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New Inn Hotel, Gloucester

Posted on 21. Oct, 2010 by in Pubs

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New Inn Hotel, Gloucester

Located in the heart of Gloucester, the 15th century Grade I listed New Inn Hotel is considered to be one of the country’s finest medieval galleried inns.

History of the Pub

According to the history sign found at the entrance of the pub, the New Inn was originally built as a Pilgrim’s Inn to house visitors to the shrine of King Edward II in St Peter’s Abbey.

The building was rebuilt in 1455 and over the years has been used as a venue for plays, housed the city’s first the tennis court and in the 18th century was described as a venue for the unusual and bizarre. Around this time, new additions to the building were added including a brewhouse and malthouse.

The Pub Today

The pub is accessed from Northgate Street, one of the main shopping throughfares. As you walk into the courtyard you are presented with a stunning building with galleries on all four sides.

On the right of the courtyard is the Old Tap and Barrel Bar which consists of two large beamed rooms, a fireplace and a large bar. On the left is a restaurant and hotel reception. There is also advertising for the Pilgrim Brewery with the date 1872. I haven’t been able to find out any information about this brewery.

At the rear of the courtyard is a wine bar and according to the Real Ale Pub Guide 2011, there are another three bars. I didn’t visit any of these bars so I’m not sure if these beers have any different beers to the ones offered in the Old Tap and Barrel Bar.

New Inn Hotel, Gloucester

The upper two floors of the pub house 33 en-suite bedrooms and a suite that can be used for meetings and events such as weddings. The first floor is accessible from steps in the courtyard and provides a good vantage point for taking photos.

At the front of the inn and accessed from Northgate Street is Grey’s Coffee House. It is named after Lady Jane Grey who in 1553 was supposedly proclaimed Queen of England at the inn.

Is the Pub Haunted?

There have been numerous reports of unexplained activity at the New Inn and it has been investigated by the Gloucester Active Paranormal Society

Amongst other things, pints have fallen off tables, footsteps have been heard in the cellar and even the pub dog’s bowl has been tipped off. But is the New Inn really haunted. Here’s a video showing an incident when a pint fell off a table. Keep an eye on the table in the top right of the video at around 1:30.

Back in May, the BBC wrote an article about the ghostly goings on at the pub.

The Beer

The pub has up to 10 ales on at a time. When I visited on 17th October, 2010, there 7 ales available – Wickwar BOB, Fuller’s London Pride, Okell’s Red, Butcombe Bitter, Brew Dog Punk IPA, Springhead The Leveller and Wychwood Hobgoblin. Both Punk IPA and the Leveller tasted great, although I did spill some of the IPA (perhaps it was the ghost pushing over the glass).

New Inn Hotel, Gloucester

The pub has ventured into organising beer festivals and it’s first one took place between October 22nd and 23rd. You can read a review here.

More Photos of the New Inn Hotel

Venue Location

New Inn Hotel

12 Northgate Street



Tel: 01452 522177

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Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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