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The New Inn is not exactly very new. It is one of the oldest pubs in the country with a fair amount of history. It's a fantastic coaching inn situated in a secluded, but photogenic courtyard. It's not immediately obvious which door is the bar. But just look out for other customers. The interior felt a bit basic. But it still holds a bit of character with its beamed ceilings and uneven floors. The ale range is disappointing - Doom Bar, Atlantic, Bombardier & Hobgoblin. But they did also have Old Rosie cider. Don't come for the beer. But come to see a fabulous building and setting.
blue_scrumpy - 21 Feb 2017 20:43
A historic galleried inn which is a "must" visit in Gloucester - hell yeah, even if you don’t like beer. I had 3 cask ales there, all of them served too warm (have they no cool cellar?). Friendly staff. Did not eat, but they do food. Accommodation also available.
Sigmund - 14 Jun 2015 19:40
Great beer but the worst pub food and service I have come across for years. Took an hour for sandwichs - which were on cheap medium sliced bread with hardly any filling. The soup was out of a tin. We had to chase the food 3 times - wished we hadnt bothered. Shame as it had excellant choice of beer on tap. Would never return.
Mutley123 - 5 Apr 2013 13:16
Chelsea on tour has it spot on! depressing that such a nice place is ruined by unfriendly locals, a massive 70s carvery trolley and the smell of nursing home. Excellent Betty Stoggs though, and the food to be fair was both keenly priced and tasty. Could do much better though.
TommyRogers1979 - 31 Mar 2013 15:01
the cathedral aside, gloucester in general is a complete dump. after a total misjudgement of where to spend an afternoon whilst in the county, we ended up there and just couldnt believe how rubbish the town is and how 'special' the local-yokels are. having quickly realised the re was nothing on offer in the town other than the cathedral, at least we had this historic pub to visit later as some sort of reward.

well.... it is an unbelievable shame that such a superb building houses a complete dump of a pub, and a carvery resturant with less charm than a holiay inn.

after admiring the stunning galleried courtyard, and getting all excited about the historical aspect of the building i expected something special but found a stagnant and stale pub festooned with gloucester rugby flags and the smell of brasso. the locals were so 'gloucester' i suspect they had webbed feet.

i would say 'avoid' but i dont know if there's even a better option in the area.

CHELSEA_on_tour - 21 Mar 2013 15:39
nice place good beer barr staff could do with some training some weird customers, but then this is gloucester!
clangersmate - 12 Apr 2011 12:23
I haven't been in here since the 3rd December 1963, so perhaps it's time to revisit.
The_Final_Arbiter - 8 Feb 2011 15:55
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 my girlfriend had a lovely Chilli and Rice that was home made and tasted great.

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Balam - 8 Feb 2011 15:11
Since my last comment on this fine old pub the service has improved and the atmosphere is a little more salubrious. There's a good simple menu offering food all day and dogs are welcome in the courtyard. The prices have risen too but it's still not the most expensive pub in town.
SocietalHeretic - 5 Oct 2010 17:24
I agree with other reviews that suggest that this wonderful physical specimen should be doing better than it is. Unlike rpf1955 I found the beer OK, though short of wonderful. But you have to give the place a try.
joegreen - 30 Jun 2010 22:17
Anywhere else in the world this pub/hotel would be a thriving focal point and oft- mentioned-in-travel-guides establishment, but this genuine medieval building and wonderful courtyard is reduced to a reluctant centre of hospitality serving a few old blokes and the occasional tourist. The establishment sums up the Gloucester experience totally: medieval building, medieval mentality...
SocietalHeretic - 27 Apr 2010 16:50
Had an evening meal in here and it was awful, the beer was warm and flat. I felt like throwing up and going somewhere else to eat and drink.
rpf1955 - 26 Mar 2010 18:07
I stayed the night at The New Inn following the utter destruction of Gloucester by a bunch of 2nd choice Aussie kids, over for the autumn tours.
The lamentable performance at Kingsholm aside....
As has been said before, the New Inn is a very pretty old Coaching Inn, slap bang in the middle of town and within easy walking distance of at least 175 or so indian / bangladeshi restaurants.
It was the same ex Major type who checked me in, served me a beer before the game, served me a beer after the game, served my breakfast the next morning and checked me out when I left. I mean, fair play for hard work but little wonder the poor chap was a wee bit melancholy and down at the mouth, he must be knackered.
The room was clean, chintzy and pink
Beer promised a massive choice from twelve pumps but unfortunately only three were live.
Clientele looked bored or drunk.
No craic to be had, so had an early night and knocked one out in the lumpy bed instead.
Breakfast was not bad, just completely forgettable.
Overall the place was about as inspirational as Peterborough
The New Inn could be so much more and is sadly a mirror for the town of Gloucester itself.
Mr_Local - 15 Dec 2009 14:26
As others say, it's a lovely old building but needs some attention. Beer OK but nothing special, ditto service.
newbury_drinker - 4 Oct 2009 18:19
We stayed there for the weekend when we attended a local wedding. We have to echo what's been said before, it's very grubby and a bit down at heel. The dining room lacked natural light and the table tops were sticky. We got fed up waiting to be served so left. Didn't try any beers as we had more than enough elsewhere but the place really needs some love and attention. Scaffolding up in the courtyard but didn't see any work going on. Very disappointing.
Paul_Rochdale - 14 Aug 2009 09:19
Relating to Andy's comments this could be and probably was a gem. Part of an old coaching inn/hotel. Off a small courtyard are the pub , a coffee shop , wine bar and toilets. Some scaffold up and renovation taking place on our visit (5th Aug). Stopped for a swift half. Hopefully the money is there to smarten it up but don't be put off trying it.
Leicesterbeer - 10 Aug 2009 18:20
Its an old pub that really does need work on it. The range of Ales are pretty good and the prices but it seemed a bit run down. Also, when I walked in it smelt like stale farts.

If someone got hold of this pub and cleaned it up a little it would be a treasure.
andyaston - 23 Jul 2009 15:37
Late review from November. Enjoyed a Sharps and Skinners on what must have been a Cornish themed weekend. Really lovely old pub with beautiful outside area.
gillhalfpint - 17 Jan 2009 22:04
Did a pub crawl in Gloucester today while the wife researched her family history in the archive office. Popped into the New Inn and had a smashing pint of Hobgoblin. Nice beer - probably the joint best in Gloucester today. The rest of the pubs served beer that was quite warm. The pint at the New Inn was delightful!
generalstaal - 28 Jul 2008 19:46
My Wife and I ate in the restaurant of this pub on 19th April 2008. The chips were pale and undercooked. The battered fish was pale and limp and heaving with grease. The plate was swimming in fat. The worst plate of fish and chips ever endured in my life. We were offered Bass beer and this turned out to be Bass Creamflow. A disgusting way to finish off a an appalling meal. It was better when Berni operated it!!
HughDavidson - 20 Apr 2008 13:32
When I come to Gloucester I come here for ale. Don't think it's been decorated since WS passed through! Good beer range that is generally in good condition. Oversized beer glasses will please CAMRA members!
biermeister - 27 Jan 2008 21:06
Past its prime but better than it was for some years. I like its beer range and its prices. For real ale it's in my top 5 in a city poor on real ales.
davidashbee - 26 Nov 2007 19:43
Characterful Grade I listed galleried inn in the centre of Gloucester that apparently dates back to the 15th Century. There are a number of rooms around a central courtyard, only one of which is actually the bar itself, the others consisting of a coffee shop, function room and carvery restaurant

Accommodation is offered in rooms upstairs around the courtyard

The pub stocks a good range of real ales - both the Sheps Spitfire and Old Hooky were on reasonable form on my recent visit ( Aug 10th ) and at only 2.20 might be regarded as good value

I have to agree with previous comments about the place feeling a bit run down - the carpet in the bar is distinctly run down and sticky in places and a good number of the outside seats in the courtyard are rather rickety and wobbly, but don't let this put you off.

I would classify it as a must visit pub for the first time visitor to Gloucester
JohnBonser - 26 Sep 2007 17:03
Good god this place is tatty. I don't have a very good memory of this place, as our decision to enter was made by a pointing gesture and some barely audible words. I think they have beers; don't know how many; that part of the bar was closed.
Publius - 14 Sep 2007 00:09
I was shocked at how this pub had declined since my last visit 9 months or so ago. I can beat moclips2002 in that when I visited there were 12 handpumps, but only 3 very average beers available. This pub is in the 2007 CAMRA Good Beer Guide, but I'd be surprised if its in next year!
The smokers congregate in the courtyard, inside is very shabby.
On my visit late afternoon some customers were extremely drunk. One guy could hardly stand but was served more alcohol by the young foreign barman (illegal I thought)
Shockingly awful
Steve45 - 2 Sep 2007 18:02
Old English style coaching inn.
Beer garden courtyard enclosed by surrounding bar, restaurant & accommodation. Fairly impressive building.
perhaps needs a bit more TLC, as already mentioned!Cask ales : good selection of changing regional and guest ales. Reasonable value food & drink.

reynard - 16 May 2007 13:30
not very impressed, 12 hand pumps but only 4 beers on, (3 from same brewery) staff were sloppy and sarcastic, the place is an absolute tip, bring your own gas mask if you want to breath frsh air as your forced to choke on others cigarette smoke, (seems the mothers who bring their babies along with them dont mind either) and the toilets are rank, but i'd like to revisit sometime and have more favourable things to say.
moclips2002 - 18 Mar 2007 08:14
One of my local haunts for whenever i venture into gloucester. Barstaff are always polite and friendly, even when they're packed to the rafters and rushed off their feet. When in on a saturday night, the top end is for those of you who want to have a dance and want to be in a club, but without the kids, and the bottom end is reserved for tranquility and calm that everyone needs once in a while. There's always at least 3 ales on the go, with i think hobgoblin being the standard and others guesting, cider's also available and usually well recieved with the other usual suspects thrown in for good measure.

Glad to see that not everywhere with a good selection in gloucester has shut yet.
bruciefresh - 21 Aug 2006 23:13
I visited this pub last saturday night. It was very loud and had a good party atmosphere. Got served very quickly and the price of a round wasnt to bad. Although they had resident dj`s there was also quiet places to sit. Definatly a grab a granny night =)
Beer.goggles - 12 Sep 2005 22:20
With only a few 'Real Ale ' houses left in Gloucester, this is probably one of the best and the oldest pub in the town. Always a good selection of ales ranging from 3.6abv - 5.5 abv from various local breweries. The food in the restaurant is good value for money, as is the bar snacks.
oldh - 4 May 2005 22:28
its a bit old and dirty
anonymous - 5 Dec 2004 11:17
Why not rename the place to The Old Inn?

'Cos it certainly 'aint new!

Nice beer in a historical setting however..........
Franz Kafka - [email protected] - 8 Nov 2004 10:52

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