In 1891 and 1903 the pub was referred to as the Old Inn.

The Five Mile House was a 300 year old coaching inn set high in the Cotswolds on the old Roman Road – Ermin Street. When the landlady, Ivy Ruck, died in 1995 there were fears that this totally unspoilt pub would close forever. The Five Mile House had been in the Ruck family since the 1930’s and had hardly altered in the intervening 65 years with bare wood floors, open fires and wooden seating. The small bar leads through to the tap room with its high-backed settles and wood burning stoves.

Courtesy Michael Wilkes

John Burrows once told me: “I remember Ivy Ruck of the Five Mile House at Duntisbourne Abbots with much respect and affection. I first visited the pub when I was a young man and her father Fred kept it. Latterly I used to call in on cold winter’s nights for a pint of Courage’s Ale straight from the barrel. Sometimes I was her only customer, and I often thought how vunerable she was there on her own as a single woman.” 

Andy Frape (Gloucestershire CAMRA)

Thankfully the classic country pub was saved and reopened again in 1997 when the Carrier family bought the Five Mile House. Jo Carrier introduced fine dining in a restaurant that was once Ivy Rucks old living quarters whilst keeping the character of the traditional pub unspoilt.

Sadly the highly regarded and sought after cuisine at the Five Mile House was discontinued and trade at the pub reverted to drinks only. Unfortunately the requests for proper signage directing potential custom from motorists off the busy A417 were refused by the planners at the Cotswold District Council.

The pub has now closed and is in residential use.

This page will be updated with additional information.

Map Reference: SO 978091

Owner in 1891: Mrs Marianne Sutton (free from brewery tie)

Rateable Value in 1891: £14.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Mrs E.M. Cumberland (free from brewery tie)

Rateable Value in 1903: £14.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Landlords: at the Old Inn / Five Mile House include:

1856 Mrs A. Andrews

1861 George Telling (listed as the Old Inn in 1861 census. George had left the pub by 1867)

1891,1906  Jesse Short

1913 Thomas Ratcliffe

1927 Albert Bennett

1939 Frederick William Ruck

Ivy Ruck (died in 1995)

1997,2008  Jo Carrier

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