Future of town pub is uncertain

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THE FUTURE of a Bury St Edmunds pub is uncertain while work to convert another into housing is under way.

Greene King has said it is to review the future of The Minden Rose, following its closure last month.

The pub in Newmarket Road only reopened four months ago after a change in management.

At the same time, Greene King has sold The Falcon and St Edmunds Tavern, both in Risbygate Street.

The Falcon is now being converted into new homes while St Edmunds Tavern has been taken over by new management.

In the last year, Greene King has ‘disposed’ of 97 pubs either by selling them on as a pub or to developers.

“We do have to make the difficult decision to close pubs which have become unviable as businesses due to only a small number of customers using them,” said a Greene King spokesman.

“Following ongoing reviews of our estate in Bury, two pubs have been sold and one is currently closed pending a decision about its long-term future.”

But John Gagen, pubs officer for the West Suffolk branch of The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said: “They are not doing enough to keep good tenants and the high turnover of landlords kills a pub.

“If you put in temporary landlords there is no incentive for them to build the business.”

There is, however, some good news with Greene King announcing investment in The Tollgate pub, in Bury.

“Subject to planning permission, a large refurbishment will be carried out for the interior and exterior of this pub to create more space inside for customers to relax in and a new alfresco drinking and dining patio area,” said the Greene King spokesman.

“We anticipate the pub being closed for three weeks during the summer and it will reopen with a new look and an extended food menu.”

Greene King also plans to invest in another three Bury pubs within the next year.

What do you think about the pub closures? Email letters@buryfreepress.co.uk or write to: The Editor, Bury Free Press, King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3ET.