PLEASE NOTE As you would expect for a building over 500 years old, access to some of the rooms is not suitable for those who are less mobile.
The Kings Arms is a charming 500-year-old former coaching inn, built from Cotswold stone and situated on the corner of Stow-on-the-Wold’s historic Market Square.
You’ll be in good company when you visit us Charles I stayed here at the time of the Battle of Naseby in 1645; The BBC filmed their adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Mayor of Casterbridge’ at the Kings Arms; Mindy of Mork and Mindy fame has dined here; the Top Gear trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May recently breakfasted with us whilst filming in Stow; and James Corden of ‘Gavin and Stacey’ popped in to use our facilities!
As well as providing a warm welcome, great food and a refreshing drink, the Kings Arms makes the ideal base for exploring Stow-on-the-Wold and the Cotswolds.
The hugely popular Scott’s of Stow is directly opposite us, and we’re perfectly placed in the centre of town for an amble around the antique shops, art galleries, boutiques and gift and craft shops. Shop ‘til you’re ready to drop back into the Kings Arms for a hearty meal and a comfy bed!
And if you’re the more active type, we’re surrounded by a chocolate-box landscape of rolling hills, meandering rivers and ancient woodlands to explore.
Stay at the Kings Arms and enjoy a taste of Cotswold country life, whether you’re looking for a restful, battery-recharging break or are pursuing more outward-bound country pursuits such as fishing, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, rambling, hill walking, cycling or mountain biking (to name but a few!).
And if that’s still not enough to amuse you, there’s a multitude of leisure and wildlife attractions, exhibitions, galleries and museums, stately homes and gardens and lots more besides to visit in the surrounding area.
Too much choice? Our friendly, helpful staff are always on hand with recommendations and directions, whatever you’re looking for!
The rooms at the Kings Arms are all stylishly decorated in contemporary Cotswold country style with modern en-suite bathrooms. Each has a TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities.
The main building accommodates seven en-suite bedrooms, some with a steep climb up the original staircase which is rewarded with a view out across Market Square. The three split-level ‘stable’ rooms are in the courtyard on the site of the original coaching inn stables. These have a sitting room, TV, hot drink making facilities and en-suite bathroom downstairs, and a bedroom upstairs.
The Kings Arms restaurant is a true hidden gem, combining quirky contemporary style with the warmth and character of one of the Cotswolds’ oldest, most historic Inns. Lovingly refurbished by owner Lucinda, the restaurant features an eclectic mix of hand-painted vintage tables, high-backed purple-seated chairs and animal print benches and bar stools. The funky furniture is set against eccentric antique-look wallpaper hung with humourous prints and an impressive choose-your-own wine display. We’re often told it has that ‘wow factor’, so come see for yourself!
And as for the food, we pride ourselves on the use of local produce to create traditional dishes, and our menus change regularly to make the most of seasonal produce. We source our meat from award-winning local butchers Lambournes of Stow-on-the-Wold, who were featured on BBC’s Countryfile. So if you love the meat we serve, you can always pop along and buy your own to cook at home!
We source all ingredients from the UK, from within the Cotswold borders where possible, and ensure that all foods are harvested with care and consideration for our beautiful British environment.
We’re renowned for our flexibility, so if you have requirements that you don’t see on the menu, do let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate.
Blending cosy Cotswold style with warm, contemporary colours and quirky vintage touches, the Kings Arms bar has many traditional features and a warm smile always awaits.
Local characters swap stories over a pint, and drinkers and diners sit side-by-side soaking up the fun and friendly atmosphere. Many an hour is lost here when intriguing tales of the hotel ghosts are told around the comforting log burner as the Stow mist descends upon another fun-filled night at The Kings.
We stock a selection of real ales, lagers, wines, spirits, cocktails and hot drinks whilst you can also enjoy food and bar snacks from any of the menus in the bar. We look forward to giving you a warm Kings welcome come join us for a drink or two!