Situated at the far end of Horns Road near Stroud Cemetery. There is a stone plaque above the corner of the pub which reads ‘Hillgrove House.’

The Stroud Brewery Courier reported in June 1949: ‘Congratulations are extended to five old gentleman who, between them, have been customers of the Crown & Sceptre Inn, Horns Road, Stroud for 258 years. Their individual records as customers are as follows:- A. Jones, 40 years: C. Saunders, 60 years; J. Belcher, 58 years; E. Saunders, 60 years and F. Hopson, 40 years. These records speak well for the fine quality of our ales, as well as the courtesy and attention given by the tenant of this house, Mr Charles Kent.’ 

The Crown & Sceptre is now a classic real ale pub, run by jovial landlord Rodda Thomas. This is how it is described in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide:

Lively back-street local that is at the heart of the community. The walls display an eclectic mix of framed prints, posters and clocks. Local groups meet round a large oak table in a side room – including Knit and Natter on Tuesdays. The pub also has its own motorcycle society. It is famed for its Up the Workers god-value set meals on Wednesdays, and Sunday roasts. Sport is screened in the back bar. A terrace to the rear offers panoramic views across the valley to Rodborough Common.

Rodda is a proud Cornishman and the legendary ‘Spingo’ ales from the Blue Anchor home-brew pub in Helston – a real rarity outside, and indeed within, Cornwall – occasionally can be found at the Crown & Sceptre.

The Crown & Sceptre is also sometimes known as the Hat & Stick!!

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Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Stroud Brewery

Rateable value in 1891: £20.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery

Rateable value in 1903:  £20.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Crown & Sceptre include:

1891 Belinda Stopford

1902,1903  Frederick James Smith

1906 Mrs Clara Smith

1919,1927 George Townsend

1939,1949 Charles Kent

1975 Les Mauler (retired in 1975, aged 70. He had previously been landlord of the Post Office Inn in George Street. He died in May 1985)

1999,2005 Paul Maurice Rice

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