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The Royal Hotel, Gillingham [Closed] - pub details


Royal Hotel

Address: Newbury, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4QJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 4902) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Gillingham - Dorset (0.2 miles)

Brewery: Hall and Woodhouse

Pub facilities/features:

> Current user rating: 3.1/10 (rated by 7 users)
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Red Lion, Gillingham (0.1 miles), Phoenix, Gillingham (0.2 miles), Dolphin Inn, Peacemarsh (0.7 miles), Buffalo, Gillingham (0.9 miles), Crown Inn, East Stour (1.8 miles) - see more nearby pubs

user reviews of the Royal Hotel, Gillingham

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Money always wins in the end.
Whether it is bribeing the council or a poorly run pubco.
The sad fact is that the more money componies make the worse they become.
Another lost pub......
montie49 - 15 Mar 2014 14:34
As no one has commented on this pub for 5 years, let me say say this, pub demolished and replaced by...more old peoples luxury flats!
dorsettyke - 5 Dec 2011 17:05
I totally agree with CJG - although an abissmal pub with regulars you only see on A league of Gentlemen it seems hall and woodhouse have nothing going for them anymore - most of their ales are poor and most of their pubs are going to the dogs because they just want to make money - no matter what. one day hall and woodhouse will have to close down and I shall laugh and laugh and laugh
TheMole - 20 Nov 2006 16:22
I shall give this ex-pub a rating of five simply for the reason that it ex-pub.

But dear readers, do continue for the story of the Royal is one that we all need to learn from. Hall and Woodhouse, the one time owners, might appear to be a socially-responsible regional brewer who care deeply about Dorset's rich culture and heritage but, alas, they are an aggressive, profit-at-all-costs mini-corporation. The Royal was not really a good pub, but then again most pubs aren't that great. This is to miss the point though for not only was the Royal the ONLY pub at its end of Gillingham - and thus served an important social function - but it represented the rich, deep past of Gillingham. The council(s) - thoroughly guileless and in thrall to inept developers - happily wipe any trace of the past from Gillingham. That it was once an important, compact market town with strong rural industrial links would appear anathema to the planners. So they allowed the Royal to be closed when they could have used their powers to force Hall and Woodhouse to reopen it - it was you see not only viable but thriving. They then allowed the building to be vandalised and then demolished. This fine old Georgian building removed from the landscape to allow for the more efficient construction of flats for those who care nothing for North Dorset and know nothing of its past. In any sane country Hall and Woodhouse would be prosecuted for their gross act of cultural vandalism. One of the most disgusting pieces of evidence that Hall and Woodhouse could not care less about Dorset despite their twee, hackneyed advertising. Boycott their products and make sure this sort of thing never happens again.

CJG - 26 Oct 2006 17:00

dagdog - 19 Dec 2005 19:13

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