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Last call for pub after regulars say goodbye
REGULARS have raised a glass to bid farewell to their beloved local pub.
The Anchor and Hope on Winchester Street closed on Saturday and customers say Salisbury has lost one of the “last drinkers’ pubs in the city”.
They organised a show of support for the pub, which has been serving drinks and offering a friendly welcome for more than 80 years.
“We are devastated because these people are our family,” said Dr Lynn Sabin, who runs The Vintage Quarter nearby and has used the pub for the last ten years.
“People come in here as strangers and within minutes they are friends.
“Everyone comes from different walks of life but we all care for each other.
“Once you come here you don’t need to find another place to drink because everyone is so welcoming, I don’t know what we are going to do.”
The Anchor and Hope had pool and darts teams but, unlike many of its rivals, it had not introduced a restaurant menu.
“It was one of very few proper drinkers’ pubs in Salisbury,” said regular Paul Eakins.
“This city has lost 16 pubs in the last ten years.
“Communities are being torn apart. Nothing can replace a pub like this, it’s a community asset that has been lost due to greed.”
Notices in the pub said it was closing because the landlords – who had run it for 17 years – could not agree reasonable terms with Enterprise Inns, which owns the building.
“All they did was look at the numbers, they don’t see anything beyond that,” said sculptor Jonathan Loxley, who organised Saturday’s protest against the closure.
“This is more than just a business, it’s a place for people to meet up, make friends and share experiences.
“It is such a shame that another pub like this has been lost in Salisbury.”
A spokeman for Enterprise Inns said: “We can confirm that The Anchor and Hope is soon to undergo interior and exterior redecoration throughout, while we recruit a new publican to take over the pub.
“We would like to reassure local residents that we aim for the pub to resume trading in January once the works have been completed.
“Anyone interested in this pub business opportunity can contact us on 0800 953 0072.”
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