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Why we love to listen to our faithful customers

We love to talk to our customers about what they like to eat when they go out, and what kind of dishes they enjoy the most. When designing a new menu I always add on something that has been suggested to me by one of my most loyal customers. The venison pie on the new menu, for instance, was suggested to me by Mr Dickson who has been eating at Fostons for many years now and every single time he has had venison, whether it was venison loin with red wine and chocolate sauce, venison steak or just humble venison stew. We've very rarely seen him have anything other than venison. So when he suggested we add venison pie to the menu, we just couldn't refuse. It's also a great time for game as there is plenty of locally shot venison at the moment and it's provided to us by our local butchery.

So, next time you're visiting our venue please let us know what you'd like to see on our menus and we'll do our best to make it happen!

- Mikey, chef at Fostons Ash

Free bubbly and other treats if you book your Christmas party this month

Our cosy and stylish restaurants make fantastic venues for Christmas parties. Each one is unique, but they all have the same relaxing and friendly ambience, delicious Christmas menus and welcoming, hospitable staff. In fact, our restaurants come into their own at Christmas time when you can round off your meal lounging in a comfortable chair by an open fire with a glass of something warming and boozy in your hand. We've started booking for Christmas and we're offering an exclusive deal to you if you get in touch during September: book your table for ten people or more on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, you'll receive free bubbly for your group and 10% off your Christmas menu choices. Tempting, hey? 

It's very easy to book: simply visit our Christmas page and fill in our very user-friendly form. All you have to do is pick your food and we'll do the rest, making sure that your Christmas do is as relaxed, indulgent and twinkly as you could want. 

Spend your special wedding day at The Old Lodge

We know that, whilst the actual day will be wonderful, organising a wedding can be a stressful, so let us share some of the load. At the Old Lodge we can handle every aspect of your reception, including welcome drinks, food and decorations, and we’ll work closely with you to make sure you have the perfect day. The Old Lodge can also accommodate you and any guests with bed and breakfast, so you don’t have to worry about how to get home. Our other venues are great for smaller wedding parties and also offer a bespoke service. 

Set in the heart of Minchinhampton Common, Gloucestershire this 400 year old hunting lodge is the perfect place to escape the rush. At The Old Lodge we have spacious gardens with beautiful views across the Stroud Valleys. Set against the back drop of Minchinhampton Common, a beautiful vista of National Trust-protected countryside, there is nowhere more relaxing to spend your wedding day. The Old Lodge boasts six boutique-style, individually decorated bedrooms, a panoramic restaurant which seats up to 100 guests, a cosy bar and intimate smaller rooms, including our panelled room and breakfast room. Our talented team have years of experience to deliver the greatest customer service and will be happy to show you our menu choices or work with you to devise a bespoke menu to suit your wedding plans.

We're pleased to announce that we have a newly licensed outside Pagoda! If for your special day you're looking for a wedding venue that is licensed to hold outdoor civil wedding ceremonies then The Old Lodge is the ideal venue.  Celebrate in our beautiful garden with fantastic views across the valley before moving into the restaurant to enjoy a delicious wedding breakfast. We will offer you an alternative inside licensed wedding room suitable for your numbers should the weather not permit the ceremony to go ahead outside.

At the end of the day you can retire to the sumptuous master bedroom, sink into a blissful, much needed sleep and wake to the gorgeous views across Minchinhampton Common and a delicious breakfast with your fellow guests downstairs. With our dedicated events manager on hand to help we can turn your dreams into a gorgeous reality and we’ll be on hand to take care of any last minute touches. For your special day, nothing is too much trouble. 

Jill and Jens Plaul, who recently married at The Old Lodge got in touch to thank us and said: "An rather overdue but enormous thank you for making our wedding day at The Lodge so fabulous (have just got back from our honeymoon). Your organisation and communication from the initial planning stage right though to every detail on the actual day was absolutely perfect and backed up on the day by a brilliant team who we would also like to thank very much.  We have heard nothing but huge compliments from all our guests about the set up, food and everything else that contributed to an amazing and very special event! There is only one chance to get it exactly right - and you did. Thank you for arranging such perfect weather too!"

Contact us on 01453 832047 or email@food-club.com to have a chat about your plans and what we can do for you.

Our grapes are coming along nicely!

Grigshot, our little farm that's hidden behind The Old Fleece, isn't only home to pigs and sheep. We're also growing grapes! We've got some beautiful vines that is growing beautifully and the grapes ripen well because they're are growing against a west facing limestone wall. We haven't got enough of a harvest to be serving bottles of Chateau Grigshot just yet, but last year we preserved the grapes and they appeared on the menu at The Old Lodge, something that we'll be doing again this year. Here are a couple of pictures of Nick pruning the vines to imrpove the harvest.