The Fox at Oddington, a country pub set in the heart of a picturesque Cotswold village, is set to reopen in July following a complete restoration by Carole Bamford, continuing its legacy as a traditional countryside inn for locals and visitors alike.
The honey-coloured 16th-century building has been carefully renovated to create six beautiful bedrooms and a large restaurant serving traditional pub dishes made with local produce.
The interiors are inspired by countryside life, with each room individually themed around local flora and fauna. And unusually for an inn, every bedroom is suite-style with a living area containing sofas, armchairs, desks and plenty of books.
‘The Den’ on the ground floor is tucked away with a private terrace looking out over the walled garden, whilst the light-filled ‘Wild Meadow’ includes floral prints by Hugo Guinness and overlooks the wildflower rooftop, a living roof planted with a broad mix of hardy British wildflowers, annuals and herbs providing a diverse habitat for pollinators.
The ‘Hunting Lodge’ is a spacious family room with a hand-crafted bunk bed made from Daylesford Estate wood. Natural materials bring a country feel into the room, and the wall colours and materials reflect the warm tones of the Cotswolds.
With earthy tones, exposed stone and bronze finishes, the bar offers a nod to equestrian influences with reclaimed stable doors, upcycled leather (from Daylesford Organic Farm) banquette, seating and reclaimed wooden benches. The large central bar leads into The Tack Room and The Parlour – two cosy dining areas full of character and with large inglenook fires.
The Restaurant, with large glass doors, seats 40 and leads onto a large terrace and garden. Head Chef Alan Gleeson created a seasonal menu celebrating the exceptional ingredients from Daylesford Organic and Wootton Estate, alongside hand-selected British growers and producers. Guests can choose from an A La Carte menu or pizza menu, and during the warmer months, eat outdoors in the sun-soaked walled garden.
The oversized oak bar, a talking point of the pub, will serve craft beers, local ales, cocktails made with seasonal ingredients and specially selected wine from independent vineyards.
The Fox at Oddington is working with a selection of breweries that adopt a sustainable approach or are local, such as Deya, a Cheltenham Brewery founded in 2015 and Purity Brewery, a Warwickshire-based brewery whose practices are designed to be environmentally friendly and enriching.
Sustainability is at the heart of the refurbished pub, with local, natural reclaimed and recycled materials used wherever possible, including wool insulation and paints containing natural pigments.
The pub is powered by 100% renewable energy and works to a minimum standard of zero to landfill, partnering with suppliers who ensure waste is converted to energy and biofuels.
Rooms are supplied with Bamford products, made from the highest quality natural and organic ingredients and packaged in fully recyclable plastic bottles.
The Fox at Oddington has 10 bikes for guests to explore the surrounding area, including Daylesford Organic Farm, a short ride away and home to Bamford Wellness Spa, Daylesford Organic Farm Shop and the Market Garden they can enjoy tours of.
Sister pub, The Wild Rabbit, is a seven-minute drive and offers its guests a fine dining experience.