Winter warmers welcome walkers at the Cotswold Lion Cafe

The new Cotswold Lion Cafe, opened recently at the Old Prison, Northleach is proving a hit with local residents as well as winning the support of walkers and tour guides.

Following on from the recent ‘Meet the Lion’ event at the Cotswold Lion Cafe which saw hundreds of people turn up to celebrate the opening of the new cafe, cafe bosses are now planning to attract walkers over the Christmas and into the New Year with the help of a local tour guide and a welcoming winter warmer goulash.

Anne Bartlett, Blue Badge Guide for the Cotswolds has sampled the locally sourced, home-made food at the Cotswold Lion Cafe and given it the full thumbs up. She is looking forward to including the venue in future itineraries including guided walks during the holiday period and in to 2014.

It is wonderful to see the new cafe open at the Old Prison. Not only is it a fascinating building with so much history but it is also located in a beautiful valley, perfect for walkers to discover this fairly hidden part of the Cotswolds landscape” said Anne who runs Gloucester-based Tour and Explore.

As well as special lunches for walkers, the Cotswold Lion Cafe is also offering 10% discounts for mums and toddlers on Wednesday mornings, all day breakfasts on weekends plus special ‘family Saturdays’ deals.

The cafe will be open as usual on Tuesdays to Sundays during the festive period (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day) including New Year’s Day, providing an ideal start or end of the first fresh air walk of 2014.


Notes to editors:

  • The Cotswold Lion Cafe is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9.30am to 4.30pm (from 9am on Saturday and Sunday).
  • Visiting the Cafe allows people to also view the Rural Life Collection and the ‘Escape to the Cotswolds’ visitor centre and exhibition about the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
  • The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: For details of the 15 National Parks in England and Wales visit: