I got checked in. Newish hotel, nice room. OK, the view over the flyover wasn't the best, but then again I wasn't planning to stay in my room and stare out of the window all evening. Washed and changed, I went down to Reception and was told it was about 10 minutes walk to the city centre. I had already listed the pubs in the Good Beer Guide for the city, and so I set off walking away from the 'leisure park' - horrible phrase, that - passing a couple of disused warehouses.
|Seen better days.....|
|By the canal...Brewhouse and Kitchen|
|Brewhouse, Kitchen round the back....|
I finished my drink, and headed off into the city centre to try and track down the other two pubs on my list. On the way I passed the Whitesmiths Arms, an attractive-looking pub belonging to Swindon family brewers, Arkells, whose beers I haven't come across in decades. Closer inspection revealed it was a shut, which was a shame.
|The Whitesmiths Arms...sadly not open this evening|
|The Fountain Inn...a warm welcome assured|
|The Pelican...decent beer and a friendly pub!|
I enjoyed my evening in Gloucester, it is an attractive city with some great pubs, lots of history, and plenty to see and do next time I find myself there....
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