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.
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 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.
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. https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/
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. 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 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.
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 11 am until 10:30 pm so an option for a starting point if your crawl starts early. Also a possible endpoint due to having good value rooms to book.
Miller & Carter
Located near to Tesco Extra in Quedgeley, Miller & Carter is a steak house, ideal for a meal break for steak lovers.
Located next to Tesco in Quedgeley so a great place to start due to 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 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
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. 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
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.
A map showing all venues mentioned on this guide.
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