Whitbread Leisure applied for planning permission to build a new Brewers Fayre pub and restaurant and a 48 bedroom Travel Inn on the Gloucester Business Park in 2004. At this time the Cross Hands in Brockworth was also a Brewers Fayre pub.

Permission was granted and the £3.5 million development was opened on October 31st 2005. The pub is named after Frank Whittle, inventor of the Jet Engine. It was from Brockworth on 8th April 1941 that the first jet aircraft flew. The Gloster E28/39 piloted by PEG Sayer, lifted off the ground while on a taxi trial.

A family meal at the Whittle Inn. My wife Kathy and son Mark, took her Dad Eddie Caple from Brockworth for a meal at the pub in 2006. Eddie worked at Gloster Aircraft Company.
The area to the left is now developed with retail and residential apartments. Note the Victoria Inn in the distance.
The Whittle Inn in 2005, the Tesco Extra supermarket is under construction in the background.
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