The Union Inn was situated at the bottom of Union Street near the London Road and last traded as the Market Tavern. It is currently closed.
In about 1964 a Steak Barn restaurant was opened at the Union Inn. This later became the Zone – the pub’s music venue.
For many years it traded as the Pelican Inn and was affectionately known by locals as the ‘Peli’. In January 1990 twenty fire fighters tackled a blaze at the Pelican Inn, but it was open for business again soon afterwards. Andy Thomas transformed the ‘Peli’ into a successful real ale and music venue during his time as landlord. Andy also promoted and ran the Glastonbury Acoustic Stage at the famous music festival. Sadly he passed away in January 2002.
In 2001 the Pelican, under new management, had fallen from grace and a drugs raid at the premises saw the arrest of eighteen people for ‘blatant drug use’. A police inspector described the Pelican public house as a ‘magnet for drug users and abusers.’
In 2002 radical changes at the pub saw the pub changing back to its original name – the Union Inn, and the closure of the mini-nightclub (the Zone), which was replaced by a pool club.
A major face lift in the early Spring of 2007 saw the premises reopen as the Market Tavern: ‘a traditional family run pub which prides itself on traditional home cooked food and a welcoming atmosphere.’
There were plans to redevelop this area of Stroud into a commercial / retail area that involved the demolition of the pub. These plans will be described in more detail when this page is updated with additional information.
Owner in 1891: John Laidlaw (free from brewery tie)
Rateable value in 1891: £35.5s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Ind Coope & Co., Burton on Trent
Rateable value in 1903: £51.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903: 11pm
Owners in 2000: Courage
1885,1891 John Laidlaw
1902 John Thomas Owen
1903 Henry Robert Peters
1906 Maslin Smith
1919,1939 Leonard James Phelps
1960’s – Neil Prenter (Neil was an Irish jockey)
1988-2000 Andy Thomas (In 2000 Andy was also the licensee of the Golden Fleece)
2006 Dale Nicholl (licensee of the British Oak)
2009 Dave Nichol and Lynsey Webster (Market Tavern)