You may remember a few months ago we ran a feature on the Made In Venezuela shop on Stroud High Street. The shop is no longer there but fear not, sisters Angela and Oriana haven’t gone far – they’ve moved on to an exciting new project just down the road.
Angela’s husband David grew up in a pub and had always wanted to stay in the business, so together the British/Venezuelan trio have opened up Galgos Latino at the old Greyhound pub on Gloucester Street. I met up with Angela and Oriana one morning for a chat. Walking in to the building is like a breath of fresh air with its colourful designs, comfortable surroundings and friendly atmosphere.
Oriana: Our theme is Latin-American slums. The mural on the wall is of a Brazilian Favela, and all of our furniture is second-hand. Our cutlery and crockery has all come from local charity shops and is mismatched, but that fits with our look. It’s very important to us to recycle and upcycle, and be as green as possible. We’ve given the building our personal touch but also tried to respect its history. We love the original wooden floors and stone windows, and we’re very proud of the gents toilets which are listed – they were originally the Stroud public loos – so we wanted to make sure they weren’t closed to the public. Most of all we had to respect the name – Galgos means Greyhounds!
Delicious smells are wafting from the kitchen as we speak. It’s time to look at the menu!
Oriana: We serve home-made Latin-American inspired food. Not traditional dishes but we’ve taken the familiar flavours and created our own mix. Our kitchen is led by Christian and Bryan, two Ecuadorians who moved here from London. With our Chef Christian we will gradually expand the menu as the seasons change. We have so many new flavours to try.
Angela: We serve a small plate menu – perfect for sharing – and we use all the ingredients that are popular in South America such as cornmeal, plantain, rice, beans, avocado, mango, banana and passion fruit together with different seasonings. There are lots of citrus flavours and many choices for vegans and alternative diets. We also have a range of drinks to complement the menu – wines from Chile, Argentina, Spain and Portugal, or Venezuelan rum and traditional Latin-American cocktails like Margaritas, Cuba Libres and Brazilian Caipirinhas. We also still sell and serve the popular cocoa tea we stocked in our Made In Venezuela shop.
Oriana: We’re very keen to serve local produce too so we have Stroud Brewery keg beer and our coffee is a fairtrade Brazilian blend supplied by a local Gloucestershire company.
Eyeing the range of exotic looking bottles over the bar I wonder if it’s too early for rum… it probably is.
I went back later for lunch with a friend and can honestly recommend Galgos Latino as a lovely place to while away a few hours with tasty food, evocative music and friendly and welcoming staff.
Galgos Latino is open Thursday 11am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 11pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm. Food served from 12pm.
The Made In Venezuela website www.madeinvenezuela.co.uk is also still up and running, and there is a selection of jewellery, bags and other items available to buy in the bar.