The Fleece Inn | Pub in Worcestershire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Fleece Inn - Pub in Worcestershire

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The Cross Bretforton, Evesham, WR11 7JE, Worcestershire
England, United Kingdom

Nigel Smith
+44 (0)1386 831173(landline)

The locals love this historic pub; so will you. Snuggle by the fire in winter, in summer tuck into home cider and local orchard crumble

Welcoming, laid-back landlord Nigel Smith oversees the perfect country pub in this half-timbered medieval building. There are two ancient inglenook fireplaces, three dimly lit and cosy bars, flagstone floors worn smooth over hundreds of years and a vast array of local beers and cider brewed from the pub’s own orchard served alongside a gutsy, hearty menu. This is both a historic landmark and a thriving local; very much the hub of its community. You pitch up for fresh local food, ales from Uley and the Fleece Inn's home-brewed cider. Local sausages with red onion marmalade with red wine gravy, Tewkesbury mustard mash vegetables and orchard apple crumble may tempt you but there is more. The Asparagus Festival commences in the courtyard, with an auction on the last Sunday in May and summer festivals twirl with Morris dancers.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Nigel Smith:

Local points of interest from
Nigel Smith:

  • Lola Taplin, the last private owner, who bequeathed the pub to the National Trust, is fondly remembered in the Fleece and local folklore has it that she still watches over the pub in the incarnation of an owl that sits on the ridge of the thatched barn.
  • Each Thursday evening is Folk night for locals in the Pewter room plus our Mediaeval Barn is often graced by some of the most well regarded Folk and Acoustic artists of the modern day, from Breabach to Martin Simpson.
  • Having started life as a farmhouse, the Fleece has seen its share of animal residents, including chickens, goats, cats and dogs, even a cockatoo! Our present pets are Orlando, the elderly pub cat, and Tafarn, the slightly more boisterous Welsh Terrier!
  • Look out for the witch circles, painted in front of the open fireplaces, in accordance with local tradition, to prevent witches from entering down the chimneys.
  • The Fleece Inn has three resident Morris sides! They are Pebworth Morris (Cotswold), Belle d'Vain (North West) and Asum Gras (Molly). They all make regular appearances in the courtyard of the Fleece and support us in many of our events throughout the year.
  • Bretforton village started its own Community Shop in 2014, just 5 mins stroll from the Fleece you can get local foods, fresh soups, newspapers and more, with a warm welcome from the village volunteers.
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Bar meals from £6.25. Starters from £6. Mains from £11.


Open all day.


The Cross Bretforton, Evesham, WR11 7JE, Worcestershire


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