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“Good British and seasonal ”
Review of Gumstool Inn

Gumstool Inn
Ranked #10 of 33 Restaurants in Tetbury
Price range: US$13 - US$60
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Gumstool Inn is a traditional English country pub - cosy, cheerful, friendly and warm! Even better than that, it's set within the grounds of Calcot. Even better than that, you can get to it through the main house, so you don't even have to stray out into the cold to get there. On warmer summer days you can dine alfresco at tables in the sunshine, with a cool drink in hand, or relax with friends for a light summer meal in our charming courtyard. When the weather's a little chilly, you can venture indoors and watch our chefs prepare delicious meals from our fireside grill. Serving real ales and excellent food, The Gumstool is always welcoming. Stop in for a quick drink, linger over a lazy lunch or tuck into a hearty supper. Top quality, seasonal, local produce is one of the reasons why our food tastes so good! We serve plum tomato & caramelised tart, steaks, crispy beer-battered cod and chunky, satisfyingly melt-away chips. You'll get a warm welcome and your children are taken care of with food that we know they'll love, and you know they'll eat. See you soon! Our menus and ingredients change regularly and throughout the seasons. Feel free to call 01666 890391 with any questions on our menus, ingredients or bookings.
Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

We have been going to the gumstool for many years and every meal delivers the finest British produce that always guarantees to be both seasonal and a divine dinning experience in what can only be described as a ambient relaxed atmosphere

Thank Andrew A
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Such amazing food! You have to eat here!
Staff are always smiling and are so friendly and atmosphere is buzzing! Love it!

Thank zoe12345678
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Calcot manor happens to be conveniently located 15 minutes from our home when my wife and I travel back from Oxford, a trip we often find ourselves doing. This is why we have eaten at the Gumstool at least a dozen times this year alone (and once in the more upmarket restaurant), yet this is the first time I have got around to writing it up. I keep meaning to, just not enough time in the day! The food is every bit as good as other glowing reports on this site and , when you think about it, if you have a restaurant as good as Calcot Manor, the food in the more humble "pub" side is always going to a cut above the normal gastropub. The chefs are used to preparing, cooking and presenting food of a certain standard: they cannot just dumb it down for the pub. However, what I want to emphasise in this review is the friendliness of the staff, which with the quality of the food is the reason we keep returning. I read in one review that "that while the waitress/waiter serving us were pleasant enough, for both clearly English was not their first language and I think for that reason, they did not engage with us at all, other than to take the order and go". The staff (dining staff, bar staff, manageresses and/or supervisors) are mostly, but by no means exclusively, Polish and that person's experience was the opposite of ours on each and every occasion we have dined there. Not only are they friendly and happy to engage with customers, they resolve any complaint better than anywhere I have ever eaten in the world. Mistakes can happen in any kitchen and sometimes after complaining you begin to wonder whether it was worth it. In some instances you even begin to wonder whether it was wise to complain ... if you get my drift, but not at the Gumstool, where every problem is swiftly and effortlessly resolved with a genuine smile, apology and good grace. The very first time we had a meal here, we noticed how all the staff really enjoyed their work, how they did not just turn on a smile when speaking to customers, but smiled and joked with each other away from customer areas. Working restaurant hours is not easy, but customers do not want to feel sorry for the staff as they are eating. It's good to eat where the staff are not only competent, but happy at their work. On our one visit to the main restaurant we saw one of the Gumstool waitresses dining there and jokingly asked the person serving us whether Calcot Manor overpaid its staff if they could afford to dine in its upmarket restaurant, only to discover that they had all been given vouchers to spend at any of Calcot Manor's facilities. Apparently a number of the Gumstool staff had decided to try out the main restaurant, to see what it was like. Another indication that they genuinely interested in their work. A few wine tips: if you find the Gumstool range limited, you can ask for the main restaurant list, which is not big itself, but does offer more choice. The house Champagne is Gaston Chiquet, which is not expensive for Champagne and can be highly recommended. The very best cuvee is his vintaged Blanc de Blancs (any vintage). The best-value fine quality Burgundy is the 2009 Savigny-les-Beaune from Domaine Chandon de Briailles, although it has to be said that because of the vintage, it is a bit of a fruit-bomb.

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1  Thank TomFizzStevenson
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

You have a choice. Calcot Manor main restaurant, whilst exceptionally good, will cost you. Keep it for special occasions. Instead, on the same site is the Gumstool Inn. Food is really good. Locally sourced, good selection of specials and set menus, plus a very nice choice of more expensive dishes from the a la carte menu.

Service is usually on the ball, surroundings can be busy but there are some nice nooks and alcoves if you look around. Recommend booking as this place is well-known in the area.

Food, well, you're getting something that isn't fussy works of art on a plate, but is nevertheless really well-presented and well above the average pub food. I mean well above average.

We've been many times. Excuses for visiting vary but sometimes we can't think of a reason and go anyway.

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Thank Joe H
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

It has been a long time since our last visit to the Gumstool but the standard of food remains high. We were a party of three adults all with very different tastes. We had the dressed crab - which was lovely, main meals enjoyed were the sea bass, steak pie and burger with chips.
The food was lovely but one main meal portion sizes were variable, dependent on what you had chosen, so if you have a big apetite - go for the burger! (or add extra sides)
We each had different puddings and again for taste and presentation it was a definite hit.

If I was being picky, I would say that while the waitress/waiter serving us were pleasant enough, for both clearly English was not their first language and I think for that reason, they did not engage with us at all, other than to take the order and go - I like some personality and enjoyment - but to be fair, that could also be the inhouse ethos.

I will go back as I enjoyed the food, but don't feel the need to rush back.

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Thank linda m
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