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Cafe Rene, Gloucester - pub details

Address: 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1TP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 22157) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Gloucester (0.4 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.1/10 (rated by 18 users)
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Awful.Depressing, dull, dingy, and it smelt bad.Staff seemed almost to a man to be self-regarding, passive-aggressive poseurs, under the impression they were 'characters'.The front benches seemed permanently populated by disturbed and bored gloucester locals.The lager was watery.There was a general atmosphere of barely hidden aggression, presided over by a tall man i presumed to be the manager, who for some reason was behaving like a priest.
The place gave me a headache, but throwing up outside, while very appropriate, would have prolonged our stay in this desperate hole. Managed to dodge a man who apparently was the owner on the way out, who was paraletic and screaming.
Alexpet - 2 Jul 2015 14:22
As this most 'recent' review was from 2012, it's time for an update. Based on a Sunday afternoon visit in late Jan 2014 for a drink and late lunch.
Quite busy but good atmosphere and not noisy. The place has character and charm. It's easy to miss down that side alleyway, but worth seeking out.
Yes, the drinks were more expensive than anywhere else we went in Gloucester, but were of good quality. Those an ale were happy.
Our meals from the varied lunchtime menu were sensibly priced and very satisfactory with one major exception. Despite taking pains to speak to a helpful member of staff regarding a gluten free meal (they actually have a marked up copy of the menu for GF customers), the burger that was ordered still arrived in a bun - we assume a communication breakdown between bar and kitchen. After that my wife lost faith in their ability to feed her without making her ill.
On the positive side, we did get a refund with no fuss but profuse apologies from the serving staff. Sadly, a bit too late to prevent severe disappointment after my wife's hopes had been raised (it's nice to get a decent choice of GF meals). Hence I am marking Cafe Rene down from an 8+ to a 6 in this instance.
Otherwise, I can recommend a visit.
esp2006 - 30 Jan 2014 12:52
SocietalHeretic is correct - and things haven't changed much since 2010. It's a characterful building and it's almost always busy (unlike most pubs in Gloucester!), and there are good real ales and ciders on tap. It's genuinely lively, and hosts good live music and dancing. On the other hand, you may also witness a wild-eyed man in the beer garden attacking a tree with a stick. As long as you accept this as part of the character, that's fine. The bar staff are mostly very friendly, (bar the manager-type bloke, who is usually distinctly saucer-eyed and jittery by 8pm or so and can be a bit rude). Beer prices are a bit steep, food is nice. Still far and away the best place to go in central Gloucester.
freelancer - 21 Sep 2012 15:34
lovely place
clangersmate - 12 Apr 2011 12:19
good place to eat they do a really nice stake had it with pan fried potatoes and mushrooms and salad was really nice and the ceiling is amazing candles on the tables very romantic place to take the misses my favourite place for stake.. is very busy on the weekends for drinking goes on til 4.00am benches out side nice in the summer thought �1.50 for half of lemonade was a bit much for just pop tho they got a dance floor down stairs in the cellar not very pretty down there but at least u can have a boogie very steep stairs going down to the cellar so be careful if you have had a few lol bar staff always polite
elkacarla - 16 Oct 2010 13:02

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