A Herefordshire village that lost its only pub six years ago could soon have a licensed village hall.

The hall at Stoke Prior near Leominster already hosts quiz, pub and race nights, film showings and occasional live music.

The hall committee has now applied for permission to sell alcohol during these until 11pm, and until 1am on New Year’s Eve.


Its licensing application also seeks permission to host dance events (“morris dancers and the like”), and also to show films, until 11pm.

It says the hall may also have live and recorded music until 11pm, but that no licence is currently required for this.

The nearby Lamb Inn closed in 2018, and has controversially been used since as a holiday let, a use that is highlighted in materials currently advertising the property for sale.

Herefordshire Council said last October that a planning application to confirm the change of use from a pub “should hopefully be received shortly”.

The local group parish council previously led efforts to re-open the pub and expand it as a community facility, but its purchase offer was rejected.

Comments on the licensing application can be made until January 19.