We are extremely lucky to have The Star Inn is as our local village pub. Perched by the side of the main road in the heart of Whiteshill, near Stroud the original building dates back to 1687. We have included The Star on our favourites list because we think it represents everything you would expect from a traditional Cotswold pub and we highly recommend a visit.
The Landlord, Ken has worked hard to renovate and improve the interior over recent years and as you walk through the door you are met with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The pub also welcomes dogs, children and muddy boots in the bar area so don’t be surprised to be greeted by a affectionate black Labrador or border collie with a wagging tail!
A good range of real ales are served direct from barrels and are sourced from all over the UK. It is nice to pay regular visits and sample different beers and there is always a new guest ale on a Thursday to try.
Within the last 12 months The Star has started selling food. A new cosy upstairs restaurant has opened and there is also a seating area in the new conservatory. After a careful search Ken has appointed a very experienced, talented and creative Chef to run the kitchen. The scrumptious fine dining menu is small but regularly changes. A seasonal range of Cotswold foods are on offer and the menu is inspired by regular visits to the Stroud farmers market with the aim of using local suppliers. A traditional family Sunday lunch is served each week and if you wish to have a bar snack a Tapas menu is available which we sampled recently and thoroughly enjoyed.
The pub has some very nicely decorated rooms available for bed & breakfast if you are visiting the area and wish to stay overnight. Within walking distance of the Cotswold Way trail, it is a good stop over point if you walking the whole route.
With walking in mind, there are a selection of local walks published on the pub’s website http://starinnwhiteshill.co.uk/walks/ . Some of our favourite local walks are the walk out to Haresfield Beacon, Standish Wood & Randwick and The Whiteshill & Ruscombe Diamond Jubilee Circular Walk