For a small town, Stroud punches above its weight for great places to eat and drink
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STAR ANISE cafe 🐾
1 Gloucester St. Stroud GL5 1QG
Popular, friendly cafe with an arty, hippy-vibe. Coffee, herbal teas, soft and alcoholic drinks, homemade cakes and mainly veggie/vegan food. Frequently hosts evening events.
Try: The Buddha bowls and live music nights
Woodruffs Organic Cafe 🐾
24 The High St. Stroud GL5 1AJ
The first organic cafe in the country, it has a fantastic vegetarian/vegan menu and prides itself on using seasonal, organic ingredients. With an upstairs tearoom, child-friendly area and outside seating, it’s a great spot for people-watching with a coffee and cake.
Try: All. The. Cakes.
Jolly Nice 🐾
Frampton Mansell, Stroud GL6 8HZ
It’s a short drive out of Stroud, but a trip to this converted petrol station is totally worth it. An award-winning farmshop with a great cafe and the best coffee in the area, it has a characterful yurt and plenty of outside space to eat, drink and spend an afternoon.
Try: The coffee, the ice cream and the burgers.
Thistledown Farm 🐾
Tinkley Lane, Nympsfield, Stonehouse GL10 3UH
A small, yet perfectly formed little cafe set on a spacious campsite just outside Stroud, open lunchtimes. Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired food and great coffees and cakes - it’s worth the trip out!
Try: Their woodfired pizza nights
Pubs & bars
The Golden Fleece 🐾
Nelson St. Stroud GL5 2HN
Friendly, welcoming pub with lots of character. It’s a popular spot with locals of all ages - great for a weeknight get-together with some big tables, and a more bustling atmosphere at the weekend.
Try: Their awesome beer garden
The Crown & Sceptre 🐾
98 Horns Rd. Stroud GL5 1EG
Always something going on, whether it’s music, comedy food or sport, this is a real local favourite and a big part of the community.
Try: Their ‘Up the Workers’ and Meat Free Monday dinner nights
The Prince Albert 🐾
Rodborough Hill. Stroud GL5 3ss
Something of a Stroud institution, this characterful, popular pub is well worth the trek up the hill. Events-led and known as a great live music venue, there’s always something going on. It’s a ‘local’ for the whole town.
Try: Their live music nights and pop up kitchens
Stroud Brewery 🐾
Kingfisher Business Park, London Rd, Stroud GL5 2BY
A relaxed bar on their brewery site, they also have wood-fired pizzas cooked to order, and regular events. A proper Stroudie experience!
Try: The Tom Long - a local favourite
The Little George 🐾
21 George St.. Stroud GL5 3DP
Stroud’s only micropub, with a diverse selection of real ales, craft beers, wine, gin and soft drinks. They also have free wifi if you want to catch up on those emails whilst sipping a pint!
Try: For cosy drinks with a few friends
The Curio lounge 🐾
9-11 King st. Stroud Gl5 3bx
Quirky decor, cosy armchairs and big tables - plus their upstairs is huge! A great all-rounder suitable for families and groups, with a good selection of food and drinks for both big and little folk. Plenty of veggie, vegan and gluten-free options too.
Try: If you’re going out as a group
The Woolpack (Slad)
Slad rd. Stroud GL6 7QA
Of Laurie Lee and Cider with Rosie fame, this characterful pub has stunning views across the Slad valleys, serves great food and is passionate about real ale and ciders. Parking is on-street only and gets quite busy - so great as a stop-off on a country walk!
Try: Their lunches with a view
12 Union st. Stroud GL5 2HE
Boasting Stroud’s best sun-trap courtyard, perfect for sipping a cocktail and trying some globally inspired street food. Tasty, casual dining - they play their music loud and serve their food spicy!
Try: Their cocktails in the courtyard
12 Union st. Stroud GL5 2HE
This is dirty food, but in the best way possible! Sundaes. waffles, fries, burgers and lots of vegan options too, all with a relaxed vibe.
Try: Their breakfasts for a cheap and tasty wake-up
1 London Rd. Stroud GL5 2AA
Healthy, delicious and quick, great to grab a spot of lunch during the week. On-the-go or eat-in, with some on-street seating when the weather’s nice.
Try: The wraps - they’ll keep you going all day!
Simpsons fish & chips
13 Bedford Street, Stroud GL5 1AY
Simply, the best fish ‘n’ chips in town! They also do a gluten-free day the first Tuesday of every month.
Try: The fried halloumi
middle st. Stroud GL5 1dz
High-end, seasonal Italian dining from the guys that do the best pizza in Stroud. Great for special occasions or if you want to impress!
Try: The lunchtime menu
6 Union st. Stroud GL5 2HE
For relaxed, grown-up dining, Birch is open on Fridays and Saturdays only, and perfect for an end-of-the-week meal out.
Try: Breakfast on a Saturday