Cheltenham pub Fox and Hounds future in doubt following closure
A HISTORIC pub in Cheltenham faces an uncertain future after closing its doors.
Tenants at the Fox and Hounds in Prestbury Road have given up the lease on the venue after saying they were struggling to make a profit.
Regulars voiced sadness at the closure which has left the premises boarded up.
Rich Moger, who often used to stop in for a pint, said: "It's shame to see yet another pub go to the wall.
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"I am not too surprised though as the Fox and Hounds is quite a big venue and more often than not it has been quite empty whenever I've been in there recently.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see it close for good."
The pub, which is thought to date back to the mid-nineteenth century, has in recent years been popular with away football fans, who stop for a pint before they head to the nearby Abbey Business Stadium to cheer their team on against Cheltenham Town.
The pub had been run since 2010 by Robert 'Bluey' Moxey and former Cheltenham Robins player Kevin Garthwaite, who also held the lease on the Umbrella, in Hester's Way until last year. The pair have now given up both venues, instead deciding to concentrate on their building business.
"It's a shame, but we were only just breaking even," said Kevin.
"By the time we had paid the rent to Enterprise, which was quite high, and bought our beer from them, there wasn't much money left at the end of the month.
"We would have liked to stay on and if Enterprise had helped us out a bit by reducing the rent then we might have done.
"But at the time it didn't really make sense. It will be sad if the pub did close for good.
"It's a good pub. It's only problem is that it is on the outskirts of Prestbury, Pittville and Whaddon. It's in a kind of in- between area. I hope someone comes in to take it on."
It is understood a restaurant owner has voiced an interest in taking over the venue. Enterprise Inns was unavailable to comment on the pub's long- term future last night.