Gloucester Old Spot
Interestingly furnished country pub with much character, good ales and likeable food
The good pub guide review
This friendly, characterful pub manages to retain the feel of a country local, despite being close to the city of Cheltenham. The quarry-tiled beamed bar has chapel chairs and other seats around assorted tables (including one in a bow-windowed alcove) and opens into a lighter, partly panelled area with cushioned settles and stripped kitchen tables. Changing beers from the likes of Bristol Beer Factory, Clavell & Hind, Otter, Purity, Stroud and Wye Valley, six decent wines by the glass, three farm ciders and their own-brand medium sweet perry are served by young, friendly staff. Decoration is in unobtrusive good taste, with winter log fires. A handsome baronial-style separate dining room (once a hunting lodge to nearby Boddington Manor) has similar country furniture, high stripped-brick walls, dark flagstones and candlelight; background music. Outside, there are chunky benches and tables under parasols on a terrace, with some oak barrel tables on brickwork and pretty flowers in vintage buckets and baskets; heaters for cooler weather and a smoker for smoked meats, fish and other treats.
The good pub guide food review
Popular food includes filled rolls, seared pigeon breast with black pudding and honey-roasted beetroot, cheese soufflé with cream and nutmeg, buttermilk fried chicken with coconut dhal, burger with celeriac slaw and triple-cooked chips, crispy calamari with charred watermelon and feta, confit duck leg with smoked pork belly lardons, baby gem and mint salsa, and weekly changing seasonal puddings; they also offer a two-course weekday lunch menu.
Gloucester Old Spot, Tewkesbury Road, Elmstone Hardwicke, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9SY
Weekdays: 11-10; 11-11 Thurs-Sat