The Trouble House

 It might have had a past full of woes, but today it just serves excellent food!

Its location on the busy A433 isn’t as picturesque as many of the little village pubs in the Cotswolds, but The Trouble House a couple of miles outside Tetbury had such consistently good write ups on ‘Trip Advisor’ that we thought we’d give it a try.

Of course we asked about its name and our friendly waitress brought us an old framed picture of the pub and an article about its past to peruse as we were deciding what to order. The menus got put to one side as we read that not just one but two of its early landlords had committed suicide because of money worries(!) Then when machinery started to be used on the local farms and it was met with strong resistance, the pub was the scene of frequent uprisings and brawls. Even today this low lying area is liable to flooding and a resident ghost has been known to make an appearance! What were we doing here?!

…. We knew as soon as the food arrived! We chose the chef’s signature dish of rib of beef cooked in hay(!) It was brought in to us in flames and then taken away to be carved and served with duck fat chips, shallots and mini vegetables. It was superb! We’d shared a crab salad starter and ordered the tarte tatin with homemade ice-cream for dessert: both courses were exquisite. With two small glasses of white wine and two large glasses of red the bill came to £73 without service. On the pricey side no doubt, but we’d opted for the house speciality and every dish we’d tried was outstanding. We will be back…

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