Time at the bar for Travellers Rest in Malswick
LAST orders have been served at a troubled pub near Newent – but hopes are high that it can be the toast of the community once more.
The Travellers Rest in Malswick closed suddenly on Thursday night but goes under the hammer at auction on September 4.
Customers bemoaned its loss, and wished landlord Rick Stephens good luck, but there's hope its glory days can be restored.
Mandy Brown said, writing on Facebook: "Very sad, was only in there on Saturday and had a great time with great food. Good luck to Rick for the future."
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Joanna Greening said: "Just like Greece, Spain etc. Money is tight, and location is everything. Such a shame."
But some called for an overhaul.
Amanda Matthews said: "The place is jinxed, never been a success.
"It needs to do fresh, local, quality meals, not multiple menu choices which don't deliver on flavour or quality.
"Hope someone makes a go of it for once."
Despite only closing on Thursday, the pub has been on the market for several weeks.
It will be sold freehold at auction by estate agents Sidney Phillips with a guide price of £245,000 on September 4 at Puckrup Hall near Tewkesbury.
District councillor for the area Len Lawton (C, Newent Central) said: "It's a great shame. I know Rick, he's a nice guy and he knows his business. He tried really hard to make it work.
"It's always sad when a pub closes down, they are at the heart of the community and I know the Travellers Rest served the community in its immediate vicinity.
"I certainly hope it can open up again and somebody sees its potential at the auction."
It's believed Mr Stephens bought the pub about six months ago, having run another in Ledbury.
In years gone by, it was know for having an army tank outside, such was the then landlord's passion for military vehicles.
No one at the pub was available for comment as we went to press.