The town of Stroud is in the Cotswolds area of Gloucestershire. Five valleys converge at the town and make it a very special area for walking or cycling.
The town has steep hills, independent shops and vibrant cafe culture. Stroud is the principal town in the area, serving many villages and smaller towns in the area. Stroud has a significant art community and is a hotbed for protestors, especially environmental activists.
The five valleys include Chalford valley, Nailsworth Valley, Ruscombe Valley, Slad Valley and the Painswick Valley. These are stunning places for walking and exploring the local countryside.
Getting To Stroud
The town is served by stagecoach busses from Cirencester, Gloucester, Cheltenham and many of the local Cotswold Villages. It is also on the train line to London, so within easy reaches from many places outside of the county.
The town has many independent eateries and some chain venues like Curio Lounge. The villages of the nearby valleys also have many top-notch restaurants.
Based in the heart of Stroud Galgos Latino is in the former pub The Greyhound. The restaurant focusses its menu on Latin American dishes, including Venezuelan and Mexican dishes. The venue has a nice comfortable vibe with comfy seating, including a nice sofa neat to the bar.
The menu includes main courses such as Steak Chimichurri and Carne Mechada a traditional shredded beef stew from Venezuela. They also have a superb choice for fish meals and meals suitable for vegetarians.
The bar serves a variety of drinks including beer from local breweries. Soft drink options include a variety of juices including peach, orange, cranberry or ginger beer.
The Old Fleece
Near to Stroud is The Old Fleece, a nice place to dine out for an evening meal. The Old Fleece is a 250-year-old former coaching inn and looks rather impressive and historical. The fleece is perfect for outdoor eating or more formal sit down meal inside the nicely decorated bar or dining area.
The Old Fleece serves food daily from 11 am until 10 pm, they are even dog-friendly so you can bring Fido along. Their menu is pretty special and includes delights such as lamb shank, local meats, vegetarian katsu curry and more. They also serve a traditional roast dinner every Sunday.
Rajdoot in Stroud
Indian restaurant Rajdoot is near to the town centre and serves food from India. Rajdoot is unique in how their creative head chef cooks daily specials so you can try something new every visit.
Karibu is the first artsy Vegan Bar & Kitchen in the heart of Stroud, at 23 Nelson Street. It will serve up comfy Vegan street-food inspired by traditional recipes from all over the world; and display original artwork from talented local artists (and dear friends).
Karibu opened its doors to its Vegan Bar & Kitchen in March 2020. They look forward to giving you a warm welcome whether you’re looking for a hearty lunch; feel-good dinner; a cheeky slice of cake with coffee; or a glass of wine.
Gluten-free and nut-free options are available. The cheery staff will always do their best to cater to any specific requirements you may have.
Things To See and Do
There are many things to see or do in Stroud, however, hiking is one of the more popular choices.
Lansdown Hall & Gallery
They originally built Lansdown Hall & Gallery as a temperance hall in the 19th-century. The hall now hosts live music, theatre, seminars, cinema and art exhibitions. It is located close to St Laurence’s Church and the library.
St Laurence Church
St. Laurence Church is in the Shambles, Stroud. The site has been a place of worship for over 700 years. In 1866, the Victorians felt that the existing building could no longer meet the growing demands of the town and rebuilt the church, except for the 14th Century tower and spire which are original structures. The grounds are a nice place to go for reflection or somewhere quiet to enjoy an alfresco lunch.
There are many options in the area to do food shopping the most notable is Stroud farmers’ market or some of the local farm shops. The town also has many great independent food shops such as bakery, deli and much more.
The weekly farmers’ market in Stroud takes place in Cornhill Market and the nearby streets. It is open from 9 am until 2 pm every Saturday and is a great place to buy some local food produce. Stroud Farmers Market has won awards and is one of the most popular in the UK. There is a great variety of locally produced food including meats, cheese, fruit and vegetables. There are bakeries that supply bread and cakes and local beer and wine suppliers.
Situated just outside the town on the road to Cirencester is Jolly Nice, a comprehensive farm shop. They have a great variety of locally produced food, and a cafe to enjoy lunch out in the beautiful countryside.
Five Valleys Market
The Five Valleys Market is a great place to go shopping in stroud, their concept is like that of the famous Borough Market in London. They have a great selection of food retailers including artisan bakeries, butchers and delicatessen stalls. They also have a variety of street food offerings, thus a great place to dine out.