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Stone pub the Crown and Anchor will re-open, vows landlord

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

Custodio Pinto

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STONE’S Crown and Anchor pub which suddenly shut down after going into voluntary liquidation will re-open soon, the landlord has vowed.

Landlord Custodio Pinto is pledging to get the Stafford Street venue fully up and running again.

It is only opening on selected days for now.

Mr Pinto said the closure happened because of a misunderstanding.

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"After going into voluntary liquidation I didn't realise that I would have to change the name on the licence to remain open,” he said.

"There were 28 days for me to do that and to be honest I didn't know that's what I had to do so my premises licence lapsed.

"For now I still have temporary events licences so I can open the pub at weekends and on selected days.

"It's such a shame because we have worked really hard to do the pub up and people are really enjoying it.

"But I expect to be back open with normal operating hours by around September 15."

At a licensing meeting last week Stafford Borough Council informed Mr Pinto his licence had lapsed automatically after he entered voluntary liquidation on July 14.

The licence expired on Monday last week. The pub will be open as usual on Thursday to Sunday this week, and Friday to Sunday next week. It will continue to open on selected days until it is up and running properly again.

Mr Pinto added: "It will be good to get back to normal. I'm looking forward to opening it back up for customers."

Drinkers welcomed news that the pub would reopen.

Callum Cross, 25, of Little Stoke, said: "I was gutted actually as it's one of my favourite places to go in Stone, they've done a really good job of doing it up. I'm glad they are going to reopen it."

Derek Bowen, 44, from Oulton, added: "I was planning on having a pint in there with a mate this week but I'll have to go on a day when it's open.

"I like it, it's in the middle of town, it's comfy and the food's decent. It would be a real shame to lose it."

A report on the licensing sub-committee meeting states: "The licence holder had entered into a voluntary arrangement with creditors and as a result the premises licence for the Crown and Anchor had lapsed automatically."

The Crown and Anchor, which is owned by Enterprise Taverns, underwent a £50,000 refurbishment last year.

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