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“Nice family lunch”

Brewers Fayre Old Nelson
Ranked #99 of 143 Restaurants in Stroud
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Cheltenham
Level 6 Contributor
664 reviews
426 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Nice family lunch”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Booked in for a sundial lunch for 8 including 2 children. All pretty good:

- friendly service (waitresses charge about a bit though so watch out).
- nice carvery and salads.
- unlimited coffees.
- nice atmosphere.

Good every day lunch out especially with children.

  • Visited March 2014
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Average”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

I've dropped into this place from time to time over the last 20-30 years or so for the odd meal, and it still hasn't quite got it right.
The building is handsome, the decor is bright and cheery, there's plenty of room, the food is filling and well cooked, if you've got kiddies it's a good place to take them, there's plenty of seating outside and it's just opposite Stratford Park.
But. The food is just completely average, cooked to a standard format. To my mind, the worst part is having to stand in a queue at the bar to order, whether it's drinks, drinks and meals or just meals, or even to pay, because they don't put enough staff on the tills (on the busy Sunday we visited, just two). I thought this sort of thing went out with the Ark. Beer prices are OK, but a large spritzer will knock you back about six quid!
Toilets are grubby - the gents' doors inside and out were very dirty and grubby, even the windows were grubby. And when oh when are outfits like this going to realise that someone coming round with a phony smile asking 'Is everything all right with your meal' just gets your back up? It does mine.

  • Visited March 2014
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Europe
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Average food, average beer, average service, good location”
Reviewed 14 March 2014 via mobile

Just very average, the food came incredibly quickly after ordering and was poor quality, the staff at the bar weren't very attentive and looked completely disinterested. The restaurant layout and location were the only real positives, but, having said that there's plenty of better eateries nearby

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Awful”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

Terrible, bland, over cooked food, clueless staff, tatty decor. To be avoided. Wasn't expecting much from this place before I went, but it was even worse than I expected

  • Visited February 2014
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“The worst meal out ever”
Reviewed 27 February 2014 via mobile

From the outside this place looks amazing. A beautiful Georgian building set in the outstanding Stratford park. The only clue as to the disappointment that awaits inside it the cheap 'Brewers Fayre' pub signage flapping outside. On arrival the recently post pubescent children running the place, finally seated us and we paid up front for the food. Good job as I would not have paid for the gruel we were finally served up. The soup was like watered down 'value brand' tomato soup. The main was almost inedible. The chicken looked like a huge hulk of reconstituted parts, it was too big to be a real chicken joint. So I went for the beef. It was like eating old boot leather. The sprouts were clearly frozen: spongy and tasteless and soggy frozen Yorkshire puddings. The rest of the veg was overcooked frozen pig swill. Then my partner found what resembled a private hair in the mash! I don't expect cordon bleu for tenner; but I do expect fresh veg, decent joints and minge hair free mash. No not terrible... Repulsive!

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