Reviews


We came across this lovely pub on the way home from a visit to Westbury water gardens. So glad we stopped here. The pub itself is very clean and nicely decorated. We sat in the conservatory to eat our delicious lunch. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the food was beautifully presented. We had a salad starter.......roast beef main course which was lovely and hot and very good portions. My husband had a cheesecake dessert, and I had a pink grapefruit sorbet. We had a lovely view of the patio garden which is beautiful. All in all a great place, I would highly recommend
 

-review by Janette E

 

We came across this lovely pub on the way home from a visit to Westbury water gardens. So glad we stopped here. The pub itself is very clean and nicely decorated. We sat in the conservatory to eat our delicious lunch. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the food was beautifully presented. We had a salad starter.......roast beef main course which was lovely and hot and very good portions. My husband had a cheesecake dessert, and I had a pink grapefruit sorbet. We had a lovely view of the patio garden which is beautiful. All in all a great place, I would highly recommend
 
Room was spotless, with a good views, everything worked, Staff all very polite and friendly, restaurant very good layout and the food was excellent. If anywhere in the area again will certainly visit. The owners deserve praise of the highest order.

-review by artypole

 

Room was spotless, with a good views, everything worked, Staff all very polite and friendly, restaurant very good layout and the food was excellent. If anywhere in the area again will certainly visit. The owners deserve praise of the highest order.
Jules and Ken @ The Kilkeney Inn recently catered for our team away day.

The venue and Kev's homemade food speak for themselves. 

However, I do not think I have eaten out anywhere more accommodating than the Kilkeney Inn or met someone front house as helpful as Jules. They both did their utmost to make sure everything ran smoothly - Jules went the extra mile recommending other local places we could visit and do some activities.

Would really love to visit again. Highly recommend.
Visited May 2017
 

-review by RahulHal

 

Jules and Ken @ The Kilkeney Inn recently catered for our team away day.

The venue and Kev's homemade food speak for themselves. 

However, I do not think I have eaten out anywhere more accommodating than the Kilkeney Inn or met someone front house as helpful as Jules. They both did their utmost to make sure everything ran smoothly - Jules went the extra mile recommending other local places we could visit and do some activities.

Would really love to visit again. Highly recommend.
Visited May 2017
 
Thank you for another great meal and a big thanks for Dans birthday pudding. 
Also thanks for the chat ref my upcoming celebration meal will be looking forward to planning it with you . 
Helen Hunter
Visited April 2017


 

-review by Helen H

 

Thank you for another great meal and a big thanks for Dans birthday pudding. 
Also thanks for the chat ref my upcoming celebration meal will be looking forward to planning it with you . 
Helen Hunter
Visited April 2017


 
his pub has become a constant pleasure for great food and service.Excellent choice of beers and wine list

-review by Will W

 

his pub has become a constant pleasure for great food and service.Excellent choice of beers and wine list
Friendly service and a varied menu greeted is when we arrived, on spec ,one Saturday lunchtime. Shortly after opening at 12 noon the place was buzzing with a wide range of ages and group sizes. Clearly this is a regular watering hole for the younger generation but also a reliable venue for family celebrations . On a very warm day the glass conservatory ,we were advised ,may be a little too warm so we could choose from the outside tables - front and rear - or the inside area . We chose the latter with a delightful view across the fields. 
A glass of Macallan and a well chilled mineral water aided our menu perusal.
What the young staff lacked in knowledge ,they more than made up for with enthusiasm . We decided on a light meal of Chicken liver and pistachio parfait, toast (and chips!) as one main , and the fish cakes , hand cut chips and winter greens as another. The greens were a delightful surprise of asparagus, long stemmed broccoli spears, and greens perfectly cooked and deliciously fresh. 
Filter coffee completed our meal. Cost £31 for a very pleasant, leisurely lunch. We had our own Sunday papers but plenty of reading matter was provided . This is a place where you are welcome, able to relax ,and where there is absolutely no pressure to eat up and leave. A delight.
 

-review by Lorna W

 

Friendly service and a varied menu greeted is when we arrived, on spec ,one Saturday lunchtime. Shortly after opening at 12 noon the place was buzzing with a wide range of ages and group sizes. Clearly this is a regular watering hole for the younger generation but also a reliable venue for family celebrations . On a very warm day the glass conservatory ,we were advised ,may be a little too warm so we could choose from the outside tables - front and rear - or the inside area . We chose the latter with a delightful view across the fields. 
A glass of Macallan and a well chilled mineral water aided our menu perusal.
What the young staff lacked in knowledge ,they more than made up for with enthusiasm . We decided on a light meal of Chicken liver and pistachio parfait, toast (and chips!) as one main , and the fish cakes , hand cut chips and winter greens as another. The greens were a delightful surprise of asparagus, long stemmed broccoli spears, and greens perfectly cooked and deliciously fresh. 
Filter coffee completed our meal. Cost £31 for a very pleasant, leisurely lunch. We had our own Sunday papers but plenty of reading matter was provided . This is a place where you are welcome, able to relax ,and where there is absolutely no pressure to eat up and leave. A delight.
 
We found the staff accommodating and friendly and the food was really good and plentiful. 
We met here as a group of friends with two babies amongst the party, having pre booked. 
It was an unseasonably sunny day but the pub told us they unfortunately didn't have enough staff to serve us outside. However, they were more than happy to leave us outside enjoying the sun whilst they took our order and brought us to the table when starters were ready. 
At £18 for a two course Sunday lunch it's not a budget option, but we were more than happy with the quality for the price. 
There was bread for the table and the starters were tasty- beetroot, egg, goats cheese and walnut salad was simple but really well put together. 
The roast dinners were very plentiful, with a good portion of meat and more than enough veg. 
Extremely good service too.
 

-review by E2014770

 

We found the staff accommodating and friendly and the food was really good and plentiful. 
We met here as a group of friends with two babies amongst the party, having pre booked. 
It was an unseasonably sunny day but the pub told us they unfortunately didn't have enough staff to serve us outside. However, they were more than happy to leave us outside enjoying the sun whilst they took our order and brought us to the table when starters were ready. 
At £18 for a two course Sunday lunch it's not a budget option, but we were more than happy with the quality for the price. 
There was bread for the table and the starters were tasty- beetroot, egg, goats cheese and walnut salad was simple but really well put together. 
The roast dinners were very plentiful, with a good portion of meat and more than enough veg. 
Extremely good service too.
 
We didn't have a booking on a Saturday evening but were shown directly to a table in the conservatory part of the restaurant where the evening sun was pouring in giving a nice atmosphere. We liked the look of everything on the menu which made it difficult to make a choice, my husband chose the pate for starters & the sweet chilli chicken with noodle for his main course, I had the chicken wrapped in pancetta & sticky toffee & strawberry brûlée for deserts & we weren't disappointed with any of our choices, service was polite & attentive & we were surprised by the bill being under £70 which included drinks. After dinner we sat in the bar area which overlooks rolling countryside ending a very enjoyable evening at the Kilkenny Inn. Next time we are in the area we will be revisiting & would not hesitate in recommending this gem to friends & family
 

-review by IanandDianeMarshall

 

We didn't have a booking on a Saturday evening but were shown directly to a table in the conservatory part of the restaurant where the evening sun was pouring in giving a nice atmosphere. We liked the look of everything on the menu which made it difficult to make a choice, my husband chose the pate for starters & the sweet chilli chicken with noodle for his main course, I had the chicken wrapped in pancetta & sticky toffee & strawberry brûlée for deserts & we weren't disappointed with any of our choices, service was polite & attentive & we were surprised by the bill being under £70 which included drinks. After dinner we sat in the bar area which overlooks rolling countryside ending a very enjoyable evening at the Kilkenny Inn. Next time we are in the area we will be revisiting & would not hesitate in recommending this gem to friends & family
 
We stopped here on our way to Cheltenham. What a good decision! This is a lovely restaurant, extremely welcoming staff and lovely food. Beautiful interior, modern yet cosy. Very relaxed lunch, with an excellent menu choice. Really impressed and so glad we stopped. Thank you x
 

-review by Melissa S

 

We stopped here on our way to Cheltenham. What a good decision! This is a lovely restaurant, extremely welcoming staff and lovely food. Beautiful interior, modern yet cosy. Very relaxed lunch, with an excellent menu choice. Really impressed and so glad we stopped. Thank you x
 
We booked a table for 6 on Mothering Sunday. Unfortunately 2 of the party got stuck on the motorway and were unable to join us on time. The landlady was happy for us just to sit at the table with drinks until such time as we knew what was happening. After about an hour we ordered when we realised the others were unable to make it. We are not usually a fan of carverys, but this was exceptional. We all had the beef, which was beautifully cooked, and the vegetables were of a high standard. Although we had had a starter - the pate, which was lovely - we could not manage a pudding, which was a shame, I think. As this is a convenient place to meet, hopefully we will manage to come again. A mention also to the waiting staff who were very eager to please and very friendly despite the lateness of our ordering. Many thanks.
 

-review by ValerieandBarry

 

We booked a table for 6 on Mothering Sunday. Unfortunately 2 of the party got stuck on the motorway and were unable to join us on time. The landlady was happy for us just to sit at the table with drinks until such time as we knew what was happening. After about an hour we ordered when we realised the others were unable to make it. We are not usually a fan of carverys, but this was exceptional. We all had the beef, which was beautifully cooked, and the vegetables were of a high standard. Although we had had a starter - the pate, which was lovely - we could not manage a pudding, which was a shame, I think. As this is a convenient place to meet, hopefully we will manage to come again. A mention also to the waiting staff who were very eager to please and very friendly despite the lateness of our ordering. Many thanks.
 
Stayed here overnight whilst my husband was walking from Land End to John O'Groats. As you can imagine we've seen a lot of places, some good some not so. We enjoyed a very good ending meal and both had the goats cheese, mushroom and spinach pie. Proper cooked food and very tasty. He really knows how to cook. This was an exception and a joy to stay at. The double room had a big king size bed separate bathroom with huge shower and small extra seating area to relax in. Spotlessly clean with tasteful furninshings. Well above the average. The accommodation suited us 
perfectly as all the breakfast things were provided in the accommodation itself. Not a cooked breakfast but plenty enough to satisfy anyone's needs without the need to leave the room. We were on our way again the next morning with minimum fuss. Thank you Jules, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend you.
 

-review by frankie418

 

Stayed here overnight whilst my husband was walking from Land End to John O'Groats. As you can imagine we've seen a lot of places, some good some not so. We enjoyed a very good ending meal and both had the goats cheese, mushroom and spinach pie. Proper cooked food and very tasty. He really knows how to cook. This was an exception and a joy to stay at. The double room had a big king size bed separate bathroom with huge shower and small extra seating area to relax in. Spotlessly clean with tasteful furninshings. Well above the average. The accommodation suited us 
perfectly as all the breakfast things were provided in the accommodation itself. Not a cooked breakfast but plenty enough to satisfy anyone's needs without the need to leave the room. We were on our way again the next morning with minimum fuss. Thank you Jules, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend you.
 
Popped in on spec for a quick bar snack/lunch and was not disappointed. A burger that tasted as a burger should with an interesting, but enjoyable, "greenslaw" and some freshly cooked chips/potato slices. The lemon tart that followed was just right, tarte but tasty with a single scoop of vanilla ice cream which had a lovely creamy taste.

A very good impromptu lunch, a bit expensive, but well worth a visit - I will return!
 

-review by Paul H

 

Popped in on spec for a quick bar snack/lunch and was not disappointed. A burger that tasted as a burger should with an interesting, but enjoyable, "greenslaw" and some freshly cooked chips/potato slices. The lemon tart that followed was just right, tarte but tasty with a single scoop of vanilla ice cream which had a lovely creamy taste.

A very good impromptu lunch, a bit expensive, but well worth a visit - I will return!
 
Our daughter and family took us here to eat on Sunday. Had a lovely welcome by the landlady. Explained the table layout and how we could change it to our needs as long as they could get by to serve others. So helpful. Service for drinks was very prompt as was the ordering of food. The roast beef we had was lovely. Well prepared and well presented. There was a great list of puddings on a blackboard brought yo the table. We all enjoyed our main and puddings. Thank you for making the lunch so good. The pub itself is well maintained and very light and airy. If we lived locally I can see us being regulars. Well done staff and owners.
 

-review by GrahamJoy

 

Our daughter and family took us here to eat on Sunday. Had a lovely welcome by the landlady. Explained the table layout and how we could change it to our needs as long as they could get by to serve others. So helpful. Service for drinks was very prompt as was the ordering of food. The roast beef we had was lovely. Well prepared and well presented. There was a great list of puddings on a blackboard brought yo the table. We all enjoyed our main and puddings. Thank you for making the lunch so good. The pub itself is well maintained and very light and airy. If we lived locally I can see us being regulars. Well done staff and owners.
 
We had an excellent Sunday slap up dinner here today - lovely atmosphere in the conservatory room , excellent food roast chicken and roast beef both perfectly cooked and plenty of it. The service was relaxed, attentive and friendly. puddings went down well too .....Mum recommends the sticky toffee pudding especially but my apple crumble was also v.good . Very pleased with our Sunday treat. Thanks guys!

 

-review by Hugh T

 

We had an excellent Sunday slap up dinner here today - lovely atmosphere in the conservatory room , excellent food roast chicken and roast beef both perfectly cooked and plenty of it. The service was relaxed, attentive and friendly. puddings went down well too .....Mum recommends the sticky toffee pudding especially but my apple crumble was also v.good . Very pleased with our Sunday treat. Thanks guys!

 
We went as a group of 5 Tuesday evening which included elderly mother with a small appetite. The chef at her request provided a smaller portion of fish and chips which was perfect for her. I recommend the salmon wrapped in sole. Lots of choice for all three courses if you have room! 

Service was excellent and environment comfortable with log burners . I expect it's very busy at weekends and I saw a conservatory too. I recommend a visit
 

-review by Els2003

 

We went as a group of 5 Tuesday evening which included elderly mother with a small appetite. The chef at her request provided a smaller portion of fish and chips which was perfect for her. I recommend the salmon wrapped in sole. Lots of choice for all three courses if you have room! 

Service was excellent and environment comfortable with log burners . I expect it's very busy at weekends and I saw a conservatory too. I recommend a visit
 
Rang ahead to book a table for ourselves and dog..Mabel.We were all made very welcome into the attractive bar area with our reserved table. The menu had so many delicious choices that it was difficult to choose but both our meals were very well presented and very tasty.
I would not hesitate to recommend.
A really good lunchtime!
 

-review by sharon d

 

Rang ahead to book a table for ourselves and dog..Mabel.We were all made very welcome into the attractive bar area with our reserved table. The menu had so many delicious choices that it was difficult to choose but both our meals were very well presented and very tasty.
I would not hesitate to recommend.
A really good lunchtime!
 
Funny thing is, we hadn't intended to eat here! We'd visited the Roman Villa at Chedworth then popped down the road to Withington, to find that their gas was not working. Back in the car, husband says didn't we pass another pub on the way? So here we are.

Both food and service were excellent. Children's portions for the 8-yr-olds were exactly right, and the preteen lad put away an enormous plate of battered cod. I had the fish cakes which were delicious. Children spent most of the meal.commenting wasn't it lucky the other place had no gas.

All in all a very happy accident and recommended if you are visiting Chedworth (which will let you back in after lunch).
 

-review by Emma A

 

Funny thing is, we hadn't intended to eat here! We'd visited the Roman Villa at Chedworth then popped down the road to Withington, to find that their gas was not working. Back in the car, husband says didn't we pass another pub on the way? So here we are.

Both food and service were excellent. Children's portions for the 8-yr-olds were exactly right, and the preteen lad put away an enormous plate of battered cod. I had the fish cakes which were delicious. Children spent most of the meal.commenting wasn't it lucky the other place had no gas.

All in all a very happy accident and recommended if you are visiting Chedworth (which will let you back in after lunch).
 
Our group was served in a very friendly and efficient way, nothing was too much trouble. We were most impressed and the food was very tasty.

-review by pulsatilla2016

 

Our group was served in a very friendly and efficient way, nothing was too much trouble. We were most impressed and the food was very tasty.
My husband and I had Sunday lunch at the Kilkenny yesterday, accompanied by our dog. They have a dog friendly area which is great when you live in the country.

The food was really good with generous portions, I would recommend giving the Kilkenny a try.

 

-review by annhan2015

 

My husband and I had Sunday lunch at the Kilkenny yesterday, accompanied by our dog. They have a dog friendly area which is great when you live in the country.

The food was really good with generous portions, I would recommend giving the Kilkenny a try.

 
really nice atmosphere and great service and good food , we will definitely be returning, the restaurant was laid back and had a relaxed feel , when speaking to the owner she said that it was a quiet sunday for them and cater for a lot more, i think people should try this one out
 

-review by Regreg100

 

really nice atmosphere and great service and good food , we will definitely be returning, the restaurant was laid back and had a relaxed feel , when speaking to the owner she said that it was a quiet sunday for them and cater for a lot more, i think people should try this one out
 
Under new management and with a tasteful makeover, we recently visited the Kilkeney with a party of 19 for the Christmas menu. What a great experience. The staff were warm and friendly with prompt service for drinks. We were shown to our tables in the conservatory and the landlady made a note of everyone's name and placing. The service was very efficient and noting the names before service avoided the usual "what did I order for starters" confusion.

The quality of the food was excellent, all served promptly with generous helpings. We asked for extra vegetables and they were on the table within minutes. With 19 people around the table the atmosphere was great. It's a pity the word has not got round how good this place is, as this was reflected in the numbers in the pub that evening. We look forward to a return visit.

-review by Stevieboy E

 

Under new management and with a tasteful makeover, we recently visited the Kilkeney with a party of 19 for the Christmas menu. What a great experience. The staff were warm and friendly with prompt service for drinks. We were shown to our tables in the conservatory and the landlady made a note of everyone's name and placing. The service was very efficient and noting the names before service avoided the usual "what did I order for starters" confusion.

The quality of the food was excellent, all served promptly with generous helpings. We asked for extra vegetables and they were on the table within minutes. With 19 people around the table the atmosphere was great. It's a pity the word has not got round how good this place is, as this was reflected in the numbers in the pub that evening. We look forward to a return visit.
Very warm and cosy. Staff welcoming and friendly and the food was excellent - even impressed an 85 year old which is praise to indeed! Will definitely be returning.

-review by Jo W

 

Very warm and cosy. Staff welcoming and friendly and the food was excellent - even impressed an 85 year old which is praise to indeed! Will definitely be returning.
went here for dinner, we had a tasty nicely presented meal, served by efficient friendly clean & tidy staff, restaurant/pub very clean, menu is varied and mid range prices, liked it here a lot. Will return.
 

-review by vanessashihtzu

 

went here for dinner, we had a tasty nicely presented meal, served by efficient friendly clean & tidy staff, restaurant/pub very clean, menu is varied and mid range prices, liked it here a lot. Will return.
 
A very enjoyable lunch. The staff let us choose a table and were very courteous and efficient. Food was excellent - good portions and delicious. I would highly recommend.

-review by Y9562FMsteve

 

A very enjoyable lunch. The staff let us choose a table and were very courteous and efficient. Food was excellent - good portions and delicious. I would highly recommend.
Stopped for a light bite and a rest on our way from Suffolk to Devon. Lovely atmosphere, nice staff and good quality food and drink at reasonable prices. Main meals looked very nice too, but our goats cheese frittata and cajun chicken wrap were just sufficient. Would certainly recommend.

-review by IpswichRita

 

Stopped for a light bite and a rest on our way from Suffolk to Devon. Lovely atmosphere, nice staff and good quality food and drink at reasonable prices. Main meals looked very nice too, but our goats cheese frittata and cajun chicken wrap were just sufficient. Would certainly recommend.
Thoroughly enjoyable evening, good food, nice surroundings and good menu choice. Very pleasant staff

-review by Aileen123_11

 

Thoroughly enjoyable evening, good food, nice surroundings and good menu choice. Very pleasant staff
 
Eat here on a Tuesday night. Very attractive location and lovely conservatory eating area. Was very quiet the night we were there but the food was excellent quality and our "Ashton Kutcher lookalike" waiter was charming. All our main courses were delicious and there was a great menu selection - something for everyone. Thoroughly recommended.

-review by Cpnim100

 

 
Eat here on a Tuesday night. Very attractive location and lovely conservatory eating area. Was very quiet the night we were there but the food was excellent quality and our "Ashton Kutcher lookalike" waiter was charming. All our main courses were delicious and there was a great menu selection - something for everyone. Thoroughly recommended.
Had a lovely meal . Food really nice lovely and hot . A very welcoming pub . Staff and Management very polite and helpful . Would highly recommend to anyone.

-review by Helen H

 

Had a lovely meal . Food really nice lovely and hot . A very welcoming pub . Staff and Management very polite and helpful . Would highly recommend to anyone.
The best food we had out after eating around the Cotswolds. The best Thai chicken curry ever, great homemade food, desserts and staff were very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend a visit, good value for money and will definitely go again. The garden area is well worth a drink in.

-review by clare W

 

The best food we had out after eating around the Cotswolds. The best Thai chicken curry ever, great homemade food, desserts and staff were very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend a visit, good value for money and will definitely go again. The garden area is well worth a drink in.
We recently visited whilst on holiday - the pub suggested by a 'local' who joined us as did another couple of 'local' friends. 
The menu was innovative, the service was good and the atmosphere (no loud background music) conducive to catching up on everyone's activties as it was more than a year since we'd all been together. A most enjoyable experience.
Being a bit 'picky' we offer the following as constructive comments:
The chilli king prawns with stir fried veg were a bit too wet due to the quantity of sauce
The slow cooked lamb rather surprised those who ordered it as we had expected a 'chunk' of shoulder whereas it was served off the bone and shredded, in a large quantity of mild mint sauce. 
The pulled pork was a little too sweet and the chocolate bread and butter pudding seemed to have lost the chocolate ingredient
We loved the caffetiere of decaffinated coffee and were delighted to see Sauvignon Blanc from Chile on the wind list.

-review by W W

 

We recently visited whilst on holiday - the pub suggested by a 'local' who joined us as did another couple of 'local' friends. 
The menu was innovative, the service was good and the atmosphere (no loud background music) conducive to catching up on everyone's activties as it was more than a year since we'd all been together. A most enjoyable experience.
Being a bit 'picky' we offer the following as constructive comments:
The chilli king prawns with stir fried veg were a bit too wet due to the quantity of sauce
The slow cooked lamb rather surprised those who ordered it as we had expected a 'chunk' of shoulder whereas it was served off the bone and shredded, in a large quantity of mild mint sauce. 
The pulled pork was a little too sweet and the chocolate bread and butter pudding seemed to have lost the chocolate ingredient
We loved the caffetiere of decaffinated coffee and were delighted to see Sauvignon Blanc from Chile on the wind list.
Dropped in here whilst travelling. Very good lunchtime menu at a very reasonable price. They do some very good rolls, which are large and well-filled with a variety of delicious ingredients, and come with salad and kettle chips. The service was first-class, and the surroundings and ambience very pleasant. Highly recommended.

-review by J0hn1950

 

Dropped in here whilst travelling. Very good lunchtime menu at a very reasonable price. They do some very good rolls, which are large and well-filled with a variety of delicious ingredients, and come with salad and kettle chips. The service was first-class, and the surroundings and ambience very pleasant. Highly recommended.
Went for my wife's birthday. Food and service very good, particularly enjoyed the slow clocked lamb. Would certainly visit again.

-review by paulholroyduk

 

Went for my wife's birthday. Food and service very good, particularly enjoyed the slow clocked lamb. Would certainly visit again.
We decided to have lunch at the Kilkenny Inn after our neighbour mentioned how lovely it was.It is indeed a wonderful country pub with a really pretty colourful terrace garden with rattan furniture.We found the staff very friendly and informative and our lunch was delicious, this was our first visit and we will definitely return to sample the evening menu.We look forward to our next visit.

-review by elle006

 

We decided to have lunch at the Kilkenny Inn after our neighbour mentioned how lovely it was.It is indeed a wonderful country pub with a really pretty colourful terrace garden with rattan furniture.We found the staff very friendly and informative and our lunch was delicious, this was our first visit and we will definitely return to sample the evening menu.We look forward to our next visit.
We called in here on the way home from holiday in Devon. Had lunch which was lovely, I had a Choritzo, new potato & green bean salad and my other half had a sweet chilli beef bun & chips, both were gorgeous, very tasty and nicely presented. The staff were very friendly too. Worth a visit.

-review by ChebbieDappell

 

We called in here on the way home from holiday in Devon. Had lunch which was lovely, I had a Choritzo, new potato & green bean salad and my other half had a sweet chilli beef bun & chips, both were gorgeous, very tasty and nicely presented. The staff were very friendly too. Worth a visit.
Having not been to the Kilkeney for years, and hearing it was under new management, we stopped by for dinner last Wednesday evening. On walking in, it was a surprise to see so many people there mid-week. Despite this, there wasn't a particularly buzzing atmosphere. While I'm all for a quiet evening out sometimes, I found myself awkwardly talking in hushed tones for much of the evening. I'm opening with a negative, but have to say that this place has a lot going for it. The staff in particular are extremely professional, friendly and attentive. The decor is quite warm and modern, and it's lovely to look out on rolling fields. I had the barbecued pulled pork which was tasty, filling, and good value at £12. My partner had the steak, which was juicy, but in his view not as flavoursome as the steak he'd had in some other pubs. I thought it was a little pricey at £21, but he cleaned the plate with a smile. We will definitely return.
 

-review by Mimi_3623

 

Having not been to the Kilkeney for years, and hearing it was under new management, we stopped by for dinner last Wednesday evening. On walking in, it was a surprise to see so many people there mid-week. Despite this, there wasn't a particularly buzzing atmosphere. While I'm all for a quiet evening out sometimes, I found myself awkwardly talking in hushed tones for much of the evening. I'm opening with a negative, but have to say that this place has a lot going for it. The staff in particular are extremely professional, friendly and attentive. The decor is quite warm and modern, and it's lovely to look out on rolling fields. I had the barbecued pulled pork which was tasty, filling, and good value at £12. My partner had the steak, which was juicy, but in his view not as flavoursome as the steak he'd had in some other pubs. I thought it was a little pricey at £21, but he cleaned the plate with a smile. We will definitely return.
 
There was a group of seven of us celebrating a (30th) birthday and we had a thoroughly pleasant Sunday afternoon at The Kilkenny with mainly roast sunday lunch followed by desserts. The Chocolate dessert (see photo) was VERY chocolatty - giving rise to some food envy from those that didn't order it. This is not a gastro pub, more a friendly pub serving decent food. Patio garden looked nice as well.

-review by Jez D

 

There was a group of seven of us celebrating a (30th) birthday and we had a thoroughly pleasant Sunday afternoon at The Kilkenny with mainly roast sunday lunch followed by desserts. The Chocolate dessert (see photo) was VERY chocolatty - giving rise to some food envy from those that didn't order it. This is not a gastro pub, more a friendly pub serving decent food. Patio garden looked nice as well.
Kevin and Jules were great hosts and superbly run this lovely pub/restaurant, situated high on the Gloucestershire Hills the views from the windows are spectacular as is Kevin's cooking, top chef! We would highly recommend a visit we would will most certainly go again.

-review by Phil Saint

 

Kevin and Jules were great hosts and superbly run this lovely pub/restaurant, situated high on the Gloucestershire Hills the views from the windows are spectacular as is Kevin's cooking, top chef! We would highly recommend a visit we would will most certainly go again.
We came across this delightful pub en route to Broadway.
It is beautifully cared for with a lovely patio and garden. It was raining so we couldn't sit out, but had the option of sitting in the old pub or a lovely conservatory.
We chose the old pub area and sat by the window. There was a collage of drawings and photos of the original owners circa 1904. The ambiance was cosy and welcoming.
There is an eclectic menu offering a mouth watering selection.
We chose the chicken liver and pistachio parfait and pulled pork wrap, both delicious and served to us by a very jolly young man!
The pub has been adapted for disabled too and though there are stairs inside for the conservatory, it is easily accessible from outside which has ramps.
Great find on the road.

-review by Rosemary M

 

We came across this delightful pub en route to Broadway.
It is beautifully cared for with a lovely patio and garden. It was raining so we couldn't sit out, but had the option of sitting in the old pub or a lovely conservatory.
We chose the old pub area and sat by the window. There was a collage of drawings and photos of the original owners circa 1904. The ambiance was cosy and welcoming.
There is an eclectic menu offering a mouth watering selection.
We chose the chicken liver and pistachio parfait and pulled pork wrap, both delicious and served to us by a very jolly young man!
The pub has been adapted for disabled too and though there are stairs inside for the conservatory, it is easily accessible from outside which has ramps.
Great find on the road.
We stopped for a late lunch. The menu was simple and uncomplicated. The food we ate was tasty and in ample supply; the servings were very generous. Service was good and prompt. Only one negative - no expresso coffee avilable, only filtered..

 

-review by Nathaniel G

 

We stopped for a late lunch. The menu was simple and uncomplicated. The food we ate was tasty and in ample supply; the servings were very generous. Service was good and prompt. Only one negative - no expresso coffee avilable, only filtered..

 
A lovely open welcome, chatty, smiling staff and very accommodating, one of my group is gluten intolerant so they quickly checked with the chef what was suitable, We had a delicious Sunday lunch and even when we were eating we doubled checked with the gravy, the staff were excellent. The light and airy conservatory looks out on to a lovely neat patio area. Thank you
 

-review by Carol B B

 

A lovely open welcome, chatty, smiling staff and very accommodating, one of my group is gluten intolerant so they quickly checked with the chef what was suitable, We had a delicious Sunday lunch and even when we were eating we doubled checked with the gravy, the staff were excellent. The light and airy conservatory looks out on to a lovely neat patio area. Thank you
 
We had booked ahead as there were 7 of us - we were greeted in a friendly way and ordered drinks including wine from the list which had a good choice of wines from different regions and value to suit all pockets - the menu was varied and the food beautifully cooked and presented 
The restaurant is spacious airy and modern with a clean pared down look and staff helpful and professional - a lovely evening
 

-review by Pauline P

 

We had booked ahead as there were 7 of us - we were greeted in a friendly way and ordered drinks including wine from the list which had a good choice of wines from different regions and value to suit all pockets - the menu was varied and the food beautifully cooked and presented 
The restaurant is spacious airy and modern with a clean pared down look and staff helpful and professional - a lovely evening
 
his inn has had a chequered career over the last few years, but since it was taken over last summer by the current owner it is very good again. There is an excellent varied menu at reasonable prices. The owner is a horticulturist and has made the garden really attractive - a lovely place to sit out in the summer weather. The inn itself is in a lovely country setting, is good for walkers and all other travellers. A modern raised dining area is attractive or one can sit in the older original pub setting. Large free car park. Well recommended.

 

-review by Pauline F

 

his inn has had a chequered career over the last few years, but since it was taken over last summer by the current owner it is very good again. There is an excellent varied menu at reasonable prices. The owner is a horticulturist and has made the garden really attractive - a lovely place to sit out in the summer weather. The inn itself is in a lovely country setting, is good for walkers and all other travellers. A modern raised dining area is attractive or one can sit in the older original pub setting. Large free car park. Well recommended.

 
We have often passed this inn - which looks fairly straightforward from the outside - but travelling home last week we stopped for dinner and were truly impressed. There is a beautiful conservatory dining room to the rear with a terraced garden outside. The service was charming and cheerful from start to finish and the food was genuinely exceptional. My husband had the Indian Spiced Slow Cooked Chicken Pieces - which were mellow and beautifully spiced (yes I couldn't resist a taste) and served with a delicious peanut slaw and well cooked basmati rice. I had the Hot Smoked Salmon Salad which was also beautiful - the fish was fantastic, the asparagus beautifully cooked and warm salad was just right. The desserts were delicious too!
 

-review by ClareLlewellyn

 

We have often passed this inn - which looks fairly straightforward from the outside - but travelling home last week we stopped for dinner and were truly impressed. There is a beautiful conservatory dining room to the rear with a terraced garden outside. The service was charming and cheerful from start to finish and the food was genuinely exceptional. My husband had the Indian Spiced Slow Cooked Chicken Pieces - which were mellow and beautifully spiced (yes I couldn't resist a taste) and served with a delicious peanut slaw and well cooked basmati rice. I had the Hot Smoked Salmon Salad which was also beautiful - the fish was fantastic, the asparagus beautifully cooked and warm salad was just right. The desserts were delicious too!
 
Couldn't fault it in any way. Fantastic staff, lovely place and awesome food. Went with my boyfriend who's a trained chef and it's the only time I've ever seen him eat absolutely everything off him plate. Many thanks, we will be coming back soon.
 

-review by Laura R

 

Couldn't fault it in any way. Fantastic staff, lovely place and awesome food. Went with my boyfriend who's a trained chef and it's the only time I've ever seen him eat absolutely everything off him plate. Many thanks, we will be coming back soon.
 
Fantastic warm welcome and very good quality food and drinks, with friendly family style service, well worth finding. Not expensive and freshly made local produce, relaxed and professional delivery.

-review by David T

 

Fantastic warm welcome and very good quality food and drinks, with friendly family style service, well worth finding. Not expensive and freshly made local produce, relaxed and professional delivery.
Stop off after a day of travelling from Cornwall to Oxford and back, and I am glad we did, faultless performance from the staff and the food was fantastic.
It really was a great surprise after never hearing or visiting before.
I hope this business thrives thank you for a great meal and great service
 

-review by Cornishrob

 

Stop off after a day of travelling from Cornwall to Oxford and back, and I am glad we did, faultless performance from the staff and the food was fantastic.
It really was a great surprise after never hearing or visiting before.
I hope this business thrives thank you for a great meal and great service
 
Went on a friday evening with 2 without making a reservation.
Friendly welcome! The restaurant is nicely decorated, rather modern. Staff is friendly en helpfull. 
We both ordered a starter: "Potted chicken liver" and a "Soup of the day". Good portions and good taste. 
As main : "Thai Green Chicken Curry" and "Goats Cheese, Chestnut Mushroom & Spinach Pie". Again good portions and really a great taste. Also nicely presented on our dish. 
The wine list is varied and fine.
Both menu's and wine's are very reasonabled priced!
I can recommend this restaurant.

-review by ChrisDessein

 

Went on a friday evening with 2 without making a reservation.
Friendly welcome! The restaurant is nicely decorated, rather modern. Staff is friendly en helpfull. 
We both ordered a starter: "Potted chicken liver" and a "Soup of the day". Good portions and good taste. 
As main : "Thai Green Chicken Curry" and "Goats Cheese, Chestnut Mushroom & Spinach Pie". Again good portions and really a great taste. Also nicely presented on our dish. 
The wine list is varied and fine.
Both menu's and wine's are very reasonabled priced!
I can recommend this restaurant.
Six of us found this a little by accident, and it proved to be a happy accident! The service was friendly and efficient, the food delicious! In fact so delicious we returned for a second meal. Meals tried ranged from risotto ( so beautifully cooked) to burgers (fresh) to pheasant. Our only regret was we didn't have time for a third visit to try the sticky toffee pudding. Gluten free was catered for as was vegetarian so we were all happy. Staff deserve a special mention as it's often hard to balance friendly and professional but they were good at it!
 

-review by JacMc61

 

Six of us found this a little by accident, and it proved to be a happy accident! The service was friendly and efficient, the food delicious! In fact so delicious we returned for a second meal. Meals tried ranged from risotto ( so beautifully cooked) to burgers (fresh) to pheasant. Our only regret was we didn't have time for a third visit to try the sticky toffee pudding. Gluten free was catered for as was vegetarian so we were all happy. Staff deserve a special mention as it's often hard to balance friendly and professional but they were good at it!
 
Last evening was the 2nd time I've visited the Kilkeny and would say it never fails to impress, great food and great atmosphere. Just what a local pub should be. The staff were friendly, engaging and very helpful, thank you once again The Kilkeny

-review by John W

 

Last evening was the 2nd time I've visited the Kilkeny and would say it never fails to impress, great food and great atmosphere. Just what a local pub should be. The staff were friendly, engaging and very helpful, thank you once again The Kilkeny
My husband and I decided to take a trip out with our newborn on, what turned out to be, mothers day. We managed to wait a short while before we were seated though fully booked. The staff were very welcoming and the venue had clean baby changing facilities. The meal was scrumptious. Thanks. We'll definitely visit again x

-review by Lisa D

 

My husband and I decided to take a trip out with our newborn on, what turned out to be, mothers day. We managed to wait a short while before we were seated though fully booked. The staff were very welcoming and the venue had clean baby changing facilities. The meal was scrumptious. Thanks. We'll definitely visit again x
A great pub oozing charm! Selection of food very good and decor lovely. Stayed in cottage in Foxcote so The Kilkeney was the obvious choice so all of us could drink without taking the car and it didn't disappoint! Breakfast was also on the menu for one of the visits! Hopefully will be back for the Cheltenham Festival next year when we will definitely return to this lovely Inn!

-review by Janet G

 

A great pub oozing charm! Selection of food very good and decor lovely. Stayed in cottage in Foxcote so The Kilkeney was the obvious choice so all of us could drink without taking the car and it didn't disappoint! Breakfast was also on the menu for one of the visits! Hopefully will be back for the Cheltenham Festival next year when we will definitely return to this lovely Inn!
We went for Sunday lunch in the newly refurbed Kilkenny Inn, fantastic experience, great welcome and atmosphere, the Kilkenny is light and airy with a nice mix of traditional and modern decor.
Jools and the team were very attentive, we all chose the Sunday roast which I would highly recommend….tasty beef and my dad loved the sticky toffee pudding, one of the best he’s ever tasted…thanks Kev!!
We will be returning soon and think it’s a must for anyone, Mel, Mark & Brian.

-review by melkennell

 

We went for Sunday lunch in the newly refurbed Kilkenny Inn, fantastic experience, great welcome and atmosphere, the Kilkenny is light and airy with a nice mix of traditional and modern decor.
Jools and the team were very attentive, we all chose the Sunday roast which I would highly recommend….tasty beef and my dad loved the sticky toffee pudding, one of the best he’s ever tasted…thanks Kev!!
We will be returning soon and think it’s a must for anyone, Mel, Mark & Brian.
Spotted this fine hostelry on the way to a business meeting in Cheltenham and stopped in on the way back to London. 
I think we just squeezed in for lunch but there was no pressure 
Service was fantastic friendly and timely. Very friendly staff too.
My food was delicious and the portions significant. 
This is a beautifully maintained Pub and was spotlessly clean. 
If passing again will be back. 
Heartily recommended.

 

-review by Kevin F

 

Spotted this fine hostelry on the way to a business meeting in Cheltenham and stopped in on the way back to London. 
I think we just squeezed in for lunch but there was no pressure 
Service was fantastic friendly and timely. Very friendly staff too.
My food was delicious and the portions significant. 
This is a beautifully maintained Pub and was spotlessly clean. 
If passing again will be back. 
Heartily recommended.

 
Had our wedding here yesterday and Jules and Kev were absolutely wonderful and so welcoming!! The food was incredible and everyone was so friendly. Absolutely no faults, amazing place and people.

They were so helpful and relaxed with things and the conservatory makes an amazing venue for your wedding breakfast and then cleared away, makes an amazing space for a DJ and dance floor.

-review by Abigail B

 

Had our wedding here yesterday and Jules and Kev were absolutely wonderful and so welcoming!! The food was incredible and everyone was so friendly. Absolutely no faults, amazing place and people.

They were so helpful and relaxed with things and the conservatory makes an amazing venue for your wedding breakfast and then cleared away, makes an amazing space for a DJ and dance floor.
Kevin and Jules took over this lovely country pub and restaurant at the end of August. (Earlier reviews should be ignored.) The new hosts have brought with them, from North Bedfordshire, expert cookery skills and a feeling for the customer. A wide variety of food available from lunchtime light bites to a full a la carte menu, all freshly cooked and good value for money. We look forward to visiting again... As often as possible!
 

-review by Peter S

 

Kevin and Jules took over this lovely country pub and restaurant at the end of August. (Earlier reviews should be ignored.) The new hosts have brought with them, from North Bedfordshire, expert cookery skills and a feeling for the customer. A wide variety of food available from lunchtime light bites to a full a la carte menu, all freshly cooked and good value for money. We look forward to visiting again... As often as possible!
 
We called in here for an impromptu dinner stop on the way to Moreton in Marsh. The menu is interesting, varied and reasonable. The staff and owners are delightfully charming and helpful. Can not recommended this highly enough.

 

-review by Slaymaker1975

 

We called in here for an impromptu dinner stop on the way to Moreton in Marsh. The menu is interesting, varied and reasonable. The staff and owners are delightfully charming and helpful. Can not recommended this highly enough.

 
Between Cheltenham and Gloucester cosy friendly pub with great food and service. Good menu next time will go for Dinner and try out the interesting menu.

-review by Paul M

 

Between Cheltenham and Gloucester cosy friendly pub with great food and service. Good menu next time will go for Dinner and try out the interesting menu.
We called and reserved a table for 5 on a Saturday Night and it was no problem for the Kilkenny. 

We were greeted by name on arrival and the service just got better and better throughout the evening. 

The food was exceptional, well cooked and presented. 
We would recommend the steaks, prawn started and the soup was very tasty. The Sea Bass on a bed of seafood risotto was the creamiest I have ever had and retained all the seafood flavour. The warm rolls served before the meal were very welcomed by us all. 

The new owners have done a great job at brightening up the interior and now just need to get more people in - we will definitely be visiting again, 10/10
Visited October 2015

-review by NettletonNeil

 

We called and reserved a table for 5 on a Saturday Night and it was no problem for the Kilkenny. 

We were greeted by name on arrival and the service just got better and better throughout the evening. 

The food was exceptional, well cooked and presented. 
We would recommend the steaks, prawn started and the soup was very tasty. The Sea Bass on a bed of seafood risotto was the creamiest I have ever had and retained all the seafood flavour. The warm rolls served before the meal were very welcomed by us all. 

The new owners have done a great job at brightening up the interior and now just need to get more people in - we will definitely be visiting again, 10/10
Visited October 2015
We were a party of five having lunch after our walk. I'd rang beforehand to check if dogs are allowed (which they are) and they reserved a table for us. The service was excellent -very friendly and efficient. The food was delicious and refreshingly different. We all chose different things and everybody enjoyed what they had to eat. Would highly recommend and will certainly return ourselves.
 

-review by Alison J

 

We were a party of five having lunch after our walk. I'd rang beforehand to check if dogs are allowed (which they are) and they reserved a table for us. The service was excellent -very friendly and efficient. The food was delicious and refreshingly different. We all chose different things and everybody enjoyed what they had to eat. Would highly recommend and will certainly return ourselves.
 

 

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Fabulous Sunday lunch

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Stop off overnight stay on journey

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Beautiful venue, great food and fantastic people

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Dans birthday meal.

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Yet again

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Honest and unpretentious Cotswold Inn

Lorna W

Good food

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Jewel of the Cotswolds

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What a find!

Melissa S

Very accommodating

ValerieandBarry

Top place to stay and eat

frankie418

Enjoyable lunch

Paul H

Mothering Sunday lunch

GrahamJoy

Sunday lunch treat with a smile

Hugh T

Great food and service

Els2003

Sunday Lunch

sharon d

Half term lunch with kids

Emma A

Very pleasant and efficient service

pulsatilla2016

Sunday Lunch

annhan2015

really good sunday lunch

Regreg100

Excellent Food and Friendly Efficient Service

Stevieboy E

Winter retreat

Jo W

went here for dinner and it was great

vanessashihtzu

Very helpful staff and excellent food

Y9562FMsteve

Enjoyable lunch

IpswichRita

Lovely dinner

Aileen123_11

Lovely food and charming service

Cpnim100

Excellent

Helen H

the best food

clare W

Pre dinner drinks on a delghttful patio area

W W

Lovely relaxed lunch

J0hn1950

Really good food

paulholroyduk

Lovely country pub

elle006

Lovely food and service

ChebbieDappell

A Pleasant Surprise

Mimi_3623

You must try the chocolate tart!

Jez D

All round excellent

Phil Saint

Gem on the highway!

Rosemary M

An Enjoyable Lunch

Nathaniel G

Just a passing with starving grandchildren...

Carol B B

Enjoyable Evening

Pauline P

Greatly improved under new ownership

Pauline F

A hidden gem

ClareLlewellyn

Banging

Laura R

Clean, classy and comfortable

David T

Great Food

Cornishrob

Great taste, great service

ChrisDessein

A very good find......

JacMc61

“Great Food, Great Atmosphere”

John W

Suitable for new mums

Lisa D

Three visits in one week!

Janet G

Definitely worth a visit...

melkennell

Great food. Friendly service

Kevin F

Absolutely amazing place!

Abigail B

New hosts offer great food and value.

Peter S

Simply wonderful.

Slaymaker1975

Great place for lunch in the South Cotswolds.

Paul M

Great Food, Great staff, Great place

NettletonNeil

Welcoming and delicious

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