Pub-Heritage-Bulletin-248-Oct-2023

Three Star Heritage Pubs
 

Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley, LAURIESTON BAR, Glasgow. The Laurieston, a Glasgow institution, is for sale. Well known for various film & TV appearances, it is also very popular with tourists and locals alike. The pub has been operating since 1836, but it is the extremely rare 1960’s interior that makes it so special from our perspective. The Clancy family, who have run it for 40 years, have made the decision to sell up with the reassurance that it will remain open until the right buyer is found. The freehold is on the market for £750,000 through Christie & Co. It is grade C listed and let’s hope a sympathetic owner is found. Thanks to Mark Finney for this news. See: Scotsman .
See the entry on the Pub Heritage web site.

 

Devon, DREWE ARMS, Drewsteignton. We reported on the plans for community buyout of the famous Devon pub in the August and September bulletins. Originally the deadline for the share issue was the 29th October but now the Drewsteignton Community Society has extended that deadline until the 12th November to help get them over the line and capitalise on recent national press & TV coverage. So far, they have raised an impressive £503,000. Their target is £600,000 to buy the freehold, undertake necessary works and prepare the pub ready for opening, which they hope will be by Christmas. For more info and links to their crowdfunder site go to: Drewe Arms Community Pub .
See the entry on the Pub Heritage web site.

 

West Midlands, WOODMAN, Birmingham. We reported in August last year on the sad closure of the Woodman, due to the economic climate and disruption due to nearby HS2 works. Jamie Hooper brings us the good news now that Simon Linford in partnership with John Brierley, who owns the Swan & Railway, Wigan, have taken on the lease and are undertaking refurbishment works including removal of some modern additions. Opening is likely at some point between Christmas and Easter.
See the entry on the Pub Heritage web site.

 

Worcestershire, BELL & CROSS, Clent. Good news that the Bell & Cross reopened on September 29th following its closure in August. Former head chef Chris Dukes and his family have taken on the lease, so expect that it will remain very much food orientated.
See the entry on the Pub Heritage web site.

 

Greater London South East, FELLOWSHIP INN, Catford. Disappointing news that Homegrown Pubs closed the Fellowship on October 1st after having taken on the lease and reopening the pub in September 2022. The large ‘improved public house’ includes a cinema and was part of a massive £4m development that included provision of community facilities. The Fellowship is owned by Pheonix Housing Association who have stated that the closure is temporary and new tenants are being sought. Thanks to Roger Corbett for this update.
See the entry on the Pub Heritage web site.



 

Two Star Heritage Pubs

 

West Midlands, GREYHOUND & PUNCHBOWL, Bilston. Devastating news that the Greyhound & Punchbowl was subjected to an arson attack on 30th September which has caused significant damage. The grade II* timber framed building dates back to the 16th Century and has operated as a pub for at least 200 years. It was restored in the 1930s by brewers W. Butler of Wolverhampton. The extent of the damage to the interior is currently unclear. Landlord George Kang, who has run it for five years, has pledged to re-build it. See: BBC .
See the entry on the Pub Heritage web site.

 

Kent, SHIP INN, Sandgate. The Ship Inn has been bought by L&B Restaurant Co and is now closed for a major refurbishment. The interior was refitted immediately after the war and the pub is not listed, so any updates welcome.
See the entry on the Pub Heritage web site.

 

Northern Ireland, ALEXANDER’S, Lisburn. Following the recent Pub Heritage Group visit to Northern Ireland – see August bulletin - Alexander’s has been upgraded to Two Star for its 1960s interior.
See the entry on the Pub Heritage web site.

 

Northern Ireland, HORSESHOE, Hilltown. As has the Horseshoe, Hilltown. Included for its unusual semi-circular bar counter, which was probably installed in the inter-war period.
See the entry on the Pub Heritage web site.

 

Mid Wales, LION ROYAL, Rhayader. Mick Slaughter reports the good news that the Lion Royal is now open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm. This unashamedly old-fashioned coaching inn has a small rear bar which has remained unchanged since the 1920s. In recent times It has rarely been open.
See the entry on the Pub Heritage web site.




One Star Heritage Pubs
 

Worcestershire, BELL, Pensax. We reported in August on the potential community buyout of the Bell which was dependent on grant funding of £250,000 from the Community Ownership Fund prior to the launch of their share offer. Unfortunately, that application was refused. Apparently, this is not unusual and they have had to make a new and improved application which will now be determined in December - we will update you then. For more info on the project see here: Save the Bell at Pensax.
See the entry on the Pub Heritage web site.



 

Other Items of Interest

CAMRA Pub Design Awards Applications for the annual CAMRA Pub Design Awards are now open again. Categories include: New Build, Community Local, Historic England Conservation, Conversion to Pub Use and Refurbishment. As you are no doubt aware many inventory pubs have received awards over the years – particularly in the conservation category. Deadline for applications is 18th November for projects that were completed between 1st July and 30th June 2023. Find out more here: CAMRA Pub Design Awards .


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Tom Chapman