HOPE FOR FUTURE OF THE WHITE HART PUB
Owners recruiting for new publican after doors closed on Sunday fuelling time fears
PUB-GOERS have been mourning the closure of the last ‘true’ pub in Chalfont St Peter.
Social media is awash with people lamenting the loss of the White Hart on High Street, which closed its doors on Sunday April 24.
While it is not known what will happen to it now landlady Rachael Bree said on the White Hart’s Facebook page, Whitehart CSP, but there are ‘ no new owners yet’.
Captain of the darts team Steve Stone is distraught and bemoaned the loss: “What has happened to the pub trade over the last few years?
“Today we, in both Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles, find ourselves without a true pub.
“The doors closed on the White Hart on Sunday 24 and so ended my 40 years of enjoyment there.
“Most people who know me are aware that I enjoy a game of darts and a pint and 40 years ago I could do that in over 10 venues in both villages.”
He added: “I hope someone finds a way of preserving these wonderful old places as they have been serving the community in broadly the same way for hundreds of years but along with many other ways of life they have disappeared over the last few decades.”
On the pub’s Facebook page Antonio Celleri wrote: “So no more White Hart? No?! That was the first pub that I went to when I came to the UK 18 years ago.
“It was a pint of Guinness with my really good friend Alex at lunchtime. I will never forget it. Ever since, l have had some great times there.
“I will be very sad to see it go. So what’s gonna happen to the building then? Surely it can only be a pub?!”
Stephen Bywaters said it was a ‘shame’ and added: “It’s tragic, the pub has so much character, brings people together. What is life without being able to go and have a pint in a proper traditional pub. Feel so sorry for Rachael Bree but she did a great job running it for as long as I know.”
On the parish council’s Facebook page Natalie Clark wrote: “My grandad ran that pub over 50 years ago, it was the first pub I worked in 28 years ago when Rach was a punter.
“She’s been a great landlady and it’s an awful shame it’s closing down, the villages are losing too many of their community places.”
On Streetlife Ian T wrote: “Really has not hit me yet that we are now going to be pub-less. Seems like CSP is bit by bit piece by piece being dismantled and the loss of the White Hart really hammers it home.”
Rachael and owners Punch Taverns have been contacted for comment.
Yesterday (Wednesday), owners Punch Taverns offered customers a glimmer of hope. In a statement a spokesman said: “We can confirm that we are currently recruiting for a new publican to take the opportunity at the White Hart.
“We hope to have the pub open and trading as soon as possible.”
Not calling time yet: Punch Taverns have confirmed they are looking for a new manager for the White Hart which closed on Sunday