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The Radnor Arms, Coleshill

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 enthusiasts 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 ones entertained.

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.

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