The Kings Arms was a popular ‘real ale’ pub. The pub was on two levels – the public bar at the lower section with a pool table and juke-box, and an comfortable upper saloon with a piano. There was no car parking at the pub and access was gained through narrow lanes.
The ‘Tippler’, the newsletter for Gloucestershire CAMRA, gave the following account of the pub in the Spring of 1988: This is a small, friendly village local tucked away off the main Stroud – Cirencester Road and well worth seeking out. The range of beers is superb (Archers Village Bitter, John Smith’s Bitter, Davenports Bitter, Wadworth 6X, Marston Pedigree & Courage Directors NB. Courage Directors may change – recently the pump had Uley Old Spot), and good food is available lunchtimes and evenings.
Since Mike and Sue Jordan arrived over two years ago the pub has taken on a new lease of life through their energy and enterprise. There are frequent charity events and teams in the local leagues (darts, pool, etc). Frustrated in their attempts to enter a team in the local Whitbread Pub Quiz League they have started a Free House Quiz League with nine other pubs in the area. There is occasional jazz on Monday nights.”
The Citizen: Thursday, August 29th, 1991 – Big cash bid from small pub: One of Stroud’s smallest pubs hope to break last year’s massive charity efforts. The tiny Kings Arms at Brimscombe raised £5,000 for a local charity last year but hopes to raise even more with this year’s fund-raising day. Landlord Mike Jordan said: “We always hope to do better but we will be very pleased if we do the same as last year.” Cash raised from a ‘cyclothon’ and a charity auction on September 21, will go towards providing a youth club for youngsters in the Brimscombe area. The Cotswold Care Hospice at Minchinhampton and the Longhouse Hostel in Cainscross will benefit.
Map Reference: SO 874023
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Rateable Value 1891: £10.0s.0d
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1891: Stroud Brewery
Rateable Value 1903: £17.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery
Closing time in 1903: 10 pm
Landlords at the Kings Arms include:
1856 S. Eddles (Kings Arms, Upper Bourne)
1891 Daniel Gay
1903 Arthur Carter
1927 Edward John Gifford (listed as Kings Head)
1939 William E. Young (listed as Kings Head)
1966-1969 Michael and Jean Gardner
1981 Tony and Lynda Deady
1986 ,1988 Mike and Sue Jordan