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The Pelican Inn, Gloucester

4 St Marys Street
Phone: 01452387877

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Quinno _ left this review about The Pelican Inn

Quietly tucked away in the backstreets behind the cathedral, this is a traditional dog-legged boozer over two rooms. The main bar has bottle green velveteen banquettes, scrubbed wood floor, wonky black and white ceiling and plenty of Wye Valley Brewery and general Salop memorabilia on the walls, whilst the other (quieter) room was done out in red. 10 pumps with 6x Wye Valley and four guests, along with a plethora of ciders. I went for the Elderflower (good) and Wholesome Stout (excellent) along with one of the clingfilmed rolls. Clientele were quite local and a somewhat parochial, but things warmed up a bit when it became obvious I was staying for a second. It's undoubtedly a good pub but I did feel just a little out of place being here on my own. That said, I’d be heading back here straight off next time I find myself in Gloucester. 8.5

On 14th July 2018 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Pelican Inn

A fairly small pub, tucked away in a back street behind the cathedral, it looks unremarkable from the outside but venture within and you’ll find an extensive range of beers, as well as one of the largest choice of ciders I have ever come across.

Internally it’s divided in to a couple of different rooms, with the larger one being to the left. This had sanded wooden boards on the floor, a whitewashed ceiling with plenty of black beams and some exposed stone walling at the back with more inset black timberwork. There was some dark wood panelling on the lower part of the walls, with rough cream plasterwork above, and a few old black and white photographs were dotted around. A small bookcase housed a large selection of Good Beer guides. Padded green velvet benches were around the perimeter, with regular chairs elsewhere and a small brick fireplace was off to the right. The smaller room to the right was broadly similar in terms of décor but with a parquet wood floor and a few colourful beer posters on the wall, as well as another small fireplace and wood burning stove.

Beers on tap were Dorothy Goodbody’s Æthelflæd Ale, Wye Valley HPA, Ramsbury Mango Libation, Wye Valley Wholesome Stout, Dorothy Goodbody’s Hopping Mad, Dark Revolution Sonic IPA, Wye Valley Deuce, Wye Valley Bitter, Bristol Beer Factory Independence and Butty Bach. Initially there appeared to be just two cider taps for Stowford Press and Thatcher’s Gold, but a pole next to this had a further ten cider mats on it. I assumed these must be just ones that had been stocked previously, but an enquiry to the friendly barman elicited that they were all in fact currently available. So, the range also included Rosie’s Pig Rusted Wheel, Orchard Pig Explorer, Lily the Pink, Orchard Pig Maverick, Rosie’s Pig Raspberry Roller, Once Upon a Tree Thrown Hat, Old Rosie with Rhubarb, Cracklin’ Rose Perry, Lyonesse Medium Dry and Rosie’s Pig Regular. A quite exceptional selection, with my only regret being that I had only popped in on a mid-week lunchtime and had to head back to work.

On 21st June 2018 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Pelican Inn

A well deserved nine rating and possibly close to a ten, as we encountered their Winter Beer Festival, which started on Friday through until Sunday. We managed to arrive on the Friday afternoon and we were pleased to see a choice of 20 different ales. We were allowed to buy our beer by third glasses, which was a good option as to get to try more beers, so we got three thirds each costing £1. We weren't here long and one of our pals from Bristol happened to call in, which was brill so we stayed a lot longer than anticipated before heading off to Stroud. The pub had a decent view of Gloucester Cathedral, which reminded me of the Plough in Worcester.

On 26th February 2018 - rating: 9
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ROB Camra left this review about The Pelican Inn

The best pub in Gloucester? I would say so. Well described below, this is an oasis of calm, very close to the cathedral. It takes a bit of finding the first time, but after that it's easy. :-))

Great selection of ales and all the ones we had were in very good condition. A good selection of regulars as well, all friendly, as was the barman. It's a very good pub and I could happily have spent hours here. Sadly I was outvoted one all, so we had to leave after an hour or so.

On 13th January 2014 - rating: 9
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Will Larter left this review about The Pelican Inn

Not a lot to add to previous reviews: friendly and efficient service, excellent beers in good condition, pleasant atmosphere; even the Sunday papers so that I could catch up on the football. Just a very good pub, which I wish I'd stayed in rather than catching a train to Cheltenham. (Surprising not to have bumped into Soup Dragon when I was here - hope he doesn't think I'm stalking him.)

On 1st November 2013 - rating: 9
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Soup Dragon left this review about The Pelican Inn

This is a Wye Valley pub, well it has been since 2012. It is a corner pub, with patio area, which is said to date back to the 17th century. The pub is irregular in shape and in white brick, with black paintwork around the door and windows. The interior has a couple of rooms, which are in white, wood panel and brick, with a white ceiling and wood flooring. The bar room has the serving bar facing you and the other room is set at a bit of an angle to it. The bar has green bench seats, a few old photos and prints on the walls, as well as some books. There is also a brick fireplace, with stove fire. The other room also has green bench seating, with old photos and prints, but with a tiled fireplace. There is no TV, the music was very soft from a charity jukebox. The service was fine and mature, friendly locals seemed to be the order of the day. Beer; usual tap stuff, with real ciders - on handpull there were Wye Valley HPA , Butty Bach, Bitter (very good), Dorothy Goodbody's Harvest Hop (very good), Country Ale (even better) and a great stout. Simply class - i could stay here for the day.

On 30th October 2013 - no rating submitted
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an_ ecumenical_matter left this review about The Pelican Inn

Friendly sociable barman served up excellent Butty Bach. Good boozer.

On 21st December 2012 - rating: 8
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Old Boots left this review about The Old Pelican Inn

Quite a find, a Wye Valley owned pub in Gloucester, only open since June 2012 in this guise. It lurks at the back of the Cathedral in a small back street. A two room set up one with a counter one with a juke box and machine in the other. Fairly minimal in décor, the odd print, map and Wye Valley ad's plus bundles of hops above the counter. Traditional furnishings of benches and wooden tables and chairs on bareboards. There's a nice open fire in the wall dividing the two rooms and there's a selection of papers and magazines for the customers. Excellent.

On 8th October 2012 - no rating submitted
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