Berkeley Road is about two miles to the east of Berkeley. It is on the main A38 Gloucester to Bristol Road and is also where the branch railway line to Sharpness leaves the main Bristol-Birmingham main line. An advertisement in 1901 reads: ‘Prince of Wales, Berkeley Road Station. Family and Commercial hotel. R. Holborow, proprietor. British and foreign wines, spirits and cigars. Horses and carriages let or hire’.
The Citizen: Thursday 30th August, 1984: Couple Take Over Hotel – The Prince of Wales Hotel in Berkeley Road has been sold. Although the selling price has not been disclosed, offers over £400,000 were being sought. The new owners of the two-star hotel, Jayne and David Taylor, both have hotel experience. David has been in the hotel industry all his life, and before coming to Gloucestershire he was Food and Beverage Manager at the White Hart hotel, Salisbury. Jayne worked at the nearby Cathedral Hotel.
Western Daily Press: 8th May 2021 – Rescued hotel set to reopen its doors. (edit) A Gloucestershire hotel that was under threat of permanent closure has been rescued from administration and is set to reopen under new ownership. The Prince of Wales, near Berkeley, will reopen on June 1st as part of the Coast & Country Hotel Collection – a newly formed group of former Shearings Hotels. The 39-bedroom venue fell into administration in May 2020 as part of the Shearings Hotels group, and it was feared it would remain closed indefinitely.
It is now under new ownership following a management agreement with Bespoke Hotels, which is in the process of hiring 30 staff to run the site. Paul FitzGerald, portfolio manager of Bespoke Hotels, said he hoped the Prince of Wales would attract people looking for leisure breaks and also local residents to its restaurants, bars, weddings and events spaces.
“Given the enormous challenges of the last few months, we’re delighted to bring the Prince of Wales back to market,” he said. “We know the initial closure was felt keenly amongst those associated with the hotel, but now, with reopening plans in place, we’re able to offer not just jobs and wider tourism opportunities, but a hospitality service that people can engage with as restrictions lift.”
A number of other former Shearings Hotels are also reopening in the South West. Coast & Country said it had sought to re-employ previous staff, while also looking to offer new roles to those keen to join the hospitality industry.
Map Reference: SO 719001
Owner in 1891: Edward Gregory (free from brewery tie)
Rateable value in 1891: £64.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Edward Gregory (free from brewery tie)
Rateable value in 1903: £64.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903:
CAMRA Good Beer Guide: Listed in 1981, 1989
Landlords / Managers at the Prince of Wales Hotel include:
1885 Joseph Morgan Williams
1891 Jane Bradley Holborow
1901,1906 Robert Holborow
1927 Jn. Cornock