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.

A plug for Black Book cafe, tucked into the old Co-Op building and managing to serve a hot Flat White (as in hot) in surroundings my teenage son would appreciate.


Can’t go wrong with Saxon LP covers


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.


Harder to photograph than you might think, and with some of the toilet “art” saved for a future blog, I can only recommend a visit for best effect.

The “garden”


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 ?


  1. I thought it may have been the one in the bottom right hand corner,lots of those album covers bring back memories from looking round record shops in the mid to late 70s,all slightly to heavy for me,i do like the Led Zep 4 album but then who does’nt,i was more into Pink Floyd,Genesis,Hawkwind and got most Tangerine Dream albums,i could not listen to them now though,saw all live apart from Pink Floyd which was a shame.


      1. I am glad i got them when they were only a couple of pounds,i still have all of my old LPs but a player for them,
        I did see most heavy rock type groups when they were not too much older than me,i really liked watching thse types of groups but would never buy an album by them,the Def Leppard tickets at the Assembly rooms cost £3.00,i saw Whitsnake for a pound more and had a great time with mates watching Moterhead on a couple of their tours,the Ace of Spades one was good.
        Talking about this brings back so many good memories.
        I think i will pass on paying £15-£20 quid for an album.


  2. I think “Rock the Night” by Europe is 1986. That must be a 12″ single as they never had a studio album of that name. By the way, a couple of the pics are failing to display – both on PC and phone.


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