Inspired by the success of his first micropub in Newent, Ian Jones opened his second ‘Cobblers’ in St John Street Coleford in December 2013. Previously the building was in use as a carpet shop. An advertorial in the ‘Citizen’ and ‘Forester’ newspaper gave details:

‘Cobblers Micropubs love Coleford and that is exactly why we chose the town to open our second, award winning pub here. We offer something different for those that want to enjoy a civilised drink in good ‘grown up’ company with no televisions, loud music, fruit machines or juke boxes to ruin the atmosphere. You will be made very welcome by Ian, Andrea or Kelly who will be able to talk you through our range of real ales (normally six available), wines and still ciders. We also give you the perfect excuse to walk the dog as we welcome socialised pooches at any time. Sorry but we are not licenced to allow under18’s on the premises.’

The name of the micropub was changed to the Dog House in December 2014. Greg Daniel took over the running of the pub. The bar was given a complete makeover giving the premises a more welcoming feel.

The CAMRA Good Beer Guide (2022) gives the following description:

‘A Friendly welcome is guaranteed, both for two and four legged customers. The small front bar extends back into another room. Four changing ales are served, almost invariably including a strong ale or stout. A good selection of cider in boxes is available, alongside a fine gin and rum selection. Social events include charity quiz nights, vinyl nights, Knit & Natter and a fishing club. Acoustic live music and talent showcase evenings take place most weekends.’

A dedicated Facebook Page gives details of all the activities happening at the Dog House, including the beer selection of the week.

The Dog House is my own local pub and I can testify that it is absolutely wonderful. The beers are constantly changing, interesting, always in perfect condition and Greg usually ensures that a dark beer is on offer next to the popular golden style ales. An interesting and diverse range of craft beers in cans are also now available.

The Dog House has been named CAMRA Forest of Dean Pub of the Year and the branch Cider Pub of the Year.
Socially distancing in practice during the coronavirus restrictions in 2020. Greg Daniels on the right and that’s me on the left. Notice the fine Dog House mural designed by local artist Tom Cousins.
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