Owned by The National Trust and

Run with a Love of Tradition

Welcome back! We are open in our orchard, voted Best Beer Garden in the Cotswolds 2020! We have undercover areas but please come prepared for sitting outside in the glorious British weather...
Booking highly recommended, especially at peak times. Booking open for inside from 17th May.
JOIN OUR AWARD-WINNING TEAM - Front of House staff required - get in touch for more information

Shakespeare (Worcs) CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020 & 2018. Daily Telegraph / Sawdays Pub of the Year 2019.
Visit Worcestershire Pub of the Year 2019. World Record Holder for Nigel Night!

Why not take a virtual tour? Our walkthrough means you can explore the pub online.

When you come and visit us the Landlord, Nigel Smith, is happy to talk about the history (to anyone who’ll listen!). We’ve also got our own book! A Workingman’s Castle, by Chris Mowbray, available from the bar or our online shop.

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Dogs & Families welcome

  • Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020

Live Events

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Local Food
    Local Food
  • Homemade Steak & Ale Pie
  • Beer Battered Fish & Chips
  • Wood Fired Pizzas
  • Traditional Faggots & Mash
  • Sunday Roast
  • Takeaway/Delivery available
Real ales & Ciders
    Real ales & Ciders
  • Uley Brewery Pigs Ear
  • Wye Valley Bitter
  • Local Guest Ales
  • Local Trad Ciders
  • Our Own Ark Cider
  • Delivery available
Free House
    Free House
  • Heritage Pub
  • Function Facilities
  • Orchard Seating
  • Families Welcome
  • Dog Friendly
  • Takeaway/Delivery available
Nurses Cottage

We locally source our drinks & food from the Worcestershire area

Locally Sourcing drinks & food
Nurses Cottage

A very small, but very thirsty drinks company. Nurses Cottage are a family run cottage producer, specialising in all things elderflowery and plummy.
Little Comberton, WR10 3EG

Pershore College

We locally source our drinks & food from the Worcestershire area

Locally Sourcing drinks & food
Pershore College

Apple juice flavours include single variety apples and apple with raspberry, cinnamon, blackcurrant or ginger.
Where possible, we use fruit grown by students at the college under Assured Farm Standards.
When own stocks are exhausted, they source fruit from local growers whose orchard management practices are in line with the College's own. Pressed & bottled on site.
Pershore College never add sugar to the juice, preferring to let the individual characteristics of each variety dictate the degree of sweetness of the final product.

The Meat Company

We locally source our drinks & food from the Worcestershire area

Locally Sourcing drinks & food
The Meat Company

A new local supplier for our local pork sausages.
The farm is located on Croome Road in Defford. Livestock is grass reared producing a tasty, tender and succulent meat.
British reared meat, locally grown and fed on the plush green fields of the vale and cut to perfection.

Simply Seasonal

We locally source our drinks & food from the Worcestershire area

Locally Sourcing drinks & food
Simply Seasonal

Marmalade, jams, chutneys - Wendy and Hayley live in the beautiful Vale of Evesham and enjoy all the local produce that this area has to offer
At Simply Seasonal, our products are exactly that; simple jams and chutneys made with locally sourced, fresh produce. We are committed to offering customers the opportunity to experience high quality jams and chutneys that are entirely handmade. Wickhamford, WR11 7RT

Spot Loggins

We locally source our drinks & food from the Worcestershire area

Locally Sourcing drinks & food
Spot Loggins

Spot Loggins ice cream – made in Bretforton, named after a local ghost!
High quality Ice Cream manufactured with love on our family farm in Worcestershire using our very own Organic Milk. With a selection of Sorbets and a Vegan range.
Nestled at the foot of the picturesque Cotswold Hills is Bretforton House Farm, where the Appleby family have farmed for three generations. The delicious organic grass, grown over nearly 800 acres of pasture feeds the crossbred cows (mainly Friesian and Jersey) that produce the rich and creamy milk that goes into Spot Loggins scrumptious ice cream.
The family are proud to say that their cows are grazed outside for 9 months of the year, only have antibiotics when absolutely necessary and are kept to the highest standards of animal husbandry demanded of by the organic certification system…… HAPPY COWS!!
Seasonal local flavours include Asparagus, using world renowned Vale of Evesham Asparagus and Lavender, using lavender from Snowshill Lavender Farm.

Croome Cuisine

We locally source our drinks & food from the Worcestershire area

Locally Sourcing drinks & food
Croome Cuisine

Cheese supplier - Croome Cuisine are a small family business based on the outskirts of Worcester passionate about creating cheeses and relishes that reflect the iconic flavours of our region.
They source local ingredients (whereever possible) introducing a wide range of flavours to cheese and smoking traditionally over Oak logs.

Connoh’s Famous Pickled Eggs

We locally source our drinks & food from the Worcestershire area

Locally Sourcing drinks & food
Connoh’s Famous Pickled Eggs

Made here at the Fleece from free range eggs, we think a traditional pickled egg & a packet of crisps, with a great pint of beer takes a lot of beating!
Happy Days!

Fladbury pies

We locally source our drinks & food from the Worcestershire area

Locally Sourcing drinks & food
Fladbury pies

Made at The Butchers Shop in the small village Fladbury, near Evesham, butcher Simon Taylor began his devotion to good food in Cape Town, South Africa. His scrumptious pork pies are award-winning and made using the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients. We are proud to supply Fladbury Pies and Sausages Ltd - award-winning pork pies and hot eating pies.
:sales@fladburypies.com tel: 01386 860228


We certainly did enjoy our stay at the Fleece Inn (booking ID 268740558).
We arrived to see many people being welcomed to enjoy a concert in the court yard, overflowing onto the lawn.
The Room was bright, clean, comfortable and took us...

Guest Room

Fabulous evening at the Fleece Inn in Bretforton tonight! A tour of this historic pub with the fun pub landlord, Nigel Smith. A good meal-- bangers and mash. Church bell-ringing next door. And an unexpected and very energetic performance by two group...

Landlord’s Tour and Morris

Dear Amanda, Nigel and the team,
I would just like to thank you and all the team at The Fleece for all your hard work helping create a truly memorable day for us all!
We could not fault how smoothly each change around was performed cr...

KC & Tyler’s Wedding

Absolutely love this hotel, the staff are so friendly, the breakfast and food is amazing, always busy bar and food area, great rooms to stay in, spotlessly clean. I really love the staff always friendly and helpful.
Dog friendly - a bowl and b...

Doggie Friendly

Fantastic day. Well catered for. Fantastic venue. Beautiful and great atmosphere. On the perfect summer day with locals enjoying the spectacle too really felt special. We also stayed the night to be treated to a nice rustic English breakfast. Would f...

Wedding Day

Good Afternoon Nigel and staff,
I just wanted to write (well email)! how much Cathy & I enjoyed our visit
last Tuesday 25th July and adding your names to our place mat of The Fleece.
It was great to add another beautiful pub to o...

Fleecey Placemats!

We stayed in the Moongazer on our wedding night and it was amazing, nothing is too much trouble and you feel part of the family. We loved having our own space to wake up in and enjoy a cup of tea looking over the stream x just perfect.
5***** ...

Wedding Night in Moongazer

A big Thank You to all at The Fleece for a really excellent lunch on Tuesday. Your staff gave us a warm welcome and served us all quickly and efficiently. Everyone enjoyed their lunch - with the scampi and chips getting rave reviews! The barn was ...

Stourbridge DFAS

Just wanted to thank all the staff , we visited you several times on our stay in Bretforton . The food is outstanding congratulations on keeping things very real and authentic . Our dog Barney loved the pub and the treats he was given , he also enjoy...

Dog Friendly

We had the most amazing day, the team at the Fleece were fantastic and we
are so glad we chose to celebrate the most special day of our lives at such
a special unique venue.

A massive thanks to you and the team for all of...

Fleece Handfasting

The Fleece Inn is a true English gem. The National Trust are custodians of this unique piece of our heritage and yet it lives vibrantly in the present. It is a busy meeting spot for people from around the world who come to experience and enjoy its m...

Visit England Judges 2016

Thanks for a wonderful weekend at The Fleece, our first time 'Wassailing', really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, the casual/restful nature of the surroundings, yourself and your wonderful Staff who made our weekend so comfortable.
Thanks aga...

Wassail Jan 2016

I would like to say a massive thank you to you and your team at the Fleece for making mine and Rich’s wedding an amazing experience.
I think the ladies name was Jean, she was brilliant and even had a little dance with us on the night. Think ...

Daniela & Rich Round, married Oct 2015

Just beautiful!
Visited here last Friday, as it was on our 'to do' list for some time. The village itself is gorgeous and really quaint. It was quiet when we visited, so we enjoyed some lovely ales whilst exploring this stunning old pub. The b...

Oscar 11

Absolutely stunning setting for a wedding. We stayed in the Gypsy Caravan which is located at the bottom of an orchard. The quietness is amazing and as for the caravan, it was an absolutely wonderful experience. Delightfully decorated and also has a ...

Dave B, Oct 2015

Myself and Dave just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for everything you did for our amazing wedding day on 7th August this year. We both had the best day and all of our guests commented on how wonderful everything was, particularly the venue. All of t...

Keri & Dave, married August 15

“A wonderful 60th birthday party. We chose the Tudor Barn at the back of the Fleece Inn as the venue for my mother's surprise 60th birthday party. It's a beautiful old timber framed building, already well decorated with hops and fairy lights, and w...

Pioneer C, Sept 15

We visited for lunch last Sunday 5th. We've been quite a few times before. Unfortunately just a bit late this year for asparagus but we had a fantastic meal. The Eton Mess was the best I've ever tasted, the mushroom starters were perfection and the c...

Staff C, August 2015

The Fleece Inn is a rare gem, owned by The National Trust, it has one double room for B&B, the full breakfast is a super treat. The bar is very well stocked with real ale, country fruit wines, mead and the usual stock of keg beers and wine bottles. ....

Chatz, via Trip Advisor, August 2015

The Fleece is quaint, unusual, serves a great variety of beer & food. Great garden too with plenty of space.

Jill L, August 2015

We came to the Fleece on Tuesday night, me, my husband & my Mom & Dad. Its the first time we've ever been & I must say we had a fantastic time.We went for the Christmas by candlelight meal & the food was really good! The service was great & the overa...

Simone Freeman

One of my most favourite places! Originally fell upon this gem due to being National Trust members and after falling in love with it, decided to have our Civil Partnership Ceremony here.

I cannot fault the place - such a cosy and rela...

Hayley Leek & Katie Holtham

Oliver and Risa have left today on their honeymoon after a wonderful day on Saturday. No doubt they will be in touch with you. I'd just like to thank you myself for putting on such a terrific show for us all. The atmosphere in the barn was great, the...

Oliver and Risa

Dear everybody at the Fleece.Thank you for making my wedding day perfect! I don't even know where to begin. The venue is beautiful, the guests loved it and you have many new customers now coming to eat and drink! Your food was amazing! The brownies w...

Mrs & Mrs Holder

We attended The King and Corpse in the barn at your venue last night and were so impressed with everything that we felt the need to express our thanks. The Fleece is a wonderful old pub (our first ever visit) the Barn was a really nice venue for such...

Rob Stanton

Thanks so much for hosting us at your beautiful pub - and such amazing food & cider! We enjoyed ourselves so much and really hope to see you again soon.

The Teacups (artist)

The Teacups

Thanks for a fabulous Valentines dinner, excellent food, great service! Xx

Helen Holding

Helen Holding

Thank you to all at The Fleece Inn, Bretforton for hosting our birthday party. The Barn is such a fabulous venue and the evening was fantastic thanks to the landlord and staff xx

Julie Sparling

Julie Sparling

Just had an amazing Sunday lunch drink at the fleece, Nigel Smith and Tash had live music, a flamenco guitarist. ....bliss...

Sara Springett

Sara Springett

Had our reception here last April, it was a fantastic day and the food as well as the atmosphere and staff was amazing

Lisa Handford

Lisa Handford

Thank you to The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, Edward Johnson, Ross Grant and the rest of the band, and caller, for such a fabulous Ceilidh last night. Amazing playing!!

Julie Sparling

Julie Sparling

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all of your help with Haych and Kate Holtham-Leek's wedding. Certainly the friendliest venue I've worked with. Merry Christmas all. X

Anna Stimpson

Anna Stimpson

I just wanted to email you to thank you and your team for my 40th Birthday Party on Saturday 23rd February. It all went very well and all the guests commented on how smoothly the day went. It was a fabulous day- if not a little cold.


Louise McLeod

Thanks very much for everything you and everyone did at the Fleece for our party on Sat 9th Feb.

We all had a great time, everything ran so smoothly, the food was delicious and all of our guests had many compliments for you and the ven...

Corrie McCallum

Karl and I just wanted to say a massive Thank You for making our special day the best day of our lives. From the moment we walked into the venue, we knew it was exactly what we wanted and you worked so tirelessly with us to help us create a memorable...

Siobhan and Karl

Wow! what a fantastic weekend ! Many thanks for looking after us so brilliantly. Please thank chef for cooking excellent food for such a large party.
All the staff were so helpful and friendly and it makes for a great atmosphere.


Linda Pound

Just to say many thanks for a lovely evening at The Fleece.

After a little searching in the dark (we really were only yards from you), we parked in the square by the Church, found the entrance and not only did two local gents say good...

Mike and Carol

Just a note to thank you for your spectacular efforts on our wedding day that took place on 18 August this year. Everything was absolutely perfect! The food was excellent, the barn looked gorgeous, and the festivities went by so smoothly that clearly...

Rosie & Alan

We just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help before and during our wedding reception on 11th August. We had an amazing day and all our guests have commented on what a lovely venue The Fleece is.

The food was delicious! T...

Clare and Martin Evans

My sister got married here on Sunday 26th August. The staff were amazing. So helpful and extremely friendly. The food that was served (pork cobbs with stuffing and apple sauce and a variety of salads) was fresh, cooked well and really tasty.

Suzie Banny

The other week (1st August 2012) we had our wedding reception at the Fleece's barn & i would just like to say what a wonderful day it was & how well run too.I must also mention the great organisation,the fantastic drinks (especially the Real ale & Me...

Nick and Charlotte Ludlow

Amazing ! We had just the best wedding day at The Fleece due mostly to Sadie's robust planning and organisation, endless patience with a neurotic bride, and first class catering.

Our friends were more than suitably impressed by the uni...

Lynsey & Tony

Thanks so much for helping to make our wedding day extra special. Our friends are still talking about what a great day it was. You made things so easy for us on the day which went far too quickly and thanks to Nigel for help with the de bunting!

Adam & Melissa Lowndes

Thank you for organising our amazing day on 9th June 2012. We loved every second.
Thank you to everyone for looking after us so well and for the fantastic food. Thanks Sadie for organising it all and putting up with all the questions.

Rachel and Andy Tindall

I've stayed at this pub several times. I can't think of a better pub that I have been to ever( and that's coming from a rep who stays away regularly in the week for the last 25 years.) The beer is excellent, with a great choice on offer....PIG'S EAR ...

Nigel Ace

A truly magical setting for our son and daughter-in-law's wedding. The food, service and venue were all superb. The staff were wonderful and nothing was too much trouble for them. Thanks to Nigel and Sadie for their support and to the staff who helpe...

Elaine and Graham Labrum

We just wanted to say a great big thank you for helping our wedding on May 26th 2012 to go so brilliantly. We loved every minute and The Fleece Inn was the perfect setting (perhaps helped along a little by the amazing weather we had!). Your staff wer...

Alexa and Tom