Royston’s old post office set to reopen as a new-look pub

PUBLISHED: 08:33 11 September 2014

The former post office building in Baldock Street, Royston, is set to reopen as a new-look pub

The former post office building in Baldock Street, Royston, is set to reopen as a new-look pub

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A landmark Royston building is set to reopen as a new-look pub.

The old post office, in Baldock Street, has been closed since last December when former tenants The Bramley Pub Company went into administration.

Owners of the building, the McMullen Brewery, are now planning to reopen it as a pub and run it themselves.

Peter Furness-Smith, Managing Director of McMullen, told The Crow: “Details are being finalised but we are planning to create a pub with a number of interesting design features which will serve excellent value pub food including freshly cooked rotisserie chicken and homemade pizzas.

“The bar will be stocked with a good range of world beers, local cask ales from our Whole Hop Brewery in Hertford, an interesting wine list and the best quality coffee.

“Most importantly we will be promoting one of our successful managers to recruit and train a friendly, hospitable team. The training will take place both on site in Royston and in Hertford in our purpose built training centre.”

Mr Furness-Smith added that the re-opening of the pub, which has been known by various names including the Barracuda bar and The Old Crown, will not happen before February 2015.

The firm has submitted a planning application to move the main entrance of the pub to the side of the building.

Members of Royston town council’s planning committee welcomed the application when it was discussed at their meeting on Monday.

Councillor Rod Kennedy said: “It will be good if the door is moved because in the past we’ve had vast congregations of people gathering outside on the pavement. Hopefully they’ll be able to put some tables out on The Cross so that the area feels a bit more user-friendly.”

And councillor Robert Inwood said: “The pavement always used to get over-crowded, and I often thought there was a danger someone would get knocked over.

“I think this is a great idea and I fully support it.”

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