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Dick Whittington, Gloucester

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Gloucester is certainly an interesting place to visit for pubs. From the modern bars and restaurants of the gentrified docks area (incidentally I have requested the new Brewhouse & Kitchen in the Quays to be added) to the historic pubs in the city centre, there seems to be something for everyone. I was surprised however with how quiet the city centre pubs were for a Saturday night. The Dick Whittington is a Grade I listed building. The main bar area is large and it extends a fair way back. Downstairs there is an equally large room, used for functions. To the side is a small enclosed courtyard, which can also be used by drinkers. But the place was very quiet, with almost as many bar staff as customers. 4 ales were on - Lancaster Haymaker, Battledown Saison & Bespoke Hell's Bells & Leading Light. The landlady was friendly. Nobody was eating on our visit. We concur with the previous review about the toilets. They were less than impressive.
blue_scrumpy - 14 Oct 2018 11:58
One of several pubs in the area that I recently had occasion to visit and all in all this place makes a fairly good effort, but stops short of being anything exceptional. There were four ales on and a nice guest cider, the latter of which I heartily enjoyed. The front area is a bit like a café style lay out which has many adverts for what seems to be a thriving second life as a live music venue, so maybe we weren't seeing it at its best. The rear of the pub is a good classic timeless pub which the traditionalist among you will find pleasing. The downstairs area was closed when I visited (apart from the toilets, which did let the place down a little) but seemed to be very in-keeping with the rear of the upstairs decor. Overall, not unpleasant but more of a place for a quick drop-in than a long-stay for my money. That said, I didn't eat here but the smell of the steaks served on what seemed to be a hot stone, smelled incredible so it might be worth a punt if you are hungry.
Mr.Monkfish - 9 Aug 2015 16:46
Nice pub with a few cask ales, two of them I had to add to RB, so not just the usual suspects. Has a backyard where i enjoyed my beers on a sunny and warm spring day. Did not eat.
Sigmund - 14 Jun 2015 18:36
The two most recent reviews seem to substantiate our opinion and experience. We stayed for one drink, although we had considered eating. It was very 'quiet' on an early Saturday evening but we were told they only had one steak left and "only a few prawns". One of our party has special dietary requirements and was told that when we placed our order they would consult the cook - obviously not keen to help in advance.
Tired and dated decor/furnishings didn't add to the experience. Neither did the loud music.
One good point: our ales were properly topped up without need for a reminder and seemed to be in decent condition.
Not sure if the photo that goes with the pub is appropriate or not - pity about the police vehicle! Maybe things get more 'interesting' later - we did note there was 'live music' advertised for later on.
esp2006 - 30 Jan 2014 13:07
chain style pub/eatery - three ales on Pride, Hobgoblin and another bog standard (probably GK IPA). Didn't look inspiring so I went elsewhere.
anonymous - 19 Jan 2014 12:30

Not a particularly good experience.

There was a choice of four or five hand pulls on offer from which I opted for a pint of North Cotswold’s Windrush Ale. It was drinkable, but I have had much better pints of this excellent brew elsewhere.

The décor and furniture are very tired and long past their best before date and there was an overwhelming smell of chip fat.

My wife described the ladies toilet as UGH !!!

steve2905 - 7 Nov 2013 06:39
Went on a very wet Monday night, so possibly didn't see it at its best. The place was pretty cavernous and empty, but they do serve a very nice pint of Gloucester Gold. I hope it's more lively at other times of the week.
paul154 - 18 Oct 2012 16:03
Decided to visit after it had previously been listed in the Good Beer Guide. Sadly though only Bombardier was on and Severn Cider on tap too. Decided to go for BBQ ribs which to my horror were still frozen inside! They did give me another meal and were apologetic about it. There was only one person behind the bar doing all the serving at lunchtime which added to the wait.

Despite the bad experience this does look a fairly decent boozer and it was quite busy when I was there so I assume it is quite popular here - I must've been just been unlucky.

6/10.
wezmiester - 15 Aug 2012 20:17
4 ales on, nice atmosphere too. I am a little confused why this one isnt in the GBG, especially after we visited all the pubs that are and we all agreed that this one was the best of the day!!

billybraggscombiboiler - 29 Jul 2011 20:31
A large imposing building in the city centre which looked inviting, with nice comfortable seating inside. 2-3 real ales available but I suck with a Guinness. Brisk business with the catering side and the food looked decent & nicely presented. The staff worked very hard, only complaint was the empty plates etc from earlier diners took about 15 minutes to be cleared after we sat down.
anfield95 - 8 Feb 2011 22:26
where have the proper managers gone? Jackie and Roger have dissapeared and so has the charm of the pub!! will not be going back again, great shame, the pub has gone downhill.
TRIGGER210 - 28 Dec 2010 21:41
went in there about 2 years ago the food was good had barbecue chicken and chips nice comfy sofas to sit on after the meal so was happy staff seemed nice
elkacarla - 16 Oct 2010 13:11
Dead at 13:50 on a June Wednesday. Only 2 ales on, and neither of them inspiring. Kitchen stank of stale cooking oil and looked a shambles. Unpleasant staircase down to unimpressive loos. Not recommended.
joegreen - 30 Jun 2010 21:43
This magnificient old building is the true real ale drinkers pub (8 pumps) in town but suffers from a lack of customers and consequently a lack of atmosphere. The garden is just tables in the car park and could be better. Not bad though for a pint and a meal.
SocietalHeretic - 27 Apr 2010 19:16
Visited this pub twice. First time good beer and food. Second time, food advertised outside but none on when i enquired inside also most of the real ale had run out. New manager taken over i was told. He had not yet learnt to wipe the blackboard advertising food. Better luck next time i hope.
rpf1955 - 26 Mar 2010 17:21
Choice of 8 handpumps when visited yesterday. I opted for a pint from Goffs and another from Severn Vale, the place was dead but then it was a mon afternoon i guess. The service was friendly and welcoming though, the settee was comfy and the beer was only 2.30 a pint. 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 29 Sep 2009 18:16
Went into The Whit on Saturday evening & what a change in the atmosphere from our last visit several months ago.
The new couple that are running the pub (Jackie & Roger), proved to be a little different to recent managers, they certainly were a breath of fresh air, with their friendly welcome and made us feel at home with their cheerfull banter.
A full range of 8 ales were available, three of which I tried and were excellent especially the Bath Golden Hare. The menu, although limited at present, was excellent value. My wife tried the homemade sweet & sour chicken and couldn't praise it enough. We would definately recommend a visit to the pub for a pleasant, friendly evening.
TRIGGER210 - 31 Aug 2009 20:58
Late review from November. Always seem to find my way to this pub when visiting Gloucester, and not disappointed with the beers. Two Bath ales this visit.
gillhalfpint - 17 Jan 2009 22:16
Visited yesterday dinnertime, the place was fairly busy with lots of people on their way to the rugby. I had the North Cotswold Winter Solstice which was just starting to go off and a pint of Bath Festivity which was one of the nicest beers I've drunk for a long time. Food was good too, its just a shame I don't live very close to Gloucester or I'd be in there more often.
axl - 4 Jan 2009 11:52
Went in the Dick today. Tremendously hot day. Found the Pedigree too warm and flat. A common problem in Gloucester pubs today. Can't they cope with the heat? The pub itself was pleasant, but quiet. Well it was a Monday afternoon!
generalstaal - 28 Jul 2008 19:43
When I visited yesterday, the beers on offer were the same as noted by Oldh, which rather proves his point. A shame. The Dick Whittington no longer stands out from the crowd. Indeed, the Regal JDW had a more interesting range of beers on offer.
downender - 29 Jun 2008 15:03
As Lovejoy says it is a lovely pub but, since the change of management, the pub has gone into a decline. Ales are not as varied as they used to be, and 4 are now I believe after making enquires, are permenant. Bass, Flowers Original, Marstons Pedigree and Timothy Taylors Landlord , plus 2 from Butcombe.
The last time I was in there ( the day of this posting) 2 pumps were not in use.A lot of "regulars " are now going elsewhere for their beers.
oldh - 26 Apr 2008 01:15
This place alone used to make it worth a trip to Gloucester. Lovely building, friendly staff, fantastic array of beers all of which very interesting choices, and all very well kept too.
On my last visit in March 08, it seemed as if there had been a change of ownership. The bar staff were indifferent, the range of beers while not smaller had become more generic and all of that lively atmosphere had been sucked out of the place. A real shame. I hope this was just a blip.
lovejoy - 21 Apr 2008 11:30
Now probably the best pub in town for real ale selection and food. Very busy before rugby games.
davidashbee - 26 Nov 2007 19:45
Interesting part modern, part old English, timber beamed pub.
good/wide selection of well-kept regional cask ales.
yummy!
reynard - 16 May 2007 13:27
excellent friendly pub with constantly changing beers from near and far. Good mix of clientele.
moclips2002 - 18 Mar 2007 08:19
A very nice pub indeed. Very professional staff who know their beer. Eight real ales on tap. Comfy seating and congenial atmosphere.
Florrie - 20 Nov 2006 12:05
It is a pleasure to go into this pub.Friendly and welcoming staff, good food and a wide selection of real ales (8 in total) Gloucester's camera pub of the year 2005.
anonymous - 10 Dec 2005 22:58

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