Friday 29 May 2020

9 of the best real ale pubs in Gloucester

Lovers of real ale can discover their new favourite pint in our latest SoGlos hot list, rounding up the best places in Gloucester to drink real ale.

While Gloucestershire is traditionally known for its love of cider, real ale certainly has a dedicated following in the county, with plenty of places to enjoy a pint within easy reach.

Real ale is an artisanal product, which has seen a peak in popularity thanks to the rise in craft breweries over recent years. The term real ale was coined back in the 1970s by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) to describe traditional cask beers.

But with so much choice locally, SoGlos hopes to help with this hoppy hot list, featuring nine of the best venues in Gloucester to pick up a pint of real ale.

About the sponsor – The Fountain Inn

Home to an idyllic courtyard, this 16th century coaching inn is the epitome of a traditional pub, serving an excellent range of real ales, a good wine list and quality food.

Nestled in the heart of Gloucester’s Westgate Street, a stone’s throw from the Cathedral, the Fountain Inn is the ideal place to meet with friends for a relaxed drink, while you enjoy great pub grub and its friendly atmosphere.

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1. The Fountain Inn

The home of real ale in the heart of Gloucester, The Fountain Inn offers a great selection of beers and tasty pub grub, too.

This hidden gem on Westgate Street offers a minimum of six real ales on tap during the summer and seven in the winter; with regular favourites such as St Austell Tribute, Dartmoor Jail Ale and Bristol Beer Factory’s Independence always available.

Other real ales from across the country are rotated regularly, to ensure there’s always something different to try. The Fountain has also been awarded the Cask Marque for excellence for the third year running, making it an unmissable spot for real ale in the county.

2. The Pelican Inn

Nestled close to Gloucester Cathedral, The Pelican Inn is one of the city’s oldest pubs and is known for being a real ale destination.

Owned by Wye Valley Brewery, The Pelican stocks Wye Valley’s entire beer range, along with guest ales from other breweries which change regularly.

At least 10 real ales are available on the bar at any time, and the venue hosts its own beer festivals in February and June.

3. Dick Whittington

Despite being taken over by Severn Cider in August 2019, The Dick Whittington in Gloucester still regards itself as a real ale pub.

Located on Gloucester’s Westgate Street, the venue stocks a range of top quality real ales, including GWB’s Moose River, North Cotswold Brewery’s Shagweaver, and rotating ales from local breweries – Gloucester, Uley and New Bristol.

Soon to stock craft keg ales, the venue also boasts live music at weekends, alongside its own range of local cider.

4. Café Rene

Reached through an unassuming alley in the centre of Gloucester, a night out in the city simply isn’t complete without a trip to Café Rene.

Real ale fans won’t be disappointed with the selection of beers on offer, either. Café Rene boasts an extensive menu filled with ever-changing ales from local breweries, including many from Bristol Beer Factory.

Café Rene always has at least three or four ales served fresh from the barrel and the traditional and friendly pub changes its ale with the seasons to ensure visitors have the chance to find their new favourite.
What’s more, the venue benefits from a 24-hour license, so you can enjoy a pint of local ale whenever you choose to visit.

5. Dr Fosters Liquor Co.

Located on the waterfront at the Historic Gloucester Docks, Dr Fosters Liquor Co is a favourite with real ale drinkers who want to enjoy watching the ships roll in, with a pint in hand!

Stocking four real ales on tap along with one IPA, visitors can choose between Bespoke Brewery’s Golden Rule and Beware The Bear; Bombardier, and Doombar’s Amber Ale.


Gloucester Brewery’s very own bar is located at Gloucester Quays. Cool, industrial interiors combined with an extensive collection of local real ales, make a visit to TANK a real experience for ale lovers, with many options for vegans, clearly labelled.

Celebrating its full range of independently brewed beers, drinkers can enjoy Gloucester Gold, West Coast Red, Cascade, Session Pale, Session IPA, American Pale, Aussie Pale, Dockside Dark, Six Malt Porter and Spring Deity.

If that isn’t enough choice, TANK also stocks a range of its favourite guest beers on a rotating basis.

7. Teague’s Bar

Located opposite Gloucester’s Kingsholm stadium, Teague’s Bar is famous for its rugby roots, and is the bar of choice for many Cherry and White fans –promising an electric atmosphere on match days.

Offering three real ales on tap, the venue stocks Wadworth’s 6X and Summer Ale, alongside a rotating offering from Cranham-based brewery Clavell and Hind, with Wicked Lady, Coachman and Blunderbuss being regular favourites.

8. Aviator

After being awarded the Pub of the Summer Season 2019 by the Cheltenham branch of CAMRA, The Aviator is a great choice for ale and aircraft fans alike, with discounts of 10 per cent also available to CAMRA members.

Stocking four real ales on tap, including two guest ales, visitors can choose between Sharp’s Sea Fury and Doom Bar Atlantic while they watch the planes fly from the nearby Gloucestershire Airport.

9. Tiger’s Eye

Best known for its black rock grill and cocktail bar, Tiger’s Eye might not be the first thought when it comes to real ale. But, the venue is proud to stock local ale from Gloucester Brewery.

At time of publishing, the venue is stocking Gloucester Gold on tap for those who’d rather enjoy a beer than a bloody Mary!

© SoGlos
Friday 16 August 2019

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