Minchinhampton Common Pub Walk

From the Trouble House to Stroud Brewery

This is a ten-mile Cotswold pub walk stopping in an eclectic range of pubs and hotels. This adventure can be embarked upon during the winter months if you get your timings right. Alternately start later in the day during the summer, take a more relaxed approach and take in two additional pubs in Avening

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At Glance
STARTING AT THE EXCELLENT TROUBLE HOUSE FOR BREAKFAST THIS ROUTE SKIRTS GATCOMBE PARK CLIMBING TO MINCHINHAMPTON COMMON AND FINISHING AT THE AWARD WINNING STROUD BREWERY TAP.

Distance

10 miles

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Time [approx]

6 Hours

Pub Count

6

CBA Grade

Lightweight

Total Ascent

1277 ft

Start Point

The Trouble House nr Tetbury

Highlights
The Itinerary

Please note the timings below for the pub walk from the Trouble house to Stroud Brewery are suggestions only, times will vary depending on your walking, eating and drinking speed

Don’t forget to get to the Stroud Brewery early if you are planning on eating and always check opening times of all the pubs on the walk. Most pubs now stay open all day during the weekend, but please check if you are doing this during the week to avoid disappointment 

The Trouble House, London Road, Tetbury, [08:30 - 09:00]

Trouble House pub walk Breakfast

Located on the A433 between Tetbury and Cirencester, the Trouble House Inn is a great place to set yourself up for the challenges of the day. Opening at 8:30 you can have a hearty breakfast and coffee and be walking by 09:00. The early start allows for maximum walking in daylight hours during the winter months. Pick up the footpath that leads north directly behind the Inn.

Trouble House - Breakfast Menu

The Queen Matilda Tavern & The Bell Inn - Avening [10:30]

After approximately an hour and a half walking you’ll drop down into Avening. A village blessed with two reasonable pubs – The Queen Matilda & The Bell Inn. When the Cotswold Beer Adventurers last passed through we were too early for opening time. If you’re doing this on a Saturday in the summer months and start later, you will be able to include these in you’re itinerary! Head west through Avening turning left just outside the village following the path up the valley side. This climb rewards you with views over to the Gatcombe estate.

The Queen Matilda Country Inn
Friday 5.pm – 10.30
Saturday 5pm – 10.30
Sundays 12 noon – 4

The Bell
Monday – Friday: 5:30pm – closing time
Saturday & Sunday: All day from 12 noon

The Bell - Avening

The Weighbridge Inn - Longfords, Minchinhampton[12:00 - 12:30]

The Weighbridge InnAfter another hour and a half follow a steep path to your right down the valley onto the B4104 where you will find the Weighbridge Inn famous for its 2in1 pies and great local ale. Opening at 12:00, if you get your timing right you should arrive to the sound of the front door unlocking!

The Weighbridge Inn takes its beer seriously and has four cask beers on offer. Gloucester Old Spot is a favourite with others sourced from within a 50-mile radius which includes ale from the Uley Brewery, Great Western Brewery and the Prescott Brewery near Cheltenham.  The Pub dated back to the 17th century and served the local woollen mills. In the winter you’ll be welcomed by roaring log fires in both bars making it a hard place to leave!

The Weighbridge inside

On leaving, cross the road and head up the road opposite the pub signposted to Minchinhampton until you find the path to your left

The Old Lodge - Minchinhampton Common, Stroud [13:30 - 14:00]

Minchinhampton - Old LodgeAfter a continuous climb, you’ll arrive at the village of Box on the edge of Minchinhampton Common. Continue West across the common where you’ll see The Old Lodge Inn in the distance. Part of the Cotswold Food Club Group this Inn offers fantastic views across the common. You may find yourself rubbing shoulders with other walkers and golfers playing the course that lies across the common.

Leaving the pub set off on the path that heads west across the common.

The Amberley Inn - Amberley [15:15 - 15:45]

Amberley Inn

A stone’s throw away from the Black Horse is the Amberley Inn Hotel with more stunning views across the Cotswolds countryside and onto the Severn Valley. The Inn was built in 1855 and retains a certain charm with original oak panelling, mullioned stone windows and a log fire in the public bar. It’s a pleasant place to enjoy a choice of real ale all brewed locally.

The Black Horse Inn - Amberley [14:30 - 15:00]

Black Horse - Amberley

Just on the West side of the common, you’ll find the Black Horse a 400-year-old country pub perched on the edge of Minchinhampton Common. This pub, in the opinion of Cotswold Beer Adventures, has one of the most stunning views in the Cotswolds. Kick off your boots and enjoy a pint of something local and enjoy the view.

The Bear of Rodborough [16:00 - 16:30]

The Bear at RodburghThe penultimate stop of the day is the charming Bear Hotel, reminiscent of a 1920’s Bavarian lodge now in the capable hands of the Cotswolds Inn and Hotel GroupHead to the Bear Bar where you’ll find what you’d expect from a well-run country hotel bar – a good range of cask beers, warm, friendly atmosphere, cosy armchairs and a crackling log fire. If you need a brief ‘beer break’ then try their excellent hot chocolate, English tea or homemade cakes – washed down with a beer chaser of course! On leaving cross over the road at the front of the hotel, pick up the path and start your descent into the golden valley.

The Stroud Brewery [17:00]

Stroud breweryFrom the outside, The Stroud Brewery isn’t a thing of beauty compared to the traditional pubs you’ve visited during the day. What it is though is a state of the art new organic brewing facility for the award-winning Stroud Brewery. Situated on a small trading estate on the outskirts of Stroud, first appearances aren’t promising. But, as they say, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.  Once inside, you can see that someone with a good eye for hospitality aesthetics has had a hand in turning this inauspicious space into something rather special. Trestle tables, mismatched chairs and sofas, bunting strung from beams all come together to make this a place you want to return to again and again. The addition of the wood-fired pizza oven from Velo Bakery and Pizzeria serving a selection of delicious but simple pizzas makes this a magnet for families and real ale fans alike. If arriving early, you will find yourself rubbing shoulders with parents and small children attracted by that irresistible combination of pizza to keep the children happy and excellent beer for the adults!. If sharing space with kids isn’t your thing, don’t panic, it becomes a child-free zone after 20:00.

Read more about Stroud Brewery here

 

Velo Bakery and Pizzeria

The Logistics:

GETTING HERE

The closest train station to the start of the Trouble House to The Stroud Brewery pub walk is Kemble, only 10 minutes taxi ride from the Trouble House. Stroud Station is approximately 20 minutes away.

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STAYING:

This is a selection of accommodation in the area. They are convenient for this particular pub walk and we like them! Those listed provided a range to suit most pockets but if you don’t find what you’re looking for have a look at the map below to find the best deals on accommodation in the area in the area.

Stroud is 5 minutes from The Stroud Brewery finish point and has a number of good accommodation options

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Download the pub walk .gpx file of the route by clicking on the link from your smartphone. If you have OS maps installed just follow the onscreen instructions (or import the route into your own app) and you’re ready to go!

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