The Queens Arms was built circa 1835. It was once tied to the Tewkesbury Brewery Company and later owned by the Wickwar Brewery trading as Arnold Perrett & Co. 

Gloucester Journal: February 1st, 1879: Ashleworth Fire – A fire broke out on Tuesday on the premises of Mr William Perks, landlord of the Queens Arms Inn. A stable and loft were destroyed, and the roof of an adjoining storehouse was damaged. The loss is estimated at about £100 and is not covered by insurance. The brigades of the Norwich Union, and Liverpool, London & Globe offices were in attendance. There was no difficulty experienced in subduing the flames.

Courtesy Michael Wilkes

The Citizen: 24th November 1981: Pub gets a new name – The Severnside village of Ashleworth is losing a royal connection, and all because of a racehorse. From Thursday on, the pub on the village green, the Queen’s Arms, will be known as ‘The Arkle’, after the famous steeplechaser. The landlord of the freehouse, Mr Denis Smith, has been waiting for two years to change the name. “We are quite a sporty pub, and I recently bought a three-year old gelding, which I am hoping to race,” he said. “The locals don’t seem to mind the change of name. The reason I chose ‘’The Arkle’ was because we had some luck on him a few years back at Cheltenham. We have got a nice sign ready to put up on Thursday, with a horse jumping a fence, supplied by Whitbreads at a cost of £250,” he said.

At that time the pub sold beer from the Donnington Brewery, which was owned and run by Claude Arkell. Dennis Smith, the landlord, was clearly aware of the double meaning. It reverted back to its original name in the early 1990’s.

The Queens Arms became essentially a destination gastropub rather than a village local. An planning application was submitted for change of use to residential which was eventually granted. With the closure of the popular Boat Inn in 2020 after flood damage the village of Ashleworth now has no public house for the local community.

This page will be updated with additional information.

Map Reference: SO 812255

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Tewkesbury Brewery Company

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Arnold Perrett & Co. Ltd., Wickwar Brewery

Rateable value in 1903: £20.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Landlords at the Queens Arms include:

1979 William Perks

1885 William Roberts

1891, 1906 Charles Ferris

1919 John L. Freestone

1927 Henry Freeman

1939 Arthur Freeman

  ?     Mrs Evelyn Bartlett (daughter of Arthur Freeman)

  ?     James Saunders

  ?     Eve Strawford

1981  Dennis Smith (previously at the Chase Inn, Colwall, Malvern)

1993-1998 Ray Whitely

1998 (March),2009  Tony and Gill Burreddu

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