The King’s Arms Didmarton, Reviewed

A quaint and idyllic area of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds provides The King’s Arms with a wonderful backdrop and therefore oodles of potential to provide a romantic stay away. Fortunately, thanks to excellent dining, rustically charming rooms and a warm welcome, this is a destination which exceeded our expectations.

Described as “cottage style” accommodation, The King’s Arms offers a selection of rooms and two self-catering cottages.  Offering comfort and “rustic elegance”, rooms are themed after prize-winning hounds from the local Beaufort Hunt. Elements of the room add a real sense of homely warmth and luxury, such as ivory sheepskin rugs, Feather & Black King-Sized mattress and a four-poster bed.

Dark, subtly lit and relaxing, we found rooms to be the ideal escape for a romantic break. Within the rooms you will also find a flat screen TV, complimentary tea and coffee and vintage-inspired mugs for a nice twist. Although, we did find some areas the room could do with a slight refresh, such as the bathroom, which could benefit from modernisation, the room was a charming hit.

The bar area is split into two areas, one with leather arm chairs and a more classic gathering style venue. The other is a more refined space with a fire and cosy spaces for intimate dining. But it should be said, dining at The King’s Arms was a superb experience!

Where possible, the food used is locally sourced from nearby country estates and producers. For example, the special on our menu was a locally sourced assiette of pork; meaning that we could enjoy pork three ways, with a slow cooked pork being our particular favourite. Rich, warming and executed perfectly, this was a Winter dish with real style.

Our highlight from starters was hot smoked salmon with a delicious fennel soda bread. Oozing with flavour and melt in the mouth, this was one of the best pieces of salmon I have enjoyed for some time.

Throughout each course we enjoyed a dining experience that was handled with real care. We just wish we had a chance to try one of The King’s Arms signature dishes, their take on Badminton venison.

It’s also worth noting that in Summer, the garden opens out to become a haven for pizza lovers, thanks to a wood-fired oven. A beautiful touch.

Until 31st March The King’s Arms are offering rooms from £69 as part of their Winter Breaks offer. This is an absolutely wonderful offer and one you should not miss. Book here.

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