Quayles, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
The Cotswold town of Tetbury was founded around 681 on the site of an old hill fort and by the Middle Ages had become a very important wool town, creating many jobs in the local economy.
The Market House pictured above was built in 1665 and still holds popular markets throughout the week selling everything from plants, to cow hides, garden furniture and fresh produce.
This bustling little town is probably most commonly known for it’s association with the Royal Family, with HRH Prince Charles’s primary home, Highgrove, close by in Doughton http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highgrove_House as well as the original Highgrove shop based on Long Street which is very popular and well worth a visit especially at Christmas. All profits from the shop go to The Princes Trust.
Amongst the boutiques and market stalls you will find some fantastic little cafés and restaurants, some of which will be the subject of future reviews including The Close Hotel, once owned by Richard Branson but today we have settled in a firm favourite of ours, Quayles.
An upmarket deli and cafe situated in the very heart of this lovely Cotswold town, Quayles offers a very good breakfast menu from 8am until 11am, with a great range of croissants and pastries as well as Wiltshire ham & poached egg on toast which we have enjoyed previously but our real favourite is the bacon sandwich! Available on brown or white bread, it is truly fresh and delicious using only the very best ingredients.
We always prefer a bacon sandwich on white bread as it just doesn’t seem right on brown!
Half eaten bacon sandwich as too tempting to eat before the camera came out!
The lunch menu starts from 12pm and is served until 3pm and offers a very wide range of food from sandwiches to butterflied garlic prawns and French bread. The most popular sandwich amongst the Fear On Food team is the Salami, Camembert with Chili Jam – an unusual combination that somehow works extremely well!
Quayles also offer a comprehensive wine list to enjoy with your meal and the window seating offers a fantastic vantage point to watch the world go by. If you like cars you won’t be disappointed sat here, as you will see plenty of Aston Martins, Range Rovers and Bentleys in this quintessentially Cotswold town!
If your interest in cars goes further there is a brilliant shop a few doors down from Quayles called The Pole Position Gallery owned by Christine Mills MBE which as it’s name suggests sells motorsport paintings, prints and very high quality motoring memorabilia, much of which isn’t as expensive as you might think.
Whether you are a tourist, a local or a passing business person Quayles is well worth a visit and as with anywhere the staff make it. The clean and friendly atmosphere conclude a great overall experience and our only dislikes are the lack of plug sockets and WiFi which does affect anyone on business, particularly if stopping off and hoping to charge their phone or tablet.
Overall a great venue and we give it four forks based on today’s review.
What we ate and drank:
1 Large Latte
1 Bacon Sandwich on White Bread
1 Long Street
Tel: 01666 50 51 51
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