Three favourite local foodie experiences

First of all, aren’t we so very lucky to have the choice of eateries and local handmade fine foods in this area of the Cotswolds. We are never stuck for somewhere new to try but often go back again and again to some of our familiar haunts.

So here are three little foodie adventures that we can recommend to locals and lucky visitors who want some good, honest and delicious artisan food.

A summer’s morning outside with Coffee & Cake

My latest firm favourite for the very best coffee (you would think you were in Italy) and the most amazing baked ‘on the premises’ treats is Hobbs in Nailsworth.

Many of us locals know it well, but I have to say, from someone who ‘does coffee’ quite a bit, it’s top for quality, service and atmosphere. When it’s fine weather, grab a seat outside by the stream and watch the ducks while sipping the best cappuccino around. Plus, you don’t get great big bucket mugs. I do love a nice cup, giving enough to savour but not enough to drown in!

An evening canal cycle with a pub stop

If you are feeling energetic, cycle the lovely Stroud canal path and end up at Eastington at the Old Badger Inn.

This unassuming pub was recommended by my 18 year old son (of all people) and what a surprise! A great atmosphere, still full of character and fabulous pub food of the highest pub standard.

Just what you need after an hours cycle, with an hours cycle back ahead!

A picnic from the farmers market

Now, the problem here is – how do you choose? Many foodies know that Stroud Farmers market has won awards for the best artisan farmers market in the UK. In fact, that’s what gave us the idea for Love Local for Foodies online!

So, you can select many Award winning producers as you wish and make up an amazing picnic.

For cheese, there are three or four local producers who will provide the very best. Homemade tarts and pies will compliment. The Artisan Baker provides the bread and handmade chocolates. To add some of your five a day, the multitude of fruit and veg stalls will provide a variety of tomatoes, salad and unusual fruits. The olive lady (must ask her name next time!) can provide you with the best marinated olives you can buy.

For a little summer tipple, try Days Cottage Cider or Apple Juice or a local fruit wine from a Gloucestershire vineyard.

So ‘go local” for your foodie experiences and you will be in for a real Cotswold treat.