News of participating hostleries
Pubs change owners/tenants. It's a sad fact of life that your landlord changes. Sometimes they leave because of the terms of the pubco no longer makes it worthwhile. Sometimes a partner leaves. Sometimes they just become bored or just worn out. Bit like my cars.
At worst they go bust and close.
I will not labour on the bad news. Life's too short, and I like life too much to dwell on things we can rarely alter.
This page will, then, become sort of a diary of events that I'm aware of in the "trade" as it happens. The accent will be on the good stuff.
Date: 5th July 2010
Last week I found out a pub I have been watching for some time and feared would remain closed till it bio-degraded, has been bought and will re-open in the Autumn. All I can say for the mo' is it is in the HR postcode and will, I believe, be a full freehold.
Just had a peek in "The *******" and the roof's flashing is on the way, as is the plastering in the kitchen. All the lines and fonts seem to be all present and correct! Looking round, it's lovely to see it all coming together. The Stowford tap is there...
The HR code Inn I have been watching is going well. John is clearly enjoying his project.
There is some late news on a sweet little pub in Corris near the narrow gauge Corris Railway , http://www.corris.co.uk/ called "The Slaters". As you might guess, Corris is is an old mining town just over the hill from Talyllyn Lake. On the summer bank holiday weekend they had a beer festival, and this included a Welsh still cider called "Happy Daze". The thing about the "Slaters" was the Sunday lunch and the welcome in the hillside. One to watch...
Well know I now who will be running the ------- when it re-opens in November. The lady in question was working the bar in another well respected pub known for its food that also stocks Stowfords.
By the way, "The Barrels" are in the process of having their chairs and settles re-upholstered. After the re-working of the outside it seems its the main bar's turn...
Also BTW, tried the soup and sandwich lunch at the "Crown and Anchor"... Yummy especially for a fiver!!
OK People, they're open about now and if you don't already know it's the "The Railway Inn" at Dinmore HR1 3JP. It's a FREEHOUSE and guess who bought the first pint of Stowfords. Pig roast around 7.00, fireworks at 7.30 and bonfire after. See you there...
Two to watch. "The Volunteer" at Marden and "The Walwyn Arms" at Much Marcle. The former is finally being opened as a Free House hopefully before Christmas.
The Walwyn is interesting as it has come under the wing of Westons themselves. I kindda guess that makes it a tied house. Big refurb?
Well, we've been going to sleep on here. On the last posting I mentioned two hostleries that we are watching. Both have taken longer to date than anticipated to complete. Frustrating for all concerned no doubt. The "Volunteer" is tantalisingly close and is looking good. Watch this space.
The "Walwyn Arms" howerver, should, by the time you read this, be well and truly open. Having popped in last week and looked round I have to say you will recognise the place, but so much better.
Was in the "Crown and Anchor" yesterday on the last day before a new tenant. It's so sad to say ta ta. The good news is the Squires will be at the currently shut "Malthouse" in Ledbury in a couple of weeks. It is a previously very well thought of restaurant. With Julie in the kitchen I'm looking for great things. No pressure here then folks.
Best of luck.
As for the C&A keep your eyes open.
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