Back in 2008 Horndean was spoilt for choice for drinking establishments; The Brewers Arms, The Anchor, The Colonial Bar, The Ship & Bell and The Red Lion were all open for business. In total there were 5 pubs to choose from.
The Anchor was the first casualty of Horndean’s pubs. After a brief period re-branded as Campbell’s Bar and then back to The Anchor, it closed for good in 2009. The building was later demolished and replaced with housing.
Then there were 4…
In 2011 The Brewers Arms closed and was replaced by a Tesco owned One Stop Convenience Store. The first floor of The Brewers Arms was converted into rentable accommodation.
Then there were 3…
Rumours of the demise of The Colonial Bar had been circulating for a few years, and in 2015 the management formally announced that the lease was up and the bar would close. The land owners, The Wellington Pub Company, want to demolish the 185 year old building.
Now there are 2…
What does the future hold for The Ship & Bell and The Red Lion, the last of Horndean’s remaining pubs?
- Both pubs have hotel accommodation; this hotel accommodation generates revenue for the sale of the rooms and also for breakfast/evening meals; competition for hotel rooms is about to hot up with a new hotel in Havant and a new hotel planned for Waterlooville.
- Revellers that enjoyed a late (and loud) night at The Colonial Bar will need to venture further afield to find a similar venue; and those pre-Colonial Bar drinkers may not start their evening in one of the Horndean’s remaining pubs.
There are many factors at work that influence whether a pub will remain open, successful trading is not a guarantee that a venue will remain.
Take a look at the graph above, how many public houses do you think Horndean will have in 5 years time?