HOPE FOR FU­TURE OF THE WHITE HART PUB

Own­ers re­cruit­ing for new pub­li­can af­ter doors closed on Sun­day fu­elling time fears

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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

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