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 A fine vintage: The eyecatching entrance to The Lygon Arms, Broadway
The Lygon Arms, Broadway
This edge of Cotswolds hotel is the height of relaxation and fine living, says David Robbins
If us West Suffolk dwellers think we live in a tourist hotspot it’s nothing compared to our Cotswold counterparts. Imagine around a dozen towns and villages like
Lavenham, all teeming with visitors and busy throughout the year. You might also bump into David Cameron, Jeremy Clarkson or Zara Phillips on your travels.
Broadway is one of those tourist magnets and The Lygon Arms is a landmark hotel in the main street. It’s had its share of big names in the past. A certain Mr Cromwell stayed here the night before the Battle of Worcester in 1651 while his foe, King Charles I, was also a guest. He and his supporters assembled in what is now one of the hotel’s finest suites. Moving on to the 20th century Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor booked in at the height of their scandal-making affair.
There’s no impropriety about modern day proceedings at The Lygon, unless the staff’s uniform of jeans with blue shirts and jackets prompts a double-take. It shouldn’t matter as all the managers and
waiters we came across were unfailingly polite and attentive.
As that uniform suggests a stay here is all about relaxation; country style meets the best of creature comforts. Walk in and immediately you will spot side rooms and cosy corners warmed by logs burning in open fireplaces. Dogs are welcomed - our springer spaniel was happy to snooze under our table in the bar area (mind you, he had trekked up a mile and a half hill to
the Broadway Tower earlier so he should have been tired.)
We stayed in a spacious courtyard suite with a huge bed and walk-in shower. I can’t recall being in a quieter hotel bedroom, so much so we almost slept in past breakfast on our second day. A member of staff told us we might be wakened by the nearby fox hound pack being fed but that didn’t happen.
You can dine in the Great Hall with its vaulted ceiling and eyecatching antler chandeliers or - if you wish your dog to accompany you - in the less formal Russell Rooms. As you would expect the chef works with Cotswold suppliers, farmers and artisans to produce a menu full of treats. The Beef Wellington and the cheese soufflé are the star attractions but we can vouch for the pumpkin soup, scallops with lemon and samphire, Cornish halibut and ale battered cod with chips being excellent too.
I’d heartily recommend a night or two on Broadway . . . at The Lygon.
Classic Double Rooms at The Lygon Arms are from £245 B&B. Look out for next spring’s 3 nights for 2 offer. More at
 You’ll want to explore the shops and historic buildings in Broadway but a walk up to Broadway Tower is a must - if you are fit enough. A folly, it’s the second highest point of the Cotswolds. The base is 1,024 feet above sea level and the tower itself stands 65 feet high.
Andrew Guppy, of Cotswold Walks, was our guide, a fount of local knowledge who gave us a geography and history lesson as we climbed up a tier of meadows to the summit. The art of building stone walls, sheep and wool, the tower’s role in World
War II - Andrew’s interesting stories came thick and fast and made the walk fly by.

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