Cobblers was the first micro-pub in Gloucestershire and was the inspired idea of Ian Jones who had previous experience of being landlord of the Black Dog. He said, “I came across the micro-pub concept in Kent and liked the idea because it was the kind of pub I would like to drink in. I suppose it’s a bit like pubs were in the 1960’s – no alcopops, lager, shots, music, TV, fruit machines or children. The only thing we can offer is real ale, free newspapers and good conversation.”
Ian opened Cobblers in the former tourist information office in Church Street in January 2013. The planning application clearly stated that the change of use of the premises was into a micro-pub, yet the local newspapers reported that the building was going to be a micro-brewery.
Cobblers has been a great success and Ian has since opened two further micro-pubs in the Forest of Dean, in Cinderford and Coleford (both now called the Dog House). Ian said of Cobblers in Newent, “Anybody who wants music, food, TV or lager will have to go elsewhere.”
The signage says it all: “It’s a Firkin Small Pub”