The Rugby World Cup 2019 has been screened live from Japan in pubs, bars, entertainment venues and even private cinemas across Gloucestershire – with plenty of local venues getting in on all the international sporting excitement.
With England playing South Africa in the Rugby World Cup Final from 9am on Saturday 2 November 2019, head to one of SoGlos’s handpicked suggestions for some of the finest places to get your rugby fix.
As local rugby fans will remember, four years ago the Rugby World Cup was held in the UK – with two matches played at Gloucester Rugby’s very own Kingsholm Stadium. Shown live from Japan this time around, due to the time difference, some of the matches will be shown very early in the UK – with early opening times and breakfast accompanying much of the action on the pitch.
With its 24-hour licence, Gloucester’s liveliest pub will be showing all the major action from Japan on its big HD screen – no matter what the kick-off time.
As well as a city centre location and renowned friendly atmosphere, stave off hunger while your favourite team does battle at Café Rene by chowing down on full English breakfasts and bacon baps, or a Desperate Dan burger, veggie burger or homemade pie, served from 12pm.
During the Rugby World Cup, when you sup a pint and get a loyalty stamp at this Brakspear pub and hotel in Andoversford it could mean prizes – with hundreds of ‘scrum-thing special’ prizes up for grabs.
There’s also a bottomless breakfast offer including unlimited Brakspear Gravity, prosecco, mimosas or bloody marys for £15 – and the opportunity to book a table ahead to catch the action on The Frogmill’s big screen.
Cheltenham Racecourse will be screening the Rugby World Cup Final in The Centaur on Saturday 2 November 2019, in a free event, which rugby fans need to register for.
The famous sporting venue will be opening its gates at 8.30am, with the game beginning at 9am.
Undoubtedly one of Gloucester’s best restaurants, as well as catching the big World Cup matches live on The Tiger’s Eye’s big screens, rugby fans can also tuck into some exceptional pan-Asian food during or after the action.
Bacon baps will be served with the early matches and lunch served from 12pm, with a steak and pint deal for £10. The menu at Tiger’s Eye also features freshly-made sushi – to really get into the Japanese spirit.
Every Rugby World Cup match will be shown in HD on one of The Miller’s 14 screens, with the biggest matches shown on the 85-inch big screen with stadium seating.
As well as bookable tables and spaces, servers will also be walking around The Miller taking orders so rugby fans don’t miss a second of the action.
For an intimate and luxurious way to enjoy the Rugby World Cup action, book the private cinema at The Fish Hotel, near Broadway.
For groups of 10 to 20 people, and costing £25 per person, as well as seeing the RWC action live in the hotel’s plush Screening Room, rugby fans will also get two bottles of beer or two glasses of prosecco and pizza at half-time.
A popular rugby pub year-round, The Coach and Horses in Kingsholm will be showing the major Rugby World Cup matches on a multitude of screens – including an outdoor screen in the pub’s beer garden.
As well as a friendly atmosphere and an extensive range of ciders, as well as ale and beer, rugby fans will also be able to get a juicy sausage or bacon bap for a fiver on match days.
The Maytime Inn, near Burford, will be showing all the big Rugby World Cup matches in a beautiful country pub setting.
Take your pick from one of the 140 gins stocked at this Cotswold pub, as well as beers and real ales, while watching the action from Japan.
The Rugby World Cup home nation matches will be shown on Egypt Mill’s three screens throughout the international tournament.
And, as well as stunning outdoor seating for lapping up the autumn sunshine, the food menu (particularly the steaks) at the independently-owned hotel and restaurant in Nailsworth is scrum-ptious!
The Lucky Onion’s Gin & Juice will be showing many of the Rugby World Cup matches in stylish surroundings – whether you prefer a gin cocktail or freshly-squeezed juice with your morning rugby action!
As well as the option to book a private room for groups of friends, the stylish Cheltenham bar will also be serving breakfast alongside the matches – if you fancy avocado and scrambled eggs with your scrum-watching.
Enjoy the Rugby World Cup games in a pretty Cotswolds waterside location at Lakeside Brasserie, which will be screening all the major matches.
The South Cerney sports bar offers all-day dining, including its tasty full English ‘big brekkie’ made with Jessie Smith sausages and bacon or woodfired pizzas for lunch.
Aquavitae will be showing all the England Rugby World Cup matches, with a pint of Asashi for the first 20 customers if you get there early.
There’s also a full English breakfast and pint deal for £10 to entice rugby fans to give this Cheltenham Regent Street bar a ‘try’.
Known for showing sports on its big screen, The Albion in Tewkesbury will be showing the major Rugby World Cup matches from its town centre location.
As well as affordable pints, rugby fans can tuck into chili hot dogs during the action at this friendly Tewkesbury pub.
Brewhouse and Kitchen’s Cheltenham pub in The Brewery Quarter will be opening early for the big Rugby World Cup matches – including all England fixtures.
There’s a new breakfast menu featuring the tasty-sounding brunch burger served in a ‘croll’ – a cross between a croissant and a roll – and more than 70 craft beers and ciders available.
By Michelle Fyrne
Monday 28 October 2019
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