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~ The Fleece Inn ~

at Chapel Lane, Hillesley


01453 520003

Opening Hours
Monday & Tuesday 16.30–22:00
Wednesday & Thursday 12.00–23.00
Friday & Saturday 12.00–23.30
Sunday 12:00–22.00

Food Service Hours
Bar snacks are available during opening times
Full pub menu available Wednesday to Saturday
12.00 - 15.00 & 18.00 - 21.00
Specials available from Thursday
Sunday lunch menu

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The age of the building is unclear – it is listed variously as 17th or 18th century origin – and it is Grade II listed.  The Gloucestershire pub history reference lists the following facts:

  • Owner in 1891:  Thomas Witchell, Tetbury
  • Rateable Value in 1891:   £10.0s.0d.
  • Type of licence in 1891:  Alehouse
  • Owner in 1903:  Thomas Witchell, Tetbury
  • Rateable Value in 1903:  £10.0s.0d.
  • Type of licence in 1903:   Alehouse
  • Closing time in 1903:  10pm

Easywell also relates: “The Fleece Inn was once tied to Witchell's Tetbury Brewery.  Thomas Witchell did not own many pubs and the Fleece Inn was a rare outlet.  Witchell's were subsequently acquired by another Tetbury Brewery, Warns.  An old photograph shows the gabled end of the pub with the painted lettering: ‘The Fleece Inn. Warn & Sons.  Celebrated Ales, Wines & Spirits’ ”

Elsewhere it is recorded “When the landlady Miss Mary Jotcham retired from the Fleece Inn in 1953 it brought to an end over a hundred years association with the Jotcham family. The Stroud Brewery Courier reported in December 1947 of ‘a grand old lady, who kept one of the Company’s houses for 53 years was the late Mrs Jotcham of the Fleece at Hillesley. Mrs Jotcham died in 1940, but the house is still in the family, Mrs Jotcham’s daughter being the present licensee.”

A list of previous Fleece landlords:

  • 1856  L. Roach
  • 1885  William Gunning
  • 1891  Frederick Jotcham
  • 1902,1903,1906,1939  Mary Ann Jotcham (Mrs Mary Ann Jotcham in 1939)
  • 198?  Dave and Celia Rollo 
  • 1997  Celia Rollo
  • 1998  Richard and Clare Poole
  • 2003  Kim and Cliff Williams
  • 2004  Neil and Deborah Hardy 
  • 2007  Andrew Starling  
  • 2010  Simon and Helen Stevens
  • 2011  Mark and Rhian Kirby
  • 2012  Jade Canning
  • 2013 Andrew 'Panda' Jones
  • 2015 Sue-Alice Grant (present)

The building features a rare West Country Ales ceramic plaque recessed into the front wall.