Right in the heart of the village, the Crown is surrounded by the peace and quiet of the Golden Valley. Once a simple cider house, it’s a classic 17th-century Cotswold-stone inn that’s full of old-world charm, with honey-coloured stone walls, beams and open fireplaces where logs blaze in winter. Plenty of seating in the large garden allows for contemplative supping during the warmer months. Gloucestershire beers, such as Stroud Organic and Laurie Lee’s Bitter, are usually showcased alongside others from the region, and a good choice of wines by the glass is served in the restaurant and three inviting bars. Fresh local food with lots of seasonal specials is the carte’s promise. Brioche and cheddar toastie with steamed egg yoke, parmesan cream, roasted cherry tomato and herb salad is a tasty starter, to be followed perhaps by roasted chicken with bacon, silverskin onions and mushrooms. For non-meat eaters, spinach and ricotta pasta bake with roasted field mushrooms is ideal.