The Kings Arms is a fine example of a half- timbered building with a brick built extension. It once had its own brewery. William Hayward is listed as brewer there in 1856.  William Haywards daughter, Emma, married William Archer in 1849. The Archer’s were well known jockeys. Fred Archer, William’s son, was very famous.

Courtesy Michael Wilkes
Courtesy Michael Wilkes

For many years the Kings Head was a Beefeater Pub, tied to Whitbread. The pub is still popular with the racing fraternity as it is near Cheltenham Racecourse.

Prestbury High Street. Image: Gloucestershire Echo
From ‘Inn & Around – 250 Favourite Whitbread Pubs’ 1974

It had a half a million pound makeover early in 2007 and operated as a stylish Bistro Pub.

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Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Reverend Bagshot De la Bere (leased Cheltenham Original Brewery)

Rateable value in 1891: £34.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Reverend Bagshot De la Bere (leased Cheltenham Original Brewery)

Rateable value in 1903: £34.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 10 pm

Owner in 2007: Mitchell & Butlers Retail Leisure Limited.

Brewery heritage: West Country Ales ceramic plaque still in situ

Landlords at the Kings Arms include:

1830 William Hayward

1856 W. Hayward – listed as a brewer

1858 William Archer

1885,1891 Edmund William Cadle

1902,1903,1906 James Charman

1919 Charles Jackson

1926,1927 William Trinder

1939 Montague C. Payne

2007 Kelly Brown (was at the Slug and Lettuce in Regent Street)

2008 Greg Knight

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