Five Mile House

Gloucestershire & Bristol - Duntisbourne Abbots

A historic pub interior which was of national or regional importance which is now permanently closed

Listed Status: II

Old Gloucester Road
Duntisbourne Abbots
GL7 7JR

OS ref: SO9782009058

Tel: None

View on: Whatpub

Former Description

Now situated on a dead end section of the old A417 but well worth the effort to find. This is one of the best examples in the country of how to convert a totally unspoilt pub of two rooms into a five room gem but still retaining the historic core. The pub was kept by the Ruck family for 65 years until Ivy Ruck died in 1995 (her photo hangs in the bar). The present owners, Jo Carrier and his father John, carried out many much-needed repairs. The oldest part of building is the original 17th-century building on the left, which was extended in the 18th century with a taller block on the right. Needless to say it is all built of local stone with a Cotswold stone slate roof. The earlier part contains two bars which are real gems - especially that on the left with two high-back settles (one them curved) with bench seating attached. They would have been a familiar sight in country pubs - they were designed to keep draughts off the customers as they clustered round the open fire - but are now very rare.

There are only a handful of similar rooms or snugs formed of two or more high backed settles left in the whole of the UK. They can be found at the following Heritage Pubs – the Holly Bush, Mackeney, Derbyshire; Malt Shovel, Spondon, Derbyshire; Green Dragon, Flaunden, Hertfordshire; Red Lion, Kenninghall, Norfolk; North Star, Steventon, Oxfordshire; Kings Head, Laxfield, Suffolk; Bell & Cross, Holy Cross, Worcestershire; Old White Beare, Norwood Green, West Yorkshire; ; Red Lion, Llansannan, North West Wales; Crown, Snape, Suffolk ; and Anchor, High Offley, Staffordshire .

The right-hand bar with a '2' on the door has a fixed bench running round the bay window and which appears to be of considerable antiquity. It retains the old counter front with a modern bar top, the bar back shelves appear to have been replaced in recent times but the brick fireplace with a log fire is at least 50 years old. Downstairs to the rear of the snug was Ivy's sitting room and the old fireplace has been preserved. From here steps down and a short passage leads to another additional bar with flagstone floor, built-in settle seating and a solid bar counter - all work of 1996. A staircase returns you to Mrs Ruck's entrance hall. To the far right another room has been brought into use. It has an old fireplace with log fire and a good ceiling rose. We strongly recommend a visit to the old part of the Five Mile House where you can still get a strong sense of what many small country pubs used to look like.

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