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Threatened Charlton Kings pubs saved from closure

By Impeyecho  |  Posted: March 09, 2014

  • Zena and Amy Makey at The London Inn

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Two pubs in Charlton Kings have been saved after fears they could close down.

Both The Merryfellow Inn, in School Road, and The London Inn, in London Road, are set to continue as pubs.

It had been feared they would close down after their previous landlords stepped down.

But The London Inn reopened at the weekend under new ownership, while The Merryfellow will be taken on by a new landlord yet to be announced.

Former carer Zena Makey, who has taken on The London Inn with her daughter Amy, welcomed her first customers there on Saturday.

She said: “Everyone who has been into the pub has said how pleased they are to see it open again.

“One woman said it has been miserable without it open as it had been a place for people to meet.

“We want to make it more of a family place where children can enjoy nice food. We don’t want to change it completely but we have some new ideas to take it forward, including a lot more deals and functions.

“It is a tough time for pubs at the moment but, compared to my former care services business, it is a lot of easier, especially with race week coming up.”

The Merryfellow was taken on by business partners Martyn Herbert and Caite Jones last September, but they have since left.

Enterprise Inns, which owns the pub, confirmed it would soon reopen.

A spokeswoman said: “We can confirm a new publican has taken over The Merryfellow following the departure of the previous tenant.

“The new publican is an experienced pub operator with good local knowledge and we will be working with them to introduce a great food offer for local residents.”

Enterprise also owns The London Inn and a spokeswoman for the company added: “Zena is local to the area and has lots of exciting plans for the pub, including launching a new menu and welcoming back the local skittles team.

“We would like to invite members of the community to drop in and experience the welcome from Zena and her family.”

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