Campaign to keep Hereford pub open

Campaign to keep Hereford pub open

Trying to keep the Nell Gwynne open are (from left) Fred Davis, Andrew Curran, David Finnigan, Shannon Webb, Sonja Webb and Nicholas McLleland.Photo: David Griffiths.

The Nell Gwynne, set back behind Commercial Road, is set to close on Sunday. 1432_10001Photo: James Maggs.

The Nell Gwynne is due to close on Sunday. 1432_10002 Photo: James Maggs.

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REGULARS of a Hereford pub have launched a campaign to try and keep it open.

The Hereford Times reported last month that the Nell Gwynne is due to close on Sunday after the owners declared the backstreet bar no longer financially viable.

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

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

But a number of people who regularly use the boozer are campaigning to keep it open, with more than 60 objections being submitted to Herefordshire Council.

Sonja Webb told the Hereford Times that she has been a customer for 18 years and still goes there despite living in Bosbury, near Ledbury.

"I started coming when I was a student and my children Shannon and Logan have been coming since they were babies," said Ms Webb.

"I live in Bosbury but I will come to the Nell Gwynne because I have been coming for so many years and class it as my local."

Planning documents state that the proposal would "present a unique opportunity to create both much-needed low-cost living accommodation within the city".

Regular Nick McLelland believes that the pub is still viable.

"You will find a lot of people here from around 4pm, including bricklayers, electricians and even people in the military," said Mr McLelland.

"It is a family pub and when I'm away, the landlord looks after my dog."

Mark Haslam, from Herefordshire Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is fighting the pub's corner.

"The owner claims that it is unviable, but the very different reality is that the pub is open and the landlord is doing good business," said Mr Haslam.

"It is bad enough seeing pubs close, without seeing pubs that are successfully trading and fulfilling a vital community need being targeted like this."

Billy Reynolds, from owners Herefordshire Pubs Ltd, said that the manager handed in his notice due to current trading conditions.

He added that Steve Harrison, who owns a number of pubs in the city, is supporting the closure and will welcome any regulars of the Nell Gwynne into one of his venues.

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1:38am Sat 6 Sep 14

Randombloke says...

The landlord handed in his notice...What complete and utter rubbish..
Cmon hereford council..Stop accepting bribes and actually check out what ur accepting as planning..
This is a going concern that the current landlord would happily buy if it wasnt for the stupid price stuck on the land by the people wanting to develop it..
Its a back street pub that has a decent amount of regulars that cause no trouble yet u wanna close it down so that billy reynolds can make more money..I hope ur happy with ur self if this goes ahead..U should be ashamed..
The landlord handed in his notice...What complete and utter rubbish.. Cmon hereford council..Stop accepting bribes and actually check out what ur accepting as planning.. This is a going concern that the current landlord would happily buy if it wasnt for the stupid price stuck on the land by the people wanting to develop it.. Its a back street pub that has a decent amount of regulars that cause no trouble yet u wanna close it down so that billy reynolds can make more money..I hope ur happy with ur self if this goes ahead..U should be ashamed.. Randombloke
  • Score: 5

11:36am Sun 7 Sep 14

Randombloke says...

One more comment..
Why isnt harry in this picture..
He is a regular to..
One more comment.. Why isnt harry in this picture.. He is a regular to.. Randombloke
  • Score: 0

11:01pm Sun 7 Sep 14

Randombloke says...

Right 100 % truth now..
Billy reynolds bought the gwynne with the express wish of developing it..
260K was the asking price..the tenant he put in was hoped to fail and let billy claim it was a derilict pub..
Gareth turned it around..rented the rooms upstairs out and made the pub into a going concern...lly then ave him 16 days to vacate the pub and claim to the blinkered council that it was a failure..But if u were in there friday or saturday nite u would know the truth..
It was rammed..billy is bull sh**tmng and the council will accept anything that gives them a back hander..Shame on u hereford council..from a nell gwynne regulart,,
Right 100 % truth now.. Billy reynolds bought the gwynne with the express wish of developing it.. 260K was the asking price..the tenant he put in was hoped to fail and let billy claim it was a derilict pub.. Gareth turned it around..rented the rooms upstairs out and made the pub into a going concern...lly then ave him 16 days to vacate the pub and claim to the blinkered council that it was a failure..But if u were in there friday or saturday nite u would know the truth.. It was rammed..billy is bull sh**tmng and the council will accept anything that gives them a back hander..Shame on u hereford council..from a nell gwynne regulart,, Randombloke
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11:41pm Tue 9 Sep 14

AFS1980 says...

If CAMRA sees it as a viable business then why doesn't it buy it? Or anybody else who seems to know more about the business and its finances than the owners?
I'd also be interested to know how many times Mr Haslam has actually patronised the pub. All too often CAMRA campaigns to save pubs in which the big-wigs of the branch rarely ever drink, other than two halves every few months. That is not keeping pubs open.
Pubs are public houses, not a public service.
If CAMRA sees it as a viable business then why doesn't it buy it? Or anybody else who seems to know more about the business and its finances than the owners? I'd also be interested to know how many times Mr Haslam has actually patronised the pub. All too often CAMRA campaigns to save pubs in which the big-wigs of the branch rarely ever drink, other than two halves every few months. That is not keeping pubs open. Pubs are public houses, not a public service. AFS1980
  • Score: 4

9:12pm Wed 24 Sep 14

littleacorn says...

I would like to comment to the customers in the photo, which all of them have been great regulars and a constant support for Gareth, the Tenant..We apologise to all of you but unfortunately the pub is unviable and losing money, it might give the impression on a few afternoons that it is trading ok but i can assure you the reality is different. The duty on a pint to the government, the constant increasing utility bills and the rates are just a few of the expenses that needs to be paid, the Tenant had a payment plan for unpaid rent in January and is six months behind on his water rates, monthly i get phone calls from a Peter Morgan from welsh water asking when will the Tenant pay the bills. Steve Harrison, a local business man that owns The Brewers, The Commercial, The Kerry, JD's and The Moorfields is also finding that times are hard, he is looking at an alternative use for two of his venue's..he will welcome any Nell Gwynne customer with open arms and a discount card for his venues.
I would like to comment to the customers in the photo, which all of them have been great regulars and a constant support for Gareth, the Tenant..We apologise to all of you but unfortunately the pub is unviable and losing money, it might give the impression on a few afternoons that it is trading ok but i can assure you the reality is different. The duty on a pint to the government, the constant increasing utility bills and the rates are just a few of the expenses that needs to be paid, the Tenant had a payment plan for unpaid rent in January and is six months behind on his water rates, monthly i get phone calls from a Peter Morgan from welsh water asking when will the Tenant pay the bills. Steve Harrison, a local business man that owns The Brewers, The Commercial, The Kerry, JD's and The Moorfields is also finding that times are hard, he is looking at an alternative use for two of his venue's..he will welcome any Nell Gwynne customer with open arms and a discount card for his venues. littleacorn
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