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Golden Heart, Nettleton Bottom

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We visited this pub for the first time recently: can't think why we've never tried it before, unless it's just because we've zoomed past on the A417 without really twigging that the old stone buildings actually are a pub. It's a traditional rustic pub with several small rooms and a tiny two-sided bar, plus some sort of function room at the back. There's a big beer garden with great views out over the valley.

Four beers were on offer: Otter and Brakespear bitters were both on top form; Cotswold Lion Best In Show was good but not the best; the guest beer, Stroud Tom Long, was sour but quickly changed. Food was just what we wanted, with particularly good starters and substantial Sunday roasts. Friendly service, well worth a visit if you're on the Cirencester - Cheltenham road.
Dean_Lane - 30 Jun 2014 18:52
Lovely old pub with well kept Brakspears and a Gloucester local beer. Visited on a BH Monday lunchtime and service was quick and friendly. Food was good and served in good time despite a pub packed with folk eating. Ideal location if you're between Gloucester and Oxford.
thewickingman - 7 May 2012 18:51
Didn't have a meal but found this a very atmospheric and characterful country pub that I would certainly call in again if in the area.
Heatonian - 14 Sep 2010 22:51
Booked a table for 4 on a Sunday lunch time and arrived to be told "Oh yes we have your name here", handed a small board with it on and told to "go and find a table" Am I missing something about the term 'booked a table'? Food was average canteen style and service OK. Could not really understand the Pub of the Year prize. Must have been a bad year!
decerning - 25 Apr 2010 09:48
had a table for 10 ,5 had a cooked dinner whick was very dry and highly priced at over £11,one had omlette which tasted like plastic and a very well done steak was sent back twice because it was very red with a bit of blood and not even done medium so we gave up on it ,overall lovely pub but food very expensive and well below average
spoooff - 12 Dec 2009 16:58
Given the very mixed reviews for this pub, one wonders how it won Pub of the Year 2009 from the Good Pub Guide?
grovetown - 30 Nov 2009 09:38
Popped in to take a break from the traffic on the A417 and was greeted with a beautiful old fashioned pub. My group took our pints of Festival Gold into the garden which was just perfect with a nice view and a bonkers dog. We were so impressed we booked a table for lunch for our return journey a few days later.

A few days later, lunchtime was busy but we enjoyed a tasty if quite basic pub lunch and some more Festival Gold that soothed our hangovers .

Mixed reviews below , and despite aspirations this is no gastro-pub and probably never will be but it's a nice boozer and a perfect place to stop off for a pint and a ploughmans.
bumpby - 20 Nov 2009 03:00
Some mixed reviews here. Visited last Monday, had excellent pint of Otter and a good meal. The pub is food-orientated but there were a fair few locals in for just a drink and a chat. I've never had a bad experience in here but obviously other reviewers have: maybe I've been lucky or they caught the place on a bad night, who knows? I'll be back.
mousefan - 31 Oct 2009 11:39
Both the last two reviewers are one post members and have a eerily similar patter ??? Make your own minds up! LOL
MisterX - 18 Aug 2009 21:22
A lovely old quirky pub, with great garden and view. Good friendly service. Beer was good. Had excellent meal, good portions and choice. Also good value for money. Defo recommend, will be going back.
markiehar - 27 Jul 2009 15:17
A lovely little country pub with a good choice of beers and a great selection of food. I really enjoyed my visit, the staff were friendly and I will definitely be going back again. Soon!
chloe19 - 16 Jul 2009 23:47
Let's start on a positive note, the pub itself is beautiful and endearing and the pint of Festival Gold I drank was OKish. Right, that's the only positives I can mention from my visit - I regret going to this pub so much I am still seething.

I read Florie's earlier review and, foolishly, decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and visit with a colleague for an evening meal. I'm not usually bothered about food ratings on here as it is mainly a pub beer guide but this pub is an eatery and not a drinkers pub so it's fair game and here goes.

Firstly the menu & specials board offer very little that stands out - Other than the prices that is, they *most certainly* stood out! The battered cod I ordered cost a tenner and was the thinnest fillet of cod to grace a plate that I had seen for quite some time, the batter was soft, undercooked at far too low a frying heat (so simple to spot, such a shame the chef (?!?) let it leave his/her kitchen) and the fish itself utterly tasteless. As it was cooked so poorly the fish inside instead of being steamed was a greasy assault on the tongue having ingested so much cooking oil - I've had 49p packets of cheapo fish fingers from Aldi that tasted better than this joke and most certainly better cooked. My colleague had the "prize winning" lamb, the only prize it would have won was blandest piece of lamb of 2009 he said - devoid of any real test at all though he did comment the texture was fine .... marvellous value at almost £13 he did not think. Normally I never shy of complaining especially when receiving rubbish like this but after being up for a straight 20+ hours and on the road for far too long all I wanted to do was get out of this pretentious gourmet wannabe and head home pronto to sleep.

As Florrie rightly questioned, how on earth does this still remain in the GBG?!? They advertise their own food as being special, well sorry it's NOT and that really is something any decent owner should always avoid having such arrogance in claiming and leave to the visiting public to declare yay or nay. Michelin star? Wouldn't win a "Bald Remould" star especially at their prices. Pffttt
MisterX - 7 Mar 2009 20:16
Pity itís on a busy main road, though traffic noise not intrusive once youíre inside this olde-world place, and the views from the garden at the back are nice. Good choice of four well-served beers, mainly local. Food all day including Sunday evening. Our meals could have been better, didnít quite live up to the description, though seems a popular spot (better than the Air Balloon down the road in any case).
krislee - 18 Jul 2008 10:59
Can't understand why the rating is only 6! Friendly welcome even when I'm wearing my Bath RFC shirt. The food is good and adult portions are ample. Kids menu is unimaginative though - kids don't complain. Good range of beer on offer, generally in very good condition.
biermeister - 27 Jan 2008 21:02
Stopped here twice - on the way, to and from, Shropshire. Food was excellent and beer was top notch but could only have a half as I was driving. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the brew too. Pity I don't live closer to it :-)
revbrianlovecraftscott - 5 Nov 2007 11:31
Well, if the beer's horrible and the food is certainly horrible, let's not go! When I recently read my last comments about this pub I thought that I had been less critical than I should have been. Last meal there consisted of cauliflower cheese (odd bits of cauliflower swimming in yellowish swill that might have had cheese in it) and carrot cake which had obviously been knocking round the kitchen for days. It was so stale that only the topping was edible. Still in the Good Pub Guide - whatever has happened to the GPG? Used to be so reliable. I think this is why I have revisited this review - I just couldn't believe that it was still an entry!
Florrie - 19 Jan 2007 13:48
This pub - looking like an old stone cottage - looks great. I couldn't resist stopping off for a pint. Lots of character and several rooms inside but clearly selling meals is the main thing here and, horror of horrors, the pint of Archer's Golden that I had was 'orrible. It tasted flat and lifeless.
I was so crest-fallen that, instead of taking it back and changing it (as I would normally do), I left half of it and walked out.
I will give this pub a second chance when I am next in the area. I pray that the beer is usually better than this, so that I can give it a higher rating next time.
karloff - 17 Oct 2006 13:40
This is a very attractive pub that, to a certain extent, relies on its proximity to Cheltenham and Gloucester - it can be easily reached after work or for an extended lunch hour. The beer is fine, but I have always found the food expensive and disappointing, despite the wide choice. I wouldn't go to eat, but it's ok for a drink, especially in the summer as the garden is pleasant.
Florrie - 2 Oct 2006 16:19
A traditional pub with several rooms and old-style flooring.It serves several decent ales including Timothy Taylor's Golden Best. Suitable for a quiet sup or a meal - though the prices reflect its location between Cheltenham and Cirencester. Bookings for tables come in fast on weekend evenings. Very welcoming to all kinds of clientele.
davidashbee - 22 Jul 2005 22:11

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