WE made ourselves at home at Stroud's Crown & Sceptre, settling in and getting cosy on an ice cold Sunday lunchtime.
It's the kind of pub with a real living room feel – with board games in one corner, football on the TV in the other and Sunday papers at hand.
It's a busy and popular pub and we were definitely well-advised to book for Sunday lunch.
There's a choice of a meat or veggie option, both of which offer generous roast platters (£9).
The Crown was serving lamb shank or vegetable pie on the day we visited.
My lamb shank was delicious, very tender, flaky meat served with a hearty serving of vegetables, roast potatoes and a Yorkshire pudding.
My partner's vegetable pie was also good, homemade with plenty of filling and served complete with all the other roast trimmings.
The child-sized portions (£6) were good value too.
We didn't stretch to dessert, with the likes of sticky toffee pudding on offer for £3.50, but were happy to savour a pint of Uley Brewery ale.
The Crown & Sceptre is a real community pub and, while service isn't polished, there's a warm welcome.
Word has clearly spread, so its little wonder that booking for Sunday lunch is essential.