In medieval times Nailsworth was a settlement at the confluence of the Avening Valley and the Woodchester Valley, on the Nailsworth Stream. Among many notable medieval buildings in the area are Chavenage House and Rodmarton Manor.
More recently, Nailsworth was a small mill town and centre for brewing (the town now has the largest number of working water wheels per square mile in the country). It was connected directly to the UK national rail network between 1867 and 1947, with a station that was the terminus of the Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway.
Today, Nailsworth is a lively artistic town full of surprises, nestling in a wooded valley and renowned for its award-winning restaurants, pubs, cafes and other food outlets. Small individual shops offer an amazing variety of goods, including organic locally grown produce, first-class delicatessen products, fair-trade items from across the globe, fascinating antiques and collectables. One of the focal points for artistic activities is Ruskin Mill, which is set in beautiful, organic water gardens.
Food & Drink
Nailsworth has a number of places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit most tastes and budgets. The selection below is a small sample of the options available:
- mark@street (www.marketstreetnailsworth.co.uk): casual lunchtime dining and, in the evening, a relaxed fine dining experience. Mark draws on his extensive experience to create stunning food that works with local producers as much as possible and follows the seasonal patterns for both wild, foraged food and more traditional ingredients;
- Wild Garlic Restaurant (www.wild-garlic.co.uk): Awarded two AA rosettes, Wild Garlic offers customers first class food, using the very best ingredients from the South West. The menu focuses on flavour and is presented with simple flair and a touch of imagination. Everything is made on the premises, from the fresh pasta, ice creams and sorbets, to the daily baked organic bread;
- The Olive Tree (www.theolivetree-nailsworth.com): A Mediterranean restaurant and pizzeria, set in the heart of Nailsworth, The Olive Tree provides a happy, welcoming atmosphere buzzing with life.
Nailsworth also has three supermarkets (Morrisons, Tesco Express and Co-op) for regular food purchases and an award winning delicatessen;
- William's Fish Market & Food Hall (www.williamsfoodhall.co.uk): A gastronomic journey through Britain and Europe with fabulous cheeses , salamis, terrines, fruit and vegetables from the famous Rungis market outside Paris. The fish and shellfish come from all around the coast of the United Kingdom and particularly from Cornish day boats. A wide selection of dishes "to go" are also available, from a simple fish pie or lasagne, to salvers of poached decorated salmon and seafood platters, or classics like Boeuf Bourguignone and stuffed quail.