Truck Meet: A meeting of Lister Autotrucks owners will be held on September 18th and 19th at the White Lion, Cambridge. Trucks and their owners have been promised from Yorkshire, mid-Wales and Devon but more local owners and their trucks are invited to what is believed to be the first gathering of its kind.

The Citizen, 10th June 1999 – Regulars taking a dive for charity: Regulars at a Gloucestershire pub are to experience the ups and downs of life in aid of charity. The White Lion on Bristol Road, Cambridge, near Dursley, is to host a charity bungee jump with at least fifteen customers taking the plunge. First to make the plunge will be landlord Gerry Gilling.

“We are hoping to raise over £200 for local charities through sponsorship,” he said. “The locals at this pub are always getting involved in raising money for charity but this is the first bungee jump we have attempted.”

The Bungee Extreme event takes place tomorrow between 6 and 8pm. The White Lion is one of 1,500 Pubmaster pubs around the country. Pubmaster regional manager, Jon Hill said: “As a company we actively support and encourage activities in our pubs that help to build and develop that unique familiarity and social atmosphere so important to any pub.”

Dursley Gazette, Friday March 10th 2000 – Welcome fare. Review by Carl Stringer.

There has been a warm welcome to passing strangers at Cambridge’s White Lion public house since the 18th century. And, while the mode of travel that brought people to the Bristol Road hostelry in the 1740’s may have changed, the fine welcome certainly has not. It is not just passing trade that makes the most of this friendly roadside pub these days and a fantastically diverse, intriguing and mouth-watering menu is obviously a real pull.

Thursday’s steak night is a good example and the other evening a lounge full of diners, lapping up the cosy, relaxed atmosphere in front of an open log fire, proves what a popular choice it is. The intrigue comes from a platter of choice that includes the likes of specialist Turkish Lamb and Hawaiian Chicken dishes.

Landlords Gerry and Pat Gilling, who have been resident at the White Lion for the past two-and-a-half years, really do cater for every taste. But, if it is just a good piece of home-grown Gloucestershire prime steak with all the trimmings that gets the taste buds tingling, you would have to go a long way to find better quality and value.

While Mr Gilling’s food presentation is also second to none, the first-class menu is augmented by a range of Whitbread and Carlsberg Tetley beers, which if you are a bitter drinker, includes the excellent Tetley smooth Draught. There is also a fine selection of wines and soft drinks.

The excellent food may be the star but the good atmosphere, cosy surroundings and varied selection of refreshments play a good supporting role.

Review, July 2005: (Dursley Gazette)

The White Lion at Cambridge is a family friendly establishment that is situated on the A38. We arrived at lunchtime on a very hot day and were greeted by a pleasant barmaid who made us feel comfortable and welcome. We were gasping for a drink which went down very well with temperatures that were in the 80’s.

We were pleasantly surprised by the extensive menu that was available especially the new Lighter Bite Menu. The non-smoking area in the restaurant is where we chose to eat our meal. I had decided that a cold meal was just what I fancied and decided to go for a ploughmans, which consisted of lovely tasty cheddar, a hot baguette, pickles and crisp fresh salad. Helen chose poachers chicken which was wrapped in bacon and smothered in a rich BBQ sauce and topped with cheddar cheese, it was served with salad and chips. Very filling!

There is a very good option for those who prefer the vegetarian dishes. We finished our meal with sticky toffee pudding and strawberry cheesecake and cream.

The car parking facilities were very good with plenty of room. During the summer holidays there will be a free bouncy council to keep the children occupied.

The Citizen, 26th June 2010 – Lion lights up: Plans to add an illuminated sign to an historic pub have been approved. The White Lion Hotel, a grade II listed property, at Bristol Road, Gloucester, will have illuminated letters added to its exterior. The current sign will be removed to make way for the letters. Slimbridge Parish Council supported it.

The Citizen, 30th June 2010 – It’s time for sand: A pub is to redecorate its exterior with a new colour. The White Lion in Bristol Road, Cambridge, will paint its outer walls a new sand colour. Plans have been approved by Stroud District Council. The walls currently have a cream paint finish with red paint accents at the base and window sills. The property is Grade II listed. The new work will include a black paint band at the base. The windows and sills will be redecorated white.

Stroud District Council. Planning Applications. December 2012:

S.12/2287/FUL Change of use of Grade II listed former public house and associated building to provide three self contained dwellings. An existing single skin ‘lean to’ building under a corrugated roof, currently used a store area, is to be replaced.

Map Reference: SO 749038

Licensing Details:

Rateable Value in 1891: £36.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1891:  Lord Fitzhardinge (leased Arnold Perrett & Co. Ltd., Wickwar Brewery)

Rateable Value in 1903: £24.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Lord Fitzhardinge (leased Arnold Perrett & Co. Ltd., Wickwar Brewery)

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Landlords at the White Lion include:

1830 Daniel Orchard

1856 W. Hooper

1891 Emanuel Nelmes

1903,1906 Albert Edward Huntley

1919,1927 Daniel Moss

1939 Edward G. Gregory

1998,2000 Gerry and Pat Gilling

2001 Dawn, Mike and Jamie

2006 Maxine and Rob

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