After we had visited the cathedral we stopped in The Comfy Pew for some cream tea. It was a wonderful sunny day and we could actually sit outside and profit from the cafe's perfect location in a side street of the cathedral. The inside, though, is worth a visit too. Old wood panels and a slightly gloomy atmosphere - exactly as such a place should look like. On the wall, a sign tells of times gone by, explaining what guests were forbidden to do (such as knocking on the table with your tankard) and how much they would have to pay for a room (2 shilling, if I remember correctly). All in all a great place - and the cream tea was good, too!
Favorite Dish: cream tea and scones
VERY nice building but a total shame about the miserable, surly bar man who definitely didn't graduate from the school of charm. As a local, I took some visitors to this pub on Saturday August 6th 2011. We were enamoured by the building & thought we'd have lunch there but after having been served by this poor excuse for a bar man, we left. There was an orderly queue of people (what we do best in this country) but he chose to serve all the locals before he even glanced at the Amercian lady who was waiting in front of me. My advice: walk in, look around (because it is a beautiful building) and walk out again.
Favorite Dish: Disgusted with the service & couldn't wait to leave
Freshly baked filled baguettes, home made soup and cakes and pastries
Favorite Dish: Our grandson had a milkshake (which is a bottled drink and not ice cream) and chips, I had tea (85p), quiche and a jacket potato, and Bob had a tuna sandwich and Sprite (lemonade). The bill was £8.55 ($13.60).
The house at 38 Southgate St (now a pub) was once the fine town house of Robert Raikes. it is a sixteenth century house that has been recently restored.
It has a decorative timber framed facade with octaganal brick chimney stacks. It's three gagles have unusual barge boards in the shape of yokes.
At first floor level on the streey it has a threes sugar loaves sign suspended from a cast Iron bracket which is the sign for a Grocer shop ans commemorates the buildings connection with Robert Raikes the Younger.
It is now a really nice pub with rooms decorated in different periods and some pictures and diagrams on the walls that show how the house was restored and which beams ect were replaced.
We only had a drink here but the food looked really nice and it is definatly worth a visit just to see this fantastic building
We were directed to this restaurant by a local Pub owner who said this was a really nice place to eat. Vinings is situated on the ground floor of the historic Vinings Warehouse in the heart of the Docks at Gloucester. It is an eat all you like buffet restaurant which is a bit different to others I have been to as they serve a wide range of Thai and Indian food. There is a fixed price, at lunchtime you can help yourself to 12 Thai and Indian Starters a variety of salads and a choice of 12 Thai and Indian starters and a selection of deserts while in the evening there are 18 dishes to choose from.
Lunch 12pm - 2.30pm - £8.95 (Mon-Fri)
£9.95 (Sat & Sun)
Evening - £14.95 - 6pm - 11.30pm (Mon-Thurs & Sunday)
£15.95 (Friday and Saturday)
The restaurant is really light and airy with plate glass windows giving a dockside view. We visited during a cold January evening and found it to be really cosy. I would highly recommend this restaurant and would love to go back.
Favorite Dish: I really enjoyed some of the Indian Main courses - can't remember which ones though!!
The fountain Inn occupies one of the oldest known sites connected with the brewing trade in Gloucester. In 1672 part of the Inn was refurbished and upgraded to a fashionable house and tavern at a cost of £200.00.
Nowadays the Fountain Inn is a warm, cosy and friendly pub. We called in after an afternoon exploring Gloucester. The best thing about this place by far is the huuuuge fire place which was accompanied by a roaring fire at the time of our visit which helped in the thawing out of freezing limbs.
The New Inn has got to be the Jewel in Gloucester's crown. It has been described as the finest example of a medieval galeried Inn to be seen in Britain today. Much of the original features can be seen today. The Inn was built by St Peters Abbey between 1430 and 1450 to accomodate the growing numbers of visitors to the City.
Today Accomadation is provided on the upper level beyond the galleries. There is a great seating area in the Courtyard which is surrounded by a Coffee lounge, Restaurant, Wine bar and a bar which serves great Bar Meals. We called in for a drink after an afternoon exploring Gloucester; we were hoping to catch sight of the resident Ghost who has been caught on CCTV knocking a pint of beer off a table! We didn't have any ghostly encounters on this visit but decided to call in the following day for some lunch. Gareth opted for the burger which looked very nice, I went for the home made chilli con carne which i have to say was really delicious, I would definitely have this again - in fact my mouth is watering now!!
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There are four bars at the New Inn Hotel, including an award winning Real Ale Bar that offers 12 different cask ales, a coffee shop serving teas and cakes and a restaurant that can accommodate up to 48 people. We called in the evening for a drink hoping to see at least one of the resident ghosts and maybe have my pint thrown off the table as in the video on the BBC website. Sadly no ghost were seen. They day after we callled in for lunch. We did not go into the restaurant for what looks to be a very popular carvery but instead chose to eat in the Bar. I had a Cheese and bacon burger with chips and Vicky a lovely Chilli and Rice that was home made and tasted great.
Ghost Pushes a Pint of the Table
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We called in costa coffee for err well for a coffee. The old bell was not open at this time so the nearest we could get was in the old shop area of this fabulous building. The coffee was good but the atmosphere much better.
We called in the Nelson after walking around Gloucester and we had headed back towards our hotel looking for somewhere to eat. We called in for a drink and the very friendly Land Lord pointed us in the direction of Vinnings Restaurant.
The pub has a large tap room and a small but very cosy lounge area where we sat. The landlord put the fire on and gave us the control of the TV and Satellite. I would definitely call in here again as they were so friendly and helpful
We called in the Fountain Inn after having a good walk around Gloucester and we were really thankfull of the large open fire in the bar area. The fountain Inn is a great place and is packed full of history.
The Vinings Restaurantnext to the historic Vinings Warehouse is a great place to go and really stuff your fave with it's great eat as much as you can buffet which consits of a mixture of Thai and Indian foods. After an afternoon and evening walking around a very cold Gloucester we were in the mood for some Chinese or Indian food and were pointed in the direction of Viners by a very helpfull landlord of The Nelson Inn.
There was plenty of food to choose from and it was really nice, I had mostly Thai food (my favorite food) but with some lovely chicken Tikka and Kofta Kebabs from the Indian selection.
I have copied opening times etc from their website
Monday to Friday Lunch 12 midday till 2.30pm £7.95 Children £4.50
Monday to Thursday and Sunday, Dinner 6pm till 11.30pm £13.50, Children £6.00
Saturday and Sunday, Lunch, 12 midday till 2.30pm £8.95 Children £5.50
Friday and Saturday Dinner, 6pm till 11.30pm £14.95 Children £6.50
Favorite Dish: At lunchtime help yourself to a selection of:
12 Thai and Indian starters
A variety of assorted salads
12 Thai and Indian main courses
A selection of rices and noodles
If you still have room enjoy ice creams and a variety of puddings.
In the evening the range extends
18 Thai and Indian starters
A variety of assorted salads
18 Thai and Indian main courses
A selection of rices and noodles
Finish with ice creams and a variety of puddings
Ok, this is not a restaurant but a takeaway shop. And Gloucestershire is not Cornwall. But anyway, the Falmouth Pasty Company have opened a new shop in Gloucester and their food is quite delicious. The pastie I bought was the best I have ever eaten. Piping hot, full of large chunks of succulent meat and not too much thick pastry. The company says its food is freshly cooked on the premises.
Cornish Pasties are originally a food from Cornwall, the far Southwest of England.
Favorite Dish: This time I chose the beef and stilton cheese pasty. Often pasties are filled out with cheap ingredients like potato, but this pasty was crammed with succulent meat.
There were around 8 choices of pasty, including a 'Christmas' pasty with turkey and vegetables.
Prices ranged from around 1 GBP for a small one to 2.35 GBP for a very big, filling version.
On the first floor of a massive warehouse next to Old Gloucester Docks is a small licensed restaurant. Because of its location, the restaurant has good views across the docks. In addition, you can work up an appetite, browsing through the three floors of antique shops. There are art galleries and craft shops on the top floor.
Restaurant/Cafe open circa 10am to 4.30pm (1pm to 4.30pm on Sunday).
The Antique Centre is supposed to charge a 50p admission, but when I visited there was a young girl at the desk reading a book, so I sneaked past without paying.
Favorite Dish: The main attraction for me were the home-cooked, traditional English puddings with hot custard. Yummy!! There was a choice of apple pie, bread&butter pudding, or chocolate pudding. And only 2 GBP for a big hot bowl full.
They also serve a standard range of sandwiches and hot snacks as well as some more substantial home-cooked main dishes.