Two for one this winter

Our two nights for the price of one* winter offer is a perfect way to add a little cheer to the dark days of January and February. Work up an appetite climbing the hills, explore some of the local sights, or settle down by the fire and do a whole lot of nothing!

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break, some seriously good food, or a bit of a party, we’ll look after you from hearty award-winning breakfast to luxurious bedrooms, and everything in between. We have eight bedrooms, each with a different character and feel. You can choose yours here (Old Beam Room is pictured above).

All our rooms have en suite bathroom with bath and shower (except The Old Beam Room which has shower only); duck feather and down duvet and pillows; flat screen smart TV; percolator with fresh coffee; tea, and gingerbread; WIFI; and toiletries by Templespa.

To take advantage of this offer, please book directly with us by telephoning 01608 682226 or emailing info@howardarms.com

* Applicable Sundays to Thursdays dependent on availability. Double-occupancy required and guests must dine in on one evening to receive the discount. 

We hope to see you this winter

The Howard Arms team

 

 

 

 

Reasons to be cheerful…

We can’t do anything about the weather, but we’re going to do our best to bring some cheer to the long dark days of January.

Starting this week, Wednesday night is cocktail night. We start the season with a take on the Cosmopolitan, The Howard Cosmo, longer and fruitier, but wonderfully pink, involving a satisfying blend of vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime juice. Ring your friends to make a date and let the party start.

We’re also reviving Steak Night – bringing you succulent half pound sirloins with a choice of peppercorn sauce or garlic and parsley butter, roast vine tomatoes, mushrooms and chips; and a bottle of house wine. At £50 for two people, this must be a good reason to give the cook a night off. Every Monday from 23rd January.

Tuesday 24th January is your date with a pie and a pint. Choose Steak and Timothy Taylor Ale pie, or fish pie, and a choice of two Timothy Taylor draught pints. Booking in advance recommended, £10 per person.

Finally, a quick reminder that Valentine’s Day will be upon us in less than a month, and we’re already getting bookings, so if you’d like to join us, please book soon!

We hope to see you soon

The Howard Arms Team

Christmas at the Howard Arms

We look forward to seeing you over the Christmas season. Here’s a full breakdown of opening hours, some of which vary from usual arrangements.

Our Christmas menu is available throughout December, in addition to all the usual favourites.

December 24th – Christmas Eve

Food: 12-3pm / 6-9.30pm

Bar: 11am – 11pm

December 25th – Christmas Day

Food: bookings only

Bar: Midday – 6pm

December 26th – Boxing Day

Food: Midday – 7.45pm

Bar: 11am – 11pm

December 27th – Tuesday

Food: Midday – 3pm / 6pm – 9.30pm

Bar: 11am – 10.30pm

December 28th – Wednesday

Food: Midday – 3pm / 6pm – 9.30pm

Bar: 11am – 11pm

December 31st- New Years Eve

Food: Midday – 3pm / Dinner – bookings only

Bar: 11am – late (DJ from 9.30pm)

January 1st- New Years Day

Food: Midday – 7.45pm

Bar: 11am – 10.30pm

January 2nd- Monday

Food: Midday – 3pm / 6pm – 9.30pm

Bar: 11am – 11pm

We shall be closed from Tuesday 3rd January, reopening Friday 6th from 5pm for drinks only. Full opening hours shall resume Saturday 7th January.

Wishing you a very happy Christmas.

The Howard Arms Team

A Christmas jumper isn’t just for Christmas

Friday December 16th is Christmas jumper day at the Howard Arms – please come and show us yours. We will be deciding whose is the best – although there’s a general understanding that when it comes to Christmas jumpers, bad is good! The prize for the best (or should we say the worst) is a weekday lunch for two – well worth looking ridiculous for we think.

So dig out your best effort, start creating one now, beg, borrow or steal one from your kids, and come and join us on Friday 16th at any time of day. Christmas Jumper Day is a Save the Children initiative, so there will be collecting tins available for anyone wishing to make a donation.

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th.

The Howard Arms Team

 

 

 

Weekday Walkers’ Special

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Nestled beneath the Cotswold Escarpment, we are so lucky to be located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The walks around Ilmington are beautiful and varied, taking in the village itself with its Norman church and Manor House, and the local countryside with far-reaching spectacular views from Larkstoke Hill.

We have put together directions for four favourite walking routes that start and end, conveniently (!) at our 400-year-old pub. They range from 2.5 miles to 6 miles, and we also have directions for a 1.2km ‘Walk on Wheels’, devised by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, accessible for wheel chair and buggy users, that winds its way through the village lanes and illustrates Ilmington’s apple heritage.

If you’d like to find more walks in the area, a lovely guide book ’20 Walks in Shipston Country’, produced by our local charity Shipston Home Nursing, is available at the pub for £6. Those wanting a good map should head for OS Explorer 205, Map of Stratford-upon-Avon & Evesham.

We wouldn’t of course expect you to take all this exercise without sustenance! Our Weekday Walkers’ Special includes a lovely bowl of our homemade soup of the day, choice of sandwich, shortbread to take away, and a big welcome to you and any canine companions you might have who are welcome to join you in the bar and the garden. We’ll send you off with your water bottles refilled, your flasks recharged with tea or coffee, some shortbread for you, and a handful of dog biscuits for hungry woofs. Our Weekday Walkers’ Special is available Monday to Friday for £9.50.

Lunch is served between noon and 2.30pm, but we’re open 11am to 11pm on weekdays, so there’s always somewhere to warm up or cool down, and refresh yourself with hot and cold drinks before you set off, and on your return.

Do give us a call to book on 01608 682226, or if you find yourself in the area, take a chance and drop in.

We look forward to welcoming you.

The Howard Arms Team

 

A spiced-up Christmas Fair

This is the best kind of shopping. You can browse festive gifts, arts and crafts, while enjoying locally brewed mulled cider from Grumpy Frog.

The following talented locals will be selling their beautiful arts and crafts:

Sally Cahill – Campden Couture
Judith Layhe-Cook – Aromatic distiller and soap maker
Holly Suzanne Clifford – delicate and detailed wearable art
Jan Fryer – individually made brooches, earrings and necklaces
Kate Plackett – The Art Parlour
Jane Allan – paper angels
Taste of the Country – fab food
Claire Sharratt – beautiful cushions
Nikki Coupland – stunning ceramics
Celia Currey – mosaic mirrors

Grumpy Frog’s new mulled flavours will be available for tasting – Ginger Frog, Fruity Frog and Hopped Frog. A shopping experience with added spice – it’s shaping up to be an unmissable event.

4.30pm – 7pm, Tuesday 29th November. We look forward to seeing you here.

The Howard Arms Team

Two for one this autumn

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Two for one this autumn

Our two nights for the price of one* autumn offer is surely too good to miss! Recharge your batteries before the festivities, explore the countryside, get ahead with your Christmas shopping in nearby Broadway or Stratford upon Avon, or work up an appetite climbing the local hills. Or settle down by the fire and do a whole lot of nothing!

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break, some seriously good food, or a bit of a party, we’ll look after you from hearty award-winning breakfast to luxurious bedrooms, and everything in between. (Don’t just take our word for it – we are very proud that Visit England have just awarded our lovely pub five stars).

To take advantage of this offer, please book directly with us by telephoning 01608 682226 or emailing info@howardarms.com

* Applicable Sundays to Thursdays dependent on availability. Double-occupancy required and guests must dine in on one evening to receive the discount. 

 We hope to see you this autumn

The Howard Arms team

 

Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween

The Howard Arms looks forward to welcoming young witches, ghosts, goblins, skeletons, and wizards to a devilish Halloween gathering on Monday 31st October. There will be a spooky mix of snacks and drinks from 3.30pm till 5.30pm, so put the homework on the fire and come on down!

We’re filling the snug with a (haunted) bouncy castle, and there’s face painting, apple bobbing, and a prize for the most cleverly carved pumpkin, and the best costume. Now’s the time to delve into the dressing up box to see what you can find.

Parents very welcome at the bar – what better excuse for an early drink on an equinoxial Monday night? (Feel free to dig out your own zombie mask, or come as you are!)

No booking required, all the kids’ stuff is on us, and we look forward to seeing you for some frighteningly good fun.

The Howard Arms team.