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Temporary last orders for Cheltenham pub

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: December 04, 2009

The Tivoli pub on Andover Road

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Regulars at The Tivoli in Cheltenham will have to find another watering hole - for now.

The pub in Andover Road, Tivoli, has closed ahead of a major refurbishment.

Owner Enterprise Inns shut the pub amid fears it was closing its doors for the last time.

The venue has a troubled history and closed for three months between April and July after failing to keep up with soaring overheads.

But a spokeswoman for Enterprise Inns said the pub would be better than ever when it reopened next June.

She said: "It will be getting a considerable refurbishment. I can confirm there are no plans to close the Tivoli permanently and it will reopen next year."

A new survey has revealed that three pubs are closing every week in the South West.

The figures, released yesterday by the British Pub and Beer Association, spurred industry heads in the region to meet with MPs in Westminster to sign up to a new campaign.

'I'm backing up the pub' is calling on consumers, publicans, politicians and those who value British beer and the British pub to sign up in support.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said it was time for action. "Wherever a pub closes, city or country, something precious about local community life is lost," she said.

The campaign manifesto, The Life And Soul Of Britain's Communities, calls on the Government to reverse the eight per cent increase in duty on beer imposed at the time of the VAT cut last January, when VAT returns to its 17.5 per cent rate on January 1 next year.

It also demands that plans to increase duty by two per cent above inflation in the Budget in March next year are scrapped.

Roland Elliot-Barry, who runs Battledown Brewery in Cheltenham, said: "I think it's a disaster that pubs in the county are closing at the rate they are.

"The Government seems to have had something against pubs this year. More and more people drink at home and that is reflected in our sales."

However, despite the closures, profits have increased at the Exmouth Arms in Bath Road, Cheltenham.

Supervisor Calvin Langdon- Bates said: "We're doing really well at the moment despite the recession. We feel flexibility and diversity is the key to fighting these figures. We hold stag do's at the weekend, cod and chips during the day and organise coffee afternoons."

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    Trevor Dumbleton, cheltenham  |  December 05 2009, 11:23PM

    turn it back into a batty bar. i remember some good nights in the pheonix with my boyfriends mark and budgy

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    Trevor Dumbleton, Cheltenham  |  December 05 2009, 11:20PM

    turn it back into a batty bar . i remember some good nights in the pheonix with my boyfriends mark and budgy

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    d.g.h, cheltenham  |  December 04 2009, 6:29PM


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    Anon, Chelt  |  December 04 2009, 4:36PM

    I like it! Up the Garry!

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    garry, cheltenham  |  December 04 2009, 3:16PM

    If it returned as a gay pub it may survive better.

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    Alfredo, Cheltenham  |  December 04 2009, 11:21AM

    *Anon, Cheltenham* - look again. The government takes the lion's share, not the owner company.

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    Anon, Cheltenham  |  December 04 2009, 11:20AM

    The situation isn't helped when greedy pubcos, who screw their tenants into the ground with stupid beer prices and unrealistic rents, go and sell the buildings to property developers. So even if a pub is then doing well its got an axe hanging over its head - which is the situation with The Greyhound.

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    Home Drinker, At Work  |  December 04 2009, 9:17AM

    The Exmouth has the nail on the head. With the smoking ban in place, the pub needs to be more than just the local boozer, but a community hub. Somewhere where family's can have good, reasonably priced food, you can have a coffee, game of pool or go out for a few drinks at night. Fairplay to the Exmouth - I was in there on Saturday night watching a live blues band who were excellent, and the atmosphere was great.