A NEW restaurant in Dursley has recently opened its doors for the first time. 

Parsonage 53 located in the former Kings Head pub opened on Thursday, October 19. 

Owners Brian Moulder and Tom Brown, who is head chef, say they want to provide a unique dining experience to visitors and residents. 

Tom has previously worked as a chef in different venues across the area over the past 17 years including the Calcot Collection as a head chef at the Painswick. 

Brian’s daughter and Tom’s wife Georgie said: “My dad has never worked in this sector; he sold a business and went into retirement but felt Dursley needed a different dining experience. 

“Tom however has been a chef for 17 years and has worked in some fantastic venues around the area including the Calcot Collection.

“He started there as a commis chef and worked his way up the ladder achieving his first head chef role at the Painswick and his first rosette. 

“The property had been empty for a few months and we both felt it was the right location and time, especially in Tom's career. 

Stroud News and Journal: Parsonage 53

Stroud News and Journal: Parsonage 53

“To offer a dining experience that has been long overdue in Dursley offering British season and where possible locally produced products.

The venue, which is open for lunch and dinner, has also been transformed with new décor including quirky green moss walls. 

“My dad through his business career visited many high-profile clients in London where he saw moss walls,” Georgie added. 

“When we were discussing refurbishment, he felt it would add a dimension to the restaurant that would be both aesthetically pleasing and calming.”

For more information see their website here - tinyurl.com/5arc85vz

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