The Globe Inn was located on the banks of the River Severn, one mile south of the village of Sandhurst. The Globe was within easy walking distance of the City of Gloucester.

Intriguingly in 1901 the Globe Inn was owned by the Mayor Alderman and the Citizens of the City of Gloucester. The ‘Gloucester Citizen’ reported on 16th February 1913 that “the landlord, Edmund Enstone, had been resident for 27 years. His father before him was considerably over 100 years of age. Edmund Enstone supplied a large number of bread and cheese to callers.” 

The Globe closed its doors to the public but was re-opened again in the mid 1980s. It was acquired by Arkell’s Brewery of Swindon in May 1997 and refurbished. The bar was extended and comfortable burgundy red furniture was installed.

Image: Nigel Hammond

The Globe Inn  is prone to flooding and Sandhurst Lane occasionally gets cut off by floodwater. In December 2000 temporary landlords Geoff and Kathleen Thomas had to be rescued by the fire brigade after only ten days at the pub.  The trade newspaper ‘The Morning Advertiser’ reported on 25th January 2001 that ‘the recent flooding has prompted a brewery to put in new flooring at one of its pubs close to the River Severn. Swindon based Arkells Brewery refurbished the pub which now boasts a flagstone floor which it is hoped will be better able to cope with any future flooding problems.”

In August 2003 the pub pony called Sparky hit the headlines across the world when news broke out about his passion for Arkell’s 3B real ale! One day the two year old Shetland cross Arabella pony walked into the bar of the Globe and started to drink someone’s left over beer. Sparky must have acquired the taste of the beer as he did the same thing a few days later. He refused to drink water and rejected a pint of fizzy lager! Sparky the pub pony featured on local, national and even international TV stations. A Korean TV camera crew was even sent thousands of miles especially to film him. Sparky even got a mention in the glitzy OK! Magazine.

The Globe Inn finally called last orders in 2005. It reopened as the White Horse Chinese Restaurant with a license to sell alcohol on the premises. The name is somewhat confusing as previously there has been a pub called the White Horse in Sandhurst.

The Great Gloucestershire Flood of July 2007 devastated the former pub and caused at least £15,000 worth of damage to the Chinese Restaurant. All the equipment and furniture had to be replaced after the water reached a depth of around four feet in the restaurant. The White Horse restaurant opened again at the end of August 2007.

Map Reference: SO 828210

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Licensing Details:

Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse

Owner in 1891: Corporation of Gloucester (free from brewery tie)

Owner in 1901: Mayor Alderman and the Citizens of the City of Gloucester.

Rateable Value in 1903: £23.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse

Owner in 1903: Corporation of Gloucester (free from brewery tie)

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Landlords at the Globe Inn include:

1891,1903 Edmund Enstone

1936, 1939 Miss Edith M. Enstone

1957 Francis L. Goode

1950’s Lottie Ingram

1992-1999 Colin and Christine Stevenson

1999 (Nov)  Norman Wilson and Carol Ann Jones (also licensees of the White Hart in Stow)

2000 (Dec). Geoff and Kathleen Thomas (temporary landlords for only 10 days)

2001 (Jan) Paul Hampson

2002,2004 Sarah and Jason Reeves

2005,2007 Ray Chui (The White Horse  Raymonds Riverside Chinese Restaurant)

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