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Author’s favourite watering hole to let
THE owner of a historic town centre pub which closed unexpectedly says it is looking for a new landlord to reopen the premises.
The Unicorn, in Belle Vue Terrace, shut its doors two weeks ago.
But Solihull-based Enterprise Inns, says the closure is “purely temporary”.
It had been one of the chosen venues for Malvern Rocks music festival, and organisers were forced to rearrange bands’ appearances at the last minute.
The pub, one of the oldest buildings in Malvern, dates back to the Middle Ages.
It was a regular haunt of famous author C S Lewis when he visited Malvern to walk on the hills.
Enterprise Inns spokesman Amy Dolphin said this week that Dave and Sue Warrener, who had been running the pub, had left to pursue other interests.
She said: “We would like to reassure residents of Malvern that the Unicorn is purely a temporary closure while we recruit for a new publican to take the business forward.
“We recognise this pub has important links to literary history and we aim for the pub to resume trading as soon as possible.”
Roger Sutton of Malvern Civic Society, which put a blue plaque on the pub commemorating the C S Lewis connection, said: “It’s probably the oldest building in the town centre other than the Priory.
“It dates from about 1450 and was the coaching inn for travellers going up to the Wyche and across the hills to Ledbury. It’s a splendid building but Enterprise Inns have not maintained it as it deserves.
“I don’t know why the tenants left, but pub chains like Enterprise are well known for charging high rents and forcing tenants to buy all their liquor stocks from them.”
The previous publicans could not be contacted by the Gazette.
Enterprise Inns is hosting an open day at the pub on Tuesday, September 3, from 4pm to 7pm, for anyone interested in taking it on.
Alternatively, interested parties can call 0800 953 0072.
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