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Cross House Inn

LATEST NEWS CONCERNING THE SUDDEN CLOSURE

 

The Cross House Inn in Doynton is currently closed.  It ceased trading on Monday 1st July and since then many residents have expressed their concern and desire for the pub to re-open as soon as possible.   The situation as of 9th July is understood to be as follows ...

- The building is owned by Enterprise Inns and has traded under a long term lease to the pub landlord.
- The pub has not yet been officially taken back by Enterprise Inns and they are current in discussions with the tenant to try to sort out the problems, so that he can continue trading.   If this is not successful then the pub will be taken back by Enterprise and they will seek a new tenant so that trading can re-commence.
- It is definitely the intention of Enterprise that the pub should re-open and that trading should resume as soon as possible.  They currently have no plans to sell the building.
- If Enterprise take the pub back then they will advertise for a new tenant in line with their normal procedures.  It is impossible to get any indication of how long this might take as it varies according to properties and whether there is any re-furbishment required before trading can resume.
- Enterprise were advised that the Doynton community wants it's pub to re-open and that some had spoken of it being developed as a "community pub" .  Enterprise Inns emphasised that the only way the pub could re-open would be if a lease was taken out by either an individual or a limited company.  The message being that for any community venture to get off the ground, it would be necessary for a company to be set up, and for it to then approach Enterprise with a business proposal for a lease to be granted.
Further information will be posted here when it becomes available.

 

27th February 2014: Please give your support to the new tenants Steve Elbrow & Penny Hartley who have recently taken over. The pub opens from 4pm Mon-Fri and from 12 noon on weekends. There is a quiz night every Sunday from 8pm. They now have a cash back machine and can take credit cards. Well behaved dogs are welcome.  More details on their website here.

23rd January 2014 from John Bartram: I gather that some people have been asking whether the pub has been registered as a community asset yet.  The situation is as follows ...

In August I sent an email out with information on community assets and said that I was happy to recommend to the Parish Council that an application be made if there was community support for the idea.  The response was that only 2 or 3 people said that they were in favour of the idea but one person who was then working for a pub business expressed caution as it might have a negative effect on decisions by Enterprise to re-open the pub.  Therefore the matter was not pursued.

Jill Salter raised the matter again at the Parish Council meeting last week, and we discussed whether we should begin the process to register the pub as a community asset.  None of the councillors were particularly keen on proceeding with this right now as we felt that it might somehow make it more difficult for Enterprise to find a permanent tenant (landlord) for the pub.  Several felt that the best time to register it would be when the pub was operating normally so that it is in effect an "insurance policy" in the event of something going wrong in the future.

However, if there are a number of people in the community who feel the pub should be registered now, and would be prepared to organise a community bid in the event that the pub was eventually put up for sale, then please let me know.  The parish council might be persuaded to change its mind on the matter and submit the Community Asset application on behalf of the community if it feels that it has the active support of the community.

16th December 2013: The pub is now open again and serving drinks but lots of people have been disappointed to find that it is still not serving food.  I decided to contact the Regional Manager of Enterprise Inns to find out what was happening.  He replied as follows: The kitchen at the site is still at the moment not legal, hence no offer. Sadly it requires a lot more than just a clean! The plan is to totally refurbish the kitchen etc. However we have to get the necessary permissions from the Local authority, this is in progress at the moment, and although I doubt food will be served over Christmas, it is hoped that early in the new year a full new menu will be on offer.

15th November 2013: I spoke with the Regional Manager of Enterprise Inns this morning and he told me that the Cross House is re-opening on Wednesday 20th November. It will be operated by a "holding company" who will manage it until Enterprise find a tenant to take on the lease on a permanent basis. He also said that they had received expressions of interest from several people.

20th September 2013: I phoned Enterprise Inns today to get clarification on a rumour that the pub is about to re-open.  My contact spoke with the Regional Manager and phoned me back with the following news which they are happy for me to pass on to the community ...

A fair bit of work needs to be done on the Cross House before it can re-open.  Enterprise will start on this in October and hope that it will be completed in November.

When the work is completed Enterprise will probably engage a management company to re-open the pub and operate it on a temporary basis.   Hopefully this will happen sometime in November but no guarantees.

Once the pub is trading again Enterprise's regional manager will look for a tenant to take on the pub on a more permanent basis.

I was asked to phone Enterprise back towards the end of October for an update.

So....   with fingers firmly crossed, there could be a chance that the pub will be open before Christmas

August 2013: I spoke with my contact at Enterprise Inns on Friday to see if there had been any developments.  She said that the situation had not changed since we spoke 3 weeks ago.

I have made contact with an organisation called "The Pub is the Hub" and spoke with a fellow who used to manage pubs for Punch Taverns (a competitor to Enterprise Inns) and explained our situation.  He had some experience in the operation of community run pubs and commented that he doubted that Enterprise would give a lease to a community organisation as they would want personal guarantees.  He also felt that community pubs only really work where the freehold is owned by the community and professional management is put in place.  He felt that any lease arrangement with Enterprise would not be a profitable venture.

There has been much talk in the press recently about a provision in the new Localism Act which allows pubs and the like to be declared "community assets".  This was also mentioned by the "Pub is the Hub" fellow.  Essentially we as a community can request for the pub to be declared a "community asset", this means that if it is to be sold then there is a 6 month moratorium on the sale during which time the community have the right to put in a bid for it.  However the owners are not compelled to accept the community's bid.  Full details can be found on this website.

Personally I can see no downside to going through the process of registering the Cross House as a community asset of Doynton and it might help if a situation arose were a "change of use" planning application to be made to make it residential.  I am happy to take the matter to the Parish Council if there is support in the community.

My contact at Enterprise Inns suggested I call again in the week of 9th Sept when various people were back from holidays and things might have moved forward.

July 2013: The Cross House Inn in Doynton is currently closed.  It ceased trading on Monday 1st July and since then many residents have expressed their concern and desire for the pub to re-open as soon as possible.   The situation as of 9th July is understood to be as follows ...

- The building is owned by Enterprise Inns and has traded under a long term lease to the pub landlord.

- The pub has not yet been officially taken back by Enterprise Inns and they are current in discussions with the tenant to try to sort out the problems, so that he can continue trading.   If this is not successful then the pub will be taken back by Enterprise and they will seek a new tenant so that trading can re-commence.

- It is definitely the intention of Enterprise that the pub should re-open and that trading should resume as soon as possible.  They currently have no plans to sell the building.

- If Enterprise take the pub back then they will advertise for a new tenant in line with their normal procedures.  It is impossible to get any indication of how long this might take as it varies according to properties and whether there is any re-furbishment required before trading can resume.

- Enterprise were advised that the Doynton community wants it's pub to re-open and that some had spoken of it being developed as a "community pub" .  Enterprise Inns emphasised that the only way the pub could re-open would be if a lease was taken out by either an individual or a limited company.  The message being that for any community venture to get off the ground, it would be necessary for a company to be set up, and for it to then approach Enterprise with a business proposal for a lease to be granted.

Further information will be posted here when it becomes available.

 

Original Opening Hours:

Mon - Fri 11:30am -3:00pm and 6:00pm -11:00pm.

Sat: 11:30am - 11:00pm

Sun 12:00am - 10:30pm

Food Served:

Mon - Fri 11:30am -2:00pm and 6:00pm -10:00pm.

Sat: 12:00am - 2:30pm and 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Sun 12:00am - 2:30pm and 6:00pm - 10:00pm

 


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