Clyst Hydon pub is saved after village campaign
Residents in Clyst Hydon near Cullompton have saved their pub from closure following a month of campaigning.
Paul Parnell, owner and landlord of the Jack in the Green pub and restaurant at Rockbeare has acquired the lease to run the Five Bells Inn through an arrangement with Exeter-based property consultants Grenadier Estates. It will reopen in the summer following refurbishment.
The Grade II listed inn closed when the owners retired and residents feared it would be sold and converted to housing. Village campaigners persuaded the management company to install a temporary team to keep the pub running until it sold.
Mr Parnell said: "I've always known of the pub as an idyllic country local which enjoyed immense success in the early 2000s. But it is down to the extensive campaigning of the residents that I heard about its plight. Their committed support demonstrates the pub is still a viable business proposition with plenty of potential for growth.
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"We have just celebrated 20 years at the Jack in the Green and I'm looking forward to expanding our success across Devon with this exciting new venture. The Five Bells Inn will focus on delivering exceptional hospitality, serving local beers and cider with traditional good value pub grub served in a warm and welcoming atmosphere."
Clyst Hydon resident Clive Birch led the 'Save The Five Bells' campaign with the support of the parish council.
He said: "We are relieved at the news and more than delighted to learn that the team from the Jack in the Green will be the driving force.
"Country pubs are an intrinsic part of our British culture and play an important role in keeping village communities alive."