Gloucestershire Pubs - Pubs and Breweries in Gloucestershire Past and Present
Extracts from Gloucestershire Pubs Database (3020 total entries)
Compiled by Geoff Sandles

Rock Inn

Location: Hillersland
Postcode: GL16 7NY

An early1839 reference to the inn at Hillersland lists the premises as having the name of the Cock. At this time John Delaney (junior) was the owner. It is not known if the pub did actually operate as the Cock Inn - perhaps it was just a simple spelling error.

When James Gwilliam was landlord a few decades later the pub was definitely known as the Rock Inn. The name makes sense as the pub is on the route to the famous Symonds Yat rock outcrop.

Visitors to Symonds Yat in late Victorian times might have called in to the Rock Inn and sampled a few pints of Charles Garton & Co’s Bristol beers.

If they revisited the pub in the reign of King Edward VII, after the death of Queen Victoria, they would have found themselves drinking Anglo-Bavarian Amber Ales from Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

The 1993 edition of CAMRA’s Real Ale in Gloucestershire described the Rock Inn as a ‘17th century inn with good views’. Draught Bass and Wadworth 6X were the beers on offer.

The Rock Inn closed on 1st June 2002.

It was converted to Bed & Breakfast accommodation but still holds a dining licence.


Map Reference: SO 567143

Owner in 1891: Charles Garton & Co., Lawrence Hill, Bristol

Rateable value in 1891: £12.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Anglo-Bavarian Brewery, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Rateable value in 1903: £12.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm


1839 John Delaney (Jnr) (Cock Inn)

1876, 1891 James Gwilliam (also listed as a grocer in 1876)

1902, 1906 Levi Harris

1919,1927 Arthur Cooper

1939 Charles James

1960’s / 1970’s Mr S. Harding

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