Recent history of the pub
In 2010 there was an imminent danger of the pub closing and becoming a Restaurant, however after some quick negotiation by a group of customers, we were given the option of buying the lease and operating the pub.
A company "48 West Limited" was formed to pursue this possibility and on Monday 8th Feb 2010 the company signed forms to become the tenant of The Hope on a 20 year 'free of all tie' lease from Punch Taverns. We then bought the fixtures and fittings, stock etc from the holding company that operated the pub.
We have made, and will continue to make, substantial investments in the building, the stock, the staff and generally the future. The pub has now gained many new friends as customers and has won the odd prize or two.
In 2015 we finally achieved our objective and purchased the freehold of The Hope. The pub is now owned entirely by the shareholders of 48 West Ltd. The company has a restriction of 24% on the level of shares an individual can hold and we currently have 46 shareholders ensuring that this pub for the community has a healthy future.
In 2018 we commenced the construction of new Gents, Ladies & Universal Access loos and replaced our main storage facility.
2019 and the new loos and extra seating areas are now open. We will be extending the kitchen and 'Refreshing' the front bar in the middle of the year.
2020 All change for the whole country. Open, close, open, close, open, ? We have extended the kitchen and 'remodelled' the front bar with substantial works. We have also renewed the pub sign including the post. Strangely, in December we are having to operate 'as if we were a restaurant' by government decree. We are not happy. Closed again.
2021 Open again on April 12th for outside drinking only. We have built further shelters and renewed the marquee heating. Open indoors May 17th.