THE new owner of an iconic Herefordshire pub says there is progress, albeit slow, and he is looking to reopen the doors next year.

The Bateman Arms, in Shobdon, near Leominster, shut and was then put up for sale in summer 2021.

Mike Pope, who previously told the village that he was going to be living at the iconic pub with his son, said he knows locals would love to see it back open straight away.

But he said the team wants to make sure the right investment is carried out before opening – likely to be in early 2023.


He said listed building planning consent is being applied for to put the outside of the Bateman back to where it needs to be, with the current facade looking a little tired.

He said Wye Valley Brewery, based in Stoke Lacy, near Bromyard, and Heineken, which owners Hereford cider giants Bulmers, have both been installing some lovely new beer fonts inside.

"Slow progress, but at least the for sale sign is now down showing the owners commitment to the project," he said.

"We will also be renovating the rooms in the cottage which is great news."


In a message to the village, he said: "I know the village wants to have the pub back and we really want to be a part of your fantastic community.

"My family has been made to feel so welcome and can’t wait to repay your kindness and patience.

"We will be open, keep your fingers and toes crossed for the early part of next year."