our history

Situated in the historic Cotswold village of Bisley, the Stirrup Cup has been offering quality food & refreshment to both locals and travelers for many years.

Originally know as the New Inn and recoded as trading in 1774, the building was originally three cottages. In 1891 the pub was owned by Godsell & Sons of the Salmon Springs Brewery in Stroud and had a rateable value of £8.5s.0d, and whilst the outside of the pub has changed very little from those days, inside there have been many alterations to the interior, reflecting the changing needs of the business.

Records show that in 1856 S Morton was the licensee followed by the Skinner family, who held the licence from 1870 until 1919. After this came William Ewan followed by Gilbert & Bessie Restall in 1929. Their son Les and his wife Esmie continued as licensee's untill their retirement in 1984. Les is still held in great affection in the village and passed away in 2002 aged 83.

During the Skinners time, in addition to running the inn there was a butchers shop at the premises along with a large coach house and a stable with a hayloft over it. They also let out rooms at the adjoining Myra Villa. At this time the public bar was a small square room to the right of the entrance door with a large bay window. To the left of the entrance were two small rooms, one with a small snug and fireplace that was used by the ladies. The other was a family sitting room.

In Juliet Shipman's book about Bisley, Les Restall re-counted that " there was no service to any of these rooms. You had to carry the drinks into all the rooms. If you wanted a drink, you'd rap the table. They had a big wooden partition along the back, and they used to bang! bang! on the bloody partition. Nearly shake the house down to let you know they wanted a pint" 

In later years, the pub has been altered to include a large bar and separate restaurant and a skittle alley / function room was built at the rear.

as we were...