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. Cheddar brûlée and soldiers with a crispy egg, slow-roasted tomatoes, red wine shallots and watercress makes a tasty starter, to be followed perhaps by curried shepherds pie with a sweet potato top, spiced lamb loin, cabbage, onions and carrots. For non-meat eaters, the vegetarian pad Thai with Thai-style spring rolls and Asian dipping sauce is ideal.