The Fostons Ash Inn, named after a former turnpike keeper, is an isolated country pub on the Birdlip to Stroud road (B4070) near the junction with the roads to Camp and Miserden. It is just in the parish of Cranham.  Camp village is about one mile to the south. The Grade II listed Fostons Ash Inn was once tied the Nailsworth Brewery and is believed to have been built about 1800.

Courtesy Nailsworth Town Archives
Courtesy Michael Wilkes
Courtesy Michael Wilkes
Courtesy Michael Wilkes

In 1974 Whitbread published a book entitled ‘Inn and Around – 250 Favourite Whitbread Pubs.’ The Fostons Ash Inn was included on page 138:

The Fostons Ash became part of the Woodchester based  ‘Pheasant Pluckers’ pub chain with the emphasis on good food, but locally brewed beers are on offer.

May 2008

In February 2022 the Fostons Ash Inn was placed on the market for £925,000. The sales particulars described the premises as a popular establishment trading as an independent pub with restaurant with 80 covers, basement beer cellar, enclosed children’s play area and four new horse corrals.  Peter Brunt, from Colliers’ Hotels Agency team said: “The Fostons Inn is an attractive building, boasting quintessentially British charm in the countryside. “The business has been improved greatly over the last few years and would suit private owners who would drive the business personally and appreciate not only the restaurant and bar space, but the additional income that can be derived from the second flat.”

Gloucestershire Gazette, Thursday 5th January 2023 – Popular pub shut down: A prominent Cotswold roadside in has closed suddenly. Foston’s Ash Inn at Camp near Stroud has released a short statement on its website sayng: “Business closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience called.” Known as a polo pub, it was put on the market in February for £925,000.

Map Reference: SO 914114

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Nailsworth Brewery

Rateable value in 1891: £10.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Nailsworth Brewery

Rateable value in 1903: £10.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Landlords at the Fostons Ash Inn include:

1856 J. Stockwell

1881,1885 Thomas Brunston

1891 Thomas Brunsden

1902,1903 Charles Hurn

1919,1939 Harry Holtom

1998,2004 Matthew Cosgrove (Deacon Inns Ltd)

2006 Sam Tate

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