Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure
Turn again Dick Whittington: Centuries old Gloucester pub will open its doors again
Rumours of its departure from the treasure trove of historic Gloucester pubs forever are as tall as the tale told of its namesake, it appears.
As with all great myths, there is an element of truth to the story circulating about Dick Whittington's public house in Westgate Street, named after its folk tale namesake from the city who walked to London with his cat and became the capital's mayor.
The pub is indeed closed, and the previous landlord indeed has no plans return.
But, The Raikes Journal can report that work is already underway to breathe life back into the Grade I listed Westgate Street building, which dates back to the 13th Century.
Tom Bull, of Severn Cider, confirmed his team had moved on from the pub to concentrate on his Forest of Dean-based cider and perry making family business.
“Severn Cider iscarrying on. We will continue to make cider and perry and we are open at the moment,” said Mr Bull, referring to his premises in the picturesque grounds of The Old Vicarage, Northington Lane, Awre, near Newnham.
Ploughman's lunches are currently drawing in the customers, served between midday and 4pm in the ample marque more than adequate for everyone’s social distancing requirements (you can turn up, but a booking is advisable).
“We have been building our online business as well. We were pretty much ready to go at the start of lockdown, and we have done quite well with that – although things have tailed off a little now places are reopening,” said Mr Bull.
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Orders from pubs which previously stocked Severn Cider products have understandably yet to catch up with demand prior to the pandemic, but the business is still able to sell its wares through many farm shops – including Over Farm– and the likes of Gloucester Services.
Big plans for this year? (If that wasn’t too stupid-a-question considering the challenges).
“We are going to try to consolidate. We won’t be making as much cider, but we will keep going. We’re looking at how we can continue to accommodate visitors for cider tasting and food through winter as we have so much space here,” said Mr Bull.
As for Dick Whittington's, it looks like the team behind The Cobblestones pub at Bridgewater has its hands on it. Expect live music. It remains to be seen whether that points towards that cellar bar underneath Dick Whittington's coming back to life.