Nestled in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds is a sleepy village named Nether Westcote, home to the award winning pub, ‘The Feathered Nest Inn’. However do not be tricked by the name, this stands far apart from your average village haunt, and the food is a world away from your typical ‘pub grub’. Upon entering the car park, you will be greeted with breathtaking views across the Evenlode valley, the sunny garden being a perfect place to admire this with a cold drink in hand. The interior of the inn does also, not disappoint. It has been tastefully decorated with antiques dotted around, in corners, shelves and on windowsills, giving it a welcoming feel. Upstairs they have four rooms, each one beautifully decorated and different from the other. Next, I move onto the most important part, the food. Although they serve a simple bar menu, the à la carte menu is really what gets your tastebuds tingling. Whilst perusing the menu you are served delicious homemade canapés to give you a taste of what’s to come. There are not many restaurants that I have been to where I want to eat everything on the menu, but this is one of the special few. I have included a few photos of the dishes we had. I’m sorry I haven’t included any mains, but they were so good, they were gobbled up before I could even take a photo.
This starter was fresh and zingy with flavour. The subtle heat of the chilli added a lovely extra hit at the end.
This dish is perfect for this time of year as it is asparagus season, and these were sourced from nearby Evesham. The ‘egg’ is a flavoursome surprise, as it is not actually an egg at all! (I’ll let you go and find out why for yourself!)
For the vegetarians amongst you, this will no doubt set your stomachs rumbling. Don’t expect your average bland vegetarian dish here! In fact if all vegetarian dishes were like this the butchers would be out of business.
I had been looking forward to dessert all evening and this did not disappoint. The ‘burnt cream’ was like a beautiful crème brûlée, and the strawberries worked harmoniously with the sweetness to leave a refreshed palette. Overall, I cannot rate this gem of a restaurant highly enough. If you live near The Feathered Nest Inn, or are simply visiting the area, make sure this is a place you will visit, you will not regret it. Make sure you book a table in advance though, especially on the weekend, as apparently they often are fully booked, which is of course, no surprise.
The Feathered Nest Inn,
Tel: 01993 833 030