Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@reach­plc.com @qasim­per­acha

A HIS­TORIC Grade II listed pub in Hayes, which had been run for more than 150 years, has been sold.

The An­gel, in Uxbridge Road, has been a cor­ner­stone of the lo­cal com­mu­nity since the reign of Queen Vic­to­ria, but a con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion has been made to sell the pub.

The most re­cent An­gel was re­built in its orig­i­nal site in 1926 by Fuller’s, which had been run­ning the pub for more than 150 years.

The lo­cal even earned a spot on the Na­tional In­ven­tory of His­toric Pub In­te­ri­ors and was Grade II listed by His­toric Eng­land in 2015.

The size­able pub stands on the cor­ner of An­gel Lane and Uxbridge Road, in Hayes End.

Prior to the rede­vel­op­ment, Hayes End was chang­ing from a ham­let on the road be­tween Lon­don and Uxbridge to be­com­ing a metropoli­tan area in its own right. The re­model was con­sid­ered a per­fect ex­am­ple of the in­ter-war pubs, de­signed by TH Parr, which were aimed at at­tract­ing new, fancier clien­tele, by in­cor­po­rat­ing more rooms, in­clud­ing a huge lun­cheon room. The An­gel sprawled across five rooms, all with their own en­trance. The pub even had to be ex­panded in the 1930s and 1970s. There was also a Ma­son’s Room on the first floor, used by the lo­cal Ma­sonic Lodge. The pub’s Face­book page even al­luded to its in­te­rior in its ‘About sec­tion’, read­ing: “Home for the An­gel pub in Hayes, the pub time for­got. We may be shabby in­side but there’s al­ways a warm wel­come and some­thing for ev­ery­one.” Com­ment­ing on the sale of The An­gel at Hayes, a spokesper­son for Fuller, Smith & Turner, said: “The An­gel at Hayes has been a Fuller’s pub for over 150 years, so this has not been an easy de­ci­sion.

“Fuller’s has nearly 200 ten­anted pubs and, go­ing for­wards, we will be look­ing to help our ten­ants to open, de­velop and pro­mote pubs that de­liver the dis­tinc­tive Fuller’s ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing freshly cooked food, cus­tomers ex­pect when the see the Fuller’s name.

As part of that plan there are a num­ber of sites, in­clud­ing The An­gel, that we feel no longer fit with our fu­ture vi­sion and that, as a re­sult, were ear­marked for sale.

“We do re­alise that this isn’t go­ing to make us pop­u­lar with the reg­u­lars at The An­gel, but some­times we have to make some tough de­ci­sions to al­low us to in­vest in other parts of our es­tate.

“It is a pri­vate sale and we wish the ven­dor ev­ery suc­cess go­ing for­wards.”

We do re­alise that this isn’t go­ing to make us pop­u­lar with the reg­u­lars at The An­gel Fuller, Smith & Turner spokesman

The An­gel in Uxbridge Road, Hayes; (right) bar staff at an event to raise money for a new wheel­chair for a dis­abled lo­cal boy in 2012

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