Area’s pubs buck the closure trend

Halstead Gazette: Area’s pubs buck the closure trend Area’s pubs buck the closure trend

PUBS in north Essex are bucking the national trend of boozers in decline, with more new houses reopening than are closing.

The Good Pub Guide 2014 estimates between 2,500 and 4,000 pubs will shut this year.

However, the Campaign for Real Ale’s Suffolk and North Essex branch says 17 pubs in the area closed last year and 19 reopened.

Group spokesman Nigel Smith said: “There are definitely signs of a recovery.”

The latest pub to reopen is the Kings Arms, in Dovercourt High Street.

Experienced licensee Steve Picton, of the Punch Taverns group, has taken on the pub, bringing 15 years of running bars and clubs in Cambridgeshire, to the task.

He is looking forward to a new era at the Victorian pub, which closed last October.

Mr Picton said: “This is the only public house left in the High Street and it would be a great loss to the community if it remained closed.

“I’m hoping to make the pub a true community asset, with pool, darts, cribbage, poker and other games.”

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5:13pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Jess Jephcott says...

The reason we lose so many of our pubs is due to the parasites known as pubcos, who bring about a situation where pubco tenants cannot compete with free-of-tie tenants. Pubs are so important to our social cohesion, community spirit, whatever you want to call it. The loss of them through no fault of the tenant, other than they unwisely entered an agreement with a pubco, is a loss for the community. The law really should act against these people and their restrictive practices. As Hillaire Belloc said around 100 years ago, 'when you have lost the last of your inns, go drown your empty selves, for you will have lost the last of England'. Support you local pub or lose it!
The reason we lose so many of our pubs is due to the parasites known as pubcos, who bring about a situation where pubco tenants cannot compete with free-of-tie tenants. Pubs are so important to our social cohesion, community spirit, whatever you want to call it. The loss of them through no fault of the tenant, other than they unwisely entered an agreement with a pubco, is a loss for the community. The law really should act against these people and their restrictive practices. As Hillaire Belloc said around 100 years ago, 'when you have lost the last of your inns, go drown your empty selves, for you will have lost the last of England'. Support you local pub or lose it! Jess Jephcott

5:31pm Thu 9 Jan 14

EdLoach says...

In the Tendring district in 2013 I believe we had one pub close (Red Lion, Kirby-le-Soken) and one new pub open (Waterfront, Dovercourt, on the site of the former Squirrels social club), so a net change of zero over the year. Others closed and later reopened, such as the Kings Arms, Dovercourt mentioned in the story above. So far this year we've had the Crown in Manningtree close (as reported in your recent articles), but hopefully that will reopen before too long (same for the Red Lion, of course, and any other pub currently closed since before 2013 such as Kings Arms, Elmstead Market).
In the Tendring district in 2013 I believe we had one pub close (Red Lion, Kirby-le-Soken) and one new pub open (Waterfront, Dovercourt, on the site of the former Squirrels social club), so a net change of zero over the year. Others closed and later reopened, such as the Kings Arms, Dovercourt mentioned in the story above. So far this year we've had the Crown in Manningtree close (as reported in your recent articles), but hopefully that will reopen before too long (same for the Red Lion, of course, and any other pub currently closed since before 2013 such as Kings Arms, Elmstead Market). EdLoach

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