NSY PubWatch

Pubs Under Threat 😕

Several pubs in our Branch area have either closed or under threat. If you know anything about any of the pubs listed, or would like to help, please get in touch. Local press are showing an interest in issue of pub closures, so might be worth checking your local paper, or GetSurrey website. A newspaper item on one landlord’s fight to save his livelihood and local community is well worth a read. Also an item on BBC News website.

Englefield Green

The Sun Inn at Engelfield Green has CLOSED (temporarily we hope) and owners Ei (previously known as Enterprise) are looking for new tenants. Their advert is on runyourownpub.com if you figure you could pay £58,000 p.a. rent etc…. Let’s hope someone can, though still closed Nov’18.

Chertsey

Kings Head in Chertsey has been shut for some time, but GOOD NEWS is that on 5th December 2018 Runnymede BC granted consent for improvement works prior to re-opening as a pub. Full details including Decision are with planning application to refurbish and make internal alterations by owners Star Pubs & Bars

Meanwhile lease for the picturesque Golden Grove by St Anne’s Hill, is being advertised by Star Pubs & Bars. Advert states looking for food led operation. Nov’18

Staines

The Wheatsheaf & Pigeon is still trading successfully, but the lease is for sale. This is a great community local serving a range of real ales including those from locally brewery Thames Side, good food, and a short walk from the River Thames tow path. Nov’18

Good News … maybe 😀

All pubs in England now protected in planning law

A full planning application and community consultation will be necessary before they can be demolished or converted. Prior to this, pubs in England could be demolished or converted without planning permission unless they had been granted Asset of Community Value (ACV) status. This follows a successful campaign led by CAMRA members that highlighting the need for Government to act to protect community pubs. Now, please let’s all keep an eye on those planning applications in Runnymede and Spelthorne.

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Lost Pubs

Addlestone

Black Horse demolished and in April 2016 and planning permission given for a pair of semi detached houses and 6 flats.

Chertsey

George in Guildford Street is a listed building, but was sold at auction as a ‘development opportunity’ in April 2015, and has been redeveloped within as office space.

Egham

The former Railway Hotel in Egham, which has had several changes of name and theme, is now an Indian Restaurant, initially the Hawelli, but following closure for a while, the Kathmandu Durbar. It no longer operates a bar nor stocks real ale, so WhatPub amended accordingly.

Upper Halliford

Following various incarnations including a ‘gentleman’s club’ legal issues and other problems, the Bugle Returns was boarded up in November 2015. In January 2017 planning permission was granted for demolition and replacement by a housing development, but pub still there surrounded by hoardings Apr’17. Any News?

Slightly Older Closures ….

Plough, Chertsey

Plough, Guildford Road, Chertsey c.1930

The Plough, Guildford Road, Chertsey c.1930 was demolished in 1964 to make way for a petrol station, also now gone. On the left hand side was a butcher’s shop and shoe repairer. An early example of:Pub is the Hub

Gardeners Arms, Ottershaw

Gardeners Arms, Guildford Road, Ottershaw c.1930

 

The Gardeners Arms was de-licenced in 1934 when, like The Plough, it became a petrol station. The site is now occupied by Trident Honda.

From ‘Chertsey & Addlestone in the Past’ by H.J.M.Stratton 1980.
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