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The Prince Albert

Muddy says: A big Muddy thumbs up for this cool, and very musical, pub

With not one but two fab outdoor spaces, The Prince Albert is a true local pub, run by locals, for locals. Lotte, Miles and family have created a welcoming and friendly unorthodox space, with walls covered with photos of musical inspirations and valued patrons, pink sofas and, uh, green walls. Oh, and they love dogs too.

This real ale pub has seven ales on tap, plus a range of local beers on offer (it is a previous winner of CAMRA Stroud District Pub of the Year) but it’s the great entertainment you’ll come here for. Home to some of the best nightlife in Stroud, they have everything from Baroque to Kids Comedy, Film Nights to Stroud Punks.

The biggie here is their yearly Beer and Music Festival in May, where pop up kitchens, boppers, rockers and musos and some seriously good ale combine in the pub courtyard. Then, when the tunes have disappeared, the hanging baskets arrive and the secret garden becomes a haven of butterflies, with stunning views over the valley to Randwick.

Serving the local community in a myriad of ways, The Prince Albert is a bulletin board for local events, businesses and services, a meeting point for groups from music to knitting, for people on their way into town, for parents taking their children to music lessons or the youth group. It opens early during the snow to offer hot chocolate and a safe space for the chilly people and families coming down from Rodborough Common. It provides entertainment for a wealth of tastes from world music to burgeoning local bands. It’s a performance space, a gallery, a living room, a quick chat with friends new and old, a meeting point and always a friendly face.

And, most importantly, obvs, The Prince Albert is the very worthy winner of Best Bar in the Glos Muddy Stilettos Awards 2019. Woo hoo!

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