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~ The Fleece Inn ~

at Chapel Lane, Hillesley


01453 520003

Opening Hours
Monday - Wednesday 16.30–22:00
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
Lunch menu available Weds - Friday
Full Menu and Specials Board available:
Thursday & Friday Evening,
Saturday lunch & evening
Sunday lunchtime

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The Fleece is located in the attractive Cotswold village of Hillesley, close to Wotton-under-Edge, Badminton and Westonbirt. It lies roughly equidistant between Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol and Bath.

A proud community in the process of buying The Fleece

A great village pub in the Cotswolds - owned by its community.  

The Fleece was put up for sale late in 2011, and closed in April 2012.  In June 2012 it was purchased as a freehold, free house by a group of over one hundred local residents.  The purchase was achieved through the creation of the Hillesley Community Pub Limited (HCPL).

The primary aim of HCPL is to secure the future of The Fleece pub in Hillesley as a community facility that welcomes visitors and is owned by a substantial number of Hillesley and surrounding area residents.  A secondary aim is to preserve the value of the capital invested by the community owners and to provide some form of reasonable return.  The company sees itself as part of the Hillesley community and is set up for the benefit of the community as well as its shareholders.  The company will be run in a way which listens to the wishes and concerns of local people whether or not they are shareholders.  Major decisions will be widely consulted on throughout the village, the HCPL holds an annual AGM and currently has four directors and a company secretary who liase with the manager to run the pub.  We have consulted the community to establish the kind of pub that the shareholders want.  Some of the findings indicate the kind of pub The Fleece will be: 

It should be decorated and run with the feel of a “traditional English village pub”.

The publicans need to be friendly and village-oriented.

There needs to be both a “restaurant/lounge” culture and a “bar culture”.

The pub should serve well-kept real ale, including local beers, along with a selection of good wines, spirits, etc

The food offering should include “affordable meals”, although more “up market” food offerings may also be offered.

All food should major on fresh, local produce and should be unpretentious.

There should be a coffee shop offering, with good fresh coffee, during the day, targeted as a meeting place for people in the village in the mornings.

Light lunches/sandwiches should be available at lunch times.

The premises must be clean.

The fire should be lit on cool and miserable days.

The lounges should be comfortable, relaxed and civilised.

The pub should be open every day.

Full use should be made of the garden

Village Pub Buy Out Goes Ahead

We are a group of local residents who shared a passion for keeping The Fleece open, and who believe that we had a unique opportunity to make the pub a true community asset for the community.

We were prepared to put our money where our mouth is and invest in acquiring The Fleece.  If you share our vision we welcome you to join us – whether as an investor or as a volunteer helper.


Watch The Fleece video and Case Study at Pub Is The Hub!

The Fleece Inn is featured in the video case studies site of Pub Is The Hub.  You can watch Jade Canning (former Manager) and Lance Doughty & Tony Shepherd (shareholders) talk about the project to save The Fleece and how things work today at

PITH has also created a Case Study about the Fleece project that can be found at  Many thanks to our good friends and supporters at PITH for this, and for the award of our plaques that are on proud display in the pub.