Lack of trade means historic Devizes pub will never re-open

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chairman of Devizes CAMRA Don Jones outside the old Artichoke pub Chairman of Devizes CAMRA Don Jones outside the old Artichoke pub

Devizes is set to lose yet another pub as Wadworth & Co applies for planning permission to convert The Artichoke in The Nursery into two houses.

The little pub near the canal has been closed since licensees Allison White and David Brogan left last Easter.

When the couple made their decision to go, Mrs White told the Gazette: “We are planning to leave because the margins are just not there and we cannot afford to keep taking a loss.”

Wadworth wants to convert the property into two two-bedroom houses.
A design and access statement accompanying the planning application said:

“Unfortunately, the pub, which is small and with no attractive outdoor space, has suffered from being outside the main town centre. There is simply no demand for the pub to continue.”

It is the latest in the recent line of pub losses to the town, caused, says Wadworth, by the Government’s continued increase on duty on alcohol and by the smoking ban.

The Royal Oak in New Park Street and the Elm Tree in High Street are now antiques centres, while The Rising Sun in Southbroom Road is now
a Domino’s Pizza joint and the Bikes ‘n’ Boards shop.

The Stage Post at West Lavington has been closed and boarded up for some time and the Kings Arms at Market Lavington has been converted to homes.

Anthony Brown, president of the Devizes Chamber of Commerce, said: “It is very sad that pubs have been failing. We feel it would be better if the premises had been retained for commercial purposes, but I suppose it is better to use existing buildings for housing than to build more down London Road.”

Don Jones, chairman of the Devizes branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, said  that he couldn’t blame Wadworth for making the decision.

He said: “It’s a real shame. We are losing 26 pubs a week nationally because the escalating duty on beer is making it impossible for landlords to make a living. But it is another bit of our heritage being chipped away.”

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10:26am Thu 13 Dec 12

Old retired bloke says...

Shame, it was a nice little boozer. Went in there a few times, although it's on the wrong side of town for me. Thought it might have been more popular with the Bath Rd populace.
Shame, it was a nice little boozer. Went in there a few times, although it's on the wrong side of town for me. Thought it might have been more popular with the Bath Rd populace. Old retired bloke

11:50am Thu 13 Dec 12

Don Jones says...

Once they'd got to the Arti, they were practically in town, ORB, and so had a lot more choice.

And what's happened to the comments that were here this morning? One by a bloke called Doc something and a reply from me. Makes you wonder why you bother.
Once they'd got to the Arti, they were practically in town, ORB, and so had a lot more choice. And what's happened to the comments that were here this morning? One by a bloke called Doc something and a reply from me. Makes you wonder why you bother. Don Jones

12:58pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Bottom Of The Barrel says...

Don Jones wrote:
Once they'd got to the Arti, they were practically in town, ORB, and so had a lot more choice.

And what's happened to the comments that were here this morning? One by a bloke called Doc something and a reply from me. Makes you wonder why you bother.
You're looking in the wrong place. Your other comment is down below
[quote][p][bold]Don Jones[/bold] wrote: Once they'd got to the Arti, they were practically in town, ORB, and so had a lot more choice. And what's happened to the comments that were here this morning? One by a bloke called Doc something and a reply from me. Makes you wonder why you bother.[/p][/quote]You're looking in the wrong place. Your other comment is down below Bottom Of The Barrel

2:05pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Don Jones says...

Oops. It's unlike the Gazette to run the "Hunk of the Week" picture twice. Cleary an attempt to boost sales.
Oops. It's unlike the Gazette to run the "Hunk of the Week" picture twice. Cleary an attempt to boost sales. Don Jones

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