Broadway is a small town in the Cotswolds with a ton of quaint gift shops and some of the best food known to man (just kidding, but it’s pretty damn good). I’ve visited three times in the last three months so that’s got to count for something! I really love visiting Broadway, and so I thought I’d take you guys on a little tour of the town, with some recommendations of where to go and, most importantly, what to eat!
There really is just one main street through the town but, come rain or shine, there’s always plenty to be looking out for. If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone, this is the place to visit. Many of the shops specialise in homewares, and there’s some beautiful pieces around. Pavilion Broadway has three different stores, full of furniture, ornaments, soft furnishings, glassware, interior design, and more. OKA is a similarly mesmerising, with all the unique furnishings you could ever wish to find. At Home and Cotswold Trading both do amazing smaller homewares, and are honestly the best places to look for any gifts you’re after, for others or for yourself! There’s some great country clothing shops for those who are fans of the Joules-esque style, and the tiny bookshop is just the cutest, perfect for any bookworms out there who like to browse through both the latest releases and handpicked favourites and special editions.
Once you’re shopped out, there’s plenty of choices for food. There’s numerous cafes and tea shops where you can get a cuppa and a cake, if you can get a scone with jam and clotted cream, DO IT! My favourite place for a sit down meal is the Swan, a pub/restaurant/hotel which serves the best food. The starters are to die for – I always go for the fried breaded Brie with apricot chutney – and there’s such a wide variety of mains that I never know what to chose from. I’d highly recommend the pork belly, and even their pizzas are some of the best around! Finally, for a sweet treat head to the sweet shop in the arcade, or the Cotswold Chocolate COmpany. The former has giant glass jars full of every sweet from your childhood, and the latter does hands down the best brownie (salted caramel flavour obvs) I’ve ever tasted. Ever.
Finally, if you’re heading to Broadway to stay, I couldn’t recommend The Fish more highly. It’s a great little hotel on a nearby estate, about 5 minutes outside the town. The rooms are mostly in an old stables, and are just the most beautiful (Instagrammable) hotel rooms. The views are fantastic, you get the full Cotswolds rolling fields vibe, and I can’t ignore that the breakfast is probably one of the best I’ve had in a hotel! The hotel is reasonably priced, but also check out the sister hotel, Dormy House, which is on the same estate, if you’re looking to splash out.
Honestly, Broadway is just one of those countryside towns where it’s great to spend an afternoon just wandering around and taking in a bit of Cotswolds beauty. If you’re in the area, make sure you check it out, even if just for an hour or two!