The Royal Hotel was built in 1830. It is still a popular pub today but it is simply called the Royal.

Courtesy Michael Wilkes

Thomas Gosney is said to have kept a monkey in the pub garden as an attraction for his customers. Apparently for many years after the locals referred to the Royal Hotel as the Monkey House. There was a  friendly rivalry between the Royal Hotel and the Merryfellow concerning the quality of their beers. The locals of the Cheltenham brewery owned Royal Hotel would not entertain drinking what they considered as being inferior Stroud beer at the Merryfellow.

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Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Cheltenham Original Brewery

Rateable value in 1891: £23.15s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Cheltenham Original Brewery

Rateable value in 1903: £23.15s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Royal Hotel include:

1847 Edwin Chapman (“who had moved here from the Bell”)

1856 R. Chapman

1858 William Smith

1883,1891 Thomas Gosney

1902,1919 John William Booth

1927 Geo. Hy. Bromley

1992 Ronald Darke

1996 Norman Ravenhill

2005 David John Robson

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