Talks ongoing over community pub’s future

Archive shot of the Russell Arms
Archive shot of the Russell Arms

Things are changing at a community-owned pub after the chairman of the committee confirmed that they are ‘in talks’ with the landlords about its future.

The Russell Arms in Butlers Cross has been closed since January 2, but Matthew Porter, chairman of the Friends of Russell Arms committee which owns the pub, reassured punters it would not be for much longer.

He said: “We are in talks with the current tenant and they may want to move on and focus on different things, but we have a long list of exciting people who want to run the pub.

“It will always be a community-owned pub. It’s not an ideal situation but we are confident that we can get some cracking people in to run it if the current tenants move on.”

Mr Porter said the committee wantsto reopen the village’s only watering hole as soon as possible, which they hope to be the middle of next month.

The historic pub in Chalkshire Roadhas been run by husband and wife team James and Nicola Grant since 2012, when 88 different local share holders stepped in to save it from closure.

The Bucks Herald approached the Grants, who also run deli No 2 Pound Street in Wendover, for a comment but did not receive a reply before going to press.