Good news for Carlisle as pubs are saved
Last updated at 13:13, Friday, 11 October 2013
A Carlisle pub has been sold and another has reopened sparking hopes that a long line of closures could be over.
The historic Currock, on Boundary Road, was put on the market earlier this year and has just been sold, securing the long-term future of landlady Maggie Maxwell.
And the Coach & Horses at Kingstown, which closed around a month ago has reopened with temporary tenants.
A spokeswoman for bar company Star Pubs and Bars said they were now interviewing for a permanent replacement.
The Currock has been sold to a local pub operator who intends to keep it going as a strong community pub, according to Jeremy Rubin and Co, commercial and leisure property consultants who sold the 116-year-old building.
Maggie, who took over as landlady in March 2011, said she heard someone was interested in buying the pub within a couple of weeks of news of it being up for sale being reported in the News & Star.
“I’ve just carried on as usual,” she said. “It’s been a smooth transition.”
She said the pub was a ‘fantastic community pub’ and a building of local importance.
“I trade on my regulars,” she added. “We’ve got a pool team, darts, snooker and billiards – and they’re all winning teams!”
The revival in the fortunes of the pub comes after a string of closures elsewhere, including the Magpie on Victoria Road and the Pedestrian Arms on Newtown Road, which is also being sold by Jeremy Rubin and currently on the market for £175,000.
A spokeswoman for Star Pubs and Bars said they had so far seen “a good level of interest” from people interested in taking over the Coach & Horses, one of several designed by the renowned architect Harry Redfern and part of a revolutionary drinking scheme a century ago.
“It’s reopened under temporary management and we are interviewing for a permanent licensee,” she said.
“It was always our intention to reopen as soon as we could.”
Councillor Rob Betton, a city and county councillor for the area, launched a petition to save The Magpie on Victoria Road which closed in the summer.
He wants the city council to buy the Grade II-listed 1930s pub, which was built under the city’s state-management scheme and designed by its celebrated architect Mr Redfern.
First published at 11:37, Thursday, 10 October 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Can someone please explain why, given the number of alcohol-fuelled incidents reported in the 'News and Star' every week, it is GOOD news that Carlisle has even more places for people to become drunk, hostile and violent before getting into their cars and adding to the appalling catalogue of deaths on Cumbria's roads?
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