7 of the best pubs to go for a drink before a Gloucester Rugby match

As Gloucester prepares for another exciting season of premiership rugby in the city, SoGlos has rounded up 7 of the places to grab a drink before kick-off.

Promising sporting comradery, welcoming atmospheres, and delicious real ales and ciders, Gloucester is full of great spots to enjoy a pint, all within walking distance of the Cherry and Whites’ home ground.

So be sure to stop by one of these iconic watering holes before you head to the Shed this season.

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.

Located in the centre of Gloucester city, and just a 10-minute walk to Kingsholm Stadium, the fountain has a fantastic courtyard garden that’s a real suntrap in the summer months.

Promising a friendly atmosphere, a fantastic ale selection and a warm welcome, The Fountain Inn is the perfect place to celebrate or commiserate the latest match results.

2. Teague’s Bar

Known for being ‘the most rugby-crazed pub in the country’s most rugby-crazed city’, Teague’s Bar is owned by former England player Mike Teague.

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.

3. Café Rene

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

Located just a 10-minute stroll from Kingsholm Stadium, the venue has a vivacious atmosphere, and is a great spot for high-quality traditional food, real ale and local cider.

Café Rene also has a bustling night-time scene, with live music and DJs regularly performing, if you don’t want the celebrations to end with the final whistle.


Gloucester Brewery’s very own bar is located at Gloucester Quays, a leisurely 20-minute walk from Kingsholm Stadium.

Cool, industrial interiors combined with an extensive collection of local real ales, makes a visit to TANK a real experience for ale lovers, with many options for vegans, clearly labelled.

The venue also offers match day specials on occasion, with live music after matches.

5. 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.

Just eight minutes away from Kingsholm on foot, the pub has won CAMRA’s Gloucester City pub of the year on numerous occasions, making it a great choice for a pre- or post-match pint.

6. The Dean’s Walk Inn

Located in Kingsholm, and just a stone’s throw from the stadium, The Dean’s Walk Inn is popular with local rugby supporters, in part due to its location, and also its rugby-themed graffiti which adorns its exterior walls.

The venue shows live sport across five screens, and also has a free car park. Families are welcome in this neighbourhood pub, so it’s a great place to enjoy a friendly drink before a big match.

7. The Cider Tree at the Coach and Horses

Just two minutes’ walk from Kingsholm Stadium, The Cider Tree at The Coach and Horses is a haven for both cider and rugby fans. As the name suggests, the venue stocks 34 ciders and perrys from around the UK.

Housed within a 15th century building, the refurbished pub is steeped in history, and its location close to Kingsholm Stadium makes it a popular haunt for fans, who flock to the venue’s garden when the weather is fine.

© SoGlos
Wednesday 03 March 2021

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