Saving Lindford's Pub

Lindford now has a Village Hall built on the edge of the new Chase Farm estate

The Royal Exchange update 19.02.16

Following a complete re-fit and refurbishment, The Royal Exchange is now open seven days a week offering a mouth-watering selection of dishes on the seasonal menu and daily specials board. The team is passionate about supporting local producers and sourcing the freshest ingredients from Hampshire. This extends from plate pub-eating.jpgto glass, with the finely-tuned drinks list including locally distilled gins, real ales from Hogs Back and Hop Art Brewery and Hampshire-roasted barista coffee.

The Royal Exchange is fast becoming a key part of the community again with a new networking event for local businesses, plans for a monthly villagers’ night and a great family-friendly environment, perfect for enjoying one of the delicious Sunday roasts!

Since opening in November 2015, the team has warmly welcomed new and old customers who are delighted with pub_food.jpgtheir new local:

“This newly refurbished pub provided us with a delicious lunch (oxtail risotto and treacle tart) backed by first class, cheerful service. What had been a run-down hole has been totally transformed into a really nice pub/restaurant, with a very good atmosphere. It appears to be deservedly popular in our village and we shall certainly be going there again.” TripAdvisor review

The story so far

pub-exterior.jpgThe transformation of this once unloved pub is a story that starts with Red Mist leisure, the team responsible for the complete makeover, back in 2011...

Red Mist was approached as a reputable local pub group by a member of the ‘Pub Task Force’ that had formed to try to save the Royal Exchange which had been put up for sale by Punch Taverns and was in a very dilapidated state having suffered years of neglect and lack of investment.

Mark Robson, Red Mist MD and Founder, went to speak to the Task Force and village firstly in November 2011 to offer advice and assistance on the best way forward for them in trying to save the pub. The Royal Exchange had a higher than normal value for a pub in the condition it was in because of the land with it that had potential for residential development.

In May 2012, Red Mist decided to make an offer on the pub and land. It was initially accepted and then, much to their disappointment, the seller pulled out of the purchase a few weeks later.

Between June 2012 and July 2014, Punch Taverns made three planning applications for residential development on the land adjoining the pub. The first two were pub-bar.jpgrejected because no consideration had been made to improve or refurbish the pub. When the third application was submitted, again without any plan to invest in the pub, Red Mist anticipated another refusal and they contacted the seller with a proposal to purchase the site offering an assurance that the pub would be the main consideration of any further planning application.

In April 2015, planning was granted to make substantial improvements to The Royal Exchange and to construct four houses on the adjoining land. In June 2015, Red Mist sold the land to a reputable local developer and in September of that year, the pub’s £750,000 renovation and refurbishment commenced.

For more about The Royal Exchange, please visit www.royalexchangelindford.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

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