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William's, Stroud, Gloucestershire

William's

4.7
4.7
1545 Reviews
£25 and under
Fish
William’s is a multi-award-winning seafood restaurant, fishmonger, delicatessen and caterer in the heart of Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.

A veritable Cotswolds institution for over forty-five years, William’s has recently benefitted from a full-scale refurbishment of both the restaurant and shop area in January 2020.

Alongside a 64-cover new restaurant sits a new fish counter displaying an outstanding range of fresh seafood, delivered daily from Scotland and the South West coastline. The adjacent delicatessen offers a large selection of chef-prepared meals, cheeses, charcuterie and terrines as well as fresh fruit and vegetables.

We are proud to have been voted one of Matthew Fort’s ‘Five Favourite Places to Shop’ and one of Rick Stein’s ‘Food Heroes’.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Fish, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 12:00–16:00 Fri, Sat 18:00–23:00
  • Phone number
    01453 832240
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Nailsworth
  • Cross Street
    In the heart of Nailsworth, overlooking the mini roundabout
  • Parking Details
    Small parking area at the back of the building behind the laurel hedge. Otherwise free street parking for 2 hours
  • Public Transit
    Nailsworth Town Centre (many bus routes)
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,545 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Gloucestershire/Wiltshire

    Healthy

  • Gloucestershire/Wiltshire

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Gloucestershire/Wiltshire

    Most Booked

1,545 Reviews
  1. BrianJ

    Bath

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It's several years since we ate at Williams and it was good to find it better the ever. A friendly welcome and excellent service, and really good food cooked a few feet away. A lesson in how to run a local restaurant successfully. It's not just us. On a mid-week Wednesday in February it was packed.

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  2. MikeD

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to William’s many times and, as usual, the service was great. The only disappointing aspect on this occasion was that the batter on the traditional fish was much thicker than usual and rather soggy. Everything else was excellent.

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  3. Helen

    Worcestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal and staff lovely. Looking forward to our next visit.

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    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been visiting William’s in beautiful Nailsworth for over 30 years . Buying fish , game , cheeses , salads , fish cakes , treats or dining there where the well thought out fish menu ( with alternatives) gives me great joy & happiness . I feel truly blessed to have William’s as my uplifting and inspiring friend who never lets me down and sends me back out into the world with love & hope.

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  5. JohnF

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent seafood and efficient friendly service 👌

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  6. BrianR

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, great service, I probably ate too much, but it was so tempting could not say no . Great value for money

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  7. SarahG

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent atmosphere, service and food. Shame there are no local wines on the list but otherwise we couldn't fault our evening.

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  8. RobinS

    Gloucestershire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was up to the usual high standard and we all enjoyed our choices which we accompanied with the excellent French house white. The service was attentive and efficient from the very pleasant staff.

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  9. ChristianO

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Another amazing trip to Williams Kitchen with my girlfriend! We have come several times now and absolutely love the place! Brilliant food and friendly staff! Took a bit longer than usual to get desert menus after asking for them, bit after asking again staff apologised and brought them very quickly. Overall a lovely trip! Will always recommend to anyone who is passionate about their seafood!

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  10. shed17

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    monkfish curry underwhelming (bit tasteless and watery) Mussels excellent.

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  11. foodie55

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and a great atmosphere. Would 100% recommend. We went for dinner but would definitely go back in the day to enjoy the deli.

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  12. DavidD

    Gloucestershire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and service As usual Always there for special occasions

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  13. ChrisW

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    An excellent lunch only let down by the sourdough for the pate being burnt.

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  14. ians

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal on Valentine’s Day with friends as it was my birthday, food and service were excellent as always, it remains one of our favourite places.

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  15. MarkM

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good. Lovely staff as usual. My only way it could have been better is if the dauphinoise potato had not been so over cooked!! But apart from that…

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  16. richardf

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Starters and dessert were fine. Main course was ok. I would have liked dauphinois a bit more tender. It was borderline under cooked. Red wine sauce was weird with fish. More like stiff gravy. Surprised to receive fries as well. The peas with my wife's turbot looked like they had been kept warm for a long time. We found it all too much to eat which is more our fault than William's. We ended up too full. It would have been nice to have a drink while choosing from the menu but our drinks order was only taken after ordering and then the g&t came at the same time as the wine. After the main course our dessert order was taken along with our coffee order. The coffee then arrived before the dessert. It seemed like they wanted us to have no excuse to stay around. As I have said the starter and dessert were very nice. I would have had a much happier time if we had omitted the so so main course. Instead we paid twice the price and got half the satisfaction. Serves us right for wanting too much. Two courses next time. Richard

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  17. greyroofs

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The fish was excellent as always. The soufflé was good. Two of the puddings featured spirits which put me off personally. The cheese choices were brilliant.

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  18. RupertW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you ! Delicious meal and friendly efficient service !

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  19. LynnJ

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a visit to celebrate a birthday and from the complementary Prosecco to the coffee was a real treat, and well worth re-visiting. When the conversation quietens during the meal it means the food quality is excellent.

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  20. JanD

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is excellent, unusual combinations of fish with sauces and sides. Lovely venue, a bit loud at times. I would definitely recommend.

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  21. Matthew

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    A nice restaurant with good food. Not too expensive. Service was good but we did seem to be forgotten in the second half of the meal. I tried some locally produced wine which was very good. Well worth a try.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. The crab souffle was fantastic along with the monkfish curry. They could do with spending a bit of money on the toilets.

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  23. GrahamS

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at William’s, very nice evening Thankyou. We will be back!

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  24. Felicity31

    Staffordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely lunch with fantastic fresh Turbot. Recommend and we will be back

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  25. AlisonE

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious fish and chips - best in the area and so fresh.

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  26. JohnB

    Bath

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favourite place to eat and well worth the journey from Bath. Our daughter lives locally and also visits often. We love the choice, and most importantly the staff are always so friendly. Can’t wait to come again.

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  27. ChrisM

    Gloucestershire

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Williams was up to it’s usual high standard of food, service, ambience and value for money. Thank you for a wonderful meal and fir making us so welcome.

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  28. ChrisH

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice -food was very tasty, mussels were excellent. Only minor feedback was that we weren’t asked if we wanted any bread and the butter - nice as it was, was so cold it was difficult to spread. Table right in front of the side doors was a little small for glasses, bread, bowl for mussel shells. Overall a very good experience and have recommended to friends. I only mention the items above because everything else was so good one looks at the experience more critically.

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  29. SarahC

    London

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun, friendly, and fabulous family favourite as always 🥰

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  30. RichardC

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superbly reliable local bistro. Friendly, stylish, delicious. We go as often as we can afford.

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  31. Birthday

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious fish bisque Fantastic and very friendly service Good value at lunch time

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  32. TonyB

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's always good, never had an issue. More expensive ATM due to cost of living food prices but great for a treat!!

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  33. LucindaB

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sue was fantastic, friendly and interesting while she served us. Had a lovely time.

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  34. Westcroft

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good value fixed price menu at lunchtime. Very good food

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  35. PhilipG

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. Moules were fabulous. Service was good.

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  36. Megan

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service and friendly staff - a great evening

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  37. JohnB

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delivers a wonderful culinary experience, service exceptional again.

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  38. Deborah

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, lovely company and staff were amazing

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  39. Easyclean

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All was excellent couldn't fault anything Brought an old neighbour who had been wanting to visit you for many years he is 92 He was so delighted with the food.

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  40. Cindy

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A bit underwhelming….Cooking was not exceptional… Sauce in Monkfish curry was disappointing … a little watery! Things expensive for what we got.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

William's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01453 832240.

William's is rated 4.7 stars by 1545 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for William's

3 Fountain St, Nailsworth, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 0BL

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    In the heart of Nailsworth, overlooking the mini roundabout
  • Area
    Nailsworth
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 12:00–16:00 Fri, Sat 18:00–23:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Fish, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Small parking area at the back of the building behind the laurel hedge. Otherwise free street parking for 2 hours
  • Public Transit
    Nailsworth Town Centre (many bus routes)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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