Agriculture and Food

Centre’s aim to become a food mecca for Gloucestershire just gets stronger

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 29 July 2020 7:00

Centre’s aim to become a food mecca for Gloucestershire just gets stronger

From Belgium waffles to focaccia, from mouth-watering pies to sea food, falafel to chocolate, the centre of one market town in Gloucestershire has quite a menu to choose from. 

That list is only getting longer as Dransfield Properties, the owner of the newly developed Stroud food hall, reveals yet another addition. 

Thai street food trader Thai 2 Go is the latest trader to open for business at what is now called the Five Valleys Indoor Market – formerly the Merrywalks Shopping Centre. 

Ian Calvert and SudjaiPhaophong from Painswick are the names behind the business, purveyors of what is described as “freshly made, authentic Thai street food” with its ever-changing menu. 

Apparently, their passion for Thai food began in North Eastern Thailand selling BBQ Thai snacks on a market stall before returning to the UK and opening one of the first Thai restaurants in Painswick in 1997.  

That restaurant was hugely popular and ran successfully for ten years. Traditional Thai dishes at their new business will include Thai Red Curry, Pad Thai, Spring Rolls, Beef Dishes, Rice Dishes Pork Satay and Stir Fry. 

Dionne Moore, centre manager of Five Valleys, said: “We are really excited to introduce Thai 2 Go to the Five Valleys Market and wish them every success with their new business venture. 

“Ian and Sudjai have brought a wealth of knowledge and experience in creating authentic Thai dishes and we are really lucky to have them in Stroud.”