About the The Little Thatch Inn


Eat, stay and enjoy


We offer a complete service at The Little Thatch Inn, whether you want to drop in for a drink or casual pub meal, stay for a few nights in one of our comfortable rooms or bring family and friends along for a group Sunday lunch or celebration we can cater for everyone.


History, intrigue and tall tales


Located in Quedgeley, the original part of The Little Thatch Inn dates, incredibly, from 1351 when the population was just 20. We are one of the oldest buildings in all of Gloucestershire, and retain all of the middle age charm and character in abundance.

For more than 40 years we have attracted food lovers, visitors keen to explore the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside and history buffs eager to lunch in an inn once frequented by Anne Boleyn.

And there are a few tall tales to make your toes curl. Come in and you will be sure to catch a regular sharing local historic knowledge or regaling guests with legends and myths. Whether it’s the visit of the ill-fated Anne Boleyn in 1534 or the ‘Quedgeley Canaries’ – workers in a local munitions factory during the war whose faces were turned yellow by the ingredients used in the shells!


Traditional features


The traditional inn is very much a good old-fashioned pub, bedecked with original beams, the original builders mark and brimming with historic atmosphere. It is a relaxing and pleasant place to enjoy a drink or two, without the imposition of jukeboxes, fruit machines or the Sunday match. We do, however, have a snug with traditional pub games, local interest books and tourist information.

The Little Thatch Inn, earlier called Queen Anne’s Farm and Read’s Farm, is a small timber-framed and thatched house built on an L-shaped plan, of two stories and gabled. It was enlarged in the 19th century, and in 1969 was purchased by the present owners and developed as Gloucester’s first exclusive nightclub. The business subsequently developed as a restaurant and over time extended for accommodation.

The ‘newer’ part of ‘The Thatch’ – as it is affectionately known amongst locals, extended in phases from 1969 through to 1989, has been tastefully and considerately developed to compliment the beautiful original building.


The History of Quedgeley


Quedgeley is likely to have originated as a roadside settlement. The church and the site of Woolstrop Manor are close together within a ¼ mile west of the Bristol road, but there is no evidence of a village. The older houses in Quedgeley, widely spaced in ones and twos along the road, are timber-framed, and some retain thatched roofs.
It is interesting to note that the 1961 census taken in Quedgeley gives the population at just 1,121 people living in 357 houses. Compare that to today’s figures, 7,300 houses with 12,000 people!

 

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