From cosy country pubs to the award winning farmers markets in Stroud, farm shops and specialist butchers and grocers, there is lots to explore.
Volunteer-run Fair Trade Cafe serving home made cakes and biscuits including famous handmade Rabbit biscuits, fair traded coffee and tea, cards, gifts and books. Small play area for young children with toys, games and books next to the tables.
45 Long Street Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7BX
Atelier is textile & craft heaven, running workshops, events, a repair cafe, gallery and co-working studios for creatives. Be creative Be inspired by ideas, fabric, yarn, books and more.
1st Floor 19A Lower Street, Stroud, GL5 2HT
A vibrant cafe set in the heart of the market town of Dursley. Serving locally sourced food and cakes that are made on the premises daily. Priding themselves on honest, tasty food, great coffee and friendly service.
80 Parsonage St, Dursley GL11 4AB, GL11 4AB
A multi award winning country pub with roaring log fires and cosy corners and a beautifully landscaped garden and courtyard for summer means the Bell has something for all seasons.Serving hearty, traditional food prepared with fresh ingredients
Sapperton, Nr Cirencester, GL7 6LE
A friendly bistro atmosphere serving afternoon tea, brunch, lunch, homemade scones and cakes, through to a three-course supper menu and cocktails.
Also private hire for celebrations from birthdays and baby showers to intimate wedding receptions and engagements.
38 Silver Street, Dursley, GL11 4ND
It's a small, traditional, family and dog friendly pub just up from Bowbridge Lock on the canal. With an exciting range of real ales, ciders and premium lagers. Good, honest and freshly made food served daily. There's a games room and a separate room for private meetings or watching sports on the TV.
London Road, Stroud, GL5 2AY
Set on the hillside overlooking the Golden Valley, Burleigh Court Hotel has wonderful views. An 18th-century Cotswold-stone manor house, the hotel boasts a large garden, which is listed in the Good Garden Guide, as well as an restaurant and a bar. Afternoon Tea is a speciality as well as Sunday lunch.
Burleigh, Minchinhampton, GL5 2PF
Local cake shop and patisserie offering bespoke occasion cakes. Cosy interior for sit-in coffee and cake, and also outdoor seating in the summer! Vegan and gluten-free options, as well as signature smoothies.
42 Long Street Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7BT
Stylish rooms, a sublime spa, amazing spaces to eat and meet… and 220 glorious acres.
Bring the family, bring a certain someone and absolutely bring your appetite. For top-notch feasting, re-imagined relaxation and a little outdoor adventure.
Calcot & Spa, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8YJ
A much-loved sweet shop stocking all kinds of sweet treats for gifts and occasions, old fashioned and retro sweets offered by the gram, as well as ice cream and coffee.
100% vegan and cruelty free, sugar-free range.
7A Fountain Street, Nailsworth, GL6 0BL
Though part of a chain it is has the feel of a local's cafe. Occupying a corner site in the middle of Stroud it's a great place to watch the world go by, and the Portuguese Egg Tarts (Pastéis de Nata) are fab. If you like these treats then there is an entire stall at the Saturday Farmers Market in Stroud selling only these gems!!
1-2 George Street, Stroud, GL5 3DX
11 and 12 July 2020 is it’s 30th birthday! A packed programme of family fun and entertainment including exciting horsemanship, The Dog and Duck Show, sheepdog demonstrations, falconry, displays and loads for kids. Take your dog for free.
Bathurst Estate, Cirencester Park, Cirencester, GL7 2BU
A seventeenth century ‘cider house’ that is steeped in history and is, quite simply, a perfect village pub nestling in the Cotswold Village of Frampton Mansell. ......Roaring log fires; delicious, traditional, home-cooked food; fine, locally brewed real ales; a beautiful building dating from 1633.
A 12-bedroom hotel annex, ample car parking and exquisite views across the golden valley.
Frampton Mansell, Stroud, GL6 8JG
Roaring fires, beautiful interior and serving up locally inspired flavours. A cellar stocked full of craft ales, fine wines, and fizz - when it comes to Cotswold country pubs, the perfect place to meet and eat in a pretty village setting
High Street, Minchinhampton, Stroud, GL6 9BN
Sit on King Street in the heart of Stroud and watch the world go by. What is it that people love best about Lounging? Is it the food? The cocktails? Our lovely staff? All served in a relaxed, welcoming, big, and bright and space? Or just “lounging”?
9-11 Kings Street, Stroud, GL5 3BX
Vintage and lifestyle mini department store set in an old water powered textile mill. Modelled on a traditional general store, an eclectic mix of contemporary and vintage treasures with The Canteen cafe next door serving the best coffee and cakes.
Days Mill, 3 Old Market, Nailsworth, GL6 0DU
Lovely farm shop on a dairy farm, advocating sustainable and local ethics. Selling great British produce, with a passion for supporting local businesses. Local meat, cheeses, veg, glass bottle milk from local farms, coffee and cakes.
Middlehall Farm, Eastington, Stonehouse Stroud, GL10 3AY
Independently owned 16th Century hotel, bar, restaurant and wedding venue in bustling Nailsworth in. A sympathetically converted mill provides a perfect setting. 32 en-suite bedrooms, 7 stylish apartments and a unique restaurant.
Stroud Rd, Nailsworth, GL6 0AE
A local legend this is pizza at its best. Fat Toni’s is passionate about fresh, ethically sourced, sustainable food sources.
Sharing, Talking, Laughing, Eating.These actions are some of the oldest foundations of Italian family food culture. Kind of says it all.
Vegan options? YES
Now located next to the VUE Cinema in the centre of Stroud.
26 Gloucester St, Stroud, GL5 1QG
Undergoing an extensive refurbishment. It’s the home of Vue Cinema, Anytime Fitness, Stroud Bowl, Halfords, Fat Toni’s, Domino's, EE, Jojo Maman Bebe, and the main town centre car park. Next to the bus station. Lots more to come.
King Street, Stroud, GL5 1RR
Situated in a beautifully restored Cotswold building. Freshly ground coffee, local ingredients, cheese, breads, organic milk, handmade butter, cream and yogurts. Welcoming vibes are at the heart of the café. Brunch menu, take your kids, your dog and good vibes.
3/4 Market Square Minchinhampton, GL6 9BW
A true family business with five generations of baking experience. The expert team of bakers produce an exceptional range of high quality breads, pastries and confectionery. Also aims to help you become an expert home baker through selling baking kits and their cookery school.
4 George St, Nailsworth, Stroud GL6 0AB, GL6 0AB
A 16th-century coaching inn brimming with original character and charm. Nestled in the lovely Gloucestershire countryside, you’ll find a warm welcome and a relaxed pub and bar. Also offering cosy rooms.
Hunters Hall Inn, Kingscote, Tetbury, United Kingdom,, GL8 8XZ
WINNER OF 'BEST RURAL FOOD BUSINESS UK' 2019
Farm Shop, butchers and Café with Jolly Nice Values. Championing old fashioned, independent, sustainable British food, drink and farming. Showcasing brilliant local farmers and top notch producers. Worth a detour for superb burgers and sublime ice cream and cafe too.
Between Stroud and Cirencester
Frampton Mansell, Stroud, GL6 8HZ
Discover this Golden Valley bakehouse cafe. Cakes and Patisserie, the famous Gluten Free Orange and Lavender Cake. Breakfast, lunch and Afternoon High Tea. Next to the canal path and The Victoria Works Studios. There’s a charming gift shop too.
20 London Rd, Chalford, GL6 8NW
A family-run, 850 acre rural estate overlooking the Golden Valley. Made up of woodland, farmland, gardens and The Nursery with an ornate café in an Edwardian greenhouse, making Miserden a go-to destination for plant and coffee lovers alike.
Miserden, Stroud, GL6 7JA
Nibley is the friendly festival in a stunning Cotswold location. The best music, free entertainment for the kids, stalls, local beer, food from around the world – it’s the recipe for a perfect day. A rare festival gem.
Nibley House Farm, The Street, North Nibley, GL11 6DL
Tucked away in a side street of this beautiful village is a special place to stay. Stylish decor on the inside, with 16 lovely bedrooms, a cozy bar, a pool and games room next to one of the lounges, spa treatment rooms, and a great restaurant.
BUT if all that sees a little out of your budget, never fear, we recommend the afternoon tea in front of the fireplace in the upstairs lounge, a little bit of affordable heaven. But do book. Why not walk Painswick Beacon first, just up the road.
They’ve created a number of self-guided walks guests can do to explore the area too.
Kemps Lane, Painswick, GL6 6YB
A family friendly Arts Centre in Uley, promoting performance, live music and art exhibitions as well as accessible workshops, classes and creative experiences for kids and adults.
Workshops from making your own natural skincare products to life drawing and a mini spring retreat. There is the Vestry Cafe too, relaxed atmosphere and yummy food with lots of vegetarian options.
South Street, Uley, GL11 5SS
A real ale pub in Gloucestershire and with seven ales on Tap, with many Local beers on offer. Bringing the best of Stroud ales, art, music and people to its visitors in a way that makes them feel welcomed into the heart of the community.
Rodborough Hill, Stroud, GL5 3SS
With a history going back to 681 in Gloucester, the land at Prinknash was granted to the monks in 1096. After dissolution in 1539 it was a long wait until 1928 before the Benedicktine Monks returned. Search for beautiful “chanting” on their web site, visit the cafe, buy their incense. Discover.
Painswick Road, Cranham, GL4 8EX
Cultural Hub In The Heart Of Stroud. John St: 26 artists, a gallery, project space, cafe/bar and a year round artistic and educational programme. Goods Shed: performances, exhibitions and film screenings.
4 John Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2HA
Saul Junction is where the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal meets the Stroudwater Canal and was a great meeting place for ships and crew, boats and boaters from around the world. Today the junction is still popular with boaters and there are many lovely walks along the idyllic waterways. Nearby is Saul Junction Marina and Saul Junction Visitor Centre.
From birdwatchers to families there is plenty to discover all year round. Enjoy amazing wildlife up-close. With experiences to suit all ages offering access to a huge variety of wildlife, it is no surprise Slimbridge Wetland centre is an award-winning day out.
Newgrounds Lane, Slimbridge, GL2 7BT
Stroud Life "restaurant of the year"....In the heart of town, 1 minute from the railway station, where there is parking. Traditional favourites such as Pizzas & Pasta, and also succulent Steaks, Chicken, Veal and Fish.
A fantastic and affordable set lunch menu with 2 or 3 course available.
Takeaway is available too
Russell Street, Stroud, GL5 3AJ
A 36-bedroom, 17th century Manor House hotel set in six acres of stunning grounds overlooking the Stroud Water Canal and rolling hills of the Stroud Valley. The attractive gardens are perfect for a peaceful stroll, glass of Pimms or game of croquet. The House and garden wing contain a unique restaurant, terrace, bar, conference suites and guest rooms.
Bristol Rd, Stonehouse, Stroud, GL10 3RA
Great place to enjoy organic beer, other local or organic drinks, wood fired pizzas and tours of the Brewery. The Stroud Brewery Tap is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. One of the top destinations for a night out in Stroud. Event facilities and far reaching views of the beautiful Golden valley.
London Rd, Brimscombe, GL5 2BY
It’s a charity bringing the best of music, poetry, drama, art and dance to Stroud and the Five Valleys with a local focus encouraging home-grown talent.Est in 1946, it’s the ‘grandfather’ of the festivals the area. They recently established a Children’s Festival.
A 400 year old traditional country pub perched on the edge of Minchinhampton Common. From the terraced garden, or in the conservatory, there are magnificent views across the valleys facing West. Children, dogs and wellies all welcome!
Littleworth, Amberley, GL5 5AL
A cozy cafe, specialising in fresh, good quality home cooked food for breakfast and lunches. And, of course, great cakes. Take-away or eat in. Tables can be booked for business meetings or lunch with friends. Great outdoor seating for when the sun is shining!
44 Long St, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7BT
A traditional and relaxed atmosphere with delicious food cooked to the highest standard. Using the finest cuts of carefully selected beef, hung for 28 days, and sourced from the family farm within a 10-mile radius of the kitchen.
20 Church St, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7HB
The Polo Pub! A beautiful country pub close to Edgeworth & Longdole Polo Clubs and a short drive to Cirencester Park & the Beaufort. UP for various food awards too. Extensive gardens and play area. Open log fires in the winter Dogs & Horses welcome
The Camp, Stroud, GL6 7ES
Choose a seat by the beautiful bay window and watch for riders trotting by on horseback or perhaps the occasional herd of cows strolling down from the Common. Serving delicious breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas, and lunches. All prepared fresh daily.
7 High Street, Minchinhampton, GL6 9BN
Sitting half way between Stroud and Nailsworth, The Old Fleece oozes rustic character and charm. The restaurant is dog friendly and has a very relaxed and homely atmosphere.
Enjoy the popular terrace during the summer months and snuggle up next to our roaring fire when the nights draw in.
Dining in or al-fresco is available all day from 11am until 10pm (9.45pm Sundays) offering our full menu, snacks, sandwiches and specials.
Rooksmoor Hill, Woodchester, GL5 5NB
An award winning restaurant set in the heart of the vibrant Cotswold town of Nailsworth. Providing a happy, welcoming atmosphere buzzing with life. From early morning, locals and visitors alike enjoy the Olive Tree experience. It's a great place to meet friends, do lunch or eat out in the evening. Come and see for yourself.
28 George St, Nailsworth, Stroud, GL6 0AG
17th Century country inn with an intriguing past. A picturesque garden and roaring log fires, a shabby chic interior combines style and comfort – dogs and wellies welcome. Nine deeply comfortable bedrooms are the epitome of countryside cool.
Cirencester Road, Minchinhampton, GL6 8PE
A tradional country pub nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, a stones throw from junction 14 of the M5 motorway. Here at The Royal Oak we offer a host of real ales, ciders and lagers and traditional home cooked food.
3-5 Haw St, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7AG
Steeped in local tradition a country show celebrating the best of local produce, skills and talents, and offering entertainment for people of all ages. Music, dog show, food and drink, horticulture, art and craft, and lots of stalls of local enterprises. A great family day out.
Stratford Park, 31 Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AJ, GL5 4AJ
Dating back to circa 1769, The Tipputs Inn is at the top of the hill from Nailsworth, a hitching point for an extra team of horses to stop the carts from "tipping up". On a quest to provide locally sourced, great quality food and drinks at reasonable prices. You can find us on the A46 between Nailsworth and Calcot Manor.
Tiltups End, Horsley, GL6 0QE
Wine bar, cocktail den, cafe, restaurant. Great steaks, fresh fish, amazing burgers. Candle lit dining, and excellent coffee. A warm, friendly atmosphere that manages to be both lively and relaxing at the same time.
George Street, Nailsworth, GL6 0AG
A quintessential country pub, with roaring log fires and muddy boots, dogs and children are all welcome. Renowned for its 2in1 pies ® we use great seasonal British food. Local real ales on tap, as well as an interesting and varied wine list.
Avening Road, Minchinhampton, GL6 9AL
The arboretum is home to 2,500 different species from the far corners of the globe and 5 national tree collections. Discover the perfect place for you to escape, relax or have an adventure! Take a journey up into the canopy on the STIHL Tree Top Walkway, go on a guided walk around the arboretum and stop by the café for a tasty treat.
Westonbirt, Tetbury, GL8 8QS
Looking for a foodie adventure or a treat, and why not? Perhaps head out into the Severn Vale and discover Italian-style ice cream - THE Wholly Gelato. Made from the herd of many colours and the milk can be purchased through a vending machine too (so take a container).
Followed by a walk along the River Severn footpath or pop in to Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre and a look at the Gloucester Waterways Museum. A cracking day out!
Barhouse Farm, Elmore, GL2 3NT
Award winning independent bistro style restaurant & Rooms with sunny outside terrace dining. 1AA Rosette. Delicous brunch, lunch & dinner menus championing local produce. Gorgeous wine list & cocktails.
3 Cossack Sqaure Nailsworth, GL6 0DB
Fresh produce to intrigue your taste buds. Multi-award winning delicatessen and restaurant. Offering all kinds of delicious goods, fresh fish, seafood, cheeses, fruit and vegetables. Open for lunch Monday to Sunday. One of Rick Stein’s ‘Food Heroes’
3 Fountain St, Nailsworth, GL6 0BL
Started as a hobby on 2002 and with the first wines in 2006 this small family run vineyard tucked under the Cotswold Edge near Wotton is a little food and drink discovery. Contact Deane for a wine tasting, but allow enough time to take a stroll in the valleys and on the hills whilst your there.
Alderley, Wotton Under Edge, GL12 7QT
Est 1925. Still at the same site on Rodborough Common and the same Victorian recipe as the very first day. Producing ice cream in small batches to ensure it’s tasty. Lactose free, celiac and vegan options. Walk, cycle or drive to the parlour, just don’t miss out!
Greenacres, Bowham, Stroud, GL5 5BX
Family owned vineyard in the Cotswolds creating award winning English wines. A selection of grape varieties, spread across three vineyards. Situated under a hollowed out stone quarry at the top of Doverow Hill, on the edge of the Cotswold Escarpment. Take a guided tour of the vineyard and winery, or join for a tasting.
Convent Lane, Woodchester, GL5 5HR
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