“A stylish restaurant-with-rooms, set in an utterly charming Cotswold village”
The 7 rooms are set above the restaurant, in 2 separate wings. The right-hand one houses the slightly newer rooms (5, 6 and 7), whilst the left-hand side also has a small guest lounge with an honesty bar and fresh milk for guests to help themselves to. All rooms mix comfort and style with gorgeous oak furniture, thick cream carpets and slick extras (silk cushions, padded hangers, plasma TVs, an iPod dock and a desk-cum-dressing table). Some look out over the High Street, others the alfresco dining area out back. Windows are large, some have exposed stone walls and traditional wooden beams and the bigger rooms have sumptuous bathrooms. Beds are big and firm - most are kingsize, only one room is twin-bedded, but most have sofas which can turn into extra beds if you're with a friend.
We stayed in Room 7 and it was simply gorgeous: very spacious and light with a queensize 4-poster bed topped with a beige suede headboard and laden with magenta silk cushions, a restored vaulted ceiling and a seating area with a chenille sofa and armchair. On the right-hand side was a large wardrobe, at the foot of the bed a striped velvet luggage rack. The plasma TV could be swung round so you could lie in bed and watch morning telly with a cup of tea (although you'd need to pop to the adjacent wing to get milk) and the bed linen was soft and thick.
However, it was the bathroom that stole the show. Vast and white with Cotswold stone and piles of white towels and dressing gowns, it was seriously decadent. A jacuzzi bath sat in the centre, facing a plasma TV in one wall. Candles and lanterns were tucked into alcoves; the double bowl sinks had a long mirror above them with make-up lighting. Toiletries were 'waterbabe' by Arran Aromatics (get past the name and you'll like them) and there was a walk-through shower.
Though not as luxurious, the other rooms we saw were lovely. Room 4 was the next biggest, with charming eaved ceilings, a purple velvet bedspread, fab folding bedside tables and a stand-alone bath. Room 6 had a teal-blue headboard, damask rose silk cushions and pretty glass-bulb bedside lamps. This was their 'disabled-access' room, but we felt the bathroom would be too cramped to accommodate a wheelchair.
The food is the raison d'être of Russell's - and you soon see why. As we sat outside for an aperitif (champagne and rhubarb cocktail), we were brought out fat olives and paprika-smoked popcorn to accompany our drinks. After the sun set we moved into the attractive dining room (a medley of oak and crisp white linen napkins; some tables are very close together) and sat by the window for dinner.
You can choose from a set menu or go a la carte. Starters range from plum tomato and taleggio cheese tartlet with rocket salad (melt in the mouth) to parma ham with mozzarella and figs to a chicken confit with wild mushroom terrine. Mains were equally hard to choose between: pollock with peas, asparagus and Cornish new potatoes (delicious), pork T-bone with sweet potato puree and butternut squash, panfried organic salmon with salsify and anchovies. We washed our meal down with an extremely nice New Zealand sauvignon blanc (the wine list is impressive), then shared a heavenly sticky toffee pudding with vanilla pod ice cream for dessert.
Despite filling ourselves to the brim, we were still up for a hearty breakfast the next day. Fresh orange juice and croissants with homemade marmalade and jam got us started; we then tucked into big English breakfasts. Homemade museli, yoghurts, fruit salads and porridge were available for more health-conscious guests.
The restaurant is also open for lunch, offering a set and a la carte menu. If you'd prefer something lighter there are several cafes in the village.
Children are welcome. Room 7 is very spacious and the most secluded, plus it has a sofabed, so this would be our top choice for littl'uns. Extra beds for kids up to 12 can be put in Rooms 3, 4 and 6. Cots are available to borrow and can go in any room, and there's a highchair in the restaurant.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Extra Beds Available