Stroud is an OK town surrounded by superlative countryside. Most folk will know “Cider with Rosie” land to the north, but I’ve always preferred the more industrialised (i.e.the tractors there work) area to the south. The Forest Green Rovers FC ground is one of my favourites, veggie burgers notwithstanding.
Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons are easy walking territory which looks great on the OS Map. You can get lost here.
Pretty much great views wherever you go.
When Greenalls (remember them) started their Premier Lodge chain in the early ’90s, Stroud was the first place we visited, and a £29 bargain it was too.
It’s still an attractive town, but what you always feel should be a Hebden or Totnes actually seems closer to a Trowbridge now. Fairtrade town status suggests independents, but it’s chock-full of the usual chains.
QUIZTIME – How many of those LPs were released after 1985 ?
The Ale House has a fair bit of quirk too, even if the art feels a bit lost in an empty pub (it was 3pm). Mrs RM would have appreciated its airy feel and tasteful furnishings. A good contrast to the Crown and Sceptre which altogether more “boozer”.
I feared a bit for the beer from an ambitious range, and bravely chose the local Stroud “Hazy Vermont”, which was pleasingly good (NBSS 3.5).
The other Guide newbie was a 15 minute stride from the station to Rodborough Hill. This is one of the many pubs in the area that could be stuck under several geographic headings in the Beer Guide to confuse GBG tickers. If (South) Woodchester deserves its own heading, so does Rodborough.
The classic edge-of-Cotswold stone exterior disguises an extraordinary interior straight out of Bedminster (or Lower Godney). The blue plaque sets the tone.
All pointless without good beer, of course, and besides my positive view on the Stroud (NBSS 3.5). I have Louise to vouch for the quality of the Landlord.
If only all pubs with beer ranges as wide and interesting as these two could be relied on for quality, heh ?