The Trouble House is located just north of Tetbury, alongside the busy A433 to Cirencester. I couldn't say how many times over the years we've driven past at 60 mph without giving the place a second thought - until recently. We stopped on impulse, desperate for coffee and were persuaded to try co-owner Sally David's cake. That did it! We've now been three times in the space of a month, despite living 30-40 mins drive away.
Each time we've been impressed, whether by coffee and the excellent, home-made cake, a weekday lunch, Sunday lunch or Saturday evening dinner. Our most recent trip was for dinner on a gloriously sunny summer evening. We sat outside in the little courtyard at the back of the cafe, distracted by the traffic on the A433, it's true, but it wasn't so loud that we couldn't enjoy a conversation.
We have two dogs and, had it been too cold or wet to eat outside, we could have taken them into the bar, where there are several tables in a dog-friendly area.
The Trouble House is open for lunch from Tuesday-Sunday but for dinner only on Fridays & Saturdays.
My sirloin steak was cooked rare, as requested, and was delicious. Chef patron Mariusz Dziamski sources his meat locally and we haven't been disappointed yet. The rocket was served with sliced, fresh horseradish - brilliant decision!
I couldn't really justify having a dessert but, on our previous visit, for Sunday lunch, I had the best lemon meringue pie.... ever, so knew I'd be missing out if I declined. Consequently, I ordered the lemon cheesecake on a ginger crust and am sure I've never eaten a better one!
The service is friendly and, although booking is not required, it is recommended.
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