Dec 26 2012

Noel Arms Hotel restaurant


Noel Arms Hotel is one of the oldest Cotswold inns with 28 rooms (people say that Charles II stayed here during the English Civil War) located in Chipping Campden, and they have a very pleasant restaurant there that sources most of their produce from Cotswolds and does British food with some international influence. The international influence comes from the fact that their main chef Indinil, surprisingly, is known for his curries, and he is the current holder of the Best Pub Curry Chef Award at the Great British Pub Food Awards (and he has won it 3 times)! When I was there to celebrate Inunils curry success Noel Arms Hotel was offering a special 3 course award winning menu, and it seems like they do regular curry nights. But not only do they have a restaurant they also have a coffee shop and a bar called Dover's Bar (named after Dover's Hill, the site of the famous Cotswold Olympics).

I went to Noel Arms Hotel restaurant as my boyfriend’s grandmother lives quite close and his family was visiting the grandmother so we went there for lunch. The dining area was pleasant and very light with large windows overlooking outside. It is also away from the main street so it is quite quiet. The bread they brought us had lovely blue cheese in it, which I thought was a nice variation to the typical white bread and I very much enjoyed. To start I had the “Smooth Chicken Liver Parfait with toasted brioche, spiced apple chutney”, and it was a solid nice chicken liver parfait. You can also see pictures of a scallop starter, “Roasted Carrot and Cumin Soup with olive and Parma ham bread stick” and “Roquefort, Chicory and Pear Salad with walnut, crispy bacon, crotons, Roquefort dressing” that the other people ate, and all the food looked appetizing.

For my main course I ordered the “‘Noel Ale’ Battered Haddock with triple cooked chips, mushy peas, tartare sauce”, and it was as good as any other pub or normal restaurant fish and chips. There was a lot of fish and the chips were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. You can also see pictures of “Dover’s 8oz Beef Burger with gently spiced beef burger, smoked wensleydale cheese, bacon, triple cooked chips, tomato relish”, Sunday Roast with Yorkshire pudding, beef and roast potatoes and vegetables as well as chicken with roast potatoes and vegetables, and all the food looks solid and good.

If you want solid British Food in Cotwolds, this is a good place. Nothing out of the ordinary, just decent typical dishes. I would recommend to try the curries though, which I did not have a chance to try myself, as these do seem to be the speciality there.

Date: 26/12/12
Location: Cotswolds

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Noel Arms Hotel
High Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6AT
United Kingdom
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