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“It's like you've died and gone to heaven”
Review of The Woolpack

The Woolpack
Ranked #25 of 151 Restaurants in Stroud
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$40
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 10 February 2015

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).

No telly.

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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1  Thank MilesCotswolder
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Reviewed 7 February 2015

27 of us descended on The Woolpack after a morning's walk, hungry and thirsty. We had booked, of course. Two rooms had been set aside and prepared for us, and we were made immediately welcome by landlady Hannah and her staff. The service of both food and drink was first rate and remarkably swift for a small establishment catering for a large party. My Old Lags crew are most particular about their beer, but this pub rates highly in that respect. The food also did not disappoint. As the party leader I was extremely pleased and have received unsolicited comments from many of the party, all of them very positive. My advice to others wanting a lunch stop after a walk in the Slad valley is do go to The Woolpack, but be sure to book - it can be full if you haven't.

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1  Thank Rick B
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Reviewed 18 January 2015 via mobile

Difficult to write anything new about this little gem of a pub. After a lovely walk through The Slad valley we went to our prebooked table in this unique venue. The staff were wonderfully friendly and seemed genuinely interested in their work and your enjoyment. How the kitchen staff continue to produce endless plates of quality food from such a small space is truly amazing. We had between us the pigeon, soup and mussels starters followed by slow roasted belly of pork and fish and chips. All plates emptied, diners very happy and a memorable meal had by all.

2  Thank Charles B
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Reviewed 15 December 2014

The Woolpack takes advantage of its link with Laurier Lee. The ambiance is good and the pub runs regular features of interest. The menu, which has a couple of unusual but good specials charges a little more more than average for standards (haddock/chips or gammon/egg/chips etc). This pub serves mussels like no other for miles around.The bar is excellent with a variety of well- kept local ales; the service is excellent. There are very good walks in the valleys, so make sure you have a good lunch here afterwards.

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2  Thank GOSpot
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Reviewed 3 December 2014

The staff and the unchained pub environment plus the excellent food and the best Bloody Mary in the Cotswolds.

Thank Steffi W
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