From sophisticated Italian cuisine to American comfort food and the best brownies in the land, Stroud’s Five Valleys Shopping Centre has it all.
In this hot list, SoGlos rounds up 21 artisan eateries to try on your next trip into Stroud…
Terra Cucina Italiana at Sandersons
Promising an ‘edible tapestry’ of authentic Italian food made using recipes passed down through generations, the stylish Terra Cucina is a must-try for Gloucestershire foodies. From squid ink arancini to its signature tiramisu – not to mention its homemade limoncello – there’s something every Italian food lover will want to try.
Vegicatessen at Five Valleys
Five Valley's newest addition, Vegicatessen, promises to blend plant-based eating with the indulgence of a proper delicatessen. Offering everything from cashew-based artisan cheeses to vegan charcuterie, alongside a range of freshly prepared sandwiches and salads, it's a must-visit whether you're vegan or not.
Strip Steak at Five Valleys
Committed carnivores won’t want to miss a meal at Strip Steak, with beef dripping chips, mac and cheese and succulent Black Angus beef, cooked to perfection by head chef Arthur Knights, who previously worked for Gordon Ramsay.
Fat Toni’s at Five Valleys
Fat Toni’s pizza has a cult following in
Gloucestershire – and for good reason! It’s hand-stretched sourdough pizzas come
with a variety of tasty toppings, from the daring Dante’s Inferno with four
levels of spice to more traditional options like La Puttanesca
with tuna, capers, anchovies and olives; quattro formaggi; and the classic
Margherita – with vegan and gluten-free options available, too.
Kyuri Sushi at Five Valleys Market
Inspired by the elegant sushi bars of Tokyo, diners can pull up a chair and watch chef Bong Su Cha cook up authentically made sushi, gyoza, katsu curries and Korean sweet and spicy chicken, using fresh local produce at Kyuri Sushi in the Five Valleys Market.
Hetty’s Kitchen at Five Valleys Market
SGGLA winner and Gloucestershire’s favourite brownie baker, Hetty’s Kitchen, serves up its ‘fudging delicious’ brownies from its brownie bar at Five Valleys Market. Sink your teeth into classics like salted caramel, biscoff and peanut butter brownies, alongside seasonal specials like jammy dodger blondies, walnut whip, and wagon wheel brownies – not to mention brownie Scotch eggs!
The BBQ Society at Five Valleys Market
If you like your meat cooked low and slow, make a beeline for The BBQ Society, which serves up 18-hour slow cooked pulled pork, jumbo Gloucester Old Spot hot dogs, stacked cheeseburgers, buffalo hot wings and loaded fries – giving diners a taste of the States without ever leaving the Five Valleys.
Armadeli at Five Valleys Market
Cheese fans can get stuck into a whole host of delicious dairy, with Armadeli at Five Valleys offering gooey raclette, bubbling fondue pots, expertly curated cheese and charcuterie boards and regular cheese and wine tasting events. As well as dining in, guests can also browse the deli for cheese, charcuterie and locally made delicacies to take home.
Rough Hands Coffee at Five Valleys
Brewing its house espresso using beans from Fire and Flow in the Cotswolds, cosy coffee shop Rough Hands Coffee at Five Valleys is a must-visit for eco-conscious coffee lovers. With its guest coffees sourced from roasters all over the world, Rough Hands works hard to ensure fairness for farmers and support for small businesses. It also offers eco-friendly disposable coffee cups and cutlery, minimising the waste that goes to landfill, as well as happily refilling reusable cups for committed caffeine addicts.
Oh Crepe! at Five Valleys Market
Oh Crepe! Cooks up crispy, French-style crêpes in flavours that range from the Mont Blanc with strawberries, crushed meringue and white chocolate sauce; and the Banoffee Pie with Biscoff, fresh banana, toffee sauce and whipped cream, to the Sir Francis Bacon made with French brie, streaky bacon and chilli jam; and the Popeye, containing cheddar cheese, spinach, toasted pine nuts and red onion chutney – with gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan diners catered for, too.
The Artisan Baker at Five Valleys Market
Offering freshly baked organic sourdough, focaccia, traditional challah, buttery croissants and other French-style patisserie, made using locally sourced ingredients, The Artisan Baker is known all over Gloucestershire for its baked goods. Follow the scent of the delicious bread being baked in-store every morning and you’ll find it in the Five Valleys Market.
Thai2Go at Five Valleys Market
Thai2Go's owners ran a restaurant in Thailand for over 10 years before moving to their current location at Five Valleys Market. Serving up everything from sweet and sour Thai fried chicken to fragrant curries and pad Thai, it gives Stroud’s diners an authentic taste of Thai street food – with vegan options available.
Choux Bun Appétit at Five Valleys Market
Those with a sweet tooth will find it hard to resist the pastel-perfect macarons and fresh cream eclairs at Choux Bun Appétit. The French-inspired bakery handmakes its tasty treats using the freshest ingredients and offers an indulgent afternoon tea, as well.
Non Solo Pasta at Five Valleys Market
With its name literally translating to ‘not just pasta’, the Italian deli run by dynamic duo Matteo Conte and Clara Cardillo serves up authentic Italian street food made from local produce – including its famous arancini – alongside stocking a handpicked selection of Italian wines, olive oil and ingredients. After developing a loyal following at local food markets, Non Solo Pasta was formed in 2018, taking a permanent spot at Five Valleys Market in 2020; the couple then launched their first restaurant, Terra Cucina Italiana, at Sandersons Department Store also at Five Valleys, in June 2022.
La Cantina at Five Valleys Market
With a menu of Mexican-inspired options, including burritos, nachos and quesadillas, La Cantina is a firm family favourite at Five Valleys Market. It offers generous portions of slow-cooked beef, chicken or veggies and three levels of spice, so there’s something to satisfy everyone’s tastes.
The Sweet Peach at Five Valleys Market
The Sweet Peach combines a drink and a dessert in one with its Asian-inspired bubble tea, or ‘boba’, at Five Valleys Market. This sweet treat is made of flavoured tea with chewy tapioca balls and comes in more than 15 different flavours, with 10 toppings to choose from. The quirky café also serves up Asian desserts like mochi, pineapple cake and Pocky, too.
House of Piri at Five Valleys Market
House of Piri cooks up spicy and succulent Piri Piri chicken, veggie and vegan alternatives in the heart of the Five Valleys Market. Whether you enjoy it straight from the grill, or in one of the stuffed-to-the-brim wraps, served with fries, patatas bravas or piri-tots, you won’t be disappointed.
Warren Food Trailer at Five Valleys
Serving wholesome traditional food, from soups, sandwiches and quiches to delicious homemade cakes, pastries and cookies, the Warren Food Trailer is an ideal spot to grab a tasty and filling lunch or snack. It also offers fun seasonal specials like iced lattes in summer, Black Forest hot chocolate at Christmas and toffee hot chocolate with whipped cream and mini eggs at Easter.
Stroud Bowl at Five Valleys
While most bowling alleys aren’t known for their artisan food, Stroud Bowl at Five Valleys offers an excellent menu of meals and bar snacks, not to mention an impressive cocktail menu. It’s new cocktail bar, Bar 300, shakes up pudding-inspired cocktails like the chocolate orange martini, as well as classic cocktails like the Lynchburg lemonade and Clover Club – perfect for putting a spring in your swing!
Pieminister at Five Valleys Market
Is there anything more wholesome than a delicious handmade pie? Originally hailing from nearby Bristol, Pieminister caters for meat-eaters, veggies and vegans with a variety of delicious fillings encased in its signature pastry, served with mounds of mash and lashings of gravy.
Curio Lounge at Five Valleys
Located on King Street, Curio Lounge offers relaxed all-day dining, with dedicated vegan and kids’ menus. Highlights include the big lounge breakfast, chorizo hash and shakshuka for breakfast; the katsu chicken burger, buttermilk fried chicken and macaroni cheese for mains; as well as halloumi and sweetcorn fritters, mozzarella arancini and spicy beef quesadillas on its tapas menu. The terrace provides a lovely spot for alfresco dining when the sun is shining, too.