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"Beachside" Gloucestershire pub set for new chapter

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

Rob and Michelle Chamberlayne have bought The Red Lion at Wainlodes

Rob and Michelle Chamberlayne have bought The Red Lion at Wainlodes

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S ‘beachside’ pub is set for a new lease of life under new owners.

The Red Lion at Wainlodes Hill was known as a holiday destination during austere post war times, the county’s longest serving landlady pulled her pints there, and a boatload of vicars were beached just yards from rescue and refreshment.

Now Rob and Michelle Chamberlayne hope to add another chapter or two to the famous pub’s tales of the riverbank.

The couple want to reopen it at Easter, run it until the Autumn then give it a refurbishment over the Winter.

“It’s always been a fantastic pub,” said Rob, who with Michelle has breathed new life in to the Royal Exchange at Hartpury.

“It’s passed through a few hands in recent years and we want to put it back on the map.

“We don’t want to change much - we want to sell good local real ales, such as Wye Valley and others, and ciders from Weston’s, and good food.”

On the eastern bank of the River Severn north of Gloucester, it hasn’t flooded since 2007 but has been marooned by high water, most notably in 1947 when Cheltenham-born landlady Joan Mitchell and her husband Griff had been behind the bar for seven years.

She only stopped pulling pints in 2001 and died a year later. Despite the death of Griff in 1950, she brought up two young children, six-year-old Ann and two-year-old John, who became landlord in 1985.

She diversified in to riverbank fishing, camping, caravanning and catering. It went down well during the austere 1950s, as Gloucestershire folk in need of a break came to the now eroded ‘beach’. It was known locally as the Gloucester Lido, although the waters are too dangerous to swim in now.

In 2002 a party of vicars from Stonehouse Deanery aboard the King Arthur became stuck on a sandbank in the middle of the Severn, near the pub. None were able to walk on water, so a crew member had to wade to the shore to be rescued.

*An equally famous watering hole a short trip downstream on the western bank, The Boat Inn at Ashleworth Quay, is temporarily closed but its owners are hopeful of reopening soon.

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  • MikeMorrisOBE  |  April 03 2014, 10:04PM

    This is good news. Like a lot of people have said, the last landlord did not do himself any favours by making it a very unwelcoming place to visit. If Trip Advisor is anything to go by, no one has had a good experience there for a few years. http://tinyurl.com/pfp6768

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  • Mikejh62  |  April 03 2014, 10:15AM

    ".... and two-year-old John, who became landlord in 1985" That's a bit young to be Landlord isn't it? Seriously though, good luck to them. If only it were in walking distance, otherwise I would visit to try their ales.

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  • randylearner  |  April 03 2014, 9:15AM

    Thank god the old landlord has gone, what a miserable git he was. I will definitely be visiting again this summer

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  April 02 2014, 9:52PM

    Good Luck to the new owners.

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  • neil020674  |  April 02 2014, 8:56PM

    The last owners were bloody awful - good riddance. Good luck to the new ones.

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  • Walker100e  |  April 02 2014, 8:48PM

    If they do the same here as they have at The Royal Exchange it will be a great success. Good luck to you.

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  • agaga  |  April 02 2014, 6:05PM

    Lets hope it will be biker friendly, unlike when it was run by the last landlord, he lost a lot of money by turning us away.

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