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Five Mile House, Gloucester Road, Duntisbourne Abbotts, CIRENCESTER, GL7 7JR [Map]
A very old pub situated high in the Cotswold hills. The building has been used as a pub for over 300 years and used to be part of the Duntisbourne Estate. The pub is located beside the old Roman Ermine Street which is now the A417 Gloucester to Swindon DBFO trunk road. The road has recently been turned into a Dual-Carriageway by Ringway Highway Services and the pub is now set back from the road. It can be reached by leaving the A417 at Centurion Services (also marked 'Duntisbourne Abbotts').The pub lies on the eastern side of the road with the actual village of Duntisbourne Abbotts to the west.
The pub is the CAMRA National Inventory of Historic Pubs for very good reason. The pub has hardly changed in over 100 years having been in the hands of the Ruck family for 65 until 1995 when landlady Ivy Ruck sadly passed away. The new owners Jo Carrie and his father John have carried out essential repairs but have left the bar and tap room unchanged (Grade II listed). Ivy's sitting room down some steps is now a snug and the ancient fireplace has been preserved.
Beerwise they've three real ales including a guest and Taylor Landlord, winner of the CAMRA National Beer of the Year award several times (including 1999).
The pub has a pleasant front and back garden where you can sit and enjoy fine views of the Cotswolds.
Foodwise, the landlord is the chef and offers bar food in large portions between 12 noon and 2.30pm and 6-10pm. There's also an a la carte menu available during the evening offering a wide range of tasty, interesting meals using local produce. They include a range of inventive vegetarian dishes.