Daniel Chadwick is an artist known for his colourful, kinetic sculptures. He was born across the valley from the Woolpack and bought the free hold in 1999. For over twenty years, Daniel has worked to preserve the essence and spirit of the pub, in welcoming strangers and locals, drinkers and diners alike.
The interior and the outside deck has been carefully curated over time, to form a sensitive and untouched gentleness in keeping with The Woolpack’s essence and its surroundings. Below deck, Daniel has used his experience of precision engineering to make sure the quality of the Beers, Ales and Ciders are kept at the correct temperatures and in perfect conditions. He has dedicated equal attention to the Woolpack’s fully modernised kitchen, which has been designed for Adam Glover to prepare beautiful food in a professional, clean and ergonomic space.
Adam moved to Stroud from Glasgow, where he worked as a junior sous-chef at the celebrated ‘Ubiquitous Chip’. He took up the the position of Head Chef at the Woolpack in 2015. Immediately Adam understood the need for it to provide food worthy of poetry in the humblest of settings, an endeavour he continues to find deeply rewarding.
Adam’s menu is led by seasonal and organic local produce. This includes his personal selection of heritage and organic vegetables grown in the neighbouring valley at Lypiatt Park. Adam’s approach to cooking is to bring out the fullest flavour from the highest quality ingredients by the most simple and elegant methods. He holds the opinion that good ingredients and clean, uncomplicated preparation of each dish ‘allows the flavours to speak for themselves’.
Since joining the Woolpack, Adam has drawn the attention of both local and regional press and been applauded by internationally respected food critics, Matthew Fort and Tom Parker Bowls.
Matilda and Hallie have proved a perfectly orchestrated team, managing the day to day responsibilities of a very busy pub and the close bond and of the team who work there.
Hallie has worked at the Woolpack for four years, having started out as part of the junior bar and floor staff. She quickly became a highly respected member of the team. Hallie’s natural organisation and reliability enabled her rapid progression to an under management position, before accepting the joint management role.
Taking on the joint management position in 2021, Matilda swapped views of Finsbury Park for those of Swift’s Hill and the Slad valley, in the winter lockdown of 2020. She moved away from a fast-paced life as a London based advertising director, to look for something new during that uncertain time. Matilda immediately fell in love with The Woolpack, her new local pub, which at that time had become a busy community shop. It wasn’t long before she moved into the building as caretaker and accepted a joint management position with Hallie, in May 2021.