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Robert Raikes House, Gloucester - pub details

Previously called: The Golden Cross

Address: 38 Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2DR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 28429) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Gloucester (0.4 miles)

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user reviews of Robert Raikes House, Gloucester

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Well preserved Samuel Smiths pub in a historic old building, many small rooms. No cask ales, not even the Old Brewery Bitter - only keg and bottles. Had 2 bottled beers there. Food was fine.
Sigmund - 14 Jun 2015 19:45
This pub is the Robert Raikes - it hasn't been called the Golden Cross since the 1980s! And before that it was the Dirty Duck.
Quark - 7 Jan 2015 17:20
Sam Smiths house, so no real ales, but proper Yorkshire prices for drinkable keg beers. I get in there at least once a month and the decor has to be the most impressive of any pub in Gloucester. Shame about the bogs being on the second floor - you need to think about going ages before you want to go and when you get to my age you can spend half the evening going up and down stairs!
Oh, and no coffee after 8-30. Doesn't bother me, but my driver isn't impressed!
Quark - 29 Dec 2010 21:10
A dreadful, soulless pub. Well, I say pub, it’s more of a cafe that serves very tasteless, cold "beer".

The only “beer” available to me was, if I recall correctly, Old Brewery Bitter. The only redeeming feature was the price ….. £1.83 a pint.

It’s been totally renovated, and has lost all charm and appeal

I will not be returning
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Glaws_Eagle - 29 Mar 2010 07:48
More of a museum than a pub after the expensive renovations carried out just a few years ago, which included a name change to 'The Robert Raikes House' A magnificent three storey Tudor building authentically restored both in and out. An unusual layout for a pub as it comprises separate -quite small rooms- rather than large lounge areas. The decor would suggest an expensive country hotel rather than a reasonably priced drinking hole in an unfashionable city, but the latter is the experience offered, albeit with tasty food on the side. As a Samuel Smith pub the beers offered are all from that brewery – all excellent quality, many still below £2 a pint. I recommend the Wheat beer especially! Great with food and easy to drink a lot without feeling ill. The staff are excellent and a large patio lies behind the pub for the smokers to shiver in through the long Gloucestershire winter (October to July).
Referring back to the layout of the pub, perhaps one criticism might be that the bar is rather small and contained in a separate room in which the inevitable collection of male regulars congregate and become louder and ‘friendlier’ as the drinking day progresses. I’ve heard a few female friends of mine complain of going to the bar to order as an uncomfortable experience...

SocietalHeretic - 23 Mar 2010 17:37

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