We visit pub four years after Tom Kerridge filmed Saving Britain's Pubs for BBC

Miles and Lotte with the Prince Albert Beer Fest poster
Miles and Lotte with the Prince Albert Beer Fest poster -Credit:Rose Cooper

In early May, one Gloucestershire pub becomes a bustling hub for the community as it hosts an annual beer festival that attracts crowds from as far as Bristol. The Prince Albert in Stroud, located on Rodborough Hill, has been managed by tenants Lotte and Miles for over four decades.

In the days leading up to the festival, discussions inevitably turn to their appearance on the BBC series Saving Britain's Pubs with TV chef Tom Kerridge in 2020. The show saw Tom confront the issue of high beer prices with the head of the company that owns the pub, and he encouraged Miles and Lotte to offer food to patrons to boost profits.

They acknowledge that the programme played a significant role in reshaping how they operate the Prince Albert today.

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Previously speaking about what made them apply to appear on the programme during the pandemic, Miles said the pair realised that while the pub seemed successful on the face of it, and "always had bums on the seat", they weren't really making any money.

So four years on from the horror year of 2020, how has it been for Miles and Lotte?

The Prince Albert on Rodborough Hill near Stroud with Miles and Lotte
The Prince Albert on Rodborough Hill near Stroud with Miles and Lotte -Credit:Rose Cooper

"Being involved in the programme was a bit of a life saver", Lotte said. "Tom is a clever man and the advice he gave us we took on board and it was the right advice. He works hard and he's constantly working."

Lottie and Miles have always valued being a part of the community, something no-one takes for granted post-covid, especially when you have a popular beer fest taking place. The pub isn't just somewhere to have a few beers now, its value lies in "people being together, seeing your friends and being able to relax", Miles said.

The pub will have musicians, dancers, and of course lots of beer! As they both enjoy bringing people together, having these events means broadening the friendly community they've got. The love and care they put into their pub and share amongst customers deserves to be spread further.

"I like talking to all the locals and helping connecting people together", Lotte said. "It's the heart of the community really. Here it's not just about selling beer its more about the people. What we like is when people start chatting to each other and find they have connections."

Serving food such as burgers, hot dogs, pizza and a wide range of drinks, you can find out more about the Prince Albert Beer, Cider and Music Festival here.