William's

4.6
242 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’.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 242 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenM
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Honestly the food was fabulous as always. Our only very small issue was we didn’t get any bread with the Salmon Pate and had to wait 10mins after asking, whilst noticing newly seated tables were getting bread in baskets ahead of even ordering. We felt the ambiance in the garden was magical. Highly recommend.

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Loulou
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent 3 course lunch all served with a smile. Heater and blanket made the weather bearable - will definitely be back in warmer weather.

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lisaw
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always brilliant, super food with friendly service. If you like fresh fish then there’s no better place 😀

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SallyT
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely relaxed lunch this Saturday at Williams. We were lucky with the weather. The food was lovely. The staff were to!

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WilliamS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My Wife and I had an excellent lunch at Williams in the newly created outside area. This was spite of the weather which was cold, wet and dreary. We knew what to expect and were dressed for the conditions but we were offered blankets and my Wife took one to keep the chill at bay as the gas heaters were barely adequate. In spite of the weather we thoroughly enjoyed our meal which was completely delicious, the service was cheerful, efficient and very attentive. Full marks to Williams, we shall return as soon as possible.

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YvonneG
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Weather very cold and wet which obviously couldn’t be helped. Not sure why we weren’t offered a table under cover when we first arrived having booked a good way ahead. We were moved when it started raining hard. Despite this the food was excellent, the service very good and will definitely book again when hopefully the weather will be kinder.

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RichieR
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The outdoor dining was freezing in the rain and one heater directed elsewhere did nothing to help, the food,as always was divine except for the spicy crab soup.

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FIONAH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood, great ambiance and delightful staff

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Maddie
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely, good quality food and nice atmosphere. Waiting staff were very nice.

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John
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, friendly staff, lovely atmosphere. We’ll be back.

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NickG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Where do I start? Beginning to end Fabulous. Birthday meal booked soon after lockdown and outside eating. Booked with ease. Arrived early, no problem. Food was amazing. Fish Catalan last eaten in Portugal but WOW it was wonderful, oysters great but star of our meal was Catalan dish. Waiting staff were really attentive without being intrusive, Our waitress it was her Birthday along with my husband and she made our ambience great. Can’t recommend enough. We will definitely be back. Thank you.

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LinS
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first meal out since last summer - and coincided with an anniversary as well

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TaniaF
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing to be back. Fantastic food and service as ever

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CharlieC
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food! Would highly recommend !

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Rebekah
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. We are happy you are open again!

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12rosemary
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fab fish pie. I love Williams it is always reliable

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BrianK
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience2

This was once again after a year of restrictions, an absolute joy. Made to feel very welcome, almost like old friends. The staff are great and wrapped in blankets we had a great time. Thank you

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Opal
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most fantastic, memorable wedding day lunch. The food was fabulous. We had such a lovely day. Thank you Williams kitchen brilliant as usual

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vipMatthewG
Gloucestershire
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

see you soon, when we get out of lock down and cant wait!

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love it. All four fish dishes were perfect. My wife says her fish was Brill.

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HarryW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great evening. Very good food, friendly staff and a nice setting. We be back!

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vipCATHERINED
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful tasty soup, fresh bread, lovely wine and great service - always a real treat!

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DarrylJ
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food at decent prices. The service is prompt and pleasant and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. It’s always good to experience fine but hearty food that’s great value for money. Recommended.

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HuwJ
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood away from the coast!
Made son's birthday lunch very special.

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SaraH
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, great food & service. Steve the head chef came out to speak to us & Alex the manager was friendly & professional.
We had oysters, hake, dressed crab such a delight to experience fresh fish, prepared & cooked so well.

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mickeydripping
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, warm welcome and good around service.

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Freddie24
Gloucestershire
11 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely, we have not been since the refurbishment and were impressed by the new layout.
Food and wine was delicious and had a great time

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MichaelR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first visit and we shall certainly be back. Excellent food and service

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RichardT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have always loved going to Williams for the fresh fish and friendly waitresses. Split prawns always makes my wife very happy. The Covid measures made us feel very safe.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best seafood restaurant. The scallops were excellent. Monkfish and mussels were also so so tasty. All staff were accommodating - I mentioned it was my partners birthday and they made sure to sing happy birthday with a lovely chocolate cheesecake. The chef even had time to come out to check we enjoyed our meal. Will definitely return.

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cliveb
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are always very pleased with the good and service and is an excellent location.
Would always recommend.

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PAULB
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We loved the Fish soup . The service was excellent and the standard of wine was superb but should be at the price. The main course was disappointing and would suggest the menu should tell you that the fish is not served separately on a plate but in a bowl on a bed of the rest of the meal. We both had the impression that the fish would be served on a plate with the sides separately. Other than that that the service was excellent .

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AnneG
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect food in a great setting with genuinely lovely staff

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NickC
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great night out despite the Covid restrictions. Fabulous food and great service.

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AmandaS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal in a lovely setting. It is very atmospheric

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HelenP
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic menu and food is fresh and delicious!

Social distancing and hygiene measures all in place - 5 stars.

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AliT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great attentive service, will definitely be a regular place for lunch for us

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Nick
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we're local we've never eaten at William's before. But we will be back! The food was absolutely delicious, the service spot on and it was very good value. Plenty of screens etc. so we felt safe too. We really enjoyed out night out.

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MikeF
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Chicken parfait and scallops as starters were excellent, crab gratin as a main was good, Hake was well cooked but the curried chick pea potato and spinach accompaniment was poor and lacked curry flavour. Ice cream was delicious.

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Mouse
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Good food; service quite poor to mediocre. Quite expensive

FAQs

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

William's is rated 4.6 stars by 242 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.