Supermarkets and grocery shops:
A Saturday morning visit to Stroud Farmers Market is a must for a great atmosphere, lots of local produce to taste and an interesting place to people watch too.
Painswick has a small corner shop (Best One), which is good for newspapers, magazines and a pint of milk. At the top of the drive turn left and keep left onto the A46 to enter Painswick, at the traffic lights turn first left down the hill and then take the second right. You will find Best One is on your right opposite The Royal Oak. If you are after a larger supermarket, we recommend making the journey to Stroud where there is a Tesco Sainsburys and a Waitrose. Stroud also has a renown Saturday Farmer’s Market, which is well worth a visit. To drive to Tesco, go through Painswick and at the first roundabout as you enter Stroud turn right, Tesco is on your left at the mini roundabout, (there is also a petrol station here if you need one). For Sainsburys, go past Tesco and turn left at the mini roundabout at Tesco Extra, continue down the hill following signs to M5 and Sainsburys is at the large roundabout. To drive to Waitrose, go through Stroud on the A46 and take the signs to Cirencester. Go under an old railway bridge at the mini roundabout first left and left again into the Waitrose car park.
Pubs & Restaurants
The local pub is The Butchers Arms in Sheepscombe, which is very popular, serves good food and is no more than a 15-minute walk from the shepherd’s hut. Just turn right at the top of the drive and keep going!
Other pubs near Tudor Oak at Painswick Lodge:
- The Woolpack in Slad is another popular option but is a little further away (10-min drive). A privately owned pub with good food and lots of ale options, this sits in the heart of ‘Cider with Rosie’ country. To get there you need to drive through Sheepscombe keeping right and join the main road to Stroud.
- The Woolpack is approximately a mile down the road.
- he Fostons Ash (known as the Polo Pub) is a 10-minute drive, between Sheepscombe and Birdlip is popular among locals and guests, serving excellent freshly prepared food with a young vibrant atmosphere.
Painswick Beacon has spectacular views over the Severn Vale. Turn left at the top of the drive and continue up to the A46 and cross over. Take the first turning on the right and park near the golf club, and then walk up the hill past the old quarry on your right. Cross over the lane and walk up to the small obelisk at the top. If you wish to continue further keep walking along the Beacon on the Cotswold Way towards the north, you could take refreshment at the Royal William. Cross over the A46 and walk down the lane signposted Sheepscombe. Keep right, down the lane, up the hill eventually you will come to Trench Hill, which is directly above Painswick Lodge. Turn down the hill and you will find the gates in front of you.
A walk through the woods towards Sheepscombe - the long route is to cross over the lane up the hill and turn left and keep right towards Cranham. Enter the track to the woods from the lane where there is evidence of cars parking on the verge. Once you are in the woods turn right and keep to the lower track it will give you great views of the valley. Keep heading towards Sheepscombe, you will appear on the common, take the track down the hill on your right, you should appear very close to the Butchers Arms. The shorter version of this walk is to walk up the lane and follow the foot path just above the lane beside Trench Hill. This will take you into the woods and head towards Sheepscombe.
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