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Troubled Aylesbury pub closes yet again

The Britannia is now boarded up

The Britannia is now boarded up

The Britannia pub in Aylesbury has closed yet again after a short run of success as a live music venue.

The pub on Buckingham Road, which closed twice last year, is now boarded up and is on the market.

Punch Taverns, owner of the building, has confirmed: “The pub is currently closed and we are exploring all options.”

Ray Dean took over as landlord late last year and his son James became the new manager.

They were determined to bring live music into Aylesbury and created a specialist room in the pub called Brit Music Venue.

Tribute bands playing music from The Who and The Jam were booked and a Ramones tribute band and a ska group featuring members of Bad Manners were planned for 2014.

Ray’s wife Andrea said this week that the pub was on the market when they took it on, but had hoped Punch Taverns would take it off the market if they saw it was doing well.

She said: “We are pretty gutted but it happens. It was slow during the week but good with bands at the weekends, but we had to pay a lot for the bands.

“We are very upset that it had to go, I think anybody would be.”

Ray told the Herald last year: “I was approached by Punch Taverns, who run the premises as they wanted to try and reopen the venue.

“They couldn’t understand why the pub was failing because there is a market for this sort of entertainment.

“I know the market is there because I run a pub in Houghton Regis and we have customers from Aylesbury who come to us for the live music because they feel there is nothing here for them on that front.”

 

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