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Café René, Gloucester

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31 Southgate Street
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Brainy Pool left this review about Café René

Quirky. Calls itself ‘le pub’, has wine bottles covering the walls, French posters everywhere. It simply has to be tongue in cheek, since you then reach the bar to be greeted with a choice of gravity real ale, cider and perry. What a brilliant place, thankfully i timed my visit to Gloucester perfectly as this pub only reopened a few days ago. The interior is spacious enough and full of character, outdoor seating is available and food served but it doesn’t dominate the pub at all. Apparently it can be a brilliant raucous night out in normal times, and I can believe it. Some Françoise Hardy would have been nice but the 60s pop/soul music playing was just fine anyway. a must visit!

On 8th August 2020 - rating: 9
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Café René

Tucked away down a small alleyway just off of Gloucester’s main shopping street, the name doesn’t sound particularly inspiring implying something that is more food led and maybe does a couple of bottled beers on the side. This is not the case at all though, and this is very much a proper pub, albeit one with a good sized dining room. It looks to be quite an old building, and with an old church being directly opposite in certainly looks a lot more appealing than the surrounding area. A number of outside tables and chairs would be a nice spot in the warmer weather.

Internally it’s quite traditional, with plenty of wooden beams on the ceiling, exposed brick walling and pattered carpet on the floor. A prominent feature as you go in is a large brick well in the middle of the room, and this extends down some considerable depth. A good selection of beer mats were tacked on to the beams nearest the bar and a feature wall had been made out of old wine bottles at either end. As might be inferred from the pub’s name, there is something of a French theme here as many of the pictures and signs on the wall were in French. There was a skylight window in the roof and a projector screen was rolled up in the corner, so presumably they may screen some sporting fixtures. A dining room was off to one side and this looked quite elegant with wooden panelling on the walls and a wine bottle ceiling.

Beers were all dispensed from barrels racked up on the end of the bar with no obvious signage showing what they were. However, a chalk board above the bar listed Arbor’s Blue Sky Drinking, Boss Blonde and Grey Trees Mosaic. Ciders were well represented with Stowford Press, Cornish Rattler, Black Rat, Rekorderlig Strawberry & Lime and Orchard Thieves on tap, and in addition to this a board listed the real cider options as Supermoon and Rhino which are both new ones on me. All in all, a quite unexpected find and well worth checking out.

On 28th February 2018 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about Cafe Rene

Tucked away down an alleyway, just off Southgate Street, Café Rene is an unusual building, parts of which supposedly date back to medieval times. However, there has been much alteration over the years which has resulted in a pub with an attractive, traditional appearance and a few notable 'modern' elements. Entering through a large porch area which has an impressive cider press in one corner, you find yourself in a carpeted main bar. There are a few seats around the entrance, but the main focal point is a remarkable well which possibly dates back to Roman times and boasts a small fountain feature and a grille which allows you to peer into the abyss without fear of toppling in. Moving into the left hand half of the room, the servery can be found along the rear wall, with cockerels and bunches of grapes carved into the canopy and pillars, in keeping with the pub's unexplained French theme, which sees many of the walls lined with wine bottles, lots of Gallic themed pictures and adverts and even a few Parisian road signs. In the far corner, there was a selection of comfy seating, partly obscured by a large screen which had been unfurled to show the Grand National to a seemingly luckless clientele. As soon as the race finished, the screen was retracted and loud pop music started playing, which drove a number of punters away. There is a second, restaurant style room to the right of the servery, which has a spectacular ceiling covered with wine bottles, wall panels with a fleur-de-lys motif and some attractive old wall lamps. Seating is comprised of standard tables and chairs and everyone in here seemed to be eating. There are also a few benches out in the alleyway which give nice views over the neighbouring church.
There were four ales on the go when we arrived, with a choice of Greene King IPA, Black Country Pig on the Wall Mild, Stroud Budding and Plain Ales IPA alongside three real ciders. We fancied a pint of the mild, but it was flat and lifeless which was a real shame. We quite liked the ambiance in the pub, so having struggled through the first pint, we decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and tried a pint of the Budding, which was better, but still pretty poor.
The dubious ale quality was a real shame, as we all enjoyed this slightly quirky, unusual take on the traditional pub format. Some of the reviews below suggest we got unlucky on this visit, so with that in mind, I would probably consider giving it another go as there is potential for this to be a real winner.

On 14th May 2014 - rating: 6
[User has posted 2605 recommendations about 2605 pubs]

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Gloucester, 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Cheltenham Spa, 8.26 miles, 2 hr 39 min walk (show)
Stonehouse, 10.1 miles, 3 hr 14 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 12 January 2014 by ROB Camra
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  • Darts : No last updated 12 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 November 2013 by Will Larter
  • Jukebox : No last updated 12 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Karaoke : No last updated 12 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 18 November 2013 by Will Larter
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 12 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Blackthorn _
  • Pinball : No last updated 12 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 12 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 18 November 2013 by Will Larter
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 12 January 2014 by ROB Camra
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