Mil­ton’s Head axed af­ter Greene King sells up pub

Pop­u­lar vil­lage wa­ter­ing hole forced into clo­sure, leav­ing lo­cal pun­ters dev­as­tated

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

POP­U­LAR vil­lage pub has been forced to stop trad­ing af­ter pub chain Greene King sold it to new own­ers.

The ten­ants of the Mil­ton’s Head, in Chal­font St Giles, served their last drink on Sun­day March 12 and are dev­as­tated it has now closed.

Alex Pala, 38, who has been at the pub for six years, said: “I’m re­ally, re­ally dis­ap­pointed to let [the cus­tomers] down.

“I feel like it will be missed.”

Greene King sold the free­hold to un­known, pri­vate own­ers af­ter putting it up for sale on the Right Move web­site. The three bed­room pub, in Dean­way, is cur­rently listed as un­der of­fer for £525,000, and has been de­scribed as an ‘at­trac­tive prop­erty in an af­flu­ent lo­ca­tion’.

The de­scrip­tion adds: “A two-storey de­tached pub­lic house for sale in the at­trac­tive and af­flu­ent Buck­ing­hamshire vil­lage of Chal­font St Giles.”

Ten­ant Ewa Pala, 34, said: “It will be sad to go but now is time for a new chal­lenge, a new idea – we will see.”

Alex added: “It does feel sad. At the end of the day I couldn’t buy this place.

“I had to give up af­ter six years – it’s sad.

“We would have liked to buy it.”

A state­ment on the pub’s web­site reads: “We would like to thank all our cus­tomers and friends for the many years of sup­port.

“We hope that we will see you all soon.”

A Greene King spokesman said: “As a lead­ing pub op­er­a­tor and brewer, we are com­mit­ted to run­ning high qual­ity com­mu­nity pubs.

“To be able to con­tinue to in­vest in our core es­tate, from time to time we have to make the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to sell pubs.

“Af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, we de­cided to place the Mil­ton’s Head on the mar­ket and it has now been sold to new own­ers.”

Mr and Mrs Pala, who met at the Sara­cens Head in Amer­sham, said they do not know what the fu- ture holds for them, but the cou­ple are keen for ev­ery­one to join them for a farewell party at the pub on Satur­day March 18, which will take place from 5pm.

Visit https://www .mil­ton­shead. com/Home. aspx for more in­for­ma­tion.

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