I cannot speak highly enough of the Woolpack at Slad.
Four miles out of Stroud, in an area of good pubs, it stands out.
The beer is excellent - Uley and Stroud Brewery.
The conversation is at hubbub level.
No piped music (they occasionally have locals who rock up with a guitar or an accordion and start jamming).
Nothing looks new - in fact, it all looks old and battered - but it's spotless and the 'batteredness' is just right, and it feels old and lived in and loved. If Laurie Lee came back from the dead tomorrow and wandered in, I'm fairly sure he'd know it.
There's a lovely view.
There's a nice decked area for summer evenings.
The staff are young but polite and friendly and eager to help.
The customers are all civilised and friendly.
We've eaten there a few times and I'd say the food is a solid 8/10 - about as good as pub grub gets. (I like drinking in pubs, not eating in them, but they're happy for you to do either, or both.)
I'm struggling for negatives. It can take a minute or two to get served - may not sound like much, but when you're gasping for a pint of Budding...
Sorry, that's about the best I can do!
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