The Radnor Arms is a lovely
old stone building located in the historic and pretty National Trust village of
Coleshill just a couple of miles from Highworth on the Cotswold marches.
Originally a Blacksmiths and converted to a pub in 1949, the building retains
many original features and many of the Old Smithy tools are displayed
around the walls. The name comes from the Earls of Radnor who once lived at the
big house in Coleshill Park but which burnt down in 1952.
Recently voted by Sunday Telegraph readers as one of the top 100 most famous pubs
in Britain, the Radnor is traditional in feel comprising a split level bar with fresh
flowers on the tables, cushioned settles, open fires and stone floors.
The pub has its own ‘Old Forge' microbrewery and offers five beers
on the bar including Otter. Real ale
will love the choice of having beer poured either straight from the cask or from
the hand pumps. There's a local scrumpy too well worth investigating.
The menu offers a mix of hearty pub classics (think local rib eye steaks,
pan fried sea bass, good lamb burgers) all at reasonable prices. Dogs and walkers
are welcomed and there's a slide and swings in the beer garden to keep young
It's great to see the continual reinvestment into the fabric of the pub
beginning to pay dividends. If you get a chance, ask about the fascinating
history with Churchill's secret army and enjoy the tale over a pint.