The Victoria was unquestionably the most prestigious hotel that was owned by Smith & Sons, Brimscombe Brewery. Henry Eddels, the proprietor in 1906, ran a public transport business from the hotel

On 22nd August 1985 the Victoria Hotel was renamed the King and Castle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Great Western Railway. The new sign was unveiled by Mr Arthur Barnes, aged 74, who was a station master at Brimscombe at the time of the Great Western Railway. The specially commissioned King & Castle sign showed King Class No. 6000 King George V on one side side, and Castle Class Treganna Castle on the other. The Stroud – Swindon railway line runs in front of the pub. Kings and Castles were GWR locomotives and Castle class engines used to thunder past the Victoria Hotel pulling the famous Cheltenham Spa Express –  the ‘Cheltenham Flyer.’ The larger King class engines were actually prohibited on the Stroud line, so the pub name was perhaps a little misleading.

The old Victoria Hotel is now a licensed Indian Restaurant called the Pavillion. It opened in July 2007.

Image Courtesy Dave Kirby
Licensing Details:

Map Reference:  SO 876022

Rateable Value 1891: £40.5s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1891: William Gwinnell – Free of brewery tie

Rateable Value 1903:  £43.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Smith & Sons, Brimscombe Brewery

Closing time in 1903: 10 pm

Landlords at the Victoria Hotel / King & Castle include:

1885 William Gwinnell

1891 William Gwinnell

1902 Arthur Eddels

1903.1906 Henry Eddels

1919,1927 Mrs Julia Mutton

1939 Mrs G. Chambers

1997 Vivian and Jean Luker

1999 Ken and Lisa ?

2002 Stewart McInnes

2005,2006 Alan and Nola McKay

2007 Stephen Bridgman and Azadur Rahman (The Pavillion)

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