Castlebrook to close for refurbishment.

Pub-Message-smlAndy and Karen have decided to relinquish the lease of the Castlebrook Inn. They are leaving on SATURDAY 15th MARCH.

Punch Taverns see the pub as part of their core estate and have no plans to sell it. They will refurbish the whole pub prior to installing a new landlord.

They plan to spend about £150k on the inside and outside of the pub, while retaining its essential character. This will include new signage, and making the “back door” the main entrance to the pub. The work will take about 8 weeks so it is likely that the pub will be closed throughout May and June.

At the time of writing they have not recruited a new landlord and if you know of anybody who may be interested then get them to contact Punch directly www.punchtaverns.com

One thought on “Castlebrook to close for refurbishment.

  1. Hugh Thomas

    From the Times 10/3/2014 For Info

    There’s room at the inn and villagers and supermarkets are fighting over it

    The people of Woolavington have been drinking at the Prince of Wales for 230 years, but last orders may be looming at the Somerset pub. It is the latest in a succession nationwide that faces being turned into a supermarket.
    A total of 208 have been converted in the past two years, according to the Campaign for Real Ale, as the grocers race to open convenience stores. The vast majority, 110 of them, were converted by Tesco. Sainsbury’s has moved into 29 and the Co-op 23.
    Camra said that supermarkets were targeting pubs, often profitable ones, because of planning “loopholes” that mean pubs can be converted into supermarkets without the need for change-of-use planning permission.
    The Co-op, which already has a store in Woolavington, is looking to relocate into the pub, which is owned by Punch Taverns. It is, according to a local campaign group, the last remaining pub in the village near Glastonbury; two were turned into houses in the 1950s.
    Steve Murrells, head of the Co-op’s food business, said last week that the group had ambitions to double the number of convenience stores to 4,000 over the next five years. At the same time, the Co-op has a “community shares fund” that seeks to help “your community to raise the money it needs to save your local pub, shop, cinema or sports club”.
    In a public survey the Co-op is undertaking in the aftermath of revelations about the private life of Paul Flowers, the Co-op Bank’s former chairman, the group has asked customers how important it is that it “champions local issues that affect people in their communities”. The Co-op said that both ventures were “completely aligned”.
    One local in Woolavington, Carol Edney, 61, is leading a petition that seeks to invoke local authority powers to freeze the closure of the pub and is trying to secure lottery funding to save it. She said that the pub had been “packed out every weekend” and had been alive with teams playing pool, darts and skittles — but it had declined under successive landlords.
    “We’ve got a lovely big garden here and a huge car park,” she said. “It’s 230 years old. How can you turn it into a supermarket? This country is going to rack and ruin pulling old buildings down.”
    Mike Benner, the chief executive of Camra, called on the Government to prevent pubs from being converted “without the surrounding communities being consulted”. He said that communities could support local pubs by nominating them as “asset of community value” that could help to delay a sale “giving them breathing space to look at how the pub can be saved”. He said more than 300 pubs had secured this status.
    A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said that pubs were not closing because of planning rules but because of the “challenges to the pub trade in light of changing consumer habits and the cost of being in business”.
    A Punch spokesman said that about 90 per cent of the properties it sold were sold as pubs, adding: “This site in Woolavington remains on the market and we are talking to interested parties.”

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