Pub News

Aldershot Pubs Campaign

For details of our 2015 camapign to support pubs in Aldershot see our main news page; links to individual press releases are below.

Campaign Launch

March 2015

Garden Gate, Aldershot
Range of real ales has improved, with Taylor Landlord now a regular. The pub has been jointly awarded the inaugural Branch Winter Pub of the Season Award.

Imperial Standard, Aldershot
The lease has been up for sale for a while and recently the freehold has also been made available, but the landlady is determined to sell. The pub as a going concern and does not want to see it converted to housing. The pub is well worth visiting with a selection of real ales from the Marstons stable available, often from Ringwood or Wychwood

Unicorn, Aldershot
Closed in February and may have been sold for development. The Council has been asked to place an Article 4 declaration on the pub as a matter of urgency.

Sun, Chobham
Has reopened after a major refurbishment, with a focus on food although 3-4 real ales are available. The pub has been extended and the roof replaced, with a separate bar area retained.

Potters Arms, Cove
The shutters went up in December. No planning application has been submitted but the future looks bleak.

Ham & Blackbird, Farnborough
A planning application to demolish the pub and build 62 flats on the site, has been refused by Rushmoor Council. The pub however remains closed with no realistic prospect of reopening.

Imperial Arms, Farnborough
The Farnborough Street Residents Association have submitted an Asset of Community Value application for the pub, although it remains closed.

Swan, Farnborough
Closed in January for a 3 month refurbishment, though there are rumours the closure may be longer than that.

Wellingtons, Farnham
The Planning Inspector has turned down an appeal against Waverley Council’s decision to refuse a planning application to build houses on the site of the pub, on the ground that the pub could be viable in the right hands. The pub remains open and is worth a visit; although usually only a single real ale is available, it is often something rare in the area from a smaller brewery.

Red Lion, Godalming
Taken over by the team that run the Pelton Arms, Grenwich and Shortlands Tavern, Bromley, both Good Beer Guide regulars. 10 hand-pumps has been installed with typically 6 in use at any one time serving a mix of national and local beer,

Ball & Wicket, Upper Hale
Planning permission has been granted for the partial conversion to residential accommodation whilst retaining the other half as a pub.

Star Inn, Woking
Closed by Punch Taverns in the summer and plans for conversion to a Co-op are well advanced.

June/July 2014

Garden Gate, Aldershot
It has been confirmed that the Garden Gate was one of the pubs sold to Hawthorn Leisure by Greene King, which may help to secure its future into the medium term.

Heroes of Lucknow, Aldershot
This pub finally closed on 23rd May, shortly followed by a planning application by Coop for some changes to the fabric of the building.. Planning laws mean that the supermarket developer doesn’t actually need planning permission to convert the pub into a shop.

Crab & Dragon (Crabtree), Camberley
The pub has recently been refurbished and reverted to its former name of the Crabtree.
RSVP (Cambridge Hotel), Camberley
The pub has reverted to its former name of the Cambridge Hotel.

Horns, Crondall
It’s not easy to identify the pubs sold by Greene King to Hawthorn Leisure is not easy, but we do understand that this pub is included in the deal.

Golden Pot, Eversley
The long standing landlord has recently left and new people have taken over the pub. There is no reported significant changes in how the pub is being run.

Ham & Blackbird, Farnborough
Following closure at the end of March a planning application has now been submitted to demolish the pub and build 62 flats on the site

Imperial Arms, Farnborough
CAMRA has objected to a planing application to convert the pub to housing on the grounds of loss of amenity and that there has been no attempt whatsoever made by the new owners to run the pub as a going concern or market it as a viable business. Rushmoor Council is currently considering the application.

Royal Deer, Farnham
An entry in the first edition of the Good Beer Guide, but converted to an estate agents many years ago, planning permission has recently been granted to convert this former pub into a cafe.

Quays, Mytchett
The Quays, Mytchett, re-opened in May and is now named the Kingfisher on the Quay, in a similar vein to its sister pub in Fleet, the Heron on the Lake. The focus is very much on the restaurant side of the business, although 4 real ales are available. Drinkers are welcome, but need to sit at the tables near the bar and will be served by waiters, rather than ordering at the bar.

Duke of Normandy, Normandy
The planning application to demolish the existing pub and replace it with a care home, was refused by Guildford Borough Council. However, the application It was rejected because of unacceptable intensification of development in the Green Belt, rather than because of the loss of the pub.

Ball & Wicket, Upper Hale
A planning application has been submitted to convert half of the pub to residential accommodation whilst retaining the other half as a pub.

Dog & Partridge, Yateley
The pub is due to reopen on 30th June under new management.

Highwayman, Yateley
The landlord has been reported in the press as considering making an application to convert the pub into housing if business does not pick up.

May 2014

Queen’s Hotel, Aldershot
New Wetherspoon opened on 8th April as planned and is proving very popular.

Garden Gate, Aldershot
Asset of Community Value status has been secured for the pub and The Friends of the Garden Gate’ are still working to buy the pub and run it on behalf of the local community.

Beehive, Aldershot
The pub closed at the end of March and did not reopen as planned. Conversion to residential use still looks the most likely sadly.

Mill, Elstead
Reopened on 14th April after a 4 month refurbishment following flooding at Christmas.

Frog & Wicket, Eversley
Fuller’s have submitted a planing application to extend the restaurant at the pub.

Ham & Blackbird, Farnborough
Ceased trading at the end of March. It is expected that a planning application to convert the pub into flats, will be submitted at some point.

Imperial Arms, Farnborough
A planing application to convert to housing is currently under consideration by Rushmoor Borough Council. Objections can be made unto 24th May.

Wellington, Farnham
Waverley Borough Council refused the planning application to build houses on this site on 9th April. The main determining factor was consideration that the pub had not been marketed at a realistic market value.

Royal Oak, Knaphill
New manager since February this year, who already run the William IV, West Horsley. Wider range of guest beers being introduced, with Youngs Bitter and Surrey Hills Shere Drop as regulars.

April 2014

Queen’s Hotel, Aldershot
The Surrey Hants Borders Branch 8th Wetherspoon, opens its doors on 8th April. We will be monitoring the impact this has on pubs in Aldershot as a whole. We have a Branch social planned there for 6th May but also intend to have a pub crawl of the town later in the year, supporting all the other Aldershot pubs.

Heroes of Lucknow, Aldershot
Closed at the end of March with various rumours as to its future, the most credible appearing to be conversion to a Coop.

Garden Gate, Aldershot
The future is still uncertain. The long-standing landlady left at the end of March and a temporary licensee is to be installed The pub remains up for sale, but the ‘The Friends of the Garden Gate’ are still working to buy the pub and run it on behalf of the local community. They have also applied for the pub to become an Asset of Community Value.

Beehive, Aldershot
The pub closed on 31st March and Greene King are apparently looking for a buyer with a view to conversion to residential use, whilst also considering prospective tenants.

Staying with Greene King, the pub company has a number of tenancies available in the area, including Horns, Crondall and Six Bells, Farnham

Surrey Arms, Camberley
Yates’s which was gutted by fire in 2012, has reopened as the Surrey Arms, still owned by Stonegate. However, there is a much greater emphasis on real ale, with 5 beers available, on rotation, including beers from Hogs Back.

Wellington, Farnham
The planning application to build houses on this site, which was originally submitted in August last year has been resubmitted.

George Abbott, Guildford
Has reopened following a refurbishment after it was closed in December due to flooding.

White Horse, Hascombe
Waverley Borough Council has now granted Asset of Community Value status to this pub.

Elm Tree, Weybourne
The latest rumour is that the deal with Tesco has fallen through and that it will continue as a pub, however the previous landlady has since found a pub to run in Liphook so won’t be returning.

Hilltop Leisure have handed back to tenancy of the Bird in Hand, Mayford to Enterprise Inns. They have also given 6-month notice on the tenancies for the Crown, Robin Hood and Fox & Flowerpot in the Knaphill & Goldsworth Park areas of Woking. Enterprise Inns continue to own the freehold and are looking for new tenants/leaseholders for all three pubs, though it may be that the existing managers take on new tenancies directly with Enterprise Inns

Enterprise Inns also have a number of other tenancies available in the area, including Three Mariners, Bagshot, Cricketers, Rydes Hill, Royal Oak, Knaphill, and Sun Chobham.

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