The Railway Hotel opened on 1st September 1845. An old advertisement reads: “Railway Commercial Hotel, Russell Street, Stroud. Opposite the Great Western Railway satation. The best draught beers and stout in the district. Bass’ Bitter and Guinness Stout in bottles.”

August 1985

The pub was renamed Shunters in the mid 1980’s. CAMRA described it as a ‘spacious town centre pub with L-shaped bar. Busy at weekends. Pool table.’ The 1996 Real Ale in Gloucestershire publication also listed it as serving Boddingtons Bitter, Fullers London Pride and Whitbread Flowers Original.

In December 1997 over 20 people were involved in a fight at the Shunters pub and in 2003 a woman appeared in court charged with wounding another woman with a bottle in the pub.

An application was submitted to Stroud District Council for change of use in May 2005. The plans involved demolishing most of the ex Railway Hotel and replacing it with flats and a bistro. The old pub escaped demolition and opened up as Casa Moja, a Italian-Polish Restaurant, in late November 2006

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Edmund Edwards (leased Stroud Brewery)

Rateable value in 1891: £75.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery

Rateable value in 1903: £136.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903:  Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Railway Hotel include:

1852 John Flight (pub keeper. The Railway Inn, Russell Street).

1885 Edmund Edwards

1891 William Basil Smith

1903,1906 Charles Angell

1919,1927 George William Allen

1939 Stanley Harris

1980 Mike and Tina Hewitt (started at the Railway Hotel July 1980, left November 1984)

The Citizen: 7th November 1984: Couple Call Time – Popular Stroud licensees Mike and Tina Hewitt have blown the whistle on pub life. The couple, who were Stroud’s youngest landlord and landlady when they took over the Railway Inn four and a half years ago, have now opted for a new station in life. They have moved with their son Scott, aged just 18 months, to the Daisybank, near the town centre and have raised their glasses to a new business venture – two quality chain store seconds clothing shops.

1986 Andrew Harwood (Shunters)

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