Because of popular demand @aboutglos is creating some pub crawl routes in the county/ This includes this GL2 pub crawl in Hardwicke, Quedgeley and Kingsway. This is also a guide to local pubs and drinking establishments in the area.
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.
A popular pub crawl theme is pub golf, where pre-allocated drinks get 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. They often keep scores for this and a prize for the winner or a forfeit for the loser.
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 suitable site for advice on your drinking habits and learn how much is sensible for you to consume. https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/
Pubs in Hardwicke, Quedgeley & Kingsway
You can include the following pubs in a crawl in Hardwicke, Quedgeley and Kingsway in any order.
The Pilot Inn Hardwicke
A canal side pub in Hardwicke, just off the Stagecoach 12 route. The Pilot Inn is 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 of drinks. My favourites are Amstel lager, Thatchers Gold cider or a glass of Chardonnay.
The pilot has a pleasant garden to sit out in the summer and has a vibrant atmosphere in the evenings but to some seen a cliquey.
Friar Tucks Pub Quedgeley
On the Bristol Road in Quedgeley is Friar Tucks, a pub and eatery. They open from 12 to 2 pm and 5-Close in the week and open all day on 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 pleasant weather and a cosy interior. This is a great place for hangovers or to line your belly for a session because of their hearty breakfasts.
The Thatch Inn a pub in Quedgeley
Just along from Friar Tuck, The Thatch Inn is one of the oldest inns in the county. It’s on a few bus routes, thus this place is straightforward to get to. They featured the establishment on Channel 5’s The Hotel Inspector with Alex Polizzi.
Their bar opens from 11 am until 10:30 pm, so an option for a starting point if your crawl starts early. Also, an endpoint because of having good value rooms to book.
Miller & Carter Restaurant in Quedgeley
Near to Tesco Extra in Quedgeley is Miller & Carter is a steak house, ideal for a meal break for steak lovers. They serve some delicious steak based meals including a very nice ribeye.
Next to Tesco in Quedgeley, so a great place to start because of its visible location. The Haywain is 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.
The Barn Owl Kingsway
The barn owl pub describes itself as a warm, relaxed pub with a garden & patio offering an extensive range of comfort grub & drinks. The Barn Owl has many special offers on drinks, including 2 for £5 on bottled drinks.
The Bumble Bee Waterwells
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. The Bumble Bee is 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 has a 24/7 bar. They have many options for drinks including an array of gin, many lagers and some local real ales.
Rose Tree Farm in Kingsway
Primarily a value carvery in Kingsway, but also serves drinks. Rose Tree Farm is also a good place for a stomach lining breakfast that is good value. Their meals are great value and also have a small outside seating area to enjoy a pre-sundown pint or two.