An Inspector calls… at The New Inn in Gloucestershire, revamped by a brand that wants to ‘bring a bit of London to the countryside’
- The New Inn is housed in a honey-coloured building in Coln St Aldwyns, a beautiful honey-coloured village
- It has undergone a revamp – by the Baz & Fred brand – in order to ‘bring a bit of London’ to the countryside
- The Inspector says his room was ‘charming’, the bar had a ‘beach shack vibe’ – but the service wasn’t great
The New Inn has been around since the 16th century — but at least the sign is new, following a revamp by two bright young things who are trying to grow a brand called Baz & Fred.
That’s Harry ‘Baz’ Henriques and Fred Hicks. Still in their 20s, they are school friends from the Cotswolds and the idea, according to the general manager, is to ‘bring a bit of London’ to the countryside.
Which sounds horrible — but when pressed further, he says the plan is to make it ‘fun’.
The New Inn in Coln St Aldwyns, which is housed in an exquisite honey-coloured building
In its previous incarnation it was more formal, more ‘fine dining’, more expensive. And it is fun. Stylish, too, after receiving the full Farrow & Ball treatment, plus lots of new wood in the bar area, giving off a beach shack vibe. There is even a little booth with neon lights spelling out Baz & Fred.
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they soon ditch the name New Inn and just call it Baz & Fred.
It helps that all this is housed in an exquisite, honey-coloured building in Coln St Aldwyns, one of the most beautiful honey-coloured villages in a part of Gloucestershire that has not yet fallen victim to its elegance.
There are 14 rooms. Ours is charming, with a few black-and-white, framed photographs of the Cotswolds, traditional Burlington basin and taps, and a comfortable, well-dressed bed.
We are here only three days after it reopened and the excitement is palpable.
Locals are flooding in, plus friends of Baz and (sorry, &) Fred.
One of the 14 rooms at The New Inn. The Inspector says his room was ‘charming’ with a ‘comfortable, well-dressed bed’
One of the suites at The New Inn, which is trying to ‘bring a bit of London’ to the countryside
The New Inn, Main Street, Coln St Aldwyns, Gloucestershire, GL7 5AN. Doubles from £100 B&B. Visit thenewinncoln.co.uk or call 01285 750651.
The menu is mainly posh burgers, but we start with a superb burrata and tomato salad and a fabulous bruschetta with anchovies draped over it.
The burgers are top-notch and the atmosphere so fresh and convivial that we forgive some of the lapses in concentration.
We order mustard, nothing arrives; nor do two dips for our chips — and I have to ask three times for my glass of red.
Worse, my burger turns up as I’m halfway through my starter.
‘Roll with it,’ says my wife, anxious to avoid a scene. So I do roll with it, happily.
Then I hear that Baz & Fred aren’t around this evening to sort out some of the rough edges, which, so soon after launching, seems a little careless.