“White Hart closed and for sale

The White Hart Inn is to be offered for lease or sale by Colliers, following its recent closure.

Stella Coulthurst, the owner since 2011, says:

“The decision about whether or not to re- open the White Hart Inn in the New Year remains open, and I wait to see how the economy fares in the next couple of months. In the meantime, I have decided to offer the pub for sale (both freehold and lease).

The decision does not mean anything other than that, but if anyone has questions, I am happy to chat, meet, have a coffee Please feel free to email via the website or give me a call.”

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The Red Lion at Upper Basildon is set to open under new ownership soon…




The Castle Newbury
“With great sadness after 5 years, we have had to make the hard decision to close The Castle Pub 😔
With the current cost of living crisis and prices rising it was sadly too difficult!
We want to say a massive thank you to everyone for the support over the years and the great friendships!
Many thanks
The Castle x “
Castle Donnington calling it a day, it’s a Stonegate (Enterprise Inns) tenancy.
They are the sister pub of the Red House at Marsh Benham.
This is hot on the heals of The White Heart Hampstead Marshal, and the White Hart Hampstead Norris. 
“The White Hart Inn is “hibernating” this winter in the face of the current adverse economic conditions. 
We aim to be back in the Spring when, we hope, things have settled down. 
So, while we can’t take table reservations over the winter, we’re now taking room bookings for March onwards.
If you’d like to enjoy our fine accommodation and famous hospitality, please make your reservation now.
The Spare Wheel
Similar issues mentioned at The Spare Wheel ceasing trading…..
Hi all, sad news alert!


As you will have noticed our doors are closed at the moment.   

The current cost of living crisis resulting in increased costs (including energy, beer and food ingredients) together with an increasingly difficult labour market has made running two venues in town very difficult. 

We are also coming to the end of our current lease.

So for now, while we decided what to do going forward, we have decided to concentrate our efforts on making sure that the Catherine Wheel continues to be the great place it is and will be making improvements to make it even better (if that’s possible) including the addition of the Spare Wheel craft beer fridge!!

We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your fantastic support over the last couple of years and also thank the fantastic team (who you will still find at The Catherine Wheel) for all of their hard work and devotion to the cause.

While The Spare Wheel in its current format is coming to a close, this will not be the end and just like James Bond, The Spare Wheel will return”

The Red Lion in Upper Basildon
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I announce the closure of the Red Lion Pub.
 The loss of the Beehive Pub eight years ago, and the fact that the Red Lion was failing prompted me to save the last pub in the village.


I always believed the existence of a pub is essential in maintaining the social life of a village. 

We set out to provide a friendly atmosphere, good service with good food and catering for all ages.

Along with many others we have kept the pub going throughout the past seven years and I would like to thank them for their hard work.

 The impact of COVID along with the sharp increase in costs and wages has made it impossible to keep the pub open.

I would like to thank you all for all your support during the past seven years.

 I will miss the pub as I imagine you will.

I hope someone will take over this historical pub and maintain the business for us all to enjoy.

Rafi Razzak”

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