When friends are visiting Stroud from the northern Cotswolds, it is good to show them the very best the area has to offer so when Dr Alistair Smith and I were faced with the imminent arrival of Dr Simon GIllson from Concierge Medical and Tom Arkell, the Cotswold Gent we wished to impress. These chaps had set us a mission, to find the finest burger in Stroud for us all to try. There was an early hopeful, but word had reached us that standards had slipped (the brioche was nearer to a value brand bun, no cheese, need I go on?)
A reliable source suggested Harriet's Jolly Nice on the road between Chalford and Cirencester. It sounded promising but I had a few concerns. First it's under the shelter of an abandoned petrol station, second it's next to an abandoned pub and third it's a Winnebago. Doesn't sound promising, let alone Jolly Nice. Perhaps the Jolly Nice was ironic...
Anyway I checked it out and decided it was one the chaps might like.
However by now you should be prepared to take as you find. First of all the farm shop is excellent, bread from two local suppliers (including Hobbs House) Stroud Brewery Beer, and a great selection of regional cheeses including the divine Bath Soft Cheese and Simon Weaver Brie, possibly two of the finest cheeses anywhere. There is also a terrific butchery and lovely selection of fresh fruit and veg. This joint has upped its game from bygone days as a garage flogging pre packed sandwiches, chemically induced crisps and fizzy drinks more expensive by volume than petrol.
Forgive me I digress, the menu is short but very sweet, burgers, hot dogs and breakfast butties all cooked to order in the Winnebago. Whilst we waited we took our seats in the yurt. This magnificent canvass building has a wood burning stove in the centre making it delightfully cosy and the practical wooden floor makes it ideal for walkers needing to warm up. The only thing missing was a dog in front of the fire but I am convinced that was due to our bad timing.
Three of us had gone for the £7.95 double burger and The Gent had the single at £5.95.
After a few minutes our burgers were ready and they were impressive. There is a lot to recommend about the burgers, the buns are delicious and lightly toasted, the tasty shorthorn meat is locally farmed at the Jolly Nice farm giving real authenticity, the salad was crisp, the melted cheese very high quality and the whole lot delicious. Bacon was high quality and everything was generously proportioned.
This blog is about burgers, they were superb, the tale of the wonderful ice cream is one to tell another day, but believe you me it's a very good tale to tell.
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