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Community pub's sure to give warm welcome

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

  • Head chef Bob Farmer with a Sunday roast.

  • Sadie Dolphin behind the bar.

  • The Crown & Sceptre.

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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.

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