hotel nearby. However, being keen 'pubbies', we were always going to go here. And we were so pleased we did. It was a Sunday and quite quiet, beyond other walkers we'd met over the week. The landlord mentioned in passing that few locals use the place which is a great shame. It had a lovely, comfortable bar area, a large 'games' area for locals and a table-clothed restaurant. There was a good choice of, mainly local, ale and the menu, though very pubby, was varied. Everything appeared home-made and those who had the venison pie were waxing lyrical. For £9, it was terrific value.
I left feeling slightly flat because, though I may be way off mark, I would worry that, if we returned to the area in two years' time, the place would no longer be open. The Landlord has been there 20 years and it is the kind of place that should remain as it is for years to come. Please visit if in the area.

Date of visit: August 2011
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

Tormarton is a pleasant village on the edge of the Cotswolds and we stopped there on our way back from Badminton, it is the sort of place where you expect to find a typical English pub and it deserves better than the Major's Retreat. The car park should have given us an indication of what to expect; it is full of rubbish, boxes and crates and even plastic carrier bags pinned on to a washing line. Inside it is grubby and dingy with cobwebs and dead insects on the window ledges. We ordered a couple of drinks and it is one of those places that paints white lines about a centimetre down from the rim of the wine glass to ensure the smallest possible measure is served. We could only imagine the state of the kitchens so decided not to stop and sample their lunch menu.

Date of visit: August 2011
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

Looks can be deceiving. The welcome is warm, the host friendly, the choice of beer excellent with well kept ales and an excellent menu.
The chef deserves high prasie for the food, if perhaps a little too much at times !
Excellent salads, recommend the fajitas and the lasagne.
Some fellow walkers from Belgium and Germany were also impressed with the food, and were surprised by the the strength of the beer!
Top value for money, highly recommended and the chef deserves a pay rise!

Date of visit: July 2011
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1  Thank grantcanyon
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

Visited, Majors Retreat pub whilst staying at Chestnut Farm on the final leg of our journey walking the Cotswold Way in June 2011. My Partner and I could not finish the portion served, they were huge !! and oh so tasty, the best value for money and very scrumptious food on the whole trip. Washed down with several real ales this pub is a walkers delight. I Throughly recommend a visit.

Date of visit: June 2011
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3  Thank CMK60
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Reviewed 17 November 2010

I been to the Major's Retreat a few times and been pleased every time.

It's a good country pub, with a log fire, good beer and good food for the price, Its not gastropub, its not luxurious, but it is is quite simply good value and comfortable.

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3  Thank griggtony
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