WHERE IT ALL STARTED...
Long nights, childhood dreams and many drunken shenanigans later, three friends decided to start their own venture. It was a childhood dream, spoken of only in hush whispers in the dorm room and college corridors but carried long into early adulthood. Many failed relationships, job layoffs, hard days, trials and tribulations later the only thing that ever cheered them on was the thought of alcohol and how they could use their collective experience and exposure to market it with food that had a more holistic appeal. They always wanted to own a cosy nook with a long history, synonymous with the locals and when they heard their favourite pub was on the verge of being extinct, they did all they could to try and stop it.
ABOUT THE GLAD
The Glad will always be “one pub among thousands – but one at the centre of a community, and of stories told from generation to generation.” (The Spectator, 2015)
Named after 4 time Prime Minister Mr. William Ewart Gladstone, Gladstone Arms (The Glad) has been in existence since the Victorian era and is synonymous with the author Charles Dickens who wrote about it in his very first novel ‘The Pickwick Papers’.
The current building was constructed in the 1920s. It has been threatened by redevelopment but its popularity as a meeting place and live music venue have caused it to be recognised as an asset of community value.