Re-opening of fire damaged pub delayed

Re-opening of fire damaged pub delayed

Re-opening of fire damaged pub delayed

First published in News

A pub has delayed its re-opening after damage caused by a fire was found to be more severe than originally thought.

The Albert, on Chipping Hill, Witham, has been closed since since a first-floor fire broke out at the pub in September.

It had originally been due to open in mid-December under new management following a refurbishment.

But scaffolding and fencing still surrounds the pub, which will have a new name, The Railway, when it opens to customers again.

A spokesman for Star Pubs, which owns the building, said: “The fire damage to the pub was more extensive than first thought, which has delayed the re-opening.

“The pub is also being refurbished at the moment as well as being fixed.

“It is likely to open in early February.”

The refurbishment, which is likely to cost about £190,000, aims to make the pub more family-friendly and includes the re-introduction of a food menu.

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9:29am Wed 22 Jan 14

keith_l says...

Excuse me for being cynical - but could the delay be due to lack of people coming forward to manage it?
Excuse me for being cynical - but could the delay be due to lack of people coming forward to manage it? keith_l
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10:08am Wed 22 Jan 14

er...i'll stop you there says...

Fire was the best thing that could've happened to it, looks much more attractive now.
Fire was the best thing that could've happened to it, looks much more attractive now. er...i'll stop you there
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