27 Slad Road, Uplands, in 1939 directory. On the eastern corner of Springfield Road and Slad Road.

The ‘Stroud News’ reported on September 1867 that ‘a spirit licence had been granted to D. Estcourt of the Fountain Inn, Slad Road.’

Isaac Englishmann had moved to the Robin Hood, Bristol Road, Gloucester by 1906.

On the Slad Road side of the pub there are two bay windows. The original entrance to the Fountain was through a square porch midway between these bays. This porch has long since been removed. The brick built building has also been plaster rendered.

The Citizen: Wednesday, November 11th, 1987 – Bill to Pull the First Pint: An 82-year-old man who has been supping pints at a Stroud pub for sixty yeas will be on the other side of the bar tomorrow. Bill Wathern will pull the first pint at a lunchtime celebration to mark the completion of the new look at The Fountain Inn, Slad Road.

April 2007

Bill, whose son-in-law Harold Bingle was licensee at the Whitbread Flowers’ pub for 17 years, has been chosen as guest of honour because he is the Fountain’s most loyal customer. Licensees Richard and Judy Moore have combined with the brewery to pay for refurbishments including a new lounge and smarter surroundings for the pub’s darts, quoits, quiz-league, crib, dominoes and pool teams.

Stroud CAMRA – October 2020: Pub Survey – The Fountain, Slad Road, Stroud.

For this outing, the Fountain was chosen having been subject to recent refurbishment. Due to delays in the endeavour, this was one of our last pubs to exit the lockdown. Claudia Kahler and Andrew Esmonde-White are the pilots of this Hawthorne Leisure establishment, and during the lockdown Claudia like a lot of licensees took the opportunity to invest in the future and replace the carpet and do some decorating. Sadly, this did not go to plan with the discovery of rot and damp and the need to engage a pubco surveyor during lockdown and the increased work caused delays to their re-opening.
Happily, the pub has now reopened but there is still some finishing ongoing. The exterior looks awesome when pictured, dusk, the lights on and angle of photo put the pub in an imposing posture over its surroundings. Inside the cellar is spotless and well organised, the toilets are completely replaced and finished to a high standard, the main bar area resplendent with its new carpet is comfortable and welcoming. Claudia is still working what was the pool table area at the left end of the bar, but I guess will have time to complete this after Thursday. Similarly, due to ongoing work in the kitchen food is currently not a feature here, but is planned going forward.
From a real ale perspective St Austell Doom Bar and Wychwood Hobgoblin Gold were on offer and aside from the Doom Bar being a little low in temperature (something Claudia knows about and is addressing) both were as expected. Claudia does not always offer up two Ales, sometimes offering just one and also does mix it up with Wickwar BOB occasionally.
To sum up this is a community pub, Tardis like in its dimensions, with (under normal times) Pool, Darts, and the usual gamut of behind the bar games (dominos, cards etc.) to entertain. It has a garden to one side and covered area out front; Claudia and Andrew are welcoming hosts; these are all the right ingredients for a successful community pub.

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Stroud Brewery

Rateable value in 1891: £14.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery

Rateable value in 1903: £14.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Fountain Inn include:

1867 D.Escourt

1885 John Kemeys

1891 John William Loydell

1896,1903 Isaac Englishmann

1906 Edward Ball

1919,1939 Frank Mills

1979 Trevor Lester

1986 (July) Bernard & Judith Moore

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