A POPULAR Herefordshire pub is set to reopen under new landlords after it was closed in a drugs raid by police.

Four men were arrested for drugs offences at the Crown and Sceptre in Ross-on-Wye in December. The historic pub then had its alcohol licence revoked, and has been closed since.

But now, the pub is set to open again under the management of Motley Hog Brewery, who wrote on Facebook: "We are pleased to announce that from April 24 we will be taking over the lease of the Crown and Sceptre.

"Our vision for this is a traditional pub offering a larger range of real ales and keg beers, with traditional pub fayre with a twist."


The Motley Hog Brewery also runs the Tap House, a micro-pub in Ross-on-Wye.

The Crown and Sceptre's licence was revoked by Herefordshire Council on December 21, with minutes of a licensing meeting showing that councillors heard representations from police licensing officer PC Dean Wall, James Noble of Stankerr Pubs, and council officers. The council was concerned that Michael Hudson remained in occupation of the pub and decided it should lose the licence.

Dating from the 17th century, the pub by the town's Market House was previously well-known for its live music, DJ sets and open mic nights.