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Bishop's Stortford backstreet pub The Castle to reopen

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The future of Bishop’s Stortford backstreet boozer The Castle has been secured.

A newly-formed company, South Stortford Ltd, has bought the freehold of the pub in Castle Street, off Newtown Road, and the Indie understands a new publican is almost ready to sign on the dotted line.

Before the pandemic struck, it had been run for almost a quarter of a century by licensee Bill Percival, but a ‘for sale’ sign last summer signalled the end of an era.

The Castle pub in Castle Street, off Newtown Road. Pic: Vikki Lince (46965307)
The Castle pub in Castle Street, off Newtown Road. Pic: Vikki Lince (46965307)

A spokesman for the new owner hoped the pub would reopen in the first week of June. In the meantime, the interior was being spruced up.

He said there had been speculation the pub was ripe for conversion to homes, but he was adamant it was bought as a going concern. “It will happen – it will reopen,” he said.

Bishop’s Stortford’s first Castle pub was an alehouse in Market Square with a view of the Waytemore Castle mound. In the early 1800s it moved to the new town area and started serving drinkers from a row of former farm workers’ cottages. Castle Street subsequently took its name from the pub.

Between 1867 and 1909 the Castle’s landlord was William Salmon, at that time the oldest licence holder in Bishop’s Stortford. He died aged 94.

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