Harpenden pub closes yet again

PUBLISHED: 18:37 01 March 2012

The Three Horseshoes pub.

The Three Horseshoes pub.


PUBGOERS in Harpenden are lamenting the closure of their local at East Common for the fourth time.

The managers of The Three Horseshoes recently posted a message on the pub’s website saying that it has been closed with “deep regret”.

They apologised for inconveniencing pub-goers and thanked customers for their support.

The message continues: “We will continue to offer our friendly and professional service at [The Three Horseshoes’ sister pub] The Cricketers of Redbourn and look forward to seeing you there.”

But Steve Gledhill, of Cravells Road, Harpenden, said: “Local residents are very angry.”

He lamented the demise of the “local asset” and added: “There have been three failed attempts to run a gastro pub at the Three Horseshoes in recent years. It has not been successful since its change from a pub to a restaurant.”

Steve maintained that a return to quick and basic food would give “instant success”.

He suggested: “Go back to basics, make it a real pub and start welcoming drinkers again.

“It’s a great little country pub and used to be really busy and successful.

“A few years ago it was turned into a gastro pub and has consistently failed ever since.”

A spokesperson for The Three Horseshoes was not available for comment.

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