All of the articles and the booklets below were written before the Covid 19 outbreak. The articles were based on interviews with the publicans. They describe the publican’s relationship to their enterprise, their unique experiences the nature of their commitment. It is hoped to revisit these publicans in the Spring of 2021 to update their experiences and lives, in the wake of the pandemic and its effects on them and their pubs. Five of the pubs have longer booklets (10,000 words approx). Three of them are in a paperback published form available from the pubs themselves but also loaded here – The Carpenters Arms – Miserden, The Hog – Horsley, the Woolpack – Slad. The other two booklets, the Ale House – Stroud and the Butchers Arms – Sheepscombe, were due to be published just prior to the lockdown and will now be published in the Spring of 2021 with an added chapter on the effects of the pandemic on their business and lives. The Red Lion booklet and the articles focusing on the Black Horse, Cranham, The Bell, Avening and the Old Fox, Coaley are not strictly in our Stroud CAMRA area but neverthless they fit this category of local pub survival stories.
The Beacon Railway Inn Haresfield – ‘Exploiting business opportunities while managing stress, a stroke, a pub fire and village politics’ Download
The Bell Avening – ‘A local’s village pub: Good ale, TV sports, Asian cuisine and a comfortable environment’ Download
The Black Horse Amberley – ‘Its a lifestyle choice: environment, a satisfactory business model and quality of life’ Download
The Vine Tree Inn Ranswick – ‘Fulfilling a life-long ambition and becoming the village pub’ Download