Jolly Anglers Pub in Reading closes suddenly

Spot the difference:

Jolly Anglers Reading 17th June 2009
Jolly Anglers Reading 17th June 2009
Jolly Anglers Reading 19th June 2009
Jolly Anglers Reading 19th June 2009

The two pictures were taken only days apart. The Jolly Anglers pub had recently held a beer festival to coincide with the official Reading Beer festival and looked better than it ever did before.  And now it is gone.

This really pisses me off – the new landlord was making a real go of this slightly off the beaten track, yet waterside pub.  He had been there 16 weeks when he discovered on 16th June that the pub was to close with immediate effect, having been sold by its owners, Enterprise Taverns, to a property developer.

Story in full on the Reading Post website – Homeless to Move into Jolly Anglers.

The location is not altogether attractive for passing boaters, despite being on the banks of the Kennet yards from its junction with the Thames, as ten feet out the water is only inches deep, but the point is that yet another community pub will be lost without trace. 

How much can change in a day.

UPDATE 24 June:
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2053015_campaign_to_reopen_the_jolly_anglers

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