Durham pubs 'bucking closure trend'

The Advertiser Series: Pubs manager Andy Hughes Pubs manager Andy Hughes

THREE Durham pubs are said to be bucking the national trend that is seeing more than 20 pubs close every week across the country. Andy Hughes, manager of The John Duck, The Elm Tree and the Angel Inn, all in Durham City, said all three were doing well.

SPRING LECTURE: Dr Muriel Sawbridge will give this year’s City of Durham Trust spring lecture in Antioch House, Crossgate, Durham, on Saturday, March 22, at 2.15pm. Dr Sawbridge is chair of the new City of Durham Neighbourhood Planning Forum and she will discuss whether this body represents a new approach to democracy.

HOMES PLAN: Durham County Council is being asked to grant planning permission to partially demolish the former cinema on The Avenue, Coxhoe, and build five houses. For further details, visit durham.gov.uk/planning

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1:56am Fri 7 Mar 14

Nicholas_Till says...

"Andy Hughes, manager of The John Duck, The Elm Tree and the Angel Inn, all in Durham City, said all three were doing well..."

And they deserve to. They are in a galaxy of Durham City pubs that are housed in old - or very old - buildings of character, have been modernised one way or another with instinctive excellence, serve good to excellent food and drink, and restore feelings that being human is actually acceptable. In certain ones the oddness of the premises allows one to be eyeball-to-eyeball with live music , to get away completely to doze or chat in a quiet zone, or to prop up the bar, as and when. To me, anyway, it's great.

If only Durham's publicans, managers and long-term bar staff had turned City Vision out of their Millennium Place vivarium and taken over their work. I think they would have made a much better job of planning the future of Durham. The nature of their job would have brought a lot more human wisdom to bear on this than was exhibited by City Vision & co.
"Andy Hughes, manager of The John Duck, The Elm Tree and the Angel Inn, all in Durham City, said all three were doing well..." And they deserve to. They are in a galaxy of Durham City pubs that are housed in old - or very old - buildings of character, have been modernised one way or another with instinctive excellence, serve good to excellent food and drink, and restore feelings that being human is actually acceptable. In certain ones the oddness of the premises allows one to be eyeball-to-eyeball with live music , to get away completely to doze or chat in a quiet zone, or to prop up the bar, as and when. To me, anyway, it's great. If only Durham's publicans, managers and long-term bar staff had turned City Vision out of their Millennium Place vivarium and taken over their work. I think they would have made a much better job of planning the future of Durham. The nature of their job would have brought a lot more human wisdom to bear on this than was exhibited by City Vision & co. Nicholas_Till
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