Pub in Hadleigh reopens

White Hart pub in Hadleigh is closed. ANL-140819-111451001
White Hart pub in Hadleigh is closed. ANL-140819-111451001

The White Hart pub in Hadleigh, which closed recently, reopened this weekend.

Owners Punch Taverns told the Free Press:“We are delighted to have recruited new licensees for the White Hart and look forward to seeing the pub re-open on Saturday August 23. Food will be served from bank holiday Monday.”

As reported in the Free Press last week, mystery had surrounded the sudden closure of the Bridge Street pub after tenants Phil and Angie Woodend moved out. They are believed to have moved on to be tenants at another Punch Taverns pub in Suffolk.

The pub, which stands in a picturesque setting overlooking the town’s cricket ground, is popular with drinkers watching the cricket on hot summer evenings.

One local resident commented: “Bearing in mind that the cricket club is applying for an extension, and more open drinks licence, I really cannot see the White Hart ever being viable at current rent levels, unless someone comes in and does something wonderful – but will Hadleigh be prepared to support it?”

Previously an eatery which specialised in Italian food, it was taken over earlier this year by the Woodends, who turned it back into a traditional family pub with a wider menu, including Sunday roasts.

The pub was also popular with real ale enthusiasts since it served local beers such as Adnams and cider from Aspalls.

It also offered accommodation in a separate block of bedrooms on the same site.

People who commented on ratings website tripadvisor were pleased with the pub’s good-value accommodation.

But the week before last, Mr and Mrs Woodend put up a sign saying they were no longer doing food, and this was followed last week by a notice saying they had closed and thanking customers for their loyalty and support.

But by the end of the week, a new sign had gone up in the pub’s window.

The new sign got local people talking, because it declared that the pub would be opening again soon, although no other information was given.