The Cross Hands was a tied house of Stibbs’ Albion Steam Brewery in Cheltenham before being acquired by the Cheltenham Original Brewery in 1897. The Cross Hands was renamed the Kilkeney Inn many years ago. It is in an isolated spot on the road junction with the A436 and the road to Andoversford. The minor roads to Dowdeswell and Foxcote also deviate away from the pub.
I can recall drinking in the Kilkeney in the mid 1970’s. The beer on offer was the ubiquitous Whitbread P.A. (West Country Pale Ale). Every other Whitbread pub sold the beer and it was usually avoided in favour of more interesting beers from regional brewers., e.g. Wadworth of Devizes. The P.A. in the Kilkeney was different, however, as it was dispensed from the bar by electric pump rather than the usual handpull.
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Map Reference: SP 088188
Owner in 1891: Stibbs & Co., Albion Steam Brewery, Albion Street, Cheltenham
Rateable value in 1891: £17.10s.0d. (includes two acres of land)
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Stibbs & Co., Albion Steam Brewery, Albion Street, Cheltenham
Rateable value in 1903: £17.10s.0d. (includes two acres of land)
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903: 10pm
Landlords at the Cross Hands / Kilkeney include:
1856 R. Ash
1885, 1919 Thomas Waring
1927 T. Davenport
1939 William Hy. Kilby
1991,1998 John Fennell
2007 Nigel White
2009 Kevin and Michele Johnston