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 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).
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 http://www.pubisthehub.org.uk/videos.
PITH has also created a Case Study about the Fleece project that can be found at http://www.pubisthehub.org.uk/projects/project/the_fleece_hillesley. 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.