Ryeworth Inn in Charlton Kings closes its doors
PREVIOUS landlords of a well-loved pub in Cheltenham and residents have been left shocked by its unexpected closure.
People in Charlton Kings are stunned by the closure of the Ryeworth Inn, which shut three weeks ago.
The pub was last owned by Tina Hoban, who took over it over more than five years ago. She had added a new gourmet menu and the pub was running live shows until May this year.
Its owners, Enterprise Inns, has moved to reassure residents the pub will open again soon.
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A spokesman said: “Following the publican’s decision to cease trading, we would like to reassure local residents that the Ryeworth Inn is only closed temporarily while we carry out minor works on site and recruit a new publican to take the business forward.
“We are already in discussions with a number of interested applicants and we aim for the site to resume trading in the coming weeks.”
Former landlords said the pub was once a thriving cornerstone of the community.
Chris Turner, who was the landlord of the pub from 1975 to 1977, said he was stunned by the closure of the pub.
When he first took it over, he was only 21 years old, and one of the youngest landlords in the country.
The 64-year-old from Winchcombe said: “When I had the pub, it was absolutely amazing.
“During that time, the Ryeworth Inn was a real community pub. We had two separate bars, and a really good community spirit in the pub.
“You would get people from all backgrounds. It was just incredible, and I have very good memories of the place.”
Neillie Hurworth, 89, used to run the Ryeworth Inn with her husband, David, more than 40 years ago. She said she was stunned the pub was closed.
Mrs Hurworth, who now lives in Gloucester, said: “We had a really good time running the pub back in the day, and it was a lovely area.
“I just can’t believe it’s closed. We keep a keen eye on it, and who is managing it at the moment.
“It was the first time we took on a pub, after coming out of the Royal Air Force after the Second World War and it was wonderful.
“I can still remember it so well, and we had some very good times there, definitely.”
The closure comes as the Good Pub Guide said up to 4,000 pubs could close in the next year - and that they would deserve to fail.
In the 2014 edition of the guide, editors Alisdair Aird and Fiona Stapley said between 2,500 and 4,000 of the 49,500 pubs in the UK offer “indifferent” food, drink and service. They said with the industry struggling against cheap supermarket alcohol that it was “high time” the worst ones made way for energetic and dynamic new licensees.
Mr Turner said: “I believe pubs will have to change with the times.”