Hereford pub to close next month

The Nell Gwynne could be converted into 15 apartments. 1432_10001Photo: James Maggs.

The Nell Gwynne is set to close on September 7. 1432_10002Photo: James Maggs.

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LAST orders are set to be announced at a Hereford pub.

The Nell Gwynne is due to close on September 7 after the owners declared the backstreet bar was no longer financially viable.

The pub on Monkmoor Street could now be turned into flats.

Developers Perfection Home want to build 15 apartments on the site and a planning application also includes offices as part of the proposed project.

"It will present a unique opportunity to create both much needed low cost living accommodation within the city, whilst also creating a residential development of considerable quality and design merit within this prominent corner site," according to a submitted design and access statement.

The pub is owned by Herefordshire Pubs Ltd. Spokesman Billy Reynolds said that the plan has his backing.

"We tried to keep it as a pub, but it was not financially viable," said Mr Reynolds.

"It will close on September 7 because we cannot keep it going and are losing money there.

"Perfection Homes contacted me about the plans and I was happy to look at it."

The pub will become the latest watering hole to close its doors in the city.

The Cotterell Arms, run by Noel and Jill Kirby for 25 years, shut in April, while the Buckingham Inn on Whitecross Road is set to be turned into a Tesco Express.

The Saracen's Head also closed recently while Watercress Harrys is up for sale.

Charter surveyors Sidney Phillips is asking for offers in the region of £425,000 for the latter's freehold, which comes with a flat and a separate two-bed cottage.

For more information, call 01981 250333 or email hereford@sidneyphillips.co.uk

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12:32pm Thu 21 Aug 14

petet25 says...

Sad to see another pub go, however a lot of pubs that are closing are simply run into the ground, rather than the business idea simply failing.

Pub's like this have barely thought outside of the box, have carried on with the same business strategy that hasn't worked for years and have nothing unique to offer punters.

When i'm in Hereford I always go to wetherspoons, yates, the barrels or the victory as these are the pubs that have lots to offer and more importantly serve a consistently good quality pint at a fair price.

There are multiple pubs including the Gwynne that either don't know how to or just don't store their beers correctly/clean the lines, resulting in off flavours (vinegar/old socks) and a customer that wont return.

I went there about 6 months ago for a pint of the wobbly welder...... It was vinegar in a glass. I complained, exchanged it for another pint... That too was clearly off. It shows they took no care in what they served and is a pub I have never returned to since.

Fair enough pubs are losing custom as not as many people are drinking in pubs these days, but if a pub wants to keep the remaining customers it has.... Don't serve cr@p and expect customers to return!!!
Sad to see another pub go, however a lot of pubs that are closing are simply run into the ground, rather than the business idea simply failing. Pub's like this have barely thought outside of the box, have carried on with the same business strategy that hasn't worked for years and have nothing unique to offer punters. When i'm in Hereford I always go to wetherspoons, yates, the barrels or the victory as these are the pubs that have lots to offer and more importantly serve a consistently good quality pint at a fair price. There are multiple pubs including the Gwynne that either don't know how to or just don't store their beers correctly/clean the lines, resulting in off flavours (vinegar/old socks) and a customer that wont return. I went there about 6 months ago for a pint of the wobbly welder...... It was vinegar in a glass. I complained, exchanged it for another pint... That too was clearly off. It shows they took no care in what they served and is a pub I have never returned to since. Fair enough pubs are losing custom as not as many people are drinking in pubs these days, but if a pub wants to keep the remaining customers it has.... Don't serve cr@p and expect customers to return!!! petet25
  • Score: 13

12:53pm Thu 21 Aug 14

ad47uk says...

Such a shame,, while I have not been to the Nell Gwynne for years, it is another pub to go out of Hereford. I blame the government for a lot of it, the high tax they put on drink.
I am not a big drinker and yes I do agree with petet25 that some pubs just seems to stay in the days of old.
i prefer real ale myself and while I don't go as often as I would like to my place now beer in hand, some pubs are just too noisy with music so loud you got to shout.
I do go to weatherpsoons now and again, but not normally just for drinking, I like food there as well.
To be honest, I think the newmarket should have stayed as a pub and not be turned onto another restaurant, but it seems if the council want you out then you got little choice. Hereford is going even more to the dogs to be honest.
Such a shame,, while I have not been to the Nell Gwynne for years, it is another pub to go out of Hereford. I blame the government for a lot of it, the high tax they put on drink. I am not a big drinker and yes I do agree with petet25 that some pubs just seems to stay in the days of old. i prefer real ale myself and while I don't go as often as I would like to my place now beer in hand, some pubs are just too noisy with music so loud you got to shout. I do go to weatherpsoons now and again, but not normally just for drinking, I like food there as well. To be honest, I think the newmarket should have stayed as a pub and not be turned onto another restaurant, but it seems if the council want you out then you got little choice. Hereford is going even more to the dogs to be honest. ad47uk
  • Score: 8

12:53pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Randombloke says...

Utter rubbish..mr reynolds only ever bought the pub for the purpose of redeveloping it...He just leased it out till all the planning had been approved...So as for losing money..he was always in it for a few years ..So why fabricate a story like this...
Everyone wants to make money..But we dont need t make up rubbish to achieve it...
Utter rubbish..mr reynolds only ever bought the pub for the purpose of redeveloping it...He just leased it out till all the planning had been approved...So as for losing money..he was always in it for a few years ..So why fabricate a story like this... Everyone wants to make money..But we dont need t make up rubbish to achieve it... Randombloke
  • Score: 65

11:58pm Thu 21 Aug 14

RogerLFC says...

Iconic pub to be honest .... I have used it myself .... Many a time .... But obviously not enough to keep it viable ... Hit heavily by the supermarket trade at a guess ... My preference would be to keep this as a top drawer pub serving top drawer ales (which apparently it wasn't doing) .... Times are changing and it will go ... It can join a list that everyone could reel off! .... Sad really ...
Iconic pub to be honest .... I have used it myself .... Many a time .... But obviously not enough to keep it viable ... Hit heavily by the supermarket trade at a guess ... My preference would be to keep this as a top drawer pub serving top drawer ales (which apparently it wasn't doing) .... Times are changing and it will go ... It can join a list that everyone could reel off! .... Sad really ... RogerLFC
  • Score: 6

1:19pm Fri 22 Aug 14

petet25 says...

"Supermarket trade" can't always be blamed....

As a Camra member, I can say about the increase in real ale sales which are increasing the profit margins for many pubs.

Supermarkets do have a range of cheap deals however a lot of people still enjoy the feel of having a pint in a pub opposed to having 1 at home.

Look at Beer in hand.... They opened up after many of the pubs in Hereford, saw that there was a market for people who wanted a good selection of decent quality ales and are now thriving with many loyal customers. They certainly make a profit.

The pub's that fail more often than not only have themselves to blame... Not giving what customers want, no quality control with the beers they sell, and working by the thoughts of "The pub door's are open... Thus customers will come here".

There's so many ways for pubs to turn a profit... What about beer festivals hosted at the pubs? Using social networking to promote events/new ales on tap? Creating a website? Signing up for discount schemes with CAMRA to offer 10% discounts to members? The list is endless...
"Supermarket trade" can't always be blamed.... As a Camra member, I can say about the increase in real ale sales which are increasing the profit margins for many pubs. Supermarkets do have a range of cheap deals however a lot of people still enjoy the feel of having a pint in a pub opposed to having 1 at home. Look at Beer in hand.... They opened up after many of the pubs in Hereford, saw that there was a market for people who wanted a good selection of decent quality ales and are now thriving with many loyal customers. They certainly make a profit. The pub's that fail more often than not only have themselves to blame... Not giving what customers want, no quality control with the beers they sell, and working by the thoughts of "The pub door's are open... Thus customers will come here". There's so many ways for pubs to turn a profit... What about beer festivals hosted at the pubs? Using social networking to promote events/new ales on tap? Creating a website? Signing up for discount schemes with CAMRA to offer 10% discounts to members? The list is endless... petet25
  • Score: 4

8:06am Tue 26 Aug 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

There are many pubs that serve good food in the county but when you buy a drink that's when the rip off takes place. Many charge over £3 a pint for beer or cider then almost the same for a pint of coke which is a syrup with water added and costs pence per pint from suppliers. Yes staff have to be paid but some company's look after their customers with sensible prices for food and drinks.
There are many pubs that serve good food in the county but when you buy a drink that's when the rip off takes place. Many charge over £3 a pint for beer or cider then almost the same for a pint of coke which is a syrup with water added and costs pence per pint from suppliers. Yes staff have to be paid but some company's look after their customers with sensible prices for food and drinks. Mr.Herefordian
  • Score: -7

5:54pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Randombloke says...

Most off these comments seems to be from the people who comment on every single thing...i go in the nell gwynne often and i can assure u its not losing money..
This is just a pure money orientated decision to sell the ground to a company willing to pay loads and redevelop for more profit..
To assist in getting planning there saying its on its last legs and closing to give them a better chance..if the council got off its arse and checked the books they would find out the truth and see this for the lies they are....
Yet another back street pub trying to be developed for profit and lost forever...Shocking..
Most off these comments seems to be from the people who comment on every single thing...i go in the nell gwynne often and i can assure u its not losing money.. This is just a pure money orientated decision to sell the ground to a company willing to pay loads and redevelop for more profit.. To assist in getting planning there saying its on its last legs and closing to give them a better chance..if the council got off its arse and checked the books they would find out the truth and see this for the lies they are.... Yet another back street pub trying to be developed for profit and lost forever...Shocking.. Randombloke
  • Score: 16

11:14pm Sun 7 Sep 14

Randombloke says...

Today the nell gwynne officially closed..
and what does billy reynolds do...rub his hands at the impending doubling off his buying price...
260K he bought it for 18 months ago..with the express concern of developing or selling...he was then offered 520k to sell..the wish was to maintain the pub was a failure...But nothing could be further from the truth...The landlord on a years tenancy that was renewed 5 month ago was told he had 16 days to close..The hereford gold staff who rented the car park spaces were also told to vacate to make it look derelict...
The nell gwynne is a really good not at all derelict pub with a great regular trade that billy reynolds doesnt care about as he is making a fortune,...shame on u hereford council..
Today the nell gwynne officially closed.. and what does billy reynolds do...rub his hands at the impending doubling off his buying price... 260K he bought it for 18 months ago..with the express concern of developing or selling...he was then offered 520k to sell..the wish was to maintain the pub was a failure...But nothing could be further from the truth...The landlord on a years tenancy that was renewed 5 month ago was told he had 16 days to close..The hereford gold staff who rented the car park spaces were also told to vacate to make it look derelict... The nell gwynne is a really good not at all derelict pub with a great regular trade that billy reynolds doesnt care about as he is making a fortune,...shame on u hereford council.. Randombloke
  • Score: 9

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