Here, you’ll find five of our favourite pubs in and around Tewkesbury. Among them, there are great gastropub options, excellent cocktails, delicious Sunday roasts and some beautiful views of the River Avon.
Nightlife in Tewkesbury
The White Bear is an award-winning free house on Bredon Road with an ever-changing selection of ales and ciders, a great big beer garden, a dog-friendly policy and a life-size Tardis.
Make your way to The Nottingham Arms on the High Street for a historic pint in a medieval building that has origins in the 13th century. The famous Walls Court alley runs down the side of the pub, and stepping inside genuinely feels like going back in time. There’s live music on Sunday, a quiz night on Thursday and good ales on tap. Also, they serve good homemade food; the faggots are the locals’ favourite.
If you’re heading towards the Cotswolds, The Gardeners Arms is a great pub on Beckford Road in the nearby village of Alderton. It’s a 16th-century pub with a brilliant menu of food and a huge selection of carefully sourced wines and spirits. Visit on a Sunday, and you’ll be able to enjoy one of the best roast dinners in the region.
When you’re wondering where to go for a drink after ticking off Tewkesbury Abbey – one of the top activities in Tewkesbury – make your way to The Berkeley Arms on Church Street. It’s just over the road from the Tewkesbury Heritage and Visitor Centre; it dates back to the 12th century and stands out as one of the town’s most iconic black-and-white Tudor buildings. It has bags full of character, good ales and regularly hosts live music.
If you’re staying with us at our Gloucester (Twigworth) hotel, there’s an exceptional riverside pub less than a ten-minute drive away. The Red Lion has a lovely large garden area that overlooks the River Severn and is perfect for sipping away a few hours in the sun. There’s also a dining room serving simple but tasty pub grub, and a good selection of lagers, cider and a handful of real ales.
One last honourable mention goes to The Boathouse and its riverside terrace on King John’s Island. The food is delicious, and the 100-seat restaurant enjoys beautiful views of the River Avon on three sides. Friday is fish night, so the specials board should be your first point of call.
Pubs in Tewkesbury
Cocktails in Tewkesbury
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit livelier for some late-night drinks and dancing, the best bars and clubs in the area are in the nearby regency town of Cheltenham. You can find our top recommendations for Cheltenham nightlife, including 2 Pigs and Circus Bar in our local guide.