GL2 Pub Crawl. Hardwicke, Quedgeley & Kingsway

Due to popular demand @aboutglos is creating some pub crawl routes in the county including this GL2 pub crawl in Hardwicke, Quedgeley and Kingsway. This is also a guide to local pubs and drinking establishments in the area.

Pub Crawls

A pub crawl involves moving from pub to pub on a night out or daytime session, some can be themed or not. Some are also a prelude to a night out in Gloucester and Cheltenham, hence us highlighting venues near to bus stops on this guide.

Pub Golf

A popular pub crawl theme is pub golf where pre-allocated drinks are assigned to a drinking establishment with a par score for the number of sips/gulps to finish the drink. For example, a shot of moonshine could be a par 1 meaning down in one or a pint of craft beer a par 5, meaning 5 actions to finish. Scores are often kept for this and a prize for the winner or forfeit for the loser.

Drink Aware

This is just for fun and please be drink aware and stay within your limits. Organisers can pre-agree handicaps for the sensible and not regular drinkers. Drink Aware is a good site for advice on your drinking habits and learn how much is sensible for you to consume.

GL2 Pub Crawl

The following pubs can be included in a crawl in Hardwicke, Quedgeley and Kingsway in any particular order.

The Pilot Inn Hardwicke.

A canalside pub in Hardwicke just off the Stagecoach 12 route, open all day from midday for drinks and food served until 3 pm Monday-Thursday and all-day Friday to Sunday. The Pilot is dog friendly and has a good range off drinks. My favourites are Amstel lager, Thatchers Gold cider or a glass of Chardonnay.

The pilot has a nice garden to sit out in the summer and has a vibrant atmosphere in the evenings but to some seen a cliquey. About The Pilot…

Friar Tucks Quedgeley

Located on the Bristol Road Friar tucks is a pub and eatery that opens from 12-2 pm and 5-Close in the week and open all day at the weekends. This is a more lively weekend venue with frequent events but also a nice place for a lunchtime bite and pint.

There is a beer garden to enjoy nice weather as well as a cosy interior. This is a great place for hangovers or to line your belly for a session due to their hearty breakfasts. More info…

The Thatch Inn

Just along from Friar Tucks, The Thatch Inn is one of the oldest inns in the county. Located on a few bus routes this place is east yo get to. The establishment was featured on Chanel 5’s The Hotel Inspector with Alex Polizzi.

Their bar opens from 11am until 10:30pm so an option for a starting point if your crawl starts early. Also a possible end point due to having good value rooms to book. More info…

Miller & Carter

Located near matalan Miller & Carter is a steak house, ideal for a meal break for steak lovers. Not sure if you can just drink there but will check. More info…


Located next to Tesco in Quedgeley so a great place to start due to its visible location. A pub with a variety of offers for food and drink and sometimes events. They have a beer garden for those that like to sit outside, not that great a view though. More info…

The Barn Owl Kingsway

The barn owl describes itself as a warm, relaxed pub with a garden & patio offering an extensive range of comfort grub & drinks. They have many special offers on drinks including 2 for £5 on bottled drinks. More info…

The Bumble Bee Waterwells

Located near to The Holiday Inn Express at Waterwells Business Park is a nice rustic bar and restaurant serving good food and an array of drinks. A great location to start or finish if you are partying with those from out of the town as they can get a value room at the hotel next door who also have a 24/7 bar.

They have many options for drinks including an array of gin, many lagers and some local real ales. More info….

Rose Tree Farm

Primarily a value carvery in Kingsway but also serves drinks, a good place for a stomach lining breakfast that is good value. More info…


A map showing all venues mentioned on this guide.

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