Tatyan's, 27 Castle St., in Cirencester (tel. 01285/653529; www.tatyans.com), is a choice place to dine. It serves Peking, Hunan, and Szechuan specialties, with nearly a dozen prawn dishes on the large menu. For a pint, head for the town favorite, the Crown, 17 W. Market Place (tel. 01285/653206), a friendly pub enjoyed by locals and students alike, with out-of-towners predominating in summer. The place boasts a 400-year-old tradition of serving ale and victuals on this site, and it has the most convivial nightlife in town.

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