The Teddington Hands, on the junction of the Tewkesbury-Stow on the Wold road and the Cheltenham-Evesham road (A46,A435), is still trading. The address of the pub was originally the Teddington Hands Inn, Stow Road. The modern day address of Evesham Road takes into account that the access to the pub is no longer from the Stow Road side of the roundabout.
There is an evocative black and white photograph of the Teddington Hands cross roads was taken before the construction of a roundabout c.1929. The R.A.C man directing (or patiently waiting for) traffic is Harry Evans, who was a local man. The horse drawn carriage near the pub is believed to be W. Attwoods butchers van – perhaps he had nipped into the pub to enjoy a quick pint of Flowers Ales. The Stratford on Avon brewery also owned the pub in 1961 when it was called the Cross Hands. The restaurant of the Teddington Hands Inn was once the milking parlour of a working farm based at the pub.
The landlords of the Teddington Hands, Jan and David, posted a message on their Facebook Page on 13th July 2022 informing their regulars that they had taken the decision to close the pub.
“To all our loyal customers, many who are and have become friends over the years, we have to inform you that we have had to take the very difficult decision to surrender our lease on the Teddington Hands which is now closed with immediate effect. We purchased the lease from the brewery back in November 2019, you may remember that the place had been closed for some time, it was always a good pub and we felt it could be again. We invested heavily in bringing the place back to life with a complete makeover, which was well received by all. We opened on January 14th 2020, and then closed nine weeks later for Covid.”
“We never really recovered from this, a new business which we spent a lot on, now closed, government help, yes, but at a price and no help from the brewery which still wanted full rent throughout. So we find ourselves now over two years later having to make the decision, with a considerable amount of debt to the business having to close. We have tried hard to find someone to take it on as a going concern but its very hard in this climate, and with uncertain times ahead to find someone to take it over. We are sure new tenants will be found in time, but for now we just wanted to say how sorry we are that we haven’t managed to keep your pub going.. We sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for your support.”
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Map Reference: SO 964338
Owner in 1891: William Jeynes (free from brewery tie)
Rateable value in 1891: £13.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse
Owner in 1903: Flowers & Sons, Stratford on Avon
Rateable value in 1903: £16.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse
Closing time in 1903: 11pm (unusual for its rural location)
Owner in 1961: Flowers & Sons, Stratford on Avon
Landlords at the Teddington Hands include:
1891,1903 Thomas Webb
1939 N. Butler
1998 Geoff Webb (Manager)
2003 Amy Dyer
2004 (July),2006 Peter Crooks and Heather Vondrak