The Kings Arms was built in 1652 as a coaching inn. In 1745 it was leased out from the Beaufort estate for a period of one thousand years at 6d. per annum. A reference in 1856 gives the location as Oldbury on the Hill.
The Kings Arms was sold at auction at the Beaufort Arms at Petty France to Mr Cooke of the Tetbury Brewery for £750 in 1843. After the acquisition of Cooks’ Tetbury Brewery by Stroud Brewery Company it became a ‘Stroud House’. It subsequently became a Whitbread village local until 1992 when it was sold as a free house.
Nigel and Jane Worrall transformed the interior with a major refurbishment and introduced interesting real ales. They also reintroduced an old custom – an annual rook pie supper. Jane Worrall told the local press: “We dress up in black bin liners and sing an anthem as the rook pie is brought out of the kitchen. I had the recipe for the pie and it’s a secret. Years ago it was tradition to have a rook pie and as we like things traditional we thought it would be nice to recreate it.” established an annual tradition when they dress up in black bin liners, sing, and serve rook pie!
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Map reference: ST 818875
Owner in 1891: Messrs. Cook, Tetbury Brewery
Rateable value in 1891:
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Messrs. Cook, Tetbury Brewery
Rateable value in 1903: £19.10s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903: 10 pm
Landlords at the Kings Arms include:
1856 S. King
1885,1891 Samuel Sumners
1903,1906,1927 William Sumners
1939 Mrs Florence B. Carter
1992 John and Hazel Evans
1994-2003 Nigel and Jane Worrall
2003 (Sept) Anita Cartlolano and Zoe Coombs
2008 Alastair and Sarah
[Other landlords at the Kings Arms include: Jack and Kit Young, George and Angela Avery and Jan and Gordon Snudden.]