“ Address: Clarence Parade / Town Centre / Cheltenham / GL50 3PA „
Part of the Revolution Vodka chain, I have always been torn by this bar. My visits are seldom but every time I do go in, I can't help but think what a fingers up to religion it is. The pub was converted from a tired old church and the conversion is modern and aesthetically pleasing but not in keeping with the historical or religious background of the building. A giant (what looks to be inflatable) cross is hanging in the main pub and is the only reminder of the buildings former days. Originally the pub was named The Pulpit and got into a lot of hot water from the Gloucestershire Echo, when the owners decided to controversially rename it the Pull Pit for a brief period in the 1990s.
At night the bar is a heaving mass of sweaty bodies and the long bars and numerous barmen do little to ease the congestion amongst the mainly student visitors. Waiting for a drink can be a tedious affair. There are numerous snug corners with comfortable leather sofas, though the music is all too often loud and distracting. You'll be lucky not to be sat directly next to a large speaker blasting out the DJs favourite tunes.
A quite area, which could have been established upstairs, would have been a welcome sight...or maybe I am just far too old for this pre club venue. The cocktails are a speciality in this pub and, though expensive, the barmen are accomplished at showing off their skills.
During the day, the bar becomes a more appealing location with decent Wetherspoons-style pub grub becoming the norm. It is only then, can you appreciate the decor and grandeur of the building that once was. In all, the pub, which must rank as one of the largest in Cheltenham, is well worth a visit.
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