The building was of modern construction, dating to the 1960’s or early 1970’s, and was built by West Country Breweries when the licenses of the nearby Swindon Arms and Swindon Inn were relinquished. The name changed from the Railway Inn to the Sportsman, and then in February 2004 to the Best Mate Inn (named after the racehorse that won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on three successive occasions).

Images above Courtesy Mike Williams.

Landlords:

? Jim Pockett

1997 Shaun Ballantine

1999 David Urquhart

2002 Elizabeth Ruck

2003 Sara Baker and Andrew Johnstone

2004 Patrick Lewis

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