The Gloucester Old Spot
As we headed home after an evening spent at The Gloucester Old Spot, we had only one regret – that it’s not our local. We were impressed from the moment we walked through the doors – the dining room is filled with eclectic but sophisticated furniture, with feature walls of vintage mirrors and a beautiful red brick chimney breast with an open fireplace. Outside, there’s an enormous beer garden with plenty of seating, a play area for children, and an under-cover chill-out zone with comfortable sofas and charming lighting. This is a family-friendly pub with all the sophistication of a gastropub.
The chef treated us to amuse-bouches of whipped goat’s cheese with candied walnuts, and trout pâté, which indicated the culinary talent of the kitchen team. These we followed with Thai fishcakes and spicy chicken wings. For the main course, my husband chose the catch of the week – monkfish tail wrapped in Parma ham, served with apricot and mint polenta, ratatouille and courgette ribbons. I chose the chicken supreme, which was complemented by cauliflower cheese croquettes. Both dishes were recommended to us by the lovely staff, who were well informed about the impressive menu. I kept it simple for dessert, plumping for a few scoops of heavenly Marshfield ice cream, while my husband indulged in a cherry and chocolate ganache that he’s still talking about.
Offering beer, cider, wine and cocktails, this pub has something for everyone. I enjoyed an Amazing Grace cocktail, which featured vodka, raspberries, elderflower and a Prosecco top – what a treat.