The Earl Grey had an annual rateable value of £9.10s.0d. in 1891 and 1903 which, surprisingly, was more than the nearby Keepers Arms.

Wilts & Glos Standard – 15th August 1996: ‘Tiny pub to become holiday home – A Cotswold bar which used to claim to be the smallest pub in England will close for good in the autumn. Landlady Lucie Swainson at the Earl Grey in Quenington will call last orders for the very last time on Halloween night. She hopes to turn the tiny pub, which is also home to the village post office, into a holiday apartment. Mrs Swainson decided to shut up shop when running the bar became too much for her. Her retirement marks the end of an era at the Earl Grey. But the locals will not be left without a watering hole in the village. The tiny pub is within staggering distance of a much larger inn, the Keepers Arms.

Courtesy Derek King

I visited the Earl Grey for the first, and last, time after discovering that it was to close. What I found was a delight. A small quaint cottage housing the epitome of a quintessential English traditional rural pub; a delightful small garden with flowers in profusion and, inside, small homely rooms with beer served direct from a barrel. It was perfection.

July 2006

Map Reference: SP 146041

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Thomas Moss (free from brewery tie)

Rateable Value in 1891: £9.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse

Owner in 1903: Thomas Moss (free from brewery tie)

Rateable Value in 1903: £9.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Landlords at the Earl Grey include:

1871,1891,1903  Thomas Moss (aged 50 in 1871 census and 62 in 1881 census!!!)

1939 James Thomas Smith

1996 Lucie Swainson

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