Landlord ‘elated’ after pub is saved

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A landlord from Giltbrook who has fought a long campaign to save his pub from closure says he is ‘elated’ after hearing it will be saved.

Les Moreland made the New White Bull an ‘asset of the local community’ last year, forcing owners Greene King to take it off the market for six months after a developer had put an offer in.

The community order gave Mr Moreland and regulars the chance to campaign for the pub’s survival, and get local MP Anna Soubry on board their battle to keep it open.

It is now looking like brewers Greene King has decided to spend thousands refurbishing the pub, to see if takings improve.

“I was elated to hear they were going to keep it open,” said Mr Moreland.

“I think it’s all from the peer pressure and the support from the Advertiser.”

The pub landlord, who also works at Warburtons, only took the job on temporarily and will move out in the coming months. He said the pub desperately needed a makeover, and hoped it would become a gold mine.

“We will be sorry to see the back end of it but I’m just so glad its not closing and we can to have it as our local again. We fought for the pub, not our jobs.

“It definitely needs a refurb and the more attractive it becomes the more people will frequent it. It could turn out to be a goldmine,” he said.

Although Greene King has not yet issued a final decision about the pubs future, a spokesperson for the company said they were ‘welcoming enquiries from entrepreneurs interested in running it’, and Mr Moreland said designers and builders had been round several times measuring up.

The pub landlord said he felt ‘more than confident’ the brewery had made its decision.

“We have had designers and builders here several times so I believe they are going to give it a try,” he said.

“They came all the way from Bury St Edmunds to measure seating, lift carpets up and all sorts. And we’ve even had the area manager here saying we’ll let you know when we are going to start,” he added.

A spokesperson from Greene King said: “We are considering the future of the pub and we are welcoming enquiries from entrepreneurs interested in running it.”

Mr Moreland hopes the new owners will employ his partner, Carol Coops, who has been a barmaid there for more than 20 years.

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