The Dick Whittington story is one of the best known in the UK, and whether you first came across Richard and his cat through a panto, through theatre or through a ballad – though you might have to be upwards of five hundred years old to have encountered a roving troubadour recently – then it’s sure that’ll you’ll be familiar with the fable of the famed Lord Mayor of London and his rags to riches tale. The Dick Whittington is one of the most popular pub names in England, and on Westgate Street in The Docks on the outskirts of Gloucester city centre, they’ve got one that lives up to the tradition and heritage of the tale. They offer real ales, British food and a building that dates back from the 15th century. Hey, there might even been a balladeer passes, given the age of the pub, so book a table and hope that you hear the song sung again in the time honoured fashion.
First class, friendly service throughout. Appropriate wait indicating veg not precooked. Cabbage and cauliflower with roast just right( not limp and soggy). Not a pea or carrot in sight, thank goodness! Tasty roast gammon and chicken ordered. Both cooked to perfection. I was disappointed that there was an extra charge of 75p for a 4 minute Yorkshire pud.
The tale of Dick Whittington is an old one, and one with which the majority of people are more than familiar. A young man of poor origin and super cat, who climbs to the top of London society on the back of his feline’s extraordinary rat catching skills and becomes the prestigious Lord Mayor of London. The story itself may not be as prevalent as it once was, but one way that the name is continually perpetuated is through the names of pubs. One such inn is The Dick Whittington in The Docks, one of the best pubs in Gloucester, where they are proud to offer proper real ale in a traditional environment – so traditional that the building is over 500 years old – as well as a menu of British pub grub classics.
The Dick Whittington is actually named after the nephew of the famed cat-keeping Lord Mayor of the City of London, and some of the traditional British favourites on the menu hark back to that golden age of English cuisine. We’d plump for the slow roasted belly pork with sage and apricot, served with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables or the hot stone cooked steak with chips. There are plenty of lunch sandwiches as well, and a full Sunday lunch to be enjoyed on the weekends, so if you’re in Gloucester city centre or The Docks at that time, then make sure that you swing by Westgate Street and The Dick Whittington – do remember to book a table, however, as they are liable to get crowded on the weekend.