Arlingham is a village on a big horseshoe bend of the River Severn in Gloucestershire and the village is rather scenic. The village has two friendly pubs that serve wonderful food and both have excellent beer gardens. For those that like to visit historical churches there are two of these, Church of St. Mary the Virgin and Fretherne St. Mary.
Arlingham is in a conservation area, because it has many historic buildings, many of which are listed buildings. This includes the medieval Church of St Mary the Virgin which has splendid examples of thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth century architecture. They class this church as the Decorated Gothic style of architecture. They built the church from local blue Lias stone, however they built the church’s tower with squared oolite Cotswold stone in 1372. The Church also has some of its original stained glass windows, these date back to the fourteenth century. Thus this makes these some of the oldest stained glass windows in Gloucestershire.
Hiking & Walks
Arlingham is near to the Severn Way, a long distance hiking trail that follows the River Severn. Also, there are other hiking routes nearby for visitors to enjoy. There is a board near to the Old Passage in with some great marked walking routes in Arlingham. These include the Salmon, Skylark, Hare and Gloucester Cattle Walk. Many visitors’ park near the pub and either walk upstream or down stream then enjoy refreshments after.
The village of is on the horseshoe bend of the River Severn which leads to some splendid views across the river. Places visible opposite include Bullo Pill and Newnham on Severn. The riverbank here has warning signs about fast changing tides and also quicksand in the vicinity.
Pubs & Restaurants in Arlingham
There are two places in the village to dine out or just have a drink. However, the nearby village of Frampton on Severn has options too.
The Red Lion
The Red Lion is in the principal part of the village and is very easy to find, on the main road, in and out of the horseshoe bend. It is nicely decorated and has both inside or outside seating areas. The staff were attentive and friendly and made the experience very nice. As a bonus, the pub is fully dog friendly and attracts many guests with a dog in tow.
The Red Lion in Arlingham serves food and drinks at lunchtime From Wednesday to Friday or in the evening from 5pm every day. Their food menu has many options, from simple snacks to something a bit more substantial. They also do a nice Sunday roast dinner every week with other delicious sounding options. I’ve enjoyed their charcuterie board and cheese board and the squid tasted great too. The bar serves a variety of drinks including continental lagers, cider and some real ales, including some brewed locally by Uley Brewery.
The Old Passage Inn
In the village of Arlingham is The Old Passage Inn, which overlooks the estuary and the beautiful surrounding countryside. The Old Passage is also a dog-friendly place. They have dining options inside and an excellent selection of tables in their picturesque beer garden.
They serve breakfast, lunch and evening menus that include locally sourced food. The menus include a hearty full English breakfast, light lunchtime bites and substantial meals too. For evening meals, you can expect a range of delights including; steaks, pie of the day or a goat’s cheese tart.
Where to stay in Arlingham?
There are options for places to stay in Arlingham, from campsites to holiday cottages. The Red Lion pub and Old Passage both also provide a bed-and-breakfast service for visitors to the village.
West End Farm and Campsite
West End Farm and Campsite is on Church Road in the beautiful village. The pitches are in a pear orchard on a beautiful organic cattle farm which has many magnificent views. They have options for pitches, including a basic grass pitch up to a bell tent for hire for a spot of glamping. The facilities on the campsite include a toilet block, electricity hookup and a washing up area. West End Farm is a dog-friendly place to camp throughout the year. They also allow campers to use barbecues or have a campfire.
Passage Farm Caravan and Campsite
The Passage Farm Caravan and Campsite is also in some beautiful countryside, however you need to be a member of the Caravan Club to stay. Passage Farm is open all year and is on a flat field ideal for caravans and camping. They have a toilet block with hot water and the site also has free Wi-Fi. Passage Farm also has its own course fishing lake, thus a great place to visit for keen anglers. Periodically they also sell produce from their gardens.
Bus to Arlingham
There is a daily bus into the village from Gloucester. The Stagecoach service 113 bus comes as far as The Red Lion after following quite a scenic route. However, there are more frequent buses to Fretherne or Frampton on Severn each day, thus you can walk into the village. Checking Google Maps for directions will show you the latest and quickest way to reach the village.
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