Company will not be drawn on pub closures

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Greene King have refused to reveal their plans for two Chronicle Country pubs that have closed down.

The White Horse in Biggleswade High Street closed down in January while the Crown Hotel in the High Street is now boarded up.

The Coach & Horses in Shortmead Street is also not currently trading, but the pub company have said that this is just a temporary closure and that it should be open again soon.

A spokesman for the firm declined to comment on possible plans for the Crown and White Horse, but insisted that Greene King is committed to running venues of a high standard in Biggleswade.

She said: “We are committed to running friendly, high quality pubs, but sometimes have to take the difficult decision to sell them when the business is no longer thriving.

“Such closures enable us to invest elsewhere in our estate including in our popular pubs in Biggleswade.”

The company will spend money on refurbishing other pubs in the town and has done so previously, the spokesman said.

She added: “We will carry out a sympathetic refurbishment at the White Hart in the Market Square in the new year and refresh the external appearance of several of our other pubs in the area.

“In the past few years we have also refurbished the Yorkshire Grey and the Red Lion.”

When asked about the Coach & Horses she said: “We are working with the licensee to re-open the doors at the Coach & Horses soon and apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused during this temporary closure.”

Writing on the Biggleswade Chronicle Facebook page readers told of their sadness at the closing of the two pubs and the general decline in the trade.

Patsy Timms Heley said: “I am saddened to hear this.

“Biggleswade was famous for its pubs at one time. Had some great landlord’s and landladies. So many fond memories!”

Cheryl Ebojones added: “Times are tough for people. “Less disposable income is less money to be spent in pubs and restaurants.”

What do you think? Are you sad about the downturn in the trade, or do you think there are too many pubs in Biggleswade? Email your views to letters@biggleswade




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