UPDATE: We visited on 4th March 2013 and found that Tubby's is now under new management. The meal today was very disappointing (tepid food, smaller portions, lower quality), and while we'll happily give the new team chance to settle in before trying again, at present I could not recommend it.
If I'm at home on a Sunday, one of two things might happen, depending on how tired I am: either I cook something suitably impressive (often pie), or we go out to Tubby's for our lunch.
Tubby's Restaurant is set at one end of the Wyevale Garden Centre in Nailsworth, in a massive cafeteria-style dining room. You have to find a table first (no mean feat, on a Sunday) and then queue up to place your order.
I almost invariably order the cashew nut loaf, which is available most days (I say 'most' because the menu is generally a bit variable) but is served with a bonus Yorkshire pudding on Sundays.
This comes served with roast and boiled potatoes, mixed vegetables, and a rich onion gravy (though look out - they hide most of the onions under the slices of nut loaf!). The vegetables vary by season (recently it's been carrots, sprouts, and mashed swede) but they're always fresh and never over-cooked, which is a surprising achievement considering the size of the restaurant. Likewise the roast potatoes are always perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy inside.
If you have any space left, Tubby's cakes are also fantastic, but I'm usually much too full from the generous portions - sometimes I share one plate with my husband and I'm still full. The coffee, on the other hand, is hit-and-miss, usually okay but sometimes excessively bitter. That's a gamble I can put up with, though, since the food is such great value.
|Address:||Tubby's Waterside Restaurant, Wyevale Garden Centre, Avening Road, Nailsworth, Stroud, GL6 0BS|
|Date Visited:||13 December 2009 (and many, many times before)|