Russell’s, a restaurant with rooms, is set on the High Street in the picture-postcard Cotswolds village of Broadway which is lit with twinkling white lights in the festive season and attracts guests looking for a hint of Christmas past – in plush surroundings of course.
Russell’s serves modern British cuisine in its stylish and well-appointed restaurant and offers a very special Christmas menu. As well as the restaurant, there are seven guestrooms and suites, all furnished to a high standard.
Broadway itself takes on an elegant feel in the run-up to the festive period with the local shops pulling out all the stops to make attractive window displays and offering locals and visitors alike the chance to shop for Christmas at their leisure – avoiding stressful, crowded and characterless shopping centres. Free mulled wine and mince pies help set the holiday mood as musicians and carol singers keep shoppers entertained. Horse and carriage rides along the High Street add to the charm of the occasion.
With fewer tourists and fewer visitors from overseas, the village becomes something of a ‘hidden gem’ from November to January – but those who do discover its many charms tend to return year on year for more of its old-worlde feel and laid-back style.
Even in the quieter months there is plenty to see and do in the village. The village boasts several notable art galleries and gift shops, including a branch of the Ashmolean Museum. Behind Russell’s, the Gordon Russell Museum features the work of Sir Gordon Russell, the famous Arts & Crafts furniture designer, after whom Russell’s was named.
Russell’s is a family business, owned by Andrew and Gaynor Riley – third generation hoteliers in Broadway. Andrew says: “Christmas is a special times for us and the village, not to mention the surrounding countryside which looks simply stunning in the winter light. Guests can take their time looking around the village and then we entice them back indoors with our wonderful festive menu and Christmas decorations. We offer the perfect balance of festivities and relaxation for overnight discerning guests.”
The ‘restaurant-with-rooms’ is a French concept with the emphasis on fine food and company plus well-appointed bedrooms.