Gloucester’s inaugural ‘Big Pub Push’ kicks off this weekend (October 21), showcasing the city’s inns and bars with an eight-day programme of highlights including a guided tour telling the stories of their rich history.

Organised by Gloucester Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with the Campaign for Pubs, the Big Pub Push was born out of a desire to celebrate the vital purpose pubs serve in communities not just in Gloucester but all over the country.

The campaign has been launched to put pubs on a pedestal and raise awareness of the variety of events, offers and hospitality they all offer.

Alastair Kerr, South West regional representative for the Campaign for Pubs, said: “For me it’s the selection of some of the finest pubs that the county has to offer that defines this city. The Big Pub Push, that I’m proud to have helped organise, aims to showcase some of the finest pubs that this city has.

“From traditional real ale houses to modern craft beer bars, there is certainly something for everyone in Gloucester.”

The Big Pub Push also comes at a time that the hospitality industry, along with many others, faces increasingly tough conditions. The cost of living crisis has hit businesses hard, with energy bills soaring and the disposable incomes of regular customers being tightly squeezed.

Alastair added: “Pubs across the country are facing incredible challenges, with more and more closing their doors and calling time for good. It’s vital that we support them before we lose them.

“Pubs play a vital role in our communities, offering a place to meet people, enjoy a drink and ultimately forget the world’s problems for a little while. I’m a passionate supporter of our pubs, especially here in Gloucester.”

A 20-page brochure highlighting the best of what Gloucester’s city centre and docks pubs have to offer has been produced to encourage residents and visitors through the doors to enjoy any one of the dozens of upcoming live music events, discounts on delicious food menus, numerous other offers – or just a drink and a chat in a friendly setting.

Gloucester Civic Trust is also running guided walking tours of the city’s historic pubs and the rich stories behind them on three days over the next week – Sunday October 22 at 12pm, Tuesday October 24 at 2pm and Saturday October 28 at 11am. Tickets for the 75-minute tour are £7, book online.

Emily Gibbon, Manager of Gloucester BID, said: “We’re incredibly proud at the BID to support this great new initiative celebrating what for many is the beating heart of our city’s community – our amazing pubs.

“From The Pelican, to The Lord High Constable, there’s something for everyone and the Big Pub Push is here to show off the brilliant venues we’re lucky to have, and all they have to offer. Cheers to them!”

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