Plans to reopen Harpenden pub

ONE of the UK’s leading leased pub companies is keen to reopen a Harpenden pub, despite closing its doors just last month.

The Skew Bridge pub, on Southdown Road, served its last pint on October 31. A spokeswoman for Punch Taverns confirmed the closure had come about following an unsuccessful business partnership.

She added: “Our priority is to reopen the pub as soon as possible and we are currently talking to potential licensees who we aim to work in partnership with to build a successful sustainable business.”

Punch Taverns has advertised Skew Bridge as being ‘a well-known traditional local pub, set in a prominent position in the thriving commuter town of Harpenden’.

The company describes the pub as boasting several key attributes including strong community links and popularity in the very affluent town.

It added: “The focus of the business really needs to revolve around a strong community vibe with a pub food menu.”

A spokeswoman for St Albans district council, the authority responsible for licensing premises selling alcohol, said it had received one complaint about the pub in October.

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However the matter was not taken further as the pub had since closed. She declined to comment further on the complaint.