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During our recent Cotswolds break we visited Painswick which describes itself as:-
Nestling quietly in the famous Cotswold hills, surrounded by some of Gloucestershire's most delightful countryside is the historic wool town of Painswick.
Built of mellow Cotswold stone from the local quarry on Painswick Beacon the town's many beautiful buildings can be seen as you wander around its quaint and narrow streets.
Yes, it is certainly an attractive little place, even on a cold and sombre November day. We seemed to be almost the only visitors though. An art exhibition warmed us for a while and some fine ceramics caught our eye, but it was too chilly to linger long.
As Painswick is only a few miles from Stroud, we decided this might be the place for a warming cup of coffee and a snack. We hadn't been to Stroud before, but we'd seen some tourist info where the main street was linked with the rather dubious phrase cafe culture. Presumably this culture has nothing to do with the science of the petri dish. Or maybe it does?
Whatever cafe culture may be, we soon realised we should have sampled Stroud's version on a better day. We did see a large Costa outlet in the centre, but Costa isn’t our kind of place unless caffeine desperation has set in. Average coffee at soul-shrinking prices isn’t our notion of a jolly, although the Stroud branch seemed to be reasonably popular with people using their phones.
I confess I don’t really understand the Costa success story. Three quid for a cup of very ordinary coffee and an ambience similar to the waiting room on Nottingham station. It’s not easy to see the appeal, let alone join in.
So we left Stroud to its corporate coffee and found a cafe in Tetbury where the coffee was barely half the price and the food very reasonable too. Nothing fancy about it, but a raw day out isn't the time for fancy.