The Gloucester Old Spot is in a village called Elmstone Hardwicke. I think this sounds too much like that great Glen Campbell classic “Like a Rhinestone Cowboy” So, I never miss the opportunity to sing “Like an Elmstone Hardwicke’ whenever we pass through the village. Sad, I know. No-one laughs. But it makes me smile.
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As you can see, a lovely looking pub. The main dining room is a Baronial Hall, complete with large country house paintings. Quite a setting – and they do hire it out for any sort of function.
Food is great modern British. And biased towards the staple of medieval diets onwards – the pig! (Look, The Gloucester Old Spot is not going to be a vegetarian restaurant, is it?) (But they do have excellent vegetarian options). Starters and mains were the fancied combination of all 6 diners in our party. It feels savoury, not sweet as a place. Soups – parsnip and nutmeg – went down well. Poached egg, ham and hollandaise – dreamy and timed well. Seared pigeon breast – actually cooked through for once – which I prefer (and chefs will accommodate your needs here). Mains – Guinea fowl with home-made haggis – how wonderfully wintry! I had to have the Old Spot Pork Belly – boned and slow cooked. It was honey on a plate. And robust. Grilled plaice fillets with a parsley and lemon crust with a chowder made of mussels, smoked haddock and leek had me searching for an excuse to swap meals. Isn’t it annoying how often that happens? It was just cooked, and infused beautifully
Unusually, the choice of vegetables is included – choose 2 of chips, Dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal veg or salad. The robust duaphinoise went wonderfully heavily with our pork belly. Coffee was as good as we could manage afterwards!
Book. It’s worth it. They do a two course lunch for 12.50 during the week, too. And there may be Gloucester Old Spot on the menu!