The Five Alls at Filkins

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A boutique inn-with-rooms in a picture-perfect Cotswold village, offering excellent food, a great night’s sleep and a relaxed vibe
The Five Alls’ welcoming atmosphere hits us as soon as we walk through the door: this is a place to enjoy good food, good drink and good times. There’s a group of friends lounging on fireside leather Chesterfields with a post-lunch bottle of wine, a hunting party laughing at the bar, and a steady stream of couples and families complimenting the staff on the food as they leave the buzzing dining room.

After forging his career in London and a successful stint at The Swan in nearby Southrop, chef Sebastian Snow and his wife Lana took over this 18th-century Cotswold stone coaching inn in the tiny village of Filkins in late 2012. They have refurbished it beautifully throughout, and original flagstone floors and wooden beams sit comfortably alongside antler wall lights, jazzy wallpaper and contemporary art. Charming guest rooms have calming colours and rain showers, and super-comfy beds dressed in cosy duck-down duvets mean deep slumbers are all but guaranteed. But the food is the biggest draw: modern British dishes such as potted shrimp and roast lamb, all prepared with locally sourced ingredients and given a mouth-watering Mediterranean twist thanks to influences from Sebastian’s Italian mother.

Highs

  • Lana and Sebastian have created a really warm ambiance. Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly, attentive staff
  • The food is hard to beat - our breakfast and dinner were both delicious, and we wished we could stay longer to sample more of the menu
  • An excellent drinks list, too - well-chosen wines, local ales, and seasonal cocktails such as English garden mojitos and passion-fruit bellinis
  • The eclectic décor: a stylish mix of period charm, modern touches and quirky details
  • A great place to escape to all year round - sink into sofas by the open fire in winter, or head out to the sun-soaked garden in summer. There’s plenty to explore nearby, too - pretty market towns, stately gardens, walking trails

Lows

  • No food is served on Sunday evenings, but you’ll find other places to eat within a short drive
  • No bathtubs (though the walk-in rain showers are divine!)
  • Bar chatter can travel - opt for a Garden or Family Room if you're a light sleeper
  • Little if any hanging space for your clothes, although there are hooks for coats
  • No tea- or coffee-making kit in the rooms, but bottled water is supplied and the bar can bring up hot drinks on request

Best time to go

Come at any time of year. The open fire, welcoming bar and comfy rooms make this a cosy option in autumn and winter, while the pretty village location, local walking and gorgeous garden tempt visitors in the warmer months.

Our top tips

If you’re curious about the name The Five Alls, have a look at the framed picture in the bar. It shows the original pub sign, which features 5 social groups (or “alls”): the lawyer who pleads for all, the parson who prays for all, the soldier who fights for all, the farmer who works for all, and the devil who takes all.

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Inn
  • 9
  • Restaurant (open daily except Sunday evenings) and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Local maps
Room: Room 3

Rooms

Accessed via a staircase by the bar, the 4 ensuite guest rooms are beautifully decorated in neutral tones and accessorised with quirky details such as vintage travel trunks, old photos and interesting paintings. The dreamy beds are cocooned in duck-down duvets and cloud-soft pillows, and the headboards are covered in fabric from Cotswold Woollen Weavers, located in the village. Bathrooms are limestone-tiled with big walk-in rain showers (no tubs) and plenty of indulgent Bramley toiletries.

We stayed in Room 1, the largest of the lot, which is located at the front of the building. We slept like logs (no mean feat when you’re 7 months' pregnant, as I was at the time!), and only the promise of a hearty breakfast could drag us from our slumber come morning. We loved the salvaged framed mirror, and the subtle accents of red in the armchair, blanket and cushions were perfectly offset by the calming grey walls.

Also at the front overlooking the very quiet road are the slightly smaller Room 2, with its equestrian-themed paintings, and the pretty off-white and duck-egg blue Room 3. Set at the back of the building, with a step down (tall people will need to watch their heads), is Room 4. It has the smallest bedroom, but its bathroom is the biggest and there’s a cosy love-nest feel. It’s also the only room with hanging space, albeit limited, so it might prove the best option if you’re staying for more than a couple of nights.

Since our visit, a clutch of spacious Garden Rooms and a Family Room have been built at the bottom of the garden. We haven't viewed them yet, but their secluded setting away from the bar affords them added peace and privacy.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The Five Alls’ restaurant is deservedly popular with locals and visitors alike, so make sure you book ahead for lunch or dinner. There are 2 main dining rooms - one with bigger tables for groups and families, the other with a more intimate atmosphere that’s perfect for cosy dinners for 2. Private rooms can also be arranged for parties and celebratory meals.

The menu blends modern British food with Italian twists inspired by Sebastian’s mother. Ingredients are sourced locally wherever possible (Gloucestershire cheeses, Wye Valley smoked salmon), the bread is baked on site, and fresh fish is delivered daily from Looe in Cornwall. We loved our generous starter of caramelised onion, sage and gruyère tart, while our main was a succulent cracked belly of Kelmscott pork with roast Jerusalem artichoke and field mushrooms. We rounded off the meal with a pear tarte tatin and a show-stopping salted caramel ice cream.

Try the bar menu if you want a more causal meal or a snack - devilled kidneys on country toast, burgers and fries, sticky BBQ ribs, antipasti and olives. There’s also a kids’ menu for little ones, plus an extensive drinks list featuring local ales, wines, whiskeys and imaginative cocktails.

If you still have room come morning, a laidback breakfast is served in the bar along with the daily papers. Amble downstairs between 8.30 and 10am to find fresh coffee, loose-leaf teas, orange juice, cereals, toast, delicious pastries and tasty cooked options. My husband was particularly taken with the berry-filled granola, while I tucked into the Full English, complete with deliciously herby sausages and crispy bacon.

Note that no food is available on Sunday evenings, so you’ll need to head out to eat. Recommendations within a short drive include The Spice Lounge in Burford for Indian food and The Plough in Kingham for pub grub.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity: Burford

Activities

  • Wander down the road to the Cotswold Woollen Weavers and browse the selection of tweed upholstery fabrics, clothes and beautiful blankets
  • Enjoy the fresh Cotswold air: walk the lovely stretch of the Thames Path near Kelmscott, go wild swimming and picnicking at Buscot Weir, or stride straight out from The Five Alls armed with a map of local walks (available to borrow from the bar)
  • Shop ‘til you drop in Stow on the Wold, where you’ll find everything from independent boutiques to chocolate makers, as well as great delis and a vintage shop selling a range of weird and wonderful items
  • Explore the Jacobean National Trust property of Chastleton House, visit Kelmscott Manor (the home of William Morris), or stroll through the leafy gardens of nearby Buscot Park (in spring, there are bluebell woods to admire)
  • Stock up on local produce at the Upton Smokery just outside Burford, which sells a great selection of smoked foods and other yummy goodies. Also worth visiting is the Daylesford Farm Shop in Kingham, where you’ll find a café, a cookery school, a spa, gardens and a kitchen shop
  • Take the kids to meet the animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park (just a few minutes’ drive), or try your hand at the many watersports on offer at the nearby Cotswold Water Park
  • Staff at The Five Alls can also point you in the direction of local stables, golf courses and clay-pigeon-shooting centres
  • Back at the inn, sit back with the papers and a drink in the bar, head out to the garden when the sun shines, or indulge in an invigorating deep-tissue massage or a relaxing facial from a visiting practitioner

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing

Kids

The relaxed atmosphere here is ideal for families, and children of all ages are welcome. There’s a kids’ menu, and babysitting can be arranged if you want a romantic meal. There are plenty of family-friendly attractions nearby, too, including the Cotswold Wildlife Park and the Cotswold Water Park.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Family Room can sleep a family with up to 3 children. Extra beds are available for children aged 10 and under, but if you’re coming with a baby you’ll need to bring your own travel cot. You'll have to book a separate room for kids over 10. Note that bathrooms have showers only (no tubs).

Babysitting:

Available on request.

Children's meals:

The restaurant has a dedicated kids’ menu featuring options such as fish fritters with fries and peas, Sunday roasts, and toasted cheese sandwiches with fried eggs and ham. Highchairs are available, too.

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Cotswold Wildlife Park
  • Cotswold Touring Circus (summer only)
  • The Lido at Chipping Norton
  • Horse riding
  • Sailing
  • Indoor climbing

Distances:

  • Airport: 1 hour's drive (Birmingham or Bristol)
  • Shop: 2 minutes' walk (Filkins)
  • Hospital: 20 minutes' drive (Swindon)
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
9/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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