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5 pubs and bars to visit after the Rugby World Cup at Kingsholm

PUBLISHED: 12:25 17 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:39 17 September 2015

The Shed at Kingsholm Stadium By Nicholas Mytton via Wikimedia Commons

The Shed at Kingsholm Stadium By Nicholas Mytton via Wikimedia Commons


If you’re going to watch the Rugby World Cup games at Kingsholm Stadium, you’ll probably be in need of somewhere to drink or eat after the game too...

By Clément Bucco-Lechat [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsBy Clément Bucco-Lechat [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

We think it’s safe to say that the idea of the Rugby World Cup coming to Gloucester’s own Kingsholm Stadium is pretty exciting. If you’re one of the thousands of people who’ll be making their way to Kingsholm to watch one of the World Cup pool matches, you’ll also probably be looking for somewhere to have a drink with friends to celebrate or commiserate too.

Portivo Lounge, Gloucester

The quirky interior of the Portivo Lounge in the restored Gloucester Docks is a treat for the eyes and offers plenty of seating for those tired feet after a couple of hours standing in the Shed. As well as an excellent burger menu, the restaurant also serves an all day brunch and smaller tapas plates that are ideal for sharing with friends.

The Queens Head, Longford [Copyright Sarah Charlesworth under Creative Commons Licence]The Queens Head, Longford [Copyright Sarah Charlesworth under Creative Commons Licence]

The Queens Head, Longford

If you’re looking for a pub with excellent food as well as a good pub atmosphere, The Queens Head in Longford is ideal and only a 20 minute walk from Kingsholm Stadium. We recommend the beer battered smoked salmon and brie followed by their slow roasted belly pork. The pub gets pretty busy so you’ll need to call and book a table in advance.

TANK, Gloucester

It’s fair to say that TANK are well prepared for the Rugby World Cup. As well as having a bar decked out with locally made Gloucester Brewery beers and cider, they’ll be carving up a full hog roast every Saturday during the World Cup, with an outdoor bar serving a specially brewed rugby themed ‘Ankle Tap’ ale. []

Dr Fosters, Gloucester

This independent waterside bar in the Gloucester Docks serves up a wide range of traditional ales, ciders and lagers in a relaxed setup. For anyone feeling peckish, their bar menu includes all the classic dishes you’d expect, including sausages and mash and a gourmet burger and fries.

Café René, Gloucester

Well known for its live music nights, indoor well and quirky wine bottle lined walls and ceiling, Café René is a short 10 minute walk from Kingsholm Stadium, located on Gloucester’s Southgate Street. The pub has also organised a special Q&A evening with Gloucester Rugby’s own Tom Savage and Charlie Sharples, more details for which can be found on their Facebook page.

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