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The New Inn, Gloucester Central, Gloucester

16 Northgate Street
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The New Inn

Although accessed through a nondescript entranceway off of Gloucester’s rather uninspiring pedestrianised shopping street, the courtyard within is really quite impressive, dating from the 15th century and said to be one of the finest galleried inns in the country, which I can well believe. The pub buildings entirely surround the courtyard, and although it looks as though these days much of it consists of a hotel, there are still many original signs for the businesses that were there such as Grey’s Coffee House, The Tap & Barrel and the Pilgrim’s Brewery. It was then something of a disappointment when I poked my head in the door of the brewery only to find some extremely smelly toilets.

The main part of the pub seems to be off to the right of the courtyard and the main bar was an attractive old room with thick black beams on the ceiling and black wooden boards around the perimeter of the room, although the central part was carpeted. A fireplace with an ornately carved wooden surround was off to one side, although this appeared to be no longer in use and the TV screen showing a music channel that had been mounted on the wall next to it detracted from the effect somewhat. To the rear was a slightly smaller room, and this too was quite attractive with more black timberwork and white plaster.

Whether they had some problem with their beer supply I’m not sure, but none of the seven hand pumps appeared to be in use, with five of them unclipped and the other two for Doom Bar and Sharp’s Atlantic having reversed clips. I have seen it closed previously when walking past, so perhaps they have had a change of management and have yet to get their supplies sorted. What they did have was You’ve Got Pale and Session IPA from the local Gloucester Brewery in boxes on the bar counter. The other fonts all appeared to be similarly out of use, although more boxes for Rosie’s Pig cider and Weston’s Still Country Perry were also on the bar top. This is a tricky one to mark as it’s certainly a lovely old building, but doesn’t seem to be fulfilling it’s potential at the moment with the odd beer arrangement and the lack of any atmosphere, perhaps because there were only two other punters in on my visit. One to watch though.

On 12th September 2018 - rating: 6
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Helen Iwanczuk left this review about New Inn Hotel

I wish I could report that things have improved since the last reviews, but alas it is just the same. The New Inn is a gem of a building, but the first indication that all is not well, is the annoying piped music that hits you, as you enter the courtyard. It sets the tone for what awaits you inside!
The interior is really dated - granted there is lots of character, but it is like stepping back in time, and not in a good way.
When we called in on Sunday, quite a few of the pump clips were turned round, so there was not much quality ale to be had. Only Hobgoblin hit the spot!
If the characterful surroundings fail to impress the curious visitor, they can easily turn their attention to the whacking great flat screen television on the wall in the bar. We were treated to Lady Gaga and some obscure football match (not at the same time!) This would be fine if the television had a decent picture, the reception was quite poor.
The New Inn is a real enigma, it is located in the very heart of Gloucester City centre and should be a must visit attraction. Instead, you are left with a sinking felling with each new visit.

On 19th January 2015 - rating: 4
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ROB Camra left this review about New Inn Hotel

I had a similar feeling to Will when we visited this pub. It looked great, but just didn't deliver on any level. The bar service was haphazard. There were only 2 beers on out of 8 and they were boring. The decor is tired with an unmaintained feel. Despite the age of the building it managed to feel like a hotel bar, which it is of course. My pint of Exmoor Gold was OK though not great. Ms CAMRA's red wine was cheap crap at premium price, which is very poor. If this place had been good, with some atmosphere we'd have probably visited again on our second day in Gloucester. It wasn't, so we didn't. It should be so much better than it is.

On 19th December 2013 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Gloucester, 0.38 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Cheltenham Spa, 8.12 miles, 2 hr 36 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for The New Inn, Gloucester
12th Sep 2018, 09:12
Request to mark pub as open by Blackthorn _ approved
12th Sep 2018, 08:50
Review submitted by Blackthorn _

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 12 September 2018 by Blackthorn _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Courtyard - last updated 12 September 2018 by Blackthorn _
  • Car Park : No last updated 12 September 2018 by Blackthorn _
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 31 October 2013 by David McNally
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 01 November 2013 by Will Larter
  • Micropub : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Blackthorn _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 September 2011 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 12 September 2018 by Blackthorn _
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