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Jolly Brewmaster, Cheltenham

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user reviews of the Jolly Brewmaster, Cheltenham

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A worthwhile walk from the town centre for this lively residential pub.

A blueprint for how pubs should be.

Very good Betty Stoggs among the choice of up to 7 ales and an equal number of ciders.

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Mappiman - 25 Sep 2016 19:19
Back again here as well, twice this week. All beers £3.30 - £3.50. One of the best pubs in Cheltenham. Good mix of customers who are up for a chat.
7 Brothers porter £3.50 and Arbor Tripple Hop £3.30, i had to have 2 of each.
rpf1955 - 14 Jan 2016 18:06
Great beers, and an even better Sunday roast.
darkskytourist - 20 May 2015 16:00
Lovely traditional local pub. Six constantly changing ales, and four ciders.Great ales, friendly staff, top atmosphere.
booziechick - 15 Mar 2015 12:12
Nice tidy pub, serving good quality ales.
pwilkins - 6 Oct 2014 12:06
Approx 8 real ales and 3 ciders on draught. Mid terrace pub in a side street. Curved bar with friendly service all real ales £3.00. Quite a large pub for the area. Maiden voyage £3.00.

rpf1955 - 15 Jul 2013 17:22
Great little pub with a fine and constantly changing range of ales and ciders with knowledgeable and friendly bar staff. Had plenty of customers on my visit yesterday evening, with some awaiting a quiz. Beers on were Salopian Vertigo, Severn Vale Dursley Steam Bitter, Woodfordes Wherry, Butcombe Old Vic & Beer Factory Acer. Exmoor Gold & Butcombe Best were pulled through whilst I was there. The cider and perry range was just as good - Moles Black Rat Cider & Perry, Addlestones & Gwynt y Ddraig Dog Dancer, Black Dragon & Fiery Fox. The best pub I have found in Cheltenham so far. Well worth a visit.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Jan 2013 21:41
More of a beer festival than a pub, but on balance that is probably a good thing.
oldbutnew - 14 Jul 2012 21:09
Great choice of beers, unfortunately only got there about an hour before closing so could only try two, the Jack's Pale Ale and Red Stag, both very well kept, and served by a knowledgable barman. nice interior with hops decorating the bar. Big garden with plenty of seating. I was in Cheltenham visiting friends, and will definitely return to this pub next time. Highly reccommended.
shand83 - 19 Jul 2010 11:01
Used to be a right dump this place years ago, but GBG in hand we popped in after a long, long time the night before Xmas Eve. What an excellent transformation, and what a great place it is now. The place was rammed with folk from all ages, family groups, locals and Uncle Tom Cobberley and all.

Excellent choice of ales, many from small regional breweries, and non of them overly strong. I had one from the Arbor Brewery in Bristol, a single hop beer Motueka, made unsurprisingly from the New Zealand Motueka hop. Excellent crisp, clean, citrusy beer. The pub is also big on craft ciders and cider's undeservedly lesser cousin, perrys. I think there were at least five different choices on offer here. Run by a young and enthusiastic team, this place shows just what can be done with a little love and attention for your craft.

barlick - 6 Jan 2010 13:50
Excellent selection of good ales well kept. And astoundingly well priced - 2.50 for Otter and a Pacific Gem! Very wide range of draft ciders too.

Service very prompt, efficient and quite friendly.

In terms of atmosphere, the nearby Beehive suits me better - but this is a good stop on the way there or from.
grovetown - 20 Nov 2009 16:30
Terraced (in a very Cheltenham way) pub with stupendously top quality beers at very keen prices.
WebelMC - 29 Jul 2009 22:33
Busy back street pub.
Superb choice of Real ales.
Good atmosphere and well worth a visit.
Don't arrive at last orders though as they are very quick to close up.

BarStallBert - 8 Jun 2009 18:57
A good range of beers and a friendly atmosphere. The only food they do is on Sunday lunchtimes, but the roasts looked very good, and were served in huge portions, but unfortunately they had no food vacancies, so pre-booking is needed.
MrTooting - 10 Feb 2009 13:34
Late review from November. Had a Cottage Cromwell in this pub, and enjoyed having a wander round. There was a good beer range and friendly atmosphere.
gillhalfpint - 17 Jan 2009 22:39
Always a nice range of beers, and the big window benches are great for a large group to settle down and work their way across the pumps. Interesting cider over Christmas, too, including some orange stuff that destroyed my memory and made my head throb till after the Queen's Speech. Recommended.
nogbad - 2 May 2007 12:11
Very nice pub with good selection of beers. They apparently do a very good Sunday lunch, but I haven't tried it. Good mix of people.
Florrie - 2 Oct 2006 17:09
Nice pub. Clientelle from across the spectrum with your early 20s 'first jobbers' right up to your trilby'd pensioners. Sadly it was updated (in a bad way) many years ago but thankfully it's finally starting to roughen around the edges and begin to resemble a proper pub once again. It has a ridiculous layout but the atmosphere is warm and there is always a superb selection of ales. (25/03/06) Cornish, Deuchars, Nine Lives, Hook Norton to name but 4. There were at least another 2 guest ales also. Great place to catch up with someone you haven't seen for an age.
Dylarolla - 28 Mar 2006 14:29
This has always been a great locals pub and as such perhaps restricted it potential clientele. However new landlords have changed it dramtically and managed to retain the locals but attract a large number of new patrons. The best pub in Cheltenham in my view and some fantastic beers on offer. At the time of writing Donningtons BB, Greene King IPA, 6X and Timothy Tailors.
Simon Andrews - 7 Sep 2004 13:46
Nice pub - decent regulars and could only be improved by getting Brakespeares beer back!
Stephen - 6 Mar 2004 15:30
Quiet (although can quite busy) local pub in nice area of Cheltenham. Six real ales plus 1 cask ale, 2 lagers and ciders.

Andy Watson - 21 Sep 2002 18:43

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