A40, Junction A429; 2 mins
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Northleach, a delightful (and mercifully comparatively quiet) Cotswold town, was once at an important crossroads on the Roman Fosse Way but grew to Europe-wide notoriety in the fifteenth century as the centre of the wool trade.
The Curious Wine Cellar perches on one side of the Market Place, which has changed little since those wool-trading days (perhaps with the exception of the car park), and is a very welcome break from the road. Smiley staff are almost always happy to chat and you’ll often find locals sharing news at the bar.
Pastries are brought in every morning for breakfast, lunch might be a Parma ham and sundried tomato salad or goats cheese, thyme and apricot jam ciabatta, and substantial bar snacks are served in the evenings; there’s also the occasional pop-up restaurant. Coffee is very good can be supped at the breakfast bar in the window while you watch the world go by, but of course with a name like the Curious Cellar, non-drivers really should exploit the wine expertise.
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