Bad News 😕
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.
Reported this in Nov’17 that the Kings Head in Chertsey is shut with steel shutters on windows. Update Feb’18 – still closed, not looking good. Anyone know any more? SM
George in Guildford Street was sold at Auction as a ‘development opportunity’ in April 2015 and still boarded up in Feb’18. Has now been granted change of use, a sad loss to community. It’s death nell was probably sounded when a bar was allowed to opposite unencumbered by all the difficulties and restrictions of a listed building. Feb’18
Good News … maybe 😀
All pubs in England are fully protected in planning law from 23rd May 2017. A full planning application and community consultation will be necessary before they can be demolished or converted. Prior to this new law, 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.
Continuing the good news / bad news theme, the former Railway Hotel in Egham, which has had several changes of name and theme, has now become a full blown Indian Restaurant. It no longer operates a bar nor stocks real ale, so no longer qualifies as a pub and I have amended WhatPub accordingly. Be interesting to see if this incarnation lasts any longer, though in fairness one thing missing from the wall to wall restaurant scene in Egham is an Indian Restaurant.
Good news is that the Beehive in Middle Hill has new tenants. They are hoping to revive the fortunes of this great community local which has featured in the Good Beer Guide in the recent past. Decent tea & coffee will feature, as well as three Fuller’s ales. The pub will be closing for a short while in October whilst windows are replaced and place given a lick of paint. Why not pop in and say hello and welcome! (Sep’17)
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Black Horse demolished and in April 2016 planning permission given for a pair of semi detached houses and 6 flats.
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 ….
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.