Saturday, 21 July 2018

Landlord quits after six months

A NEW tenant is being sought to run the Greyhound pub in Whitchurch.

A NEW tenant is being sought to run the Greyhound pub in Whitchurch.

Landlord Nick Baker announced he was quitting with immediate effect on Thursday last week.

The pub had ceased trading without explanation several days earlier and rumours of Mr Baker’s resignation had been circulating.

He took over the Punch Taverns pub in August and closed it for refurbishment before it re-opened in October.

Mr Baker succeeded Ruan Keegan, who had taken over from Bob and Carole North in 2014. He previously managed a pub in Basingstoke.

Keith Brooks, chairman of Whitchurch Parish Council, said: “We don’t know what has happened but it is a great loss to the community as the Greyhound is a focal point for the village.

“We’re all very distressed about it and hope the pub will be up and running again as soon as possible.”

Mr Baker could not be reached for comment and Punch Taverns would not discuss the reason for his departure.

A spokesman said: “Our publican has made the difficult decision to close the Greyhound. We will be working to support [him] the best way we can while recruiting for a new tenant to take the opportunity.

“We hope to have the Greyhound back open and trading in the near future.”

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