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The Sword Inn, Gloucester

45 Westgate Street
Gloucester
GL1 2NW

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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Sword Inn

A traditional looking old pub in one of Gloucester’s pedestrianised shopping streets, it retains many original features internally, although it has presumably been opened out and renovated at some point which has resulted in the loss of any real cosy charm which I suspect it may have once had.

Internally it’s now a single, L-shaped room with the wider area at the front and a longer room running down the left hand side. There were plenty of old black beams on the ceiling as well as some inlaid timberwork in the walls, and the bar counter contained some quite intricately carved woodwork. The flooring was largely a mixture of generic patterned carpet and sanded wooden boards, along with a small amount of mottled tiling elsewhere whilst the paintwork was mostly the usual Farrow & Ball shades of green and brown. A few wooden pew style benches formed booth seating areas to the right, whilst a number of TV screens were dotted around showing sports channels. A couple of darts boards were at the rear, and a number of rugby flags were affixed to the ceiling.

The only two real ales on tap were Doom Bar and Timothy Taylor Landlord, although there was also John Smith’s Extra Smooth Crap and Worthington Creamflow on keg if that’s more your thing. Ciders were Strongbow, Strongbow Dark Fruit and Stowford Press. Overall, whilst the décor was reasonably attractive in some places, I found the rather blokey atmosphere, miserable landlady and rather pronounced smell of urine when I was stood at the bar all rather off putting, and it’s not somewhere I’ll be in any rush to return to.

On 13th March 2019 - rating: 5
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Helen Iwanczuk left this review about The Sword Inn

Now open.

On 4th March 2016 - no rating submitted
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Helen Iwanczuk left this review about The Sword Inn

The former Molly's Bar will shortly reopen as The Sword Inn - a cider and pizza pub.
http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/Sword-Inn-open-cider-pizza-pub-Gloucester-month/story-28761839-detail/story.html

On 24th February 2016 - no rating submitted
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Soup Dragon left this review about The Union

Currently closed, and has been for a little while according to local sources.

On 29th October 2013 - no rating submitted
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Old Boots left this review about The Union

Low, dark beamed, an L shaped room with a super carved counter down most of one side and down a sharp step is a comfortable room of traditional benches, tables and chairs. Familiar décor of old photos and a phonograph in one corner so it's easy to feel at home. A quick look at the outside shows the reason for the contrast in floor levels, it started life as two buildings and the division is so sharp the step is painted white to warn the drunk of its presence. Two handpumps with Brains SA, reduced in strength from its Skull Attack days but still a decent pint, and their Organ Morgan named after a character in Under Milkwood. A reasonably friendly place and not without charm, perhaps attracted by the Brains I heard as many Welsh accents as the sweet, honest, earthy tones of the West Country locals exchanging local intelligence and nostalgia.

On 8th October 2012 - no rating submitted
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