The Five Alls; a Beautiful Retreat in The Cotswolds

Brakspear-owned Oxforshire village pub and restaurant with rooms, The Five Alls at Filkins, near Lechlade, is thrilled to announce the appointment of new owner, Tom Downing.

Tom moved to the Five Alls in the Cotswolds village of Filkins in February 2024, and since taking over, has overseen the recent refurbishment of the pub’s nine rooms and public spaces. Tom is also working hard to re-establish the Five Alls reputation for excellent dining and warm hospitality.

“I’m so excited to be running this gorgeous place and am planning to put all those years of learning, experience and passion for my craft into delivering and exceeding guest expectations every time,” says Tom. “I’m also thrilled to be working alongside general manager, Robert Wilks. With over 15 years’ industry experience, Robert’s attention to detail and guest care is exemplary and with his help we’ll be providing a well-trained team who genuinely care and enjoy working at the Five Alls and have the ability to deliver guest satisfaction and value for money.”

Lying close to the Oxfordshire border with Gloucestershire, Five Alls sits at the heart of the picture-postcard village of Filkins. A beautiful and charmingly restored 18th century, ivy-clad Cotswold stone coaching inn and boutique retreat with nine rooms, Five Alls also retains its vital role as a cosy and  welcoming village local.

Packed with history and character, the Five Alls offers a light and airy drinking area and behind the handsome Cotswold stone bar, an excellent range of 40 carefully selected bottles of wine, sparkling wines and champagnes, with 20 available by the glass, alongside an extensive selection of locally produced craft ales and guest beers. Bar snacks include Mac and cheddar cheese bites, crispy olives, popcorn chicken and homemade focaccia.

A further bar area lies on one side of an Alpine-style snug with leather sofa and chairs edging a huge inglenook fireplace with log fires burning daily during the winter months. This space leads to two light and airy, oak-beamed dining rooms seating up 100 with areas available for private dining.

Above the pub, four en-suite rooms with two Kingsize and two double bedrooms with a further five, cottage-style rooms, all en-suite, with super Kingsize beds, and all edging the rear garden with its suntrap terrace – a must for drinking and dining on warmer days.

Newly appointed head chef, Lucian Juganaru, is ensuring that his well-considered seasonally changing, à la carte and set menus celebrate the very best seasonal ingredients found locally and from around the UK, including fresh daily fish deliveries from Brixham, Devon.

Vegetarian and vegan options are available on every menu and there’s also an all-day bar snacks menu and a dedicated children’s menu too.

Tom is currently working on introducing a newpartnership with Bibury trout farm to produce a tasting menu with other produce from within a 20-mile radius alongside regular events such as Fish & Chips and Burger Night every Wednesday throughout May, a new monthly pub quiz night, a Harvest Fair, live music by local villagers and has also teamed up with Filkins village hall to offer special Family Days.

The relaxed, buzzy atmosphere at Five Alls makes it ideal for families with children of all ages welcome to dine and stay. Extra beds for children are available and cost £20 per child.

Dogs are welcome in the bar and dining areas and there are two dog-friendly rooms for an extra £20 a night per dog, and which includes a happy dog hamper of duck bites, enrichment cards, adios poo bags and Earl Grey Hound (tea for dogs). Treats on the bar include rabbit, venison and boar chews.

Five Alls nine stylish and comfy bedrooms have just been given a refresh and are simply decorated in a calming neutral palette with pops of colour. Luxurious touches including crisp linen, duck down duvets and Bramley toiletries.

Other decorative elements include thick all-wool carpets, vintage furniture and travel trunks, local interest books and guides, Nespresso coffee machines, mini fridges and Roberts radios, while high spec limestone tiled bathrooms feature luxurious, walk-in showers.

Doubles and Kingsize rooms above the pub cost from £100 a night and Cottage Garden rooms with Super Kingsize beds cost £140 a night, on a B&B basis. A Family Suite, sleeping two adults and up to three children, starts at £140 a night + £20 per child. Alternatively, the spacious Family Suite can also be used by two adults. Breakfast includes delights such as the Five Alls Full English and the very popular Bubble ‘n Squeak featuring streaky bacon and fried eggs.  

Five Alls characterful charm is enhanced throughout with sensitively restored original features such as rendered Cotswold stone walls, flagstone or oak floors, inglenook fireplace, exposed oak beams and Georgian sash windows, which complement the Cotswolds chic décor to create cosy, welcoming and stylish interiors.

Original works of contemporary art decorate walls alongside some quirkier touches such as antique gramophone speakers upcycled as pendant lights in the main bar, alongside antique kilims, Ikat cushions, linen curtains and Roman blinds.

On the doorstep, historic mill, museum and shop, Cotswold Woollen Weavers where cloth in traditional patterns is produced on old looms. Nearby, Uffington’s White Horse and Iron Age Fort, Kelmscott Manor, once the home of William Morris, the Thames Path, Buscot Manor and chocolate-box Bibury. Oxford and Blenheim Palace are about 20 miles away.

Filkins is situated midway between the gorgeous Cotswolds village of  Burford, with its fine high street and independent shops, Cotswold Wildlife Park and Burford Garden Centre, while Lechlade, also offers good, independent shopping + kayak hire for exploring the Thames or walking along the Thames Path.

Five Alls takes its name from a traditional pub sign depicting various divisions of society in stereotypes – the king (rules all) the lawyer (plead for all) a vicar (pray for all), a peasant, (work for all) and a soldier (fight for all).

Opening Hours

Bar Monday – Saturday 10am – 11pm, Sunday 12pm – 10.30pm

Dining Monday and Tuesday 6pm- 9.30pm

Wednesday – Saturday 12pm – 2.30pm and 6pm – 9.30pm

Sunday 12pm – 6pm

Location

Filkins is situated just off the A40 between Burford and Lechlade and is 1.5-hour drive from central London. Nearest railway station – Swindon. The journey takes 1 hour from London Paddington +20 minutes from Swindon railway station by taxi. Five Alls has a large off-road car park to one side of the pub.

Room rates and facilities

Doubles above the pub from £100 a night B&B. Cottage rooms with Kingsize beds £140 a night. Check in 3pm. Check-out 11am.

Families are very welcome

Extra beds for children cost £20 a night each. No baby cots available, but you can bring your own travel cot. The Family Room sleeps a family with up to three children. All available on a B&B basis.

All rooms include:

Flat Screen TVs

Egyptian cotton linen and duck down duvets

Toiletries by Bramley

Complimentary wireless access

Roberts radio

Nespresso coffee machines

To do/see in the area

Walk the Thames Path from nearby Lechlade

Explore the area by bike – mostly on the flat

South Cerney Lakes – the largest lake development in the UK

Cheltenham Festivals (literature, jazz, music and science)

Cheltenham Races

Giffords Circus – the Cotswolds touring country circus with a cool, vintage vibe

Gardens and stately homes at Hidcote, Buscot, Kelmscott, Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace

Cotswold towns and villages close by include Burford, Lechlade, Bibury, Kelmscott, while the city of Oxford is a 25-minute drive away

Clay pigeon shooting and other country sports

Local children’s activities include Cotswolds Water Park, Cotswolds Wildlife Park + cycling, horse riding, sailing, indoor climbing and tennis

Festivals, eg; Cheltenham, Cornbury, Wilderness, Feastival and Giffords Circus. (All activities can be arranged with Five Alls directly.)

The Five Alls Filkins, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3JQ, UK, www.thefiveallsfilkins.co.uk

Reservations – 01367 860875, [email protected]www.facebook.com/filkinsfivealls www.instagram.com/thefiveallsfilkins/

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