03:19PM, Tuesday 12 May 2015
THE future of The Craufurd Arms looks to have been resolved after the pub’s new temporary leaseholder granted the tenants an eight-week trial period today (May 12).
The pub, in Gringer Hill, was set to cease trading on Saturday (May, 16) after leaseholder John Hewitt decided not to renew his lease.
Regulars and nearby residents held a meeting at The Craufurd on Sunday (May 10) to discuss the pub’s future, with residents voicing concerns that the pub’s manager, Will Hewitt, would be left with nowhere to live if the lease was not renewed.
Concerns were also raised over the prospect of the pub being closed for good by its owners, The Wellington Pub Company and Criterion Asset Management.
But Mike Ellison, property manager at CAM, told the Advertiser today his company had no plans to change the use of the pub and were actively looking to remarket the property.
A temporary leaseholder, who did not wish to be named, has taken over the lease for at least the next eight weeks.
Will Hewitt, the manager of The Craufurd Arms, held a meeting with the new leaseholder today.
He said: “The meeting was very positive and he (the leaseholder) said that if the pub stays the way it is he’ll be more than happy to keep the lease for the next three years.
“I want to give thanks to all the people for all their support, I really think it has helped.
“It was amazing to see the pub packed with people who care.”
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