The Norman Knight

UK England West Midlands Warwickshire Shipston-on-Stour

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Tasty pub grub, cosy year-round pods and a cracking Cotsowolds location... What more could you want?

It’s said that when William the Conqueror landed at Hastings in 1066 there was another William at his side, a Knight by the name of William de Mohun, who played such a crucial role in the Norman Conquest he was gifted some 20,000 acres of land as a result. It was actually his son, William II who came into ownership of the tiny village of Whichford in the Cotswolds, where, even now, ancient stone buildings encircle the village green. The local pub would, no doubt, have been a favourite haunt were he around today. The exposed beams and wooden furnishings give it an aged, homely warmth, while the chunky, stone fireplace wouldn’t look out of place in a Norman keep. Plus there are plenty of well-kept ales on tap. A favourite of any Knighty sort of chap.

While the pub is fronted by a pleasant beer garden, with a classic Cotswolds stone wall, a dotting of picnic tables and a single, mature pine tree, it’s at the rear of the pub that The Norman Knight’s best offerings can be found. A trio of high-spec glamping pods sit in a line, along with a couple of spaces for campervans. Fully insulated and heated, the pods are open year round and have a warm wooden finish inside that is accompanied by 21st-century convenience. Even though the pub is a few metres away, there’s a compact kitchen area with a fridge, hobs, kettle, toaster and so on, while each pod also has its own plush en suite shower room and toilet. There’s enough room inside for a family and dogs are also allowed at an extra charge – reflecting the ‘come one, come all’ welcome the pub itself provides.

The village is an amiable base from which to go exploring. There’s a playground for little ones on the green and the local potters – world-renowned for their flower pots – offer excellent tours of their extensive workshop. There’s also a great little café while you’re there. Whichford Wood is a delight to explore (particularly when carpeted with bluebells in spring) and a local Equestrian centre expands your exploration options from just the usual walking and cycling. Throw a car journey into the mix and a whole wealth of opportunities open up: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water… the list goes on. A good pint in the pub will probably help you decide.

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Facilities

Each glamping pod has an en suite with shower and loo, thermostat-controlled heating and a well-equipped kitchenette with microwave oven, double hot plate, fridge, kettle, toaster, tea and coffee making facilities and crockery and cutlery. Satellite TV, bedside lamp and reading lights, dining table that converts to a comfortable double-bed (bedding and linen provided) and a boot box. Free WiFi across the site. Secure bike storage and bike hire available. On-site pub (see Food & Drink).

Suitable For

Campervans, motorhomes, families, groups, walkers, cyclists, dogs – yes. Tents, caravans – no.

Nearby

The pub and pub garden overlooks the village green where there is a small park for children and football goals suitable for a friendly knock-about. The village itself boasts plenty of history and a few attraction on the doorstep, including Whichford Pottery (01608 684416), St Michael's Church and Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre (01608 684239) where the site of Sir John de Mohun's castle can be found. Some of the most popular Cotswold towns – Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Moreton-in-the-Marsh – are within easy driving distance, while, to the north, Shakespeare's Stratford-Upon-Avon is also easily reached. Pop into his family homes (01789 204016), visit the theatre (0844 800111) or take a boat tour on the River Avon (01789 269977) or, if you're here as a family, take a trip to Cotswold Farm Park.

Food & Drink

The Norman Knight pub serves drinks 7 days a week and food (lunch and dinner) Tuesday–Sunday, plus there's a fortnightly mobile wood-fired pizzeria on alternate Monday evenings from 6pm. It takes up residence in the pub car park for a couple of hours or until it runs out of bases. The pub has regular, quality live music, a large beer garden overlooking the village green and, inside, open fires in winter time and board games. You needn't look any further. If you do, Hook Norton Butchers (01608 738373) and Hook Norton Village Shop (01608 737245) are both well stocked for any other food shopping needs and the village also has it's own Victorian brewery that still runs (01608 737210; tours must be pre-booked). Nearby Shipston-on-Stour and Chipping Norton both have supermarkets.

Opening Times

All year.

Location

Contact The Norman Knight, The Norman Knight, Ascott Road, Whichford, Nr Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 5PE

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Getting There

From the Oxford, take the A44 north. Continue past the turn off for Chipping Norton and on to the A3400 as far as Long Compton. At the sharp left turn in Long Compton, take the steep road up the hill off to the right signposted 'Whichford'. Follow this road all the way to Whichford. On arriving in the village you reach a T junction. Turn right and follow the road round. The Norman Knight is opposite the green.

From Stratford-upon-Avon take the A3400 south, sign-posted Shipston-on-Stour. Continue on the A3400 past Shipston for 4 miles. The turning for Whichford is on the left. Continue straight ahead at the next junction until you reach Whichford. Turn right and follow the road round to the centre. The Norman Knight pub is opposite the green.

Banbury (a 20-minute drive; 0845 748 4950) is the nearest train station. There's a taxi rank there. A local bus service also runs from Banbury, stopping at Whichford, along with other local bus services.

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