For Mother’s Day this year we visited The Gloucester Old Spot and we did not regret our decision. As our third time in this cosy pub, we were expecting the same industrial décor, which seems to be in fashion as of late, and the usual mismatched chairs and tables. This shabby chic style interior gives off a comfortable and lived-in vibe which accommodates for those who visited on the same busy, Sunday afternoon.
After a short wait at the bar due to our early arrival, we were shown to the same table that we’ve eaten at previously, which exaggerated the homey feeling. I must give credit to the waiters and waitresses as they were kept immensely busy by the never empty tables of mothers, surrounded by their families. It is without a doubt a family orientated venue, with a large garden area for the children to busy themselves whilst the adults enjoy a glass or two from the extensive wine list.
Now let’s get down to what you’re reading this post for; the food. Upon reading the menu I was surprised by the amount of vegetarian and gluten free options; not to mention the vast number of children’s portions available. However, as a Sunday, most of the table followed the British tradition of a roast, to which I opted for my usual, the beef. It was cooked just how I like it, with a line of pink running through the middle and the vegetables were uniquely cut and positioned, as you can see from the hunger inducing pictures. My boyfriend went for the pork and considering it’s usually his meat of choice, he has high standards. However, his only disappointment with his meal was that my Yorkshire was twice the size as his, (Ha!) He didn’t struggle in finishing his plate and jumped at the chance to pinch his fathers crackling, like a true pork lover. Having sampled my fair share of roast dinners in Bristol, this one differed in presentation and portion size as it adopted a posh approach without being stingy. Other family members went against the grain and chose the fish pie and the Happy Buddha bowl with chicken, which was radiant in colour and range in vegetables. Both dishes were enjoyed but the pie shone in my eyes due to it being devoured quickly by a hungry 13-year-old.
The perfect portion size, as previously mentioned, meant that there was plenty of room to satisfy my sweet tooth. In all honesty checking the desert menu was unnecessary as a knew I was going to choose the most chocolaty thing for my partner and I t o share. It was described as a mud cake which gave the impression that it would resemble a fondant, and whilst it was denser than expected, it still left us content. The bitter chocolate sauce complimented the sponge well and the ice cream was the perfect accompaniment. Other deserts relished around the table included a white chocolate and blueberry cheesecake and torta caprese which resembled a hearty fruit cake. Once again there were smiles all round.
The repeat visits show my feelings towards this pub and the frequent lack of empty tables suggests that I’m not alone in my opinion. I would suggest booking a table to avoid disappointment and no other plans except a lounge on the sofa to follow.