Delight for villagers as beloved pub is thrown a lifeline - Cheers!

Greg Saturley (front) who has stepped forward to take over the former Bell and Castle pub in Horsley with his wife Caroline. Pictured here with villagers who had campaigned to reopen the pub since its closure in 2008.

Greg Saturley (far right) who has stepped forward to take over the former Bell and Castle pub in Horsley with his wife Caroline. Pictured here with villagers who had campaigned to reopen the pub since its closure in 2008.

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VILLAGERS will soon be toasting the re-opening of their beloved pub after an entrepreneurial husband and wife team stepped forward to run it.

Greg and Caroline Saturley and their family have moved into the former Bell and Castle pub in Horsley with plans to re-launch the local as The Hog before the end of May.

The outcome is the ideal result for villagers, who had pledged £250,000 to keep the premises open as a pub after the building’s owners put it on the market.

A committee of Horsley residents first discussed the possibility of the pair running the pub after visiting their thriving Canteen restaurant in Nailsworth.

Father-of-two Greg said: “It is really the most remarkable journey from The Canteen to The Hog as the villagers visited my place in Nailsworth out of the blue.

“They paid us the ultimate compliment when they asked to see the cooking facilities and said they wanted to show how wonderful things can come out of a small kitchen.

“They liked our ethos of sourcing local food and after discussions about us running the pub we decided it would be a great opportunity.”

The pub has been at the centre of four different planning applications since it closed its doors in 2008, the last of which considered building three houses on the site.

Villagers had previously attempted to buy the building themselves but their bid was rejected by owners Stag Developments Ltd as it fell short of the £400,000 asking price.

Mark Carden, who chaired the residents’ committee, said everyone was delighted with the outcome, despite their own attempt to purchase the pub failing to materialise.

“This is a great result, given that our negotiations with Stag Developments had stalled for the moment,” said Mark, a recruitment consultant who has lived in the village for nearly 20 years.

“Of course, many of us will feel some regret, after all the work that has been done, that we will not be buying the pub for ourselves.

“But it will also be a relief for many that we will not have to invest our own money, and more of our time, to ensure that the pub opens.”

Greg and Caroline will initially run the pub as a leasehold but hope to purchase the business outright later in the year.

Caroline added: “The aim is to make The Hog an exciting and contemporary eatery as well as a popular pub.

“The ethos will be to give people what they want and having the support of the local community is essential.”

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12:16pm Wed 2 Apr 14

JulianCBrown says...

I would ask the new tenants of the Bell & Castle at Horsley NOT to change the name to the Hog.

Every time a pub name is changed (and it's an all too often occurrence) we lose a bit of local history.

And as a vegetarian I would also not patronise a pub which called itself the Hog!
I would ask the new tenants of the Bell & Castle at Horsley NOT to change the name to the Hog. Every time a pub name is changed (and it's an all too often occurrence) we lose a bit of local history. And as a vegetarian I would also not patronise a pub which called itself the Hog! JulianCBrown
  • Score: -21

7:33pm Wed 2 Apr 14

A Stroud Worm says...

Well what about these……

Hunters Hall?
The Ram?
The Lamb?
Stirrup Cup?
The Old Badger?
The Old Spot?
The Black Horse?
The Falcon?
The Swan?
The Fleece?
The Golden Fleece?
The Snooty Fox?
The Greyhound?
The Red Lion?
The Butchers Arms?
The Bear of Rodborough?

Do you avoid these too?
Well what about these…… Hunters Hall? The Ram? The Lamb? Stirrup Cup? The Old Badger? The Old Spot? The Black Horse? The Falcon? The Swan? The Fleece? The Golden Fleece? The Snooty Fox? The Greyhound? The Red Lion? The Butchers Arms? The Bear of Rodborough? Do you avoid these too? A Stroud Worm
  • Score: 11

8:12pm Wed 2 Apr 14

LeilaJ says...

I like the Bell and Castle Name but also The Hog. Could the new name be a tribute to Min & Oggie Hogg who have done so much for Horsley School and the community? Or is this just a rather happy coincidence? Long live the Hog!
I like the Bell and Castle Name but also The Hog. Could the new name be a tribute to Min & Oggie Hogg who have done so much for Horsley School and the community? Or is this just a rather happy coincidence? Long live the Hog! LeilaJ
  • Score: 7

11:07pm Wed 2 Apr 14

JulianCBrown says...

A Stroud Worm wrote:
Well what about these……

Hunters Hall?
The Ram?
The Lamb?
Stirrup Cup?
The Old Badger?
The Old Spot?
The Black Horse?
The Falcon?
The Swan?
The Fleece?
The Golden Fleece?
The Snooty Fox?
The Greyhound?
The Red Lion?
The Butchers Arms?
The Bear of Rodborough?

Do you avoid these too?
Note the exclamation mark at the end of my post indicating that it was a joke. A feeble one I admit, but nonetheless a joke.

I am, however, seriously concerned at the loss of history and heritage by the "poncifying" of old pub names.
[quote][p][bold]A Stroud Worm[/bold] wrote: Well what about these…… Hunters Hall? The Ram? The Lamb? Stirrup Cup? The Old Badger? The Old Spot? The Black Horse? The Falcon? The Swan? The Fleece? The Golden Fleece? The Snooty Fox? The Greyhound? The Red Lion? The Butchers Arms? The Bear of Rodborough? Do you avoid these too?[/p][/quote]Note the exclamation mark at the end of my post indicating that it was a joke. A feeble one I admit, but nonetheless a joke. I am, however, seriously concerned at the loss of history and heritage by the "poncifying" of old pub names. JulianCBrown
  • Score: -7

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