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The Woolpack, Slad - pub details

Address: Slad, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 7QA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 21194) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Stroud (2.1 miles), Stonehouse (4.5 miles)

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This is an attractive pub in its wonderful location, deep in Laurie Lee country. The view from behind the bar is an absolute delight, making me want to linger there. We went on a hot Sunday just after midday, and as well as the fairly small bars there are plenty of benches outside, which although quite near the busy B road to Stroud provide the superb view too.

There were four handles, but only two completely operational on this visit (one was being changed). The pint of Uley’s “Pig’s Ear” (5%) was pleasant without being unduly heavy. Recommended.

As we were there as part of a walk I have no personal experience of parking (there’s no pub car park), but my host said there is no real problem with street parking.

It’s my second visit, and I hope to make another one soon!

pubsampler - 9 Jun 2015 11:08
Full of Laurie Lee memorabilia but good beer and food to go with it. I remember Cider with Rosie well from school days and without really planning this, had a real pang of nostalgia in this lovely English pub - stunning views of the Valley to boot
OnAMission - 17 Aug 2013 11:49
As a fan of Laurie Lee's 'Cider with Rosie', it has long been my intention to visit this jewel of the England's literary heritage. The pub is perched precariously on the side of the road, opposite the church. As I entered the front door, with trepidation, I braced myself for the worst. But no: its not changed in 80 years.
Ordering a pint of Uley bitter, I surveyed the cramped interior from where 'Vincent' had unwisely flashed his gold coins. At the left end of the pub, were the benches where his killers enjoyed their 'hot pokered cider'. I too took a seat there. Times have changed though: a couple next to me were enjoying a rather posh-looking sausage and mash.
After another pint of excellent ale, from a very good selection, I slipped quietly out of the side door, unnoticed by any at the bar, as it had also been almost a century ago.
My advice to any Laurie Lee fans? Get here before its gone!
dred_scott - 5 May 2013 21:14
Visited on the Sunday of Stroud Bus running day. There was a pong in the air. The "easy-on-the-eye" teenage bargirl put it down to "farmers spreading shite". There were about a dozen in our company. Faces weren't impressed. The Uley Pale Ale was hazy and just not right. The Laurie Lees was hazy and just not right. The Uley Bitter was ok. So we persevered. Had a Sunday roast-�12.50,it was good but the veg could have been more adventurous (carrots and green beans only) and a little less scarce. The mint sauce was superb.

But sadly it got worse-the bitter went sour and then ran out and showed little sign of replacement. The gents were visited and found to be rancid. There was(probably still is!) a huge tub of cigarette ends by the kitchen door(opposite the rancid gents) and it was being added to by the kitchen staff. And the pong from the "farmers"-no it was from the pub's septic tank!!!!

I might be tempted to re-visit,but if it disappointed like this again it would be a big fat zero next time.
an_ecunemical_matter - 7 Jul 2008 19:42
no doubt the locals dont eat here because the food is over-priced. tasty, but small portions for the prices charged. very much aimed at the innumerable tourists...
beer however is excellent. Uley beers at their very best. the superb Old Spot is not to be missed.

food prices keep it down to a nonetheless worthy 9/10.
alehouses - 30 Oct 2007 11:46

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