15 thoughts on “Anyone want to buy a pub?

  1. Paul Sheppy

    Although the location is great and it would be nice to see the pub open again, the estate agents omit to describe the lack of parking and the limited pedestrian access. I hope someone will make a go of it, but it will take a great deal of work. Perhaps, Tesco would like it…. (just joking!)

  2. Iain

    The parking is interesting – although it doesn’t have any on site parking, there is a large carpark just over tge bridge and its a pleasant walk over rhe river. I can think of loads of successful pubs with parking which are further away (mill and old swan in Minster Lovell springs to mind) so maybe it’s about how it’s promoted.

  3. helen

    The problem with the parking is mainly for visitors to the town. Imagine you are driving into Abingdon for the first time and you are looking for somewhere to have lunch before you visit the newly opened museum.
    You see this interesting looking pub, but by now you have already gone past the carparks – and there is nowhere to easily turn around. so you carry on and go somewhere else instead.

  4. Tim

    If my memory serves me correctly there was space for about 4 cars at the bottom of the slope. The garden is enormous and there is a large under used children’s play area that could be used as parking space. Get the right arcitect in and it could look fanstatic. Fair comment from earlier though, it will need someone with deep pockets that likes a gamble!!!

  5. Dawn

    The pub would be a fantastic thing to have again in town, providing this time the licensinglaws were adhered to and there were no underagers or drugs. Parking could be clarified with signs leading up to the pub, it’s really not a problem. There has been no childrens play area for quite some time – in fact no pubs in abingdon have an area like this, maybe they should consider it!

  6. TR6man42

    It failed previously because the rents were too high & the pub was downmarket.
    If somebody like Wetherspoons took over it could very well succeed but the customer base has to be above a certain level.
    The car park issue has already been raised but pedestrian access has to be addressed also as the entrance is straight onto the road via a very narrow pavement, not good!

  7. Francis

    Can’t understand why this prime site hasn’t been snapped up. Nobody has mentioned the boat based clientele – have you seen how much river traffic there is at the moment, quite apart from the steamer visitors? A ‘front’ door at the side, parking a few strides away and easy access for all of us Abingdonians who use our legs and walk to the pub….no problems!

  8. Amy

    Wetherspoons won’t go for it, their in a lot of money problems, it needs a Kings Head and Bell style take over, someone to get it and run it well!

  9. the color climax corporation

    the fact that so many have run it and failed wouldn’t put me in a mind to try again – what could you offer that the other abingdon pubs don’t

  10. anon coward

    and only seasonal trade… you’re not going to see many braving the beer garden on a cold wet winter’s day….

    This place wont get redeveloped until the gaol complex is finished and drawing customers down to that end of the town again.

  11. Spike

    It breaks my heart to see this place sitting empty and gives a total wrong impression to new visitors to the town. Sort of place the lottery should be supporting.

  12. Dave Cooper

    I’ve heard that Loch Fyne might be buying it – I’d previously heard that they were going to have a place within the old Gaol complex. I’d love to be involved in a investment in the place turning into a gastro pub – if you consider the Fishes in Hinksey, the Trout Inn at Wolvercote – it has the same sort of potential (if not more).

  13. CST

    The landlord of the the Broad face is going to reopen it,
    Late September according to the local CAMRA rag (the oxford drinker)


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